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Pair charged over Auckland murder

Two men have been charged with murdering Lee McMurdo at his Helensville home in July last year, police said today.

Football: 'Desperate' Van Persie completes Man U transfer

Football: 'Desperate' Van Persie completes Man U transfer

Dutch international striker Robin Van Persie was "desperate" to join Manchester United and wanted the challenge of "coming to the biggest club in the world", manager Alex Ferguson said.

Petrol prices rise again

Petrol prices rise again

The price of petrol is climbing again, and three companies lifted the price of 91 octane fuel by 3c a litre yesterday.

The Dark Knight Rises - 'bleak, black and brilliant'

The Dark Knight Rises - 'bleak, black and brilliant'

Plaudits are coming thick and fast for ''The Dark Knight Rises'', one reviewer proclaiming it to be "the biggest, best and most exciting Batman of them all".

Four taken to hospital after crash

Four people, including two American tourists, were taken to hospital after a double-cab utility crashed on State Highway 8 south of Omarama about 3pm yesterday.

Fears for future as Egyptians cast votes

Fears for future as Egyptians cast votes

For Egyptians worn down by a tumultuous military interregnum, the first opportunity to choose their leader freely looked as much like a poisoned chalice as a triumph of democracy.

Rugby: University A fire to upset Kaikorai

University A produced its best performance of the season when it overwhelmed Kaikorai at the University Oval.

Rugby: Southern grind out win over Pirates

Southern centre Apelu Alapati's try in the 70th minute helped Southern retain the Jack Hore Memorial Trophy, and bank a valuable bonus point, when it defeated Pirates at Hancock Park.

38 dead in Yemen clashes

At least 22 al Qaeda-linked militants and 12 Yemeni soldiers were killed in clashes and air strikes overnight during a US-backed offensive against insurgents in the south of the country, officials say.

J-Lo tops list of powerful celebs

J-Lo tops list of powerful celebs

Jennifer Lopez has topped the annual Forbes list of the 100 most powerful celebrities in the world, taking over from fellow pop singer Lady Gaga and beating out media mogul Oprah Winfrey.