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US President Donald Trump backs efforts to bolster FBI gun checks

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:58:47 +1300

US President Donald Trump offered support for an effort to strengthen the federal gun background check system as he hunkered down at his private Florida golf course, just 65km from last week's deadly school shooting.


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Prolific UK paedophile Matthew Falder sentenced to 32 years jail

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:18:19 +1300

A prolific paedophile has been sentenced to 32 years in prison in what the UK police describe as a watershed moment for coming to grips with technology's ability to support and spread depravity.


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School shooter suspect Nikolas Cruz makes brief court appearance

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:40:27 +1300


Shackled and wearing an orange prison jumpsuit, Nikolas Cruz kept his head down and did not appear to make eye contact with the judge or others in his first courtroom appearance


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Uber Eats driver charged with murder in the shooting death of a customer, police say

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:53:08 +1300

An Uber Eats driver has been charged with murder in the shooting death of a customer Saturday in Atlanta.


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FBI: Partygoer stole museum statue's left thumb after selfie

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:18:08 +1300

Federal authorities say a Delaware man snapped a selfie before stealing part of a $4.5 (NZ $6.1) million statue at a Philadelphia museum.


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NZ in a position to help lower 'concerning' newborn mortality rates in the Pacific

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:11:58 +1300

Babies born in New Zealand have a far better chance of survival than those born in the poorest parts of the world, but New Zealand could still do better with newborn mortality rates refusing to budge.


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From royalty to ruin - the faded glory of one of Europe's most beautiful buildings

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:53:20 +1300

It has been described as one of Europe's most beautiful buildings.


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Welcome to Liberland, the nation that bitcoin built

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:39:04 +1300

​Satoshi Nakamoto designed bitcoin to disrupt central banking, but one man has an even more controversial plan for the blockchain: build a nation-state.

Former economist turned politician Vit Jedlicka has created a virtual state that runs on cryptocurrency donations and will launch its own within months. Half a million people have applied for citizenship in Liberland - 5500 of whom are from the UK.

For now, Liberland is a sandbank stretching 7km next to the Danube River which is nestled between Croatia and Serbia and 10km south of the Hungarian border.

But its territorial claim is very much dependent on which side of the sandbank you are standing on.


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The number one thing stolen from Virgin Australia flights

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:50:36 +1300

They're willing to fork out for fancy food and bigger seats, but it seems there's one item Virgin Australia's business class passengers can't resist pinching.


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Cyclone Gita has been around, in some form, for more than a fortnight

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:14:37 +1300

For more than a fortnight meteorologists have been watching the weather system now swooping down toward New Zealand, bringing heavy rain, damaging winds and coastal flooding.


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KFC runs out of chicken, shuts 600 outlets in the UK

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:04:01 +1300

Why did the chicken cross the road? In the United Kingdom, the better question is why didn't the chicken cross the road?

The fast-food chain is engulfed in a crisis in the UK, where about two-thirds of its restaurants are temporarily closed amid delivery challenges.

The cause? A chicken shortage.

Yes, a chicken shortage at a chicken place.

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* KFC gets hot and steamy with raunchy romance novel for Mother's Day

* Potato and gravy shortage riles KFC customers


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Bodies found in Mexico belong to two kidnapped federal agents on drug gang video

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:03:21 +1300

Mexico's federal Attorney General's Office says two bodies found in a car have been confirmed to be those of two prosecution agents kidnapped February 5 and forced to appear on a video by a drug gang.


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17 people killed in rubbish dump collapse in Mozambique, more bodies buried

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 04:58:05 +1300

Heavy rains triggered the partial collapse of a huge mound of garbage in Mozambique's capital on Monday (Tuesday NZ Time), killing as many as 17 people who were buried by debris.


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Iranian rescuers find wreckage from plane crash that killed 65 people

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 04:32:13 +1300

Iranian search and rescue teams on Monday (Tuesday NZ Time) reached the site of a plane crash that authorities say killed all 65 people on board, Iran's Press TV reported.


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Man accused of using wife as a slave, abusing her and forcing her to live on bread and pickles

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 22:45:30 +1300

A Melbourne, Australia woman was forced to live on bread and pickles, sexually and verbally abused and not allowed to leave her bedroom unless she was cooking or cleaning for her husband, a court has been told.


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US President Donald Trump blasts Oprah Winfrey over 60 Minutes panel

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 21:35:43 +1300

US President Donald Trump has blasted Oprah Winfrey on Twitter over a segment on current affair show 60 Minutes and again says he hopes she will face him as an opponent in the 2020 presidential race.


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Cyclone Gita: Dengue Fever poses biggest health risk to post-cyclone Tonga

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 20:04:20 +1300

Dengue Fever is the biggest health risk posed to post-cyclone Tonga, with parts of the country still submerged in stagnant water in the wake of Cyclone Gita.


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Indonesia's Sinabung volcano erupts, spewing gas

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:42:36 +1300

A volcano on Indonesia's Sumatra has erupted, sending a torrent of searing gas more than 4 kilometres down its slopes.


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Australian beaches closed as dangerous swell slams coast in wake of Tropical Cyclone Gita

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:41:26 +1300

All of Australia's Gold Coast beaches and a large portion on the Sunshine Coast have closed as Tropical Cyclone Gita continues to generate "large and powerful surf conditions" along the south-east coast.


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Canadian woman catches thief then takes him out for coffee

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:12:44 +1300

A Canadian woman who chased a man after he stole a woman's handbag managed to catch him, and then take him out for a coffee.


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