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National Radio Midday Bulletin

HOMICIDE: Three bodies have been found in a Manukau house and police are interviewing possible witnesses. A woman and two children are dead and a man is in Middlemore hospital with injuries.

AMNESTY: Amnesty International are calling on the Samoan government to over rule the death sentence on the convicted political assassin. Samoan academics say they doubt the man will be executed.

TRADE: Exports have fallen over the three month period to the end of June by 2.4 per cent. Primary products are being worst hit. Imports are increasing which makes for the trade deficit increase.

PHARMAC: A decision has been made by Pharmac not to fund an expensive drug to treat MS.

SIERRA LIONE: Hostages have been released by Sierra Lione rebels after international negotiations. Unconfirmed reports say all hostages have been released, other reports say 13 are still held.

INDONESIA: Aid workers in Indonesian provinces say they no longer have the resources to care for refugees of the war between Indonesian forces and rebel forces.

ERMA: The Environmental Risk Management Authority is likely to impose stricter security on field trials of genetically engineered crops to prevent vandalism and sabotage. ERMA are planning on developing a prosecution policy.

HUTT MAN: An Upper Hutt man is facing extradition to India on charges of conspiracy to commit sexual crimes.

GISBORNE: The fate of the Gisborne millennium concert will be revealed on Wednesday.

DRUG FOUNDATION: The Drug Foundation is opposing marketing of herbal cigarettes called ecstacy as a cannabis substitute.

IRELAND: Hopes for the peace process in Northern Ireland have been given a boost after a hard line group, the Northern Ireland Liberation Army, said they had no more need to take up arms.

TOURISTS: The first Argentine tourists allowed to visit the Falklands have attended ceremonies and services.

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