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New Zealand

Snowden predicted his demonisation, indictment

July 9, 2013 MelW 0

(UPI) U.S. surveillance leaker Edward Snowden a month ago predicted Washington would demonise him and charge him with espionage, a newly released interview indicated. Separately, Snowden was honoured by a group of former U.S. national […]

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New Zealand

Searchers discover body of missing man

May 17, 2013 MelW 0

The body of 63-year-old man Leslie Wright has been found in bush in the King Country today. Searchers found the body about 5km from his car, according to Sergeant Phil Bell of the Waikato Search […]

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New Zealand

Kiwis suggest names for North and South Islands

April 3, 2013 MelW 0

Wellington (dpa) – New Zealanders are having some fun with proposals to formalise the names of the North and South Islands, suggesting a range of silly alternatives. Twitter is awash with suggestions for new names […]

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New Zealand

Man shoots own hand in Great Easter Bunny Hunt

March 30, 2013 MelW 0

Wellington (dpa) – New Zealand’s Great Easter Bunny Hunt, an annual cull of rabbits on the South Island, nearly claimed a human life Saturday when one hunter accidentally shot himself. The 26-year-old, one of more […]

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New Zealand

North Korea announces war

March 30, 2013 MelW 0

By Dirk Godder   Seoul (dpa) – North Korea announced Saturday that it was in a state of war with South Korea, in its ongoing angry rhetoric against South Korea and the United States.  In […]

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USA

Deaf boy forbidden from signing his own name

August 30, 2012 MelW 0

By Melissa Wishart A hearing-impaired Nebraskan boy has been told by his preschool that he cannot sign his own name, as the hand gestures involved violate their ‘weapons in school’ policy. Grand Island Public Schools’ […]

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Australia

Man risks life saving whale

August 22, 2012 MelW 0

By Sid Astbury Sydney (dpa) – An Australian yachtsman was praised for bravery but chided for his foolhardiness after jumping overboard Wednesday to cut a 9-metre humpback whale from ropes that were dragging it under. […]

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New Zealand

Missing toddler Alyssa Barker found safe

July 28, 2012 MelW 0

By Melissa Wishart Kidnapped toddler Alyssa Barker has been found after a woman watching the 6pm news tonight realised the woman and child that were staying in her home were Skye Mason and the child […]

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New Zealand

Toddler taken from Glen Eden home

July 28, 2012 MelW 0

By Melissa Wishart Specialist search teams and the police Eagle helicopter are searching a suburb in Auckland where a toddler appears to have been snatched from her home. Alyssa Barker, 18 months old, was supposedly […]

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World

Boy found not guilty in bullying case

March 6, 2012 MelW 0

OSHAWA, Ontario, March 5 (UPI) — A 13-year-old Ontario boy was acquitted Monday of assaulting and robbing a disabled 11-year-old boy who later committed suicide. The older boy, whose name was not released, was accused […]

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USA

Missing Wis. college student found dead

March 6, 2012 MelW 0

STEVENS POINT, Wis., March 5 (UPI) — The body of a missing college student was pulled from the Wisconsin River Monday afternoon, his father confirmed. Daren Duffey told the Stevens Point Journal the three-day search […]

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USA

Children’s author Jan Berenstain dies

February 28, 2012 MelW 0

NEW YORK, Feb. 27 (UPI) — American children’s book author Jan Berenstain has died after suffering a stroke, her son Mike said Monday. She was 88. Berenstain wrote and illustrated the classic Berenstain Bears picture […]

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World

Maid of the Mist loses Niagara contract

February 23, 2012 MelW 0

TORONTO, Feb. 22 (UPI) — The Maid of the Mist Steamboat Co., which has run tour boats at Niagara Falls since the 19th century, lost its exclusive contract Wednesday. Canada’s Niagara Parks Commission said it […]

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World

Tokyo quake could be highest intensity

February 23, 2012 MelW 0

TOKYO, Feb. 22 (UPI) — Central Tokyo someday could possibly be rocked by an earthquake that registers a 7, the strongest on the Japanese seismic-intensity scale, researchers say. The prediction for a major quake under […]

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USA

Boy, 10, shoots 9-year-old brother

February 21, 2012 MelW 0

JENNINGS, Mo., Feb. 20 (UPI) — A 9-year-old suburban St. Louis boy was recovering Monday after being shot in the back by his 10-year-old brother while they were home alone, authorities said. St. Louis County […]

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Top Stories

Costa captain points finger at bosses

January 23, 2012 MelW 0

bc-italy-cruiseship-2ndld UPI NewsTrack Giglio, Italy GIGLIO, Italy, Jan. 22 (UPI) — The captain of the Costa cruise ship that capsized in Italy told a judge he had been ordered to sail too close to shore, […]

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United Kingdom

Dad punches dog mauling daughter

January 23, 2012 MelW 0

bc-britain-ear UPI NewsTrack London, England LONDON, Jan. 22 (UPI) — A 6-year-old girl lost her ear while she was being mauled by a dog in London, officials said. The girl’s father had to punch the […]

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USA

101-year-old woman evicted from her home

January 23, 2012 MelW 0

bc-us-evicted UPI NewsTrack Detroit, MI, United States DETROIT, Jan. 22 (UPI) — A 101-year-old woman who authorities promised could move back into her Detroit home after being evicted four months ago has not yet been […]

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World

Six NATO forces die in chopper crash

January 20, 2012 MelW 0

bc-afghanistan-choppercrash UPI NewsTrack Kabul, Afghanistan KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 19 (UPI) — A NATO helicopter crashed in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province, killing six soldiers, NATO said. There was no enemy activity in the area at the […]

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World

29 killed in Haiti truck accident

January 18, 2012 MelW 0

bc-haiti-truckcrash UPI NewsTrack Port-au-Prince, Haiti PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Jan. 17 (UPI) — A runaway dump truck careened into a bus and then veered into pedestrians in Haiti, killing at least 29 people and injuring 56 others, […]

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New Zealand

Search for missing swimmer is called off

January 18, 2012 MelW 0

By Melissa Wishart The search has been called off after a swimmer was swept away in a rip near Wellington on Saturday. Twenty-four year old Albert Alapati and four of his companions were caught in […]

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World

Five bodies found in missing man’s car

January 16, 2012 MelW 0

bc-cambodia-bodies UPI NewsTrack Phnom Penh, Cambodia PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, Jan. 15 (UPI) — Cambodian police say they found five bodies in a sunken car, believed to be those of a Frenchmen and his four children, […]

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World

Five confirmed dead in cruise liner tragedy

January 16, 2012 MelW 0

0115eca0082 /Italy-accidents/ By 15.01.2012 17:02:14 By Nick Rigillo Rome (dpa) – The confirmed number of deaths in the sinking of a cruise liner off the coast of Italy rose to five on Sunday with the […]

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USA

Good Samaritan gets hit by train in NYC

January 10, 2012 MelW 0

By Melissa Wishart Thirty-nine year old Steven Santiago is being hailed as a good Samaritan after being hit by a train while trying to get another man out of harm’s way in New York on […]

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USA

White House: Man sentenced to die not CIA

January 10, 2012 MelW 0

TEHRAN, Jan. 9 (UPI) — Iranian claims a man the Revolutionary Court sentenced to death Monday worked on behalf of the CIA are untrue, a White House spokesman said. Press secretary Jay Carney said the […]

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World

Leopard attacks four people in India

January 9, 2012 MelW 0

By Siddhartha Kumar New Delhi (dpa) – A leopard bit and clawed four people after it strayed into a city of north-eastern India, triggering panic for more than two hours before it was trapped, reports […]

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Technology

Nintendo 3DS Crosses 4 Million Mark

January 5, 2012 MelW 0

REDMOND, Wash. – Whether they were on the go or at home, whether they played in 2D on the TV or in glasses-free 3D in their hands, gamers of all ages celebrated the holidays with […]

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World

Death of Kim Jong-Il

December 23, 2011 MelW 0

The death of Kim Jong-Il is a major development in North Korea and potentially for the wider Asian region. The Korean peninsula is among the world’s most heavily armed regions, and a potential flashpoint. North […]