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'Harrowing' neglect: cats imprisoned

Details 'Harrowing' neglect: cats imprisoned'Harrowing' neglect: cats imprisoned An Auckland woman who kept 50 cats living in disgusting conditions with serious infections and ailments has been sentenced for her neglect. Tatyana Kondratyeva, 51, was found guilty of failing to ensure ......

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'A complete horror story'

Details Devon Ashley Bird'A complete horror story' A computer gamer who bashed and critically injured his baby boy has been sentenced to jail for the act described as "a complete horror story". Waipukurau man Devon Ashley Bird, 21, appeared in Napier ......

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Quote of 2014 goes to...Cameron Slater

Details Quote of 2014 goes to...Cameron SlaterQuote of 2014 goes to...Cameron Slater Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater uttered the most memorable quote this year when he compared his role in politics to the Fijian rugby team. "I play politics like Fijians play rugby. My role is smashing ......

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Businessman chained victim in 'dungeon'

Details Photo / FileBusinessman chained victim in 'dungeon' A wealthy businessman who chained up a woman in his "dungeon" and forced her to perform sex acts has been jailed for 15 years. The 56-year-old was found guilty at trial of 15 sex and drug charges, some ......

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New Sony email: Jolie 'out of her mind'

Details New Sony email: Jolie 'out of her mind' A further leaked email thread between Sony Pictures co-chairperson Amy Pascal and movie producer Scott Rudin reveals Rudin once again harshly criticising Angelina Jolie. In the exchange, published by ......

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Rescue package for Russia? No chance

Details Rescue package for Russia? No chance Here's what is happening with Russia: Its currency has lost half its value and investors have pulled out tens of billions of dollars amid a plunge in oil, its biggest export. Here's what isn't happening ......

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Underbelly star faces child porn charges

Details Underbelly star faces child porn charges Australian actor Jeremy Kewley, who has appeared in TV shows such as Underbelly and Neighbours , faces more than 100 charges for indecent acts involving boys. Kewley is alleged to have filmed himself ......

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Order to move stuns fish vendors

Details Order to move stuns fish vendors The lure of cheap fresh fish pulls people from their beds all over Auckland at weekends to a stall in the Mangere Bridge shopping centre. Setting up their street stall at 4.30am to sell fresh seafood ......

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The fugitive and me: Phillip Smith

Details The fugitive and me: Phillip Smith The Wanganui man charged with helping convicted murderer and child molester Phillip Smith get a false passport met Smith in prison seven years ago. "I did a bit of jail time back in the day myself, and ......

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Lesbians earn more than straight women

Details Lesbians earn more than straight women Lesbians earn significantly more than their heterosexual colleagues while gay men earn less, according to a World Bank study exposing unexpected links between sexuality and salary. In Britain, lesbians ......

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A review of the movie you can't see

Details A review of the movie you can't see That I was one of the relative few to see The Interview is not a boast I take any pleasure in. It's with heavy sadness, not pride, that I review Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's North Korean farce. As ......

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Biggest science breakthroughs of 2014

Details Biggest science breakthroughs of 2014 The Rosetta mission which has for the first time put a spacecraft in orbit around a comet and landed a robotic probe on its surface has been voted 2014's most important scientific breakthrough by the ......

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Westminster sex attack murder probe

Details Photo / file Scotland Yard is investigating the alleged murders of three young boys by a VIP paedophile ring after a "credible" witness came forward to detail his abuse at the hands of Conservative politician, police ......

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Name suppression lapses for sex offender

Details Photo / File Name suppression has lapsed for a Marlborough man convicted of 35 crimes including rape, supplying drugs and making objectionable images. Arthur Samuel Roy Senior, in his 60s, was found guilty in the ......

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Opinion: Stumped by insensitivity

Details Opinion: Stumped by insensitivity How many Pakistani children have to be slaughtered to stop a cricket match? We don't know, but it's more than 132. After Phillip Hughes' death, the cricket world went to some lengths to acknowledge that ......

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'They've killed my beautiful boy'

Details 'They've killed my beautiful boy' In five words, Ken Johnson - father of Sydney cafe siege victim Tori Johnson - summed up the emotion surrounding this week's Martin Place tragedy. "They've killed my beautiful boy," he said. The heart-breaking ......

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Aunt saw girl struck by car on crossing

Details Aunt saw girl struck by car on crossing A girl struck by a car on a pedestrian crossing yesterday remains in a serious but stable condition today. Yesterday, the Herald learned the girl's aunt saw the accident unfold in her rear-view mirror ......

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MH17: 700 human remains unidentified

Details MH17: 700 human remains unidentified The family of a British student who was travelling to Australia when he died on MH17 has revealed there are still 700 fragments of human remains to be identified in the Netherlands. Ben Pocock, 20, was ......

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Oil slumps to fresh low in US trading

Details Oil slumps to fresh low in US trading Oil prices have skidded sharply lower in volatile trade, pushing the US benchmark futures contract to a new five-year low amid concerns about ample global supplies. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for ......

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Migration hits record for fourth month

Details Migration hits record for fourth month New Zealand's annual migration rose to a record for the fourth consecutive month in November, led by fewer kiwis crossing the Tasman, more returning from Australia, and a sharply rising number of student ......

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'They are not Muslim'

Details 'They are not Muslim''They are not Muslim' The Pakistan Association of New Zealand has condemned the attack carried out by Taliban gunmen in Pakistan in which 141 people, including 132 children died, calling it "inhumane". About 10.30am yesterday ......

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Man charged over Phillip Smith's escape

Details Phillip John Smith. Photo / NZHMan charged over Phillip Smith's escape A man has appeared in a Wanganui court this morning on charges related to the alleged escape of Phillip Smith from New Zealand last month. Christopher Ryan Clifton, 25, was charged on December 9 under ......

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Russia on brink of Soviet-style collapse

Details Russia on brink of Soviet-style collapseRussia on brink of Soviet-style collapse Russia has lost control of its economy and may be forced to impose Soviet-style exchange controls after "shock and awe" action by the central bank failed to stem the collapse of the rouble. "The situation ......

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'I saw a poor lady in need of help'

Details 'I saw a poor lady in need of help''I saw a poor lady in need of help' Auckland good Samaritan Lucy Knight has made a video to say thank you for the donations made to Givealittle following her injury. Ms Knight was assaulted when she intervened in a hand-bag snatch attempt ......

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No charges to be laid against Cosby

Details Comedian Bill Cosby. Photo / AP Los Angeles prosecutors have declined to file any charges against Bill Cosby after a woman recently claimed the comedian molested her around 1974. The rejection of a child sexual abuse charge by prosecutors ......

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Thunder, flood risk as weather packs in

Details File photo / Paul Taylor Heavy rain with the chance of thunderstorms and tornadoes could cause surface flooding, slips and make driving hazardous for parts of New Zealand today, as the strong winds of last night die out. MetService ......

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New sex charge in Blessie murder case

Details Blessie Gotingco. The man accused of murdering Auckland woman Blessie Gotingco has had a charge of sexual violation laid against him today. There is heavy suppression covering the identity of the 27-year-old defendant ......

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No charge to access beach - MP

Details No charge to access beach - MP Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis is dismissing claims that iwi are planning to charge people to access Ninety Mile Beach as scaremongering and a media beat-up. It is possible, however, that heavy traffic ......

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Siege 'elephant in the room' - NZ judge

Details Imran Patel. Photo / Brett Phibbs A New Zealand judge has made reference to the Sydney siege as "the elephant in the room" while sentencing a man who shouted jihadist slogans at a Muslim leader. Imran Patel, 25, appeared in Auckland ......

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Slaughter in the classroom

Details Slaughter in the classroom A teacher is believed to have been burned alive while her pupils were forced to watch as Taliban gunmen stormed a school in Pakistan and slaughtered 132 children. Nine Taliban terrorists attacked the ......

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