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Hijacking – Christmas Gales – Mt Eden Death – Winz – Power Saboteur – Plane Crash – Baby Born Midair – Space Shuttle – Albert Einstein – Cricket

HIJACKING: Russia has called for an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council to consider what to do about a hijacked Indian Airways aircraft which is presently on the ground in Afghanistan. The Taleban are upset that India will not negotiate with the hijackers. Russia wants a UN Security Council meeting saying the situation is dangerous.

CHRISTMAS GALES: Gale Force winds have wrecked havoc over Christmas weekend in Europe. More than 60 people have been killed. Airports have been closed – chaos through France and Germany.

MT EDEN DEATH: Corrections Minister is considering whether Auckland’s Mount Eden Prison should be closed following the death of another inmate by suicide on Christmas Eve.

WINZ: Government says briefing papers from WINZ come as no surprise. WINZ says the large number of programmes need simplification.

POWER SABOTEUR: South Island Farmer accused of sabotaging power pylons has appeared in Christchurch District Court. He has been in hiding for six weeks.

PLANE CRASH: CAA have recovered the wreckage of a Cessna which crashed into a hill near New Plymouth. A CAA spokesman says there are several possibilities for the cause of the crash – contaminated food has been ruled out.

BABY BORN MIDAIR: Premature baby girl born on helicopter 5mins out of Palmerston North.

SPACE SHUTTLE: Space Shuttle astronauts say the repair job on the Hubble Space Telescope was harder than expected.

ALBERT EINSTEIN: Albert Einstein has been named person of the century by Time Magazine – the “most influential person of 20th Century” – runners up Ghandhi and President Roosevelt.

CRICKET: NZ has the upper-hand in the test which begins shortly.

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