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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.

Queen marks 60 years on the throne

Queen marks 60 years on the throne

Sixty years after she ascended to the throne in an austere Britain still facing post-war rationing, Queen Elizabeth has marked the milestone with a new website that showed just how much the world has changed during her reign.

Nth Korea leader looking to bond with his people

Nth Korea leader looking to bond with his people

North Korea's young new leader gets rock star treatment when he visits his troops - just as his father did. But while the late Kim Jong Il mostly stayed aloof in dark shades, his son holds hands and hugs his soldiers.