July 25 2014, updated 5:00pm

Mahassen Issa

Ex wanted revenge, accused says

Australian Mahassen Issa faces adultery charges in Lebanon. Now her own family's disowned her.

Key still backs Brownlee

Gerry Brownlee 4:30pm Labour calls for transport minister to stand down while authorities investigate his security breach. | 'Zero tolerance'

Father, son get reprieve

4:15pm Teen and his father given final chances when they appear separately before the same judge today.

$4m fraudster jailed

4:08pm Woman with "Robin Hood" attitude who stole more than $4m is jailed for more than four years.

Family with hurt teen

3:33pm An Australian teenager who fell from a hotel balcony in Queenstown remains in intensive care.

Steering fault shuts airport

4:03pm New Plymouth Airport is closed after an Air New Zealand Dash 8 Q300 heading to Wellington lost steering while on the runway.

Crashes claim teen, dad

Cheyenne Ihaka Teen driver dies in crash in Tararua, two months after his father's similar death.

'Holiday Highway' approved

The controversial "Holiday Highway" north of Auckland has been given the go-ahead.

Jail for bashing driver

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TV couple nab thief

Block stars Loren and Tom Heaphy have turned crimebusters, spotting and pursuing a stolen car.

Bolt from the blue lips

Better known for being a diva doppelganger, Liam Martin takes on a Commonwealth Games legend.

Industry reacts to Brownlee breach

gerry brownlee CAA has "no sense of humour'' about security breaches, no matter who you are, industry leader says.

Bulletproof Brownlee

Is PM's refusal to accept Gerry Brownlee's resignation a sign National thinks it's bulletproof? | In through out door

Wagner won't get her money

Labour pushes community voice

John Green

81-year-old candidate

Addressing a mostly older audience in Nelson, Conservative Party leader Colin Craig introduced the town's candidate, age 81.

The debris fell slowly, slowly

MH17 bits A blow-by-blow account of the doomed Malaysian Airlines flight and the stories of those aboard.

Air Algerie crash: 'no survivors'

Wreckage found of jet missing in Africa with 116 on board, in third major aviation crash in a week.

Ukraine's prime minister quits

'Don't shoot me! I'm pregnant'


Flying's week from hell

Three air disasters. Three completely different sets of circumstances. All in seven days.

Auckland office space shrinks

Auckland office buildings, Tower Insurance Prime office space at the heart of NZ's biggest city could be compared to the size of a football field.

Business confidence wilts

Sentiment among businesses is still falling from "extreme levels of optimism" early this year, survey shows.

Scare trims McDonald's menu

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Greg Foran

Kiwi takes helm of Walmart

Greg Foran, once a shelf-stacker, is the new US boss of Walmart, the world's largest retailer.

A week of no spending

Cecile Meier Could you spend a week without spending any money? Our columnist Cecile Meier did.

When floating ends in sinking

Experts are warning homeowners with major mortgage debts could "come unstuck".

Consumers under the pump

Veda accepts $10 credit fee cap

Living the dream

nalisha Patel A Kiwi couple design their own fairytale life, travelling the world while building a business from their laptops.

Beermakers fear tough draft rules

Craft beer faces "disastrous consequences" if beer over 6 per cent is restricted in Auckland.

Cafe culture at school

Longer parking limits wanted

Has the iPad passed its peak?

The numbers are clear: Apple is selling fewer iPads.

Google forgets rest of world

Regulators quiz search engine over decision to restrict removal of links to European sites only.

First look at live-action Halo

Sony to pay $17.5m over breach

Yahoo! Community is back

Just because Community is going to Yahoo doesn't mean it's in for a lot of changes, creator says.

They've lost 56kg between them

weight It's hard to believe these confident women were once so ashamed of their appearance they avoided cameras.

Metabolism-boosting secrets

Scientists have unlocked three important factors in the battle to coax our bodies to burn calories more efficiently.

Sniff your way to love

The week's best & worst dressed


She really is superhuman

Gisele has pulled the ultimate cosmetic humble brag - going makeup free in a high fashion campaign.

Turn a home into an investment

home Two bedrooms will attract the right sort of renter; as will neutral walls and an easy-care section.

China's skyscraper mania

Suzhou isn't even the biggest city in Jiangsu province, yet it's joining a rush for the sky.

Real life reno: The kitchen

How to protect your house


Open homes: Ski lodges

The best buys on offer right now for fans of pistes, picturesque views and winter (and summer) getaways.

How to make Yorkshire puddings

Yorkshire pudding Get the roast ready! Here's how to make golden, puffy and crisp Yorkshire puddings.

The wrath of online criticism

Restaurateur says unmoderated and negative comments could cost jobs and close businesses.

More nutrients in frozen veg?

Kumara & banana muffins

Que syrah syrah

Wine sales NZ can claim another victory over Australians - British wine drinkers prefer our vino to theirs.

Security tightened

Pig farmers install laser buzzers and alarm systems to keep trespassing activists out.

Alliance boss announces resignation

'Borrowed time'

Grass-roots Kiwi comedy

Tanya Horo New Zealand comedy The Z-Nail Gang is a community collaboration in more ways than one.

Hobbit delays Jackson Dr Who

The TARDIS may yet materialise in New Zealand - as soon as Sir Peter Jackson finishes his Hobbit trilogy.

Monae has secret Obama video

Cumberbatch Comic-Con debut

Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice

New look at Batfleck

A new image of Ben Affleck as Batman has been released online.

'Nerd hub of the world' opens

Comic-Con Comic-Con has opened its doors in San Diego, USA and fans from around the world are lining up.

Scared of flying?

You're still twice as likely to die from a blood clot while flying than a plane crash.

Global snapshots

Are you a shopaholic?

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'We're on top of the whale!'

Two kayakers were surrounded ever so calmly, then hoisted onto the back of a whale.

Breathing with no air

Man with his head in his hands I've always had asthma but now my daily battle for breath makes it hard just to get out of bed.

No excuse to miss Albania

Albania is transforming into a tourist mecca with rich experiences for those with an intrepid streak.

'Cannot protect gay daughter'

Bangers and maggots

gery brownlee

Top five reader comments

Whales, dinosaurs and Gerry Brownlee all have something in common today: they're in top comments.

Wee car sparkles at museum

1967 riley elf mark III Bill Dooley is mad about cars and his latest love is a 1967 Riley Elf Mark III.

Jag unveils bespoke F-Type

Jaguar is to use the Tour de France as billboard to show off a bespoke F-Type coupe as a high performance support vehicle.

'Evita' limo to be sold

Go-ahead for Huntly expressway

Ford has revealed the new design of the last ever Falcon, which features redesigned front and rear styling.

Falcon's Mustang muscle look

Never before has a Ford Falcon looked so much like a Ford Mustang.

All Blacks legend farewelled

Kevin Skinner A 100-strong crowd gathered in West Auckland today for the funeral of rugby great Kevin Skinner.

Dell's Games appeal rejected

Sports Tribunal of New Zealand confirms Dell's non-selection appeal failed and she will not run in Glasgow.

Queen photobomb no accident

Spencer hits out at SA style


Kiwis irresistible in golden start

Success on the track and mat set up a good Games for NZ, placed sixth on the medal table after first day. | Hockey win | Boyle fourth| Game of Groans

CIA poland prison

Poland pays for dirty secret

Poland let the CIA create a facility to detain, torture and degrade accused terrorists, court finds.

MH17 wreckage in Ukraine

Comparing MH17 to Erebus

NZ mountaineers controlled the Erebus crash site; Armed militia run the MH17 site.

pepper spray

My big pepper spray mistake

Buying peace of mind for a remote bush trip got me in the dock facing 14 years in jail.

Gaston Arcurio

A culinary coup

Gaston Arcurio is the superstar chef who remade Lima into the culinary capital of South America.

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