Unions, lawmakers and interest groups in the United States are questioning the long-awaited text of a landmark American-backed Pacific trade deal, setting up a potentially long and difficult path to ratification by the US - the biggest of the 12 partners.
The leaders of Germany's ruling coalition parties, struggling with the biggest influx of migrants in decades, have clinched a deal on how to speed up the asylum process for those with little chance of being allowed to stay.
Prime Minister John Key says he "can't help being eye candy".
Dunedin police are investigating burglaries committed over the past two days, including the theft of gardening tools and supplies from a shed in Halfway Bush.
A man who died at the scene of a serious crash in Northland was an English tourist who had just arrived in New Zealand with his wife and was starting a six-week holiday, police say.
AgResearch is locking horns with the Exclusive Brethren over plans for a new church on the Taieri Plain.
One excited royal follower managed to get up close and personal with the Prince of Wales in Dunedin yesterday, planting a kiss on his cheek.
The Dunedin mediation office reportedly facing the threat of closure has a significantly higher resolution rate for employment disputes than the national average, it has been revealed.
Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila says his centre-right coalition government could collapse on Friday if it fails to reach agreement on healthcare reforms that envisage huge spending cuts.
British Prime Minister David Cameron says it is increasingly likely that a bomb brought down a Russian airliner over Egypt with the loss of 224 lives, setting him at odds with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Bali's airport is open but most Australians won't be flying today, with both Jetstar and Virgin Australia deeming it still unsafe.
Two reports will be released today paving the way for the Senate to debate and pass the China-Australia free trade agreement.
Firefighters were kept busy overnight with Guy Fawkes-related callouts, including a Wanaka fire which threatened a house.
It remains a mystery where the wreck of a yacht found on the sea floor of Picton Harbour came from.
A man has been flown to hospital after he lost control of his vehicle on a bend in a road near Te Awamutu and rolling several times overnight.
An $840,000 Marsden Fund grant will help University of Otago zoology lecturer Dr Sheri Johnson undertake research on fish, which could also shed new light on aspects of obesity.
Dunedin heritage advocate Ann Barsby is ''relieved and grateful'' the Dunedin City Council has stepped in to help save a 19th century worker's cottage which had to be shifted again this week.
A formatting error has been blamed by the Southern District Health Board after it inadvertently released its projected annual deficit.
Research led by University of Otago vice-chancellor Prof Harlene Hayne is likely to further clarify how children's testimony should be presented in court, in child abuse cases.
When, or even if, next generation digital speed cameras will be installed in the south remains unclear.