Kurdish forces take control of the frontline Syrian town, but Washington says the four-month battle is not yet over.
Gardening guru Lynda Hallinan's colourful Coromandel bach was transformed in just a few months.
Spark from BBQ thought to have ignited blaze at Commonwealth medallist Tony Ebert’s Auckland home.
Citing unchecked climate change and the ongoing threat of nuclear weapons, scientists have moved the hands of the Doomsday Clock two minutes closer to midnight.
At least eight civilians killed when a shell or mortar hit a public transport stop in rebel-controlled city of Donetsk.
Prince Andrew has publicly denied allegations he had sex with an under-age teenager.
Yemeni government cabinet submits its resignation to embattled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.
Auckland's beaches might look natural but nine new spots are being created in the world's biggest foreshore project.
An online video purports to show the Islamic State group threatening to kill two Japanese hostages unless they receive a NZ$260m ransom in the next 72 hours.
Intensive treatment pays off
The tiny horse New Zealanders rallied to save has finally come home.
'Circus is huge now'
It's no longer a question of running away to join the circus. Now you can spend two years studying for it.
'Too bad you cannot put the hostility out of the game... It doesn't surprise me, but it still makes me sad.'
Motorist leaves trail of flaming hay in Christchurch after trailer load catches fire while he's driving.
Video shows the two men who murdered 12 people in the attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine engaging in a shootout with police.
Indonesian rescue agency boss reportedly says he is unsure all victims of doomed AirAsia flight will be recovered.
US military's Central Command Twitter account taken over by hackers claiming to be working for Islamic State militants.
When it rains it pours and the saying could never be truer for pilots and paramedics flying with Northland Emergency Services Trust.
A do-anywhere workout that will create long, toned legs and a perky, shaped bum.
Two brothers are suddenly the most wanted men in France, suspected of the armed onslaught on a newspaper office.
The fans might be singing "we're going to win the league" but coach not getting carried away just yet.