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Virus death toll tops 1500

Sat, 02/15/2020 - 15:25
A medical worker in a protective suit checks a patient's records at Jinyintan hospital in Wuhan. Photo: China Daily via REUTERS More than 2600 new cases were confirmed from a coronavirus outbreak in mainland China, the National Health Commission said on Saturday, a day after people returning to the capital from holidays were ordered to quarantine themselves for 14 days to try to contain its spread.
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Virus death toll tops 1500

Sat, 02/15/2020 - 15:23
A medical worker in a protective suit checks a patient's records at Jinyintan hospital in Wuhan. Photo: China Daily via REUTERS More than 2600 new cases were confirmed from a coronavirus outbreak in mainland China, the National Health Commission said on Saturday, a day after people returning to the capital from holidays were ordered to quarantine themselves for 14 days to try to contain its spread.
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China-NZ travel restrictions extended

Sat, 02/15/2020 - 14:33
A traveller wearing a mask walks past a departures information board at Beijing International Airport. Photo: Reuters Restrictions on travel from China which were introduced to prevent the spread of coronavirus have been extended for eight days.
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China-NZ travel restrictions extended

Sat, 02/15/2020 - 14:31
A traveller wearing a mask walks past a departures information board at Beijing International Airport. Photo: Reuters Restrictions on travel from China which were introduced to prevent the spread of coronavirus have been extended for eight days.
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Car-sized turtle was built for battle

Sat, 02/15/2020 - 14:10
An artist's impression of Stupendemys geographicus, which lived in lakes and rivers in northern South America during the Miocene epoch. Image: Reuters One of the largest turtles that ever lived prowled the lakes and rivers of northern South America from about 13 million years ago to 7 million years ago - and this car-sized freshwater beast was built for battle.
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Heavy rain warning for parts of South

Sat, 02/15/2020 - 13:28
Heavy rain warnings have been issued for parts of the South, including the headwaters of the Otago lakes, as a former tropical cyclone bears down.
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US, Taliban strike Afghanistan truce deal

Sat, 02/15/2020 - 12:58
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (2nd L) meets Afghan President Ashraf Ghani with US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper (L) and Acting Minister of Defense of Afghanistan Asadullah Khalid (R), during the Munich Security conference. Photo: REUTERS The United States has reached agreement with the Taliban on a week-long reduction of violence that could lead to a US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, a senior administration official said, while cautioning that the insurgents must honour commitments for the accord to stick.
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Dunedin woman sacked in Megxit 'bloodbath'

Sat, 02/15/2020 - 12:10
Clara Loughlan made headlines when she appeared handing Meghan her flowers at the royal wedding. Photo: Instagram Prince Harry's Kiwi assistant - a former Dunedin woman - is among those sacked in what's being called a "bloodbath" staffing cut.
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Home sought for dad’s extensive beer collection

Sat, 02/15/2020 - 11:48
Southlander Les McNaught spent close to 20 years collecting beer and beer paraphernalia from across the globe before his death in October last year. PHOTO: ABBEY PALMER One of the biggest challenges sisters Robyn and Janis McNaught had growing up was trying to find a beer for Christmas or a birthday their father did not have.
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Murder charge after Tauranga shooting deaths

Sat, 02/15/2020 - 11:47
A 25-year-old charged with the murder of two men in Tauranga has been granted interim name suppression in the Christchurch District Court today.
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Lucky winner of Field Days competition

Sat, 02/15/2020 - 11:33
Paul Dwyer announces the winner of a competition run by the ODT and the SRL at the Field Days in Waimumu.
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Breakers win but finals fate in limbo

Sat, 02/15/2020 - 11:14
The Breakers' Scotty Hopson charges up court against South East Melbourne Phoenix. Photo: Getty The New Zealand Breakers' NBL finals hopes are in the hands of Melbourne United after the Kiwi club saw off South East Melbourne Phoenix 92-83 in Christchurch.
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Breakers win but finals fate in limbo

Sat, 02/15/2020 - 11:13
The Breakers' Scotty Hopson charges up court against South East Melbourne Phoenix. Photo: Getty The New Zealand Breakers' NBL finals hopes are in the hands of Melbourne United after the Kiwi club saw off South East Melbourne Phoenix 92-83 in Christchurch.
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Woman cleared of murder after driving car into teens

Sat, 02/15/2020 - 11:09
A young woman has been found not guilty of murder but convicted of unlawfully killing a teenager by running him down with her car in Perth.
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Record dry spell for Auckland as more rain bears down on South

Sat, 02/15/2020 - 11:03
Northland is experiencing drought, while parts of the South Island are facing more rain. Photo: RNZ Much of the North Island is grappling with the driest weather on record, while ex-tropical cyclone Uesi is fast approaching the South Island.
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Top Christchurch-based rower builds future beyond sport

Sat, 02/15/2020 - 10:37
Mark Taylor is set to have a busy week at the national rowing championships at Lake Karapiro. PHOTO: GUS PATTERSON It has been a summer of new challenges for Mark Taylor.
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Man City cop two-year Europe ban

Sat, 02/15/2020 - 10:04
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. Photo: Reuters English champions Manchester City have been banned from European competition for the next two seasons and fined 30 million euros by European football's governing body UEFA after an investigation into alleged breaches of Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.
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Motorcyclist seriously hurt in Mosgiel

Sat, 02/15/2020 - 09:35
A motorcyclist was seriously injured after falling off their bike in Mosgiel early today.
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Multimillion-dollar slice of South Island paradise up for sale

Sat, 02/15/2020 - 09:17
prooperty1.jpg Westhaven Retreat on the northwest tip of the South Island is on sale for $22.5m and comes with luxury lodge and 330ha of peninsula land. Photo: Supplied A stunning strip of coastal South Island land filled with forests, beaches and spectacular limestone cliffs is up for sale for $22.5 million.
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Missing tramper: Friends pay tribute as family grieve

Sat, 02/15/2020 - 09:06
Stephanie Simpson's body was found several days after she went missing. The family of missing tramper Stephanie Simpson are ‘‘grieving’’ following the discovery of her body in the Mount Aspiring National Park, police say.
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