President Barack Obama used his annual speech to the United Nations to warn Islamic State fighters to "leave the battlefield while they can" and asked the world to back a US-led campaign against the militants in Iraq and Syria.
In a few hours, the votes will be counted and New Zealanders will see how the cards fall and who is likely to form the next Government.
A proposal to put up bus shelters outside two Dunedin businesses has been dropped following opposition to council plans.
Labour leader David Cunliffe is understood to be taking time off to reconsider his political future after several of his key supporters in caucus withdrew their support - a step that has ramped up the pressure on him to step down.
Islamic State militants tightened their noose on a northern Syrian border town on Sunday as the United Nations said the number of Syrian Kurds fleeing into neighbouring Turkey may have topped 100,000 and was likely to go much higher.
The demolition worker who choked a Dunedin man to death in a bar toilet was a ''parasite'' who showed no remorse in court yesterday, a grieving uncle says.
President Barack Obama vowed more strikes against extremists in Syria on Tuesday after US forces carried out separate air raids targeting Islamic State militants and an al Qaeda affiliate that Washington said was plotting attacks on America and Europe.
A steel grass roller blew up after it was put on a Mosgiel bonfire early this morning, sending up to six people to hospital with minor burns.
Houses, empty sections and parkland are among 149 parcels of property across Dunedin being considered for sale, as the city council looks to add $10 million to its coffers.
Dirty Politics allegations involving Prime Minister John Key's office will be the subject of a hearing held by intelligence watchdog Cheryl Gwyn just nine days out from the election.
One person is dead after their car crashed into a parked vehicle on a rural road near Timaru today.
Cut-price fuel retailer Gull says it is investigating ways to move into the South Island.
The resignation of Judith Collins as a cabinet minister on Saturday should pave the way for Prime Minister John Key to get National's election campaign back on track.
Pro-democracy activists have vowed to bring Hong Kong's financial hub to a standstill after China's parliament rejected their demands for the right to freely choose the former British colony's next leader in 2017.
Almost 250 dog attacks were reported to the Dunedin City Council during the past 12 months.
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says Judith Collins' credibility is in tatters and her accusations of lying about a plot to potentially roll Prime Minister John Key are hollow.
Southern police are clamping down on truckies in the hope of curbing crash numbers.
Britain has raised its terrorism alert to the second-highest level, and Prime Minister David Cameron says the Islamic State (IS) group operating in Syria and Iraq poses the country's greatest ever security risk.
Scotland spurned independence in a historic referendum that threatened to rip the United Kingdom apart, sow financial turmoil and diminish Britain's remaining global clout.
An emotional Tony Avery wishes he could turn back the clock and stop the alleged $1.5 million Citifleet fraud.