August 2 2014, updated 8:06pm

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Woman 'grateful to be alive'

Wild weather woes continue, with a tornado terrifying residents of a West Coast town.

Family pet attacks

dog 7:11pm A pitbull that attacked a boy, critically injuring him, had only lived at the house two weeks, neighbours say.

Factory blast kills 65

An explosion in a Chinese industrial province has killed at least 65 people and injured more than 100.

Girl attacker sees fictional beings

Slenderman stabbing suspect tells doctors she had "Vulcan mind control".

Israeli soldier ambushed

Hamas claims it has no clear indication on the whereabouts of a missing Israeli soldier.

Surrogate baby abandoned

Thai surrogate mother of baby abandoned by biological parents vows to bring him up herself.

Stabbing at Auckland railway

 Auckland railway where a man was stabbed A man is in a critical condition after he was stabbed in Auckland this afternoon.

One dead in Waikato crash

A head-on crash on the Kaimai Range this afternoon has claimed the life of one person.

Mother was 'unlucky'

Kiwi 'brainwashed'

Shane William Foster, loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing.

'Everyone loved him'

Bunnythorpe has lost a "gentle giant" in Shane Foster, who was hit and killed by a car while walking on the highway.

Obama admits torture

US President Barack Obama says 'We did some things that were contrary to our values' following the September 11 attacks.

Festering tensions

Gerry Brownlee Documents lay bare the strained relationship between quake recovery authority and city council.

Planet Parliament

National's second term in Government has seen highs, lows and controversy on both sides.

The current state of politics

Blood on hands over balloon crash

MPs in Parliament

Tough to gird loins after long slog

We visited Planet Key, witnessed collective brain fade, and saw ministers, MPs and leaders come and go.

Mudslide kills 8 in Nepal

Himalaya A massive landslide has killed at least eight people and buried dozens of homes in Nepal.

Kidnapped migrants rescued

Security forces rescue 70 migrants who had been kidnapped from a gated community in northern Mexico.

Trains collide in Germany

MH370 suicide, say authors

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'Emergency' Iron Dome funding

Congress rushes US$225m in emergency funding for Israeli defence system after earlier plan failed.

Dark side of adventure

Helen and Bosco Peters An audit of adventure tourism operators is to be completed this year. So how safe is the industry now?

Ethnic SMEs offered advice

An advisory board designed to promote cultural diversity in the workplace and support small business will launch next week.

Delays not our fault, say builders

Simpson breaking barriers

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Staff adopt slide time

It's become obligatory for big tech companies to have quirky and colourful offices.

Kids' lunch trend explodes

Maisy lunchbox Parents who buy fancy school lunch gear say it's worth it as it lasts longer than disposable items.

Dream property now nightmare

Couple say their new apartment is uninhabitable thanks to internal pillars they weren't warned about.

Petrol 4c a litre too high: AA

Scam targets Auckland immigrants

Ethnic SMEs offered advice

Wenceslaus Anthony An advisory board designed to promote cultural diversity in the workplace and support small business will launch next week.

Designs on high performance

Two designers mix experience of outdoor equipment and high fashion to create a new brand of luggage and clothing.

Dentists offer free 100 fillings

Kelp is on the way

PM denies spyware use

John Key flatly denies suggestions NZ installed spyware to collect data from Southern Cross cable.

Widespread Facebook outage

Service to world's largest social network fully restored following outage that affected multiple countries.

Machine serves up music mix

'Sue mum and dad pirates'

YouTube's dumbest trends

Even by YouTube standards, the “fire challenge” hits new lows.

Unshaven armpit selfies

armpits The selfies-for-empowerment technique spreads to China, where women are embracing their hairy pits.

Which sex has the bigger ego?

Men have more "ego displays" but women tend to engage in mutually destructive warfare in the workplace.

Keep that phlegm to yourself

Kim K's makeup free selfie

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Fitness boot camp for dogs

Pups are more humanised than ever: they dress up, hang at cafes and now they even work out at doggy gyms.

You know you want it

Robin THicke Singer Robin Thicke and his estranged wife Paula Patton have put their Los Angeles pad up for sale.

Talking to your house

There’s not much that smartphones can’t do these days, apart from making you dinner. Or can they?

Property market slowing?

When a car came at our house

David Offer Fine Homes

Inside Reese Witherspoon's home

The star's five bedroom gated community mansion shows that being Legally Blonde pays off.

Women who love beer

Vanessa Martin Brewing beer has been a man's domain for decades, but women are surging back into the role.

Perk up your poultry

The simplicity of preparation for these Asian-inspired chicken dishes doesn't come at the expense of tastiness.

Jumbo a piece of cake

Pimp my meals on wheels

'Iconic slice of NZ' sold

Lochinver The Chinese firm that bought the Crafar farms has signed a conditional deal for another large block.

How much are our bees worth?

Bees are worth $5.1 billion to the New Zealand economy each year, but all is not well with them.

Fonterra director retires

US beef numbers crunched

'Get over it, you daft old goat'

Piers Morgan Former CNN prime time stars Larry King and Piers Morgan are not big fans of each other.

Golden girl Kimbra gets real

Only a Kiwi girl could find a sheep farm in the middle of Los Angeles.

Pike River song enters chart

Barking mad? Music for dogs

Sam Neill in Peaky Blinders

Straight ahead for Sam Neill

Actor Sam Neill says he's "always been absurdly straight and narrow".

Dark side of adventure

Helen and Bosco Peters An audit of adventure tourism operators is to be completed this year. So how safe is the industry now?

Steeped in legend

The Bay of Porto Palermo, its castle and its deep blue waters are one of the country's top attractions.

Air NZ quiet on 'drunk' claims

Global snapshots

Tokyo Robot Restaurant

The robot and the Barbie doll

I have spent the evening hopping around Tokyo's weird and wacky theme bars.

Six rules for Super success

Israel Dagg There are six simple rules that make a competition, something that SANZAR and the NZRU have forgotten.

Living with pain for 16 years

I've been in pain since the age of 11, but I refuse to let it stop me living the life I desire.

Top five reader comments

Was breast best for you?

Jealous of the rain

Winter across the ditch is a different beast, but it's equally dangerous and delightful.

It's a keeper

The purchase of a rare Traveller has concluded Ian Rookes' Morris Minor collection. The purchase of a rare Traveller has concluded Ian Rookes' Morris Minor collection.

Flying axe lodges in dashboard

Secure your load or this could happen.

Lotus 7 dream comes true

Enjoyable round of Golf

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Jaguar unleashes F-Type

An "intimidating" sports car was trailed by helicopter searchlights through Auckland streets last night.

Riera on the up and up

Albert Riera Remarkable rise of Albert Riera underlined as Phoenix midfielder completes first training with the A-League All Stars.

NZ runner unleashes after final

Jake Robertson fires up after Kiwis miss out on silverware in Glasgow. | Black Sticks lose

Bolt delights fans in Glasgow

Kiwi boxers progress

Crusaders

Thrilling Super Rugby final tipped

A drought will be broken or a dry spell will continue - that's the forecast for tonight's Super Rugby decider.

George Bollinger

Cousins' war

Half-German, half-Irish New Zealander George Bollinger died for a country that didn't trust him.

Albania

Steeped in legend

The Bay of Porto Palermo, its castle and its deep blue waters are one of the country's top attractions.

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Smugglers' muddy footprints

Ghanaian farmers are smuggling cocoa into the Ivory Coast. James' job is to stop them.

Ivon Standish

Veterans of three wars

More than 100 New Zealanders were involved in all three major international wars of the early 20th century.

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