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Five dead in Norway avalanche

Five dead in Norway avalanche

Police say four Swiss and one French citizen have been confirmed killed by a massive avalanche in northern Norway.

Rugby: Italy win leaves Scotland last

Rugby: Italy win leaves Scotland last

Italy passed the Six Nations rugby wooden spoon back to Scotland when they beat the visitors 13-6 at Rome's Stadio Olimpico.

Rugby: France recover to draw with Ireland

Rugby: France recover to draw with Ireland

France have shrugged off a poor first-half performance to draw 17-17 at home to Ireland in the Six Nations, ending its hopes of a Grand Slam and leaving Wales alone at the top of the standings.

Woman in critical condition after Hastings crash

A woman is in a critical condition in hospital after her car collided with a truck carrying a 21 tonne container in Hawkes Bay.

At least nine dead in Midwest storm

At least nine dead in Midwest storm

A powerful storm system that produced multiple reports of tornadoes has lashed the US Midwest, roughing up the country music resort city of Branson and laying waste to small towns in Illinois and Kansas. At least nine people were killed.

Dozens die in Mexico prison riot

Dozens die in Mexico prison riot

A fight among inmates led to a prison riot in northern Mexico that killed 44 people, a security official says.

Sea Shepherd ruling 'victory for the whales'

Sea Shepherd ruling 'victory for the whales'

A federal judge in Seattle has declined to immediately restrain the activities of a Washington state-based anti-whaling group.

Family buys daughter NY apartment for $105 million

Family buys daughter NY apartment for $105 million

The family of a Russian billionaire has bought a New York City penthouse apartment for $88 million ($NZ105m).

Houston death prompts look at doctors, meds

Houston death prompts look at doctors, meds

It's become standard-operating procedure when a celebrity dies too young - investigators immediately go looking through their nightstand and medicine cabinet.

Actor David Kelly dies

Actor David Kelly dies

Irish stage and screen actor David Kelly, known for appearances in British comedies such as Robin's Nest, has died aged 82.