Weeping relatives hugged each other and reached out to touch the coffins at a state funeral for some of the 291 people killed in an earthquake in Italy this week.
A French court has suspended a ban on women wearing full-body "burkini" swimsuits on a Mediterranean town's beach but the prime minister says the debate is not over.
Some $500,000 in two years has reportedly been donated to the Liberal Party by Chinese businessmen with links to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.
A new global deal on curbing aviation emissions is likely to give states the right to opt out of its initial voluntary phases in a concession to developing countries including aviation powerhouses China and India.
Comment: Helen Clark did not lightly enter the contest to become the UN Secretary-General and she is not going to quit lightly, NZ Herald political editor Audrey Young writes.
A young Thai couple lost their life savings when their food caravan was stolen from an Auckland car park.
A freak lightning storm has killed 323 reindeer in a remote mountainous area of Norway.
A defiant President Dilma Rousseff has warned Brazilians that her conservative opponents were trampling on democracy by using trumped-up charges to oust her and roll back the social advances of the past 13 years.
A league fan hit and killed by a train as he rushed across tracks to grab something from his car will leave a "huge hole" in the lives of the family and friends.
An alleged drunk driver was apprehended by members of the public after she left a trail of destruction in the Dunedin suburb of Mornington,
Plans to raze a flood-damaged Forbury house and build two homes in its place have been given resource consent, despite being opposed by a DCC planner.
Increased participation in sports is placing pressure on Dunedin sport fields as the Dunedin City Council vows to take a look at the issue.
Conventional notions of a "picket fence'' family life that underpin New Zealand's social policies do not match the reality of many young people's lives.
A 27-year-old man will appear in the Dunedin District Court on Friday after police recovered stolen goods.
The Southern District Health Board is being urged to work faster to reduce doctor fatigue as a result of the hours they are being rostered to work.
Nigel Hope says he could have bought a jet ski but instead his ``fun vehicle'' purchase was a former Dunedin Fire Service Mack Snorkel.
This is probably going beyond the call of duty.
Tickets to an upcoming Dunedin talk by a hostage negotiator, terrorist prosecutor and human rights lawyer are selling fast.
New University of Otago research suggests that targeting preschoolers in television advertising promotes tensions in families.
Prime Minister John Key was questioned about the Dunedin Hospital rebuild and the Invermay downgrade at a party fundraiser in Dunedin last week.