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Jacinda Ardern reveals she’s pregnant

NEW Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed she is expecting her first child with her partner Clarke Gayford. The 37 year old Labour leader, who came to the prime ministership last year after doing a deal with Nationals Party leader Winston Peters, revealed the news on social media this …

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Volcano eruption sparks mass panic

ABOUT 1500 people are being evacuated from an island off the northern coast of Papua New Guinea after a nearby volcano erupted, the local Red Cross says. A volcano on the island of Kadovar, located about 24km north of the Papuan mainland, began erupting on January 5. That prompted the …

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Dormant volcano wakes, spews lava in first eruption

A DORMANT volcano has erupted in spectacular fashion, spewing lava for the first time in known history and sending an ash cloud 2.1 kilometres above sea level. The volcano, on Kadovar Island northeast of Papua New Guinea lay dormant until January 5 when it began to erupt at around noon, …

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Topless woman grabbed at festival speak out

A TOPLESS woman who had her breast grabbed at a New Year’s Eve music festival in New Zealand says she is not afraid to go topless in public again. Madeline Anello-Kitzmiller, 20, from Portland, Oregon in the US, spoke out about the incident, which was caught on camera, in a …

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Detectives’ regret in murder case

DETECTIVES in charge of one of New Zealand’s most high-profile murder cases have revealed a nagging regret on the 20th anniversary of the chilling event. It was the early hours of New Year’s Day 1998 when Ben Smart, 21, and Olivia Hope, 17, were last seen boarding a 26-foot yacht, …

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How one island nation is taming tourists

PALAU, an archipelago made up of some 200 islands in the western Pacific Ocean, has introduced a “passport pledge” that visitors must sign before entering the country. The island community has introduced the unique pledge in the hope it will help preserve their homeland for the generations to come. It …

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‘I’m not a monster’: Child abuser speaks

NIA Glassie was three years old in 2007 when she was put in a clothes dryer spinning for 30 minutes on a hot setting. The toddler had been hung on a clothesline and spun around, held over a burning fire, used to practise wrestling moves, folded into a couch and …

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Man gropes topless woman at festival

THIS is the jaw-dropping moment a man races toward a topless woman at a New Year’s Eve music festival and grabs her breast — before she takes revenge. The woman was seen walking through a field with her chest covered in glitter at the Rhythm and Vines festival in Gisbourne, …

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UN urges Australia to fix Manus ‘mess’

THE UN refugee agency is accusing Australia of abandoning hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island, saying it must take responsibility for the mess it’s created with its “offshore processing” system. About 800 refugees are still in a precarious situation on Manus Island, having been …

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Mum and son killed in island paradise

AN Australian woman and her young son have been stabbed to death in their home on a Pacific island paradise. Sarah Moses, 46, and her son Jack were killed in a pre-dawn attack in their home at Betio, Kiribati, a small country of 110,000 people. Ms Moses was a senior …

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