August 23 2014, updated 9:39pm

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Should US bomb Syria?

Islamic State likely to pull back into their Syrian safe haven - leaving Obama with a tough choice.

Retaken Mosul dam still volatile

'I'm not racist'

Yoghurt strap Boss of a frozen yoghurt shop at the centre of a dispute over a greeting says the issue has been blown out of all proportion.

Taxi driver guilty

Jury finds taxi driver guilty of breaking into a woman's house and raping her after he drove her home.

McCaw knows the heat is on

ABs skipper says pressure is up there with the most intense he's felt before a Bledisloe Cup test.

Conservatives take airtime action

Colin Craig is taking the Electoral Commission to court over its broadcasting allocations.

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Nasa wants your help to solve a 300,000 piece puzzle thanks to snap-happy astronauts

PPTA reaches interim agreement

shcool books Secondary school teachers reach interim agreement over Government's education policy after primary colleagues reject it.

'A light has gone out'

Friends and family remember great adventurer" killed in a helicopter crash near Wanaka.

Drug sentence increased

Conservative list 'balanced'

Knifeman holds up diary

Stay away or I'll spray

Dairy owner scares off knife-welding robber by threatening him with a can of pepper spray.

All Blacks ready for clash

All Blacks Captain Richie McCaw says the team is moving on from last week's draw and have their eyes set on securing the Bledisloe Cup.

My position's correct: Key

key PM says he's conducted a "thorough check" of what he did and didn't know about SIS papers.

Housing payout for MPs

MPs seem to have been gifted a tax-free pay rise thanks to a $28,000 lump sum payout for housing.

More pay before benefit cut

ACT's attitude shift

	 tuhoe apology

'Ngai Tuhoe, it's your day'

Tuhoe gets a Crown apology for historic grievances dubbed among the worst in NZ's history.

Retaken Iraq dam still volatile

mosul dam strap Iraqi forces are now back in control of the Mosul dam, but the situation remains unstable.

Gaza farm strike kills two

Israeli airstrike on a Gaza farm killed two Palestinians, as fighting continues after cease-fire talks collapse.

Hostage drama now public

Kiss of life revives koala

Hamas funeral

Israel kills three Hamas leaders

Israeli strike kills three Hamas commanders, a clear sign of its intention to hit the group's armed leadership.

Vodafone late fee heads higher

It's about to cost more to pay your phone bill late, as Vodafone plans to lift the penalty to $17.25 from $10.

Spark's holds onto recent gains

The telco's shares hold recent gains after the company nearly doubles its annual net profit to $460 million.

Greens not happy with forest offer

Truckie dispute leads to payout

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Sky justifies price rise

Sky Television denies misleading subscribers over the reasons for its price rise this year.

'The money will come'

piggy bank, savings Favour earning money over acquiring status. Status involves spending money, working involves earning it.

Eftpos online flaws to be fixed

Some aspects of how online eftpos would work have yet to be resolved, Paymark says.

More bank fee suits filed

Money tips for my younger self

Fined for sacking son

Court A father is ordered to pay his son $17,000 for wrongly firing him from the family earthmoving firm after a heated argument.

Overpayment puzzling for woman

A childcare centre owner on trial for fraud says she doesn't know why she was overpaid.

Anti-corruption 101

Optimism vital for success

Star Wars in your pocket

Now you can destroy the Empire - or crush the Rebel Alliance - on your mobile in a new Star Wars game.

Beervana app serves up brews

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The train spotter express

Vine ripens and grows

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The worst dressed male celeb

Simon Cowell His propensity for too-tight tees, waist-high shiny pants and shirts unbuttoned one too many is cringeworthy at best.

There's no 'right' kind of body

Women shouldn't be forced to waste time staging rebellions over how much space our bodies are entitled to take up.

Is this the future of beauty?

The week in celebrity fashion

Snack

What do dietitians snack on?

Three dietitians reveal which foods they tuck into between meals - and their blacklisted snacks.

The dangers of DIY

strap Put down your tools and read this before embarking on that home improvement.

Cloaked in greenery

A "living" building at Auckland Airport is in line to win a top architecture award.

Fears for historic Grafton

It's time to revitalise!

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Inside scoop on The Block

We get some early goss from the new contestants. The verdict? It's been tough.

Wellington ladies who lunch

dine Keen to try a Welly on a Plate lunch? We tried five of the best so you can choose the lunch that will suit you.

Exports may see locals miss out

A booming wine export sector sees annual sales reach a record $1.3 billion but NZ fans are missing out.

Gothic skull takes the cake

A tattoo and a tipple

Seeka profit rebounds

Kiwifruit A bumper harvest and new business opportunities help push up first-half profit of the kiwifruit company.

Farm sales still rankle

A 2012 farm sale to an overseas buyer still rankles with some farmers who wished to buy the properties themselves.

Auckland livestock numbers discussed

Life is busy

Inbetweeners 2 take AU

inbetweeners 2 It's hard to decide at which stage in the viewing process that I realised seeing The Inbetweeners 2 was a terrible mistake.

Power of Broods

The one hour performance perfectly encapsulates what it means to be young, unsure and wistful.

The good and the bad

MTV VMA's best moments ever

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Top 10 ice bucket challenges

Just when you thought it was safe to go back on social media, the ice bucket challenge is back.....

How old is too old on a bus?

I'm the tour's token creepy old man. Every tour has one, just the way every hostel dorm has one.

Where to get lucky at the snow

Chairlift dating, free drinks and week-long parties. World's best resorts for singles.

Would you sleep at IKEA?

Winter is back!

Fear haunts travellers

Horrified, Eliza Strauss thought she could see a fiery missile speeding towards her plane.

Scary space/time continuum

Solar system We're told the Universe is expanding, but what is it expanding into? Applying logic to this blows my mind.

At one with cats and dogs

I was scared of dogs, but having had cats and dogs I think we're all expressions of the same thing.

Going bump in the night

Pretty little things

Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson.

Top five reader comments

"Who put the bomp in the bomp bah bomp bah bomp?" Our readers ask the tough questions.

'You are not untouchable'

jeremy clarkson Jeremy Clarkson doesn't see a problem with his racial outbursts but his bosses have a warning.

Fraudster's Rolls being auctioned

A 1922 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost linked to convicted fraudster Michael Swann is up for auction.

Turbo Trax blows in

Standing landing from rear-ender

Chevrolet Impala 2014

Commodore replacements?

Holden's confirmation that it will continue to sell a large car and wagon after the Commodore's demise came out of the blue.

Magpies win a thriller

Ihaia West A last second Ihaia West dropped goal gives Hawke's Bay a dramatic 29-26 NPC win over Taranaki in Napier.

Canterbury thump Mooloos

Defending champs look unstoppable in this year's NPC, putting Waikato away to the tune of 58-27 in Hamilton.

SBW to face Warriors

Sharks' deals cause anger

Richie McCaw

McCaw knows the heat is on

ABs skipper says pressure is up there with the most intense he's felt before a Bledisloe Cup test.

Fear haunts travellers

Horrified, Eliza Strauss thought she could see a fiery missile speeding towards her plane.

BluesFest with the kids

This outstanding festival takes place when most of us at home are huddled by the fire.

James Foley

In deep

Executed journalist James Foley just had to chase stories from conflict zones.

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The dangers of DIY

Put down your tools and read this before embarking on that home improvement.

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