North Korea has called US President Barack Obama "a monkey" and blames the US for shutting down its internet amid the hacking row over the comedy The Interview.

Obama 'like a monkey in the forest'

9:37 PM  North Korea threatens "deadly blows" after US President tells cinemas to screen comedy.

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Motel-struggle death

Police have released this image of a man they suspect is involved with a violent struggle in an Auckland motel.

Police hunting two men after a 54-year-old man dies in hospital of injuries from a violent struggle in Auckland.

Teen missing after being hit by wave

Search launched after teen goes missing in waters off Ninety Mile Beach.

Black Caps well in control of test video

10:09 PM  Sri Lanka have capitulated on day two of the first test with NZ and been forced to follow on.

'An utter shambles' gallery

Traffic has eased after a nightmare day, but authorities warn more queues possible.

'I'm going to miss your cheeky grin'

Being late to her own funeral would have pleased Cromwell College head girl Rachel Clark.

national

New Year's eve - a wash out?

rain, wet, soggy, soak, umbrella

The chance of perfect summer weather to welcome the arrival of 2015 is looking slim.

Taranaki escapee busted

Fugitive Kenneth Burns, who has been on the run for over a fortnight, is arrested.

westpac rescue helicopter airlift

Alive after night on the rocks

Three fishermen spent a night clinging to a tiny rock after their boat capsized off Northland.

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Black Caps well in control of test

Sri Lanka have capitulated on day two of the first test with NZ and been forced to follow on.

world

Vigil for shot NYPD cops video

A police officer pays his respects at the memorial for the two NYPD cops killed last weekend.

Uniformed officers and other mourners join huge line to pay their respects for one of two slain NYPD officers.

Pregnant woman allowed to die

Brain-dead woman taken off life support after a ruling that her 18-week-old foetus was doomed to die.

Firefighters rescued 10 people from a block of flats on fire in central Sydney.

Dozens flee Sydney fire

A top floor fire forced 40 people to flee an inner-city Sydney block of flats.

business

Concerns close port at night

SAFETY CONCERNS: Lyttelton Port's container terminal has repeatedly closed amid an ongoing industrial dispute.

Delays expected after Lyttelton's container terminal shuts overnight due to understaffing.

Tackling retirement fishhooks

Group for people in retirement villages plans to challenge industry to bring about fairer deals.

SLIDING VALUE: Australia is New Zealand's top export market, overtaking China in importance in the past few months.

Aussie dollar may lose battle

The Australian dollar may hit a historic low against the Kiwi and could even go below parity next year.

money

Shoppers faint in bargains rush

JUST LOOKING: Heidi Boberg, 2, at Smiths City in Colombo St, Christchurch, was mesmerised by scenes from The Lorax, a film based on one of Dr Seuss’ children’s books, at Smiths City in Colombo St. She was there with her parents for the store’s Boxing Day sale.

Overcrowding, claustrophobia and controlled entries on the cards as Kiwis battle Boxing Day sales.

Tax dodgers dobbed in

IRD has received about 23,000 anonymous tips since 2009 from people suspecting others of evading taxes.

Yuletide shopping picks up

More picking holiday parks

small business

SMEs vulnerable to hackers 

hacker

Firms with inadequate phone security risk being targeted by hackers over Christmas.

Slap on those sunnies

A bit of Kiwi ingenuity is helping people keep track of their sunglasses.

Be well prepared

Hook-up apps hurt gay bars 

technology

Year in Review slated

TACTLESS: Facebook's 'Year In Review' might not pick the moments we want to see again.

Facebook panned for forcing parent to relive the pain of losing his young daughter.

iPads ruining people's sleep

Basking in the blue glow of tablets before bed is hurting our sleep more profoundly than we realise.

PlayStation offline, Xbox apps limited

Xbox Live, Playstation hacked video

Gaming networks errors continue attacks onChristmas Eve and Christmas Day.

life & style

Cops help deliver baby on train video

Baby born on Philadelphia train

Jesus may have been born in a barn but this Christmas baby has a way better story to tell.

Having a Kiwi Christmas

For many used to taking advantage of snow, sun and no turkey was an odd way to spend the big day.

Palmerston North dietitian Jasmine Ong has returned from a trip to China's Fujian province where she worked at a Chinese orphanage.

A journey of growth

Jasmine Ong helped with day-to-day activities at a foster home in Fuzhou city called Our Hidden Treasure.

well & good

Will a holiday affect your fitness?

GOOD NEWS: You can usually retain the benefits of resistance training even after two or three weeks off.

Will a break from running, cycling, lifting or CrossFit training make it harder to pick up the pace again?

Barbie, is she really that bad?

She's been popular on Christmas wish lists for 55 years. Is she really so bad for girls' self-esteem?

Fitted: Sofia Vergara is never seen wearing something loose.

Celeb secret: Dressing for curves

The rule that says big girls should wear baggy clothes is a fashion myth that needs to be thrown away.

home & property

Five staycation essentials gallery

HAPPY VIBE: Festoon lights are an instant way to add a summer vibe to your outdoor living space.

Staying home these holidays? Here's how to have a relaxed break in your own abode.

Sydney auctions turn violent

Auctions in Sydney's west had police calling for back up as protesters turned on buyers and even the auctioneer.

NEW BREED: Real estate agent Kim Franklin of Bellamy's says his clients should think of him as a professional consultant.

Agents charging by the hour

A Christchurch real estate agent is offering an alternative to sellers fed up with paying percentage commission.

food & wine

10 ways with Xmas leftovers

REINVENTED: Left over pavlova - if there is such a thing! - can be used to make Eton mess.

Always left with mountains of ham, salmon and bread after Christmas? Make the most of your leftovers.

Zingy and bright pilseners

Kiwi pilseners are the beer world's answer to Marlborough savignon blanc.

How to make strawberry Santas

Christmas cooking SOS

nz farmer

Genetic leap offers hope

The bull semen extraction process at the Awahuri centre.

NZ may export dairy genetics that will enable cattle to tolerate high tropical temperatures - and climate change.

Cow illness mystery remains

Dairy NZ still has no definite answers on what made some cows sick after eating swedes.

Science key to credibility

Fish farmers 'doing damage '

entertainment

Egypt bans biblical epic Exodus

Joel Edgerton stars as Ramses in Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings

Egypt has banned Hollywood's big screen biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, say 20th Century Fox.

Elvish integral to epics

J.R.R. Tolkien created The Lord of the Rings mythology as a context for his invented languages, writes Darryn King.

CHARGED: Dustin Diamond's bail was set at $10,000. His next court hearing is scheduled for Dec 29.

TV's 'Screech' charged in stabbing

Dustin Diamond, who played Screech on Saved by the Bell, has been charged with stabbing a man in a bar fight.

travel

Qantas' 767 makes final flight

Qantas is retiring its Boeing 767 fleet.

9:43 PM  After 29 years of service, Qantas is farewelling its last Boeing 767.

Crackdown on campers

Councils take Big Brother approach to freedom campers with officers monitoring hot spots.

COLOURFUL: You have to pay to visit Gaudi's old house, but you can see some of his work for free at Parc Guell.

5 free things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations. It can be pricey but these tourism gems are all free.

stuff nation

Week in Germany for 28Euro stuff nation

FREE STAY: Schloss Blumenthal.

Volunteering in Germany left Emma Swete full of information and inspiration.

What else could go wrong? stuff nation

First there was the broken car, then the sick child. Then the biker gang turned up.

WHERE'S BEST FOR A BEER? We want to hear what makes your local so special

Your favourite Kiwi country pub stuff nation

New Zealand may be small but it's packed full of quirky, characterful establisments. But which is the nation's best?

motoring

Nothing left on the table

2016 Cadillac CTS-V.

Based on sneak preview the third generation of Cadillac's CTS-V should put BMW and Mercedes-Benz on notice.

Joint rolled in front of cop

Police in Australia released photographs of two people who appear to be putting the "silly" into silly season.

Ducati Panigale 899: In its element. L-Twin Dukes never go out of fashion.

Junior is best of breed

Ducati's 899 Panigale has wrested the top sportsbike sales title from Honda and it deserves to.

sport

Smith puts Indians to sword

LEADING THE WAY: Australian captain Steve Smith raises his bat after sealing a ton.

Australia have taken control on day two of the Boxing Day test against India at the MCG.

Keeping tabs on ABs 10s

Introducing 1st5R, a formula which rates a first-five's performance, including the four ABs contenders.

CATCH US IF YOU CAN: The crew of Wild Oats XI are leading the Sydney to Hobart race.

Wild Oats XI takes lead

Wild Oats XI holds a lead of more than five nautical miles over Comanche in the Sydney to Hobart race.

good reads

Elvish integral to epics

Exotic dialect: Cate Blanchett as the Elf Queen, Galadriel, in The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies.

Keen linguist JRR Tolkien created The Lord of the Rings mythology as a context for his invented languages.

The year McCullum made his own

KNOCKED IT OFF: The relief is palpable for Brendon McCullum as he becomes the first New Zealand batsman to reach the magical 300 in a test innings.

If 2014 was the Chinese year of the horse, then New Zealand Cricket witnessed the year of the Baz.

'It used to be much nicer' video

LIGHTS ON, NOBODY HOME: The Kimberley Centre, Kimberley Road, Levin.

Walking back through the troubled past of the Kimberley Centre

Tranquil before the big waves

Hit hard by the tsunami: Nancowrie Island, in the Nicobar Islands

The 2004 Boxing Day tsunami smashed the Nicobar islands, killing thousands and wrecking villages.

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When Shayla Gibbons left NZ her OE, she never thought she'd end up in a Thai clinic, fearing for her friend's lives.

Kiwis are Christmas Scrooges

BAH HUMBUG: Kiwis are happy to snub their family this holiday season.

Kiwis are a bunch of Scrooges with 50 per cent wanting to leave family members behind this Christmas.

Pasifika welcome

If you slip into "Tonga time" you'll have an amazing experience.

Elizabeth Rine has embraced island life in the Tongan capital of Nuku'alofa.

A different life stuff nation

KENTE WEAVING: A complex system of weaving on a loom with foot pedals.

Avi Duckorjones left his comfortable apartment in Manhattan for deepest darkest Africa.

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Drunken crash into ex-husband's home

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Woman crashes car through estranged husband's front door after an argument.

Circus passes off puppies as pandas

PANDA POWER: The offender caught in the act of impersonating a panda.

Remember when a zoo tried to pass off a dog as a lion? Now it's puppies pulling the fur over our eyes.

Carols by Chester video

Chester the Cairn terrier, loves the festive season and shares in the Christmas spirit by singing a carol.

Meet Chester - Canterbury Medical Officer of Health Alistair Humphrey's carol-singing dog-about-town.

Meet the 'puppy' shark stuff nation video

JUST LOOKING: Jared Simcox got up close with the "puppy dog" of the ocean.

Kiwi diver Jared Simcox got up close and eye-balled by a three-metre grey nurse shark in Sydney.