Otago Daily Times: Political News

Isis' foreign fighter recruitment slowing: Brownlee

Isis' foreign fighter recruitment slowing: Brownlee

The Islamic State's recruitment of foreign fighters has slowed significantly, Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says, as the US-led coalition increasingly cuts off sources of funding to the extremist group.

NZ envoy urges Russia to stop bombing

NZ envoy urges Russia to stop bombing

Several UN Security Council members, including New Zealand's Gerard van Bohemen, have pressed Russia to stop bombing around Syria's Aleppo in support of a Syrian military offensive.

Govt told to keep hiking tobacco tax

Govt told to keep hiking tobacco tax

The Government should continue to hike taxes on tobacco and raise them to at least 20 per cent a year, health professionals and advocacy groups have told Parliament.

Annette King hints at Labour future

Annette King hints at Labour future

Labour veteran Annette King has confirmed she will stand again in 2017 but possibly only on the list, a step which would open up her Rongotai electorate for leader Andrew Little.

Key, Little in TPP face-off

Key, Little in TPP face-off

John Key and Andrew Little traded verbal blows in Parliament today over the Trans Pacific Partnership.

Tax cuts still on the agenda

Tax cuts still on the agenda

The Government is sticking to its spending plans, including possible tax cuts, despite a slowdown in economic growth, Prime Minister John Key said in his formal statement to Parliament this afternoon.

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