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TISO PAINTING: The man convicted for stealing a Tiso painting from an Auckland gallery last year has been sentenced to more than 13 years for the theft. The judge described the man as a professional criminal. He was sentenced to another three years for stealing motorcycles to steal the painting.

ECONOMICS: The GDP fell by .3% over the last quarter. The former three quarters have all been of growth and the latest quarter was unexpected.

SETTLEMENT: Ngati Tama are set to sign a Heads of Agreement with Sir Doug Graeme in Taranaki. The settlement is for $14 million, an apology and the return of some lands. The tribe say justice is being done after 50 years of trying to get compensation.

INDONESIA: More than 50 people have been injured in protests in Jakarta after the Indonesian parliament passed laws to enhance the power of the military. Students and military clashed and tear gas and rubber bullets were fired.

RED CROSS: The Red Cross is sending a field hospital to Dili but say they are finding the job difficult due to the volatility of the situation in East Timor.

ARMY DELAY: The army has postponed the sending of the last 50 Kiwi troops to Darwin.

MED ASSOCIATION: The Medical Association is concerned that patients are being put at risk after changes to ACC which lead to patients going straight to treatment providers instead of first being diagnosed by a doctor.

OVARY TRANSPLANT: A groundbreaking ovary transplant has the potential to delay menopause and allow women to store ovarian tissue for later use.

SUPREMACIST: A US jury has been sentenced to death for dragging a black man behind a car to his death. The jury decided the man was a threat to society and he will be killed by lethal injection.

RABBITS: A new device to kill rabbits and collapse burrows is being demonstrated on a New Zealand farm today. The device basically blows them to pieces in their burrows through pouring propane into the burrows and igniting it.

DEPOSITIONS: A depositions hearing is under way for the man charged with killing policeman Murray Stretch.

CHOCOLATE: New research shows a moderate chocolate intake can prevent heart attacks and strokes due to its antioxidants.

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