Security forces and firemen attempt to extinguish the wreckage of an Indonesian military transport plane after it crashed in the North Sumatra city of Medan, Indonesia, June 30, 2015 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. An Indonesian military transport plane crashed into a hotel and houses in the northern Sumatra city of Medan on Tuesday, killing at least 30 people, an official said. The plane was on its way from an air force base in Medan to the remote Natuna islands and crashed a few minutes after takeoff. REUTERS/Irsan Mulyadi/Antara Foto
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Indonesian plane crashes video

Dozens die when Indonesian military transport plane crashes in city.

Greece misses payment

An anti-austerity protester burns a euro note during a demonstration outside the European Union (EU) offices in Athens, Greece June 28, 2015. Greece said it may impose capital controls and keep its banks shut on Monday after creditors refused to extend the country's bailout and savers queued to withdraw cash, taking Athens' standoff with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund to a dangerous new level.   REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Greece confirms the country will not make its payment due later to the International Monetary Fund.

Shock at jail term

New Zealander is struggling to come to terms with his 15-year jail sentence for drug trafficking in Bali.

Fans brave cold for tickets

Lines form at Te Papa, 15 hours before second-chance rugby tickets go on sale.

'They basically killed my family'

Man whose dog was killed by police in a "terrifying" armed raid says pet was family.

Aussie cricketers slam pink ball

Australians not happy with bosses pushing ahead with day-night test against NZ.

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national

Dad dies professing innocence

Sid Bentley died after a battle with cancer, was a suspect in his daughter's 1998 disappearance and murder, along with Kirsty's older brother, John.

Father of murdered Ashburton teen Kirsty Bentley died still denying involvement in her death, saying he still looked at her photo every day.

Clue to suspects in hut trashing

Club considers closing trashed hut, as clues about vandals come to light.

Two Christchurch police officers have been injured in an assault.

Christchurch police assaulted

Two Christchurch police officers suffered head injuries while making an arrest.

Video

NATO troops attacked, 17 hurt

At least 17 people were wounded in a suicide bomb attack on NATO troops in Kabul.

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NATO troops attacked, 17 hurt video

An Afghan security personnel inspects a damaged car at the site of a suicide bomb attack in Kabu.

At least 17 injured in a suicide bomb attack on NATO troops between Kabul's airport and the U.S. embassy.

S.Sudan burnt women alive - UN

UN says South Sudanese forces and its allies sexually abused women and girls and reportedly burned some alive in their homes.

An anti-austerity protester burns a euro note during a demonstration outside the European Union (EU) offices in Athens, Greece June 28, 2015. Greece said it may impose capital controls and keep its banks shut on Monday after creditors refused to extend the country's bailout and savers queued to withdraw cash, taking Athens' standoff with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund to a dangerous new level.   REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Greece to miss IMF payment

Greece confirms the country will not make its payment due to the International Monetary Fund.

business

Clouds loom over NZ economy

China under a magnifying glass - economic uncertainties there could hit New Zealand hard

Dairy prices are softening, stocks in China are tanking and Greece is in crisis mode. How worried should we be here?

Cash for IRD informants?

OPINION: Informants who dob in tax dodgers don't receive cash rewards in NZ, unlike in the UK and USA.

Business confidence has slipped for the the second consecutive month.

Business confidence slump

Business confidence has slipped for the second consecutive month, with the agriculture industry the least upbeat.

money

More homes in Tauranga

Tauranga will get as many as 210 new homes in Special Housing Areas.

Up to 210 new homes will be built after Cabinet approves Special Housing Areas in Papamoa and Ohauiti.

Staying warm this winter

Secrets to staying toasty this winter without racking up a huge power bill.

You can save and have fun stuff nation

Where to turn for money advice

small business

Fear of the taxman

Some people will argue that once you figure out what you've got to do, managing your finances yourself is a piece of cake.

Erin Reilly's accountant had some great advice for a budding self-starter.

Launch-pad for businesses

Nelson's Start Up Weekend helped firms design and create a business model from scratch.

Family businesses need love

Dutch delights at cosy inn

technology

Driverless car cuts off another

A Google self-driving car is shown in this handout photo released to Reuters March 15, 2015. Google will put 25 prototype self-driving ???pod??? cars on the roads in and around its Silicon Valley headquarters in Mountain View, California. These prototypes, built in Detroit, will have ???removable??? steering wheels and pedals so that drivers can assume manual control if needed in sticky situations. REUTERS/Google/Handout via Reuters

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One of Google's self-driving cars cuts off competitor's prototype about to change lanes.

Statute threatens free speech

New statute designed to curb cyber bullying goes too far.

US Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta rubs her eyes, as she testifies before a House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing on the data breach of OPM computers.

Union sues govt over hack

Employee union says negligence contributed to one of the most damaging cyberthefts in US history.

life & style

Does she have the best job ever? gallery

Camilla on assignment in Western Australia for a Chinese travel magazine.

She follows extreme athletes around in NZ's most beautiful environments for a living. So that's a yes then.

Awkward date gone very wrong

"I am only capable of erotic attraction to badgers. And members of the Beatles. You know, in tandem."

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg changed his profile picture shortly after the Supreme Court announcement.

Can this actually effect change?

Rainbow pictures didn't persuade US court to legalise gay marriage, but it's not a useless exercise.

well & good

Foods behind 'irritable bowels' 

As a general rule onions, garlic, legumes, apples and oats tend to cause the most issues.

Unexplained tummy cramps and digestive issues? You might want to cut out the sugars found in these foods.

5 big fitness myths busted

How much of what we believe about fitness training is really true?

Grace Payne has lost 100kg in two years after doctors warned her she was headed for an early grave.

Great-granny loses 100kg

She was faced with a sobering reality: lose the weight or meet an early grave.

home & property

Roof repairs are 'insufficient' gallery

30062015 news photo, 95-113 Greys Ave (aka lower reys ave, HNZ housing. water damage caused by inadequate roofing and down pipes. Photo: Tom Carnegie.

Tenants of Housing New Zealand apartments in Auckland's CBD are fed up with living in water-damaged properties.

New York's hidden houses

From a rooftop cottage to a converted substation, these are six of the city's best-kept secrets.

Singer Katy Perry has been trying to buy a former convent in LA for three years.

Katy Perry battles with nuns

Teenage Dream singer wants to buy a former convent, but disapproving Sisters are having none of it.

food & wine

The best DIY tandoori chicken

Tandoori chicken with mint and coriander - marinate overnight for best flavour.

Master that tempting gently spiced taste at home with this easy marinating recipe.

Pizza of dreams (or nightmares)

Behold The Vulcan, a hexagonal heart attack that's blowing our minds.

A souped-up pumpkin recipe

The sweetest little love tarts

nz farmer

Foreign buyers snap up vineyards

Foreign ownership of land in Marlborough continued to increase

Overseas companies continue to buy up land in Marlborough for vineyard expansion.

Livestock reach Mexico

The livestock carrier Nada has reached Mexico, according to vessel tracking website, Marine Traffic.

A question of milk

Wanting farmers to diversify

entertainment

Twitter joker cracks big time

Mark Leggett, of Dunedin.

Mark Leggett's tweets are blowing up - even Seth MacFarlane thinks he's funny.

'Someone's going to die now'

Filmmakers didn't tell crew they shouldn't be on the tracks. The decision would prove deadly.

Happier than ever: Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas.

Sorry for oral sex comments

It was meant to be tongue in cheek. Or something. But Catherine didn't see the funny side.

travel

Stationmaster cat mourned

Tama, the stationmaster cat, at her 16th birthday in April.

Thousands turn up to pay their respects to Tama, the cat that saved a small railway line in Japan.

How to save on family trips

Keep the costs down on your next family holiday with these 10 tips.

The iconic Hotel Del Coronado was built in 1887 and used as the setting for "Some Like It Hot".

5 ways to play in Coronado

Channel your inner Marilyn - or Dorothy - at this sunny spot in California.

stuff nation

Top ticket scalper comments stuff nation

Rugby fans keen to get their hands on a ticket to the Hurricanes vs Highlanders rugby game have gone online to try their luck.

"It's rampant opportunism by extremely self centered people." Tempers flare over Super Rugby tickets.

'Religion has hijacked morality' stuff nation

A danger of religious moral instruction is that it discourages independent moral thought, writes Johann Go.

SweetPee Rambo, a two-year-old Chihuahua Chinese Crested mix

Is your pet an 'ugly' beauty? stuff nation

Do you have a pet with a face or attitude that only a mother could love? Celebrate them here.

motoring

ACC to refund 9000 motorists

Around 9000 car owners have been overcharged for their regos.

ACC has admitted thousands of motorists have been overcharged for their car registrations.

The best motor show gallery video

Dynamic displays have replaced static stands in Britain's best automotive gathering.

Kiwis don't seem too concerned about drivers who fail to follow the keep left rule.

Tailgaters most disliked drivers

Kiwis get most upset at tailgaters and drivers who fail to indicate.

sport

Aussie cricketers slam pink ball

Aussie World Cup hero Mitchell Starc is not impressed with the pink ball to be used in day-night tests.

Australian cricketers not happy with bosses pushing ahead with day-night test against NZ.

LeBron likely to stay with Cavs

LeBron James may have opted out of his Cavs contract but it appears he'll stay at Cleveland. 

Former Hurricanes coach Colin Cooper would love to see the club win its first Super Rugby title.

Cooper haunted by Canes' past

Colin Cooper hopes the Super Rugby final will provide some closure after years of near misses.

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good reads

US cop airs dirty police laundry

Former Baltimore policeman Michael Wood has revealed the dark side of policing in the US city.

Tales of officers urinating and defecating on beds, and other bad behaviour.

How she silenced her father

Anastasia Lin says her human rights advocacy work as Miss World Canada has resulted in threats being made against her father in China.

I won Miss World Canada and now my father is afraid to speak to me. Here's why.

Why we need to all talk about poo

It's time to flush our toilet anxiety.

We need to relieve the verbal constipation around 'number twos'. Many of our lives depend on it.

How one family escaped Syria

Ahmed Jinaid and his family are among the thousands fleeing the Middle East for Europe each month. From here, the Macedonian border is only a kilometer ahead and they must cross this hill without being spotted by any of the armed gangs and paramilitaries operating in the area.

They travelled 2500 kilometres by boat, train, car and foot, joining a historic exodus out of the Middle East to Europe.

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Google car cuts off another driverless car

A Google self-driving car is shown in this handout photo released to Reuters March 15, 2015. Google will put 25 prototype self-driving ???pod??? cars on the roads in and around its Silicon Valley headquarters in Mountain View, California. These prototypes, built in Detroit, will have ???removable??? steering wheels and pedals so that drivers can assume manual control if needed in sticky situations. REUTERS/Google/Handout via Reuters

ATTENTION EDITORS - NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO COMMERCIAL USE. 
      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

One of Google's self-driving cars cuts off competitor's prototype about to change lanes.

It started with a uterus video

Luck has made anything from waffles with banana, blue berries and maple syrup to a pair of lungs (pictured).

Gypsy Apple Luck was wondering what to make her son for Christmas last year. She settled on crocheted organs.

Mystery woman's bizarre memories

Do you know this woman? Maybe where
she is from or how she got where she is now?

She remembers eating breakfast at Perth's Cottesloe beach, dining out in Byron Bay and has dreams of Sydney's Bondi.

Lake vortex could swallow a boat

Giant Intake Vortex LAke Texoma VIDEO Massive Intake Vortex Swirled in Oklahoma’s Lake Texoma.

A huge vortex 'capable of sucking in a full-sized boat' forms on a lake in the United States.

Parenting

IUDs for teen girls proposed

New Zealand has the second-highest teen pregnancy rate in the developed world.

All teenage NZ girls should be fitted with contraceptive implants or IUDs, Otago researchers say.

Siblings 'done some sexing'

This mother has a warning for other parents out there.

Beth* first realised something was wrong when her daughter complained of a rash "down there".

Baby's head shape discovery

Matthew before his operation, and while wearing his special helmet afterwards.

Mother shocked to discover son's head shape was instead linked to a dangerous condition.

New face for 4-year-old boy

Yahya

Little Yahya given a chance at a "normal life" after the kindness of one stranger led to life-changing surgery.

kiwi traveller

No fancy camera? No problem

The historic Wall of Kabul.

With the right handset and apps, anyone can capture superb travel photos using just their smartphone.

Readers' travel pics of the week gallery

This image was taken at an elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand. Although the treatment of the animals here was much better than in other parts of Asia it was still a sobering experience seeing the business exploitation evident.
This shot was of a baby elephant interacting with tourists and involved me lying on the ground waiting for the right shot while avoiding being trampled.

Paintball, Paris and a baby elephant feature in this week's travel photo entries.

A gold-class taste of Tanzania

Blake Worsfold and wife Toni outside Geita Gold International School, where they teach, with their daughters Tiaki, 2, Anahera, 7, and Amani, 4 months.

Blake Worsfold and his family are enjoying an international take on life in Tanzania's multi-cultural Geita.

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Take London at your own pace with a Hop-on-Hop-off tour.

Planning a group holiday to Blighty but not a fan of youth hostels? Read on.