An Auckland man who shone a laser into the cockpits of an Air New Zealand plane and police helicopter has avoided jail time and a hefty fine.
Two hunters missing in the Kaimai Ranges have been found alive and well.
Torrential rains have killed at least 15 people in Texas and Oklahoma, including two in Houston where floods turned streets into rivers and led to about 1000 calls for help in the fourth-most populous US city, officials say.
A 14-year-old student who went missing on Mt Taranaki has been found.
A Danish radio station is defending a show during which the host killed a baby rabbit by hitting it with a bicycle pump, live on the air, saying it was intended to show the hypocrisy of animal lovers.
A man sought by police in relation to an attempted abduction outside a Hastings school has turned himself in.
One person is injured after a car smashed into a sushi restaurant in Botany this afternoon.
Housing minister Nick Smith has defended his plans to free up Crown land in Auckland to build new homes despite claims people could end up living on top of cemeteries, school playing fields and on pylons.
Four Dunedin staff will be out of a job when Relationships Aotearoa closes its doors, probably this week.
An Octagon bar owner insists his late-night venue will not become the latest to close, despite police opposition to a renewed on-licence after a string of assaults linked to the premises.
University of Otago PhD researcher Hazem Zohny has warned about myths and ''hype'' involving so-called ''smart'' drugs, and says there is little evidence they improve the academic performance of university students.
Malaysian police forensic teams, digging with hoes and shovels, have begun pulling out bodies from shallow graves found in abandoned jungle camps where an inter-governmental body said hundreds of victims of human traffickers may be buried.
The Cleveland police department in the United States has agreed to train officers to minimise racial bias and the use of excessive force in a deal with the Department of Justice.
An Indonesian woman on trial for ordering her Australian husband's Bali murder did not act spontaneously out of anger, but planned the hit and stuck with the plan despite having time to change her mind, the prosecution has argued.
Brazilian police have arrested an Italian mafia boss who had been on the run for 30 years and convicted of killing more than 20 people in the 1980s.
Libya's internationally recognised prime minister, Abdullah al-Thinni, says he has survived an assassination attempt after leaving a session of the anarchic country's elected parliament.
The man who died in a diving incident in Queen Charlotte Sound on Monday was a former Dunedin man.
Erosion caused by this week's wild weather in Dunedin has forced the closure of a track linking the Esplanade at St Clair with nearby Kettle Park.
New Zealand Post chairman Sir Michael Cullen has agreed to check claims the state-owned enterprise is using zero-hours contracts.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has likened the ferocity of flash flooding that killed at least three people to a tsunami, and authorities said a dam had given way in a state park.