Kurds push Islamic State out of Kobani

Kurdish forces take control of the frontline Syrian town, but Washington says the four-month battle is not yet over.

Video tour: Inside a retro bach

Gardening guru Lynda Hallinan's colourful Coromandel bach was transformed in just a few months.

Fire razes medallist's house

Spark from BBQ thought to have ignited blaze at Commonwealth medallist Tony Ebert’s Auckland home.

Doomsday clock: It's 3 minutes to midnight

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.

Civilians killed in shelling attack in Donetsk

At least eight civilians killed when a shell or mortar hit a public transport stop in rebel-controlled city of Donetsk.

Prince Andrew denies sex claims

Prince Andrew has publicly denied allegations he had sex with an under-age teenager.

Yemeni government resigns amid rebels siege

Yemeni government cabinet submits its resignation to embattled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

Auckland builds new beaches

Auckland's beaches might look natural but nine new spots are being created in the world's biggest foreshore project.

Isis threatens to kill Japanese hostages

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.

Tiny Color back in the pink

Intensive treatment pays off

The tiny horse New Zealanders rallied to save has finally come home.

How to join the circus

'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.

Miss Israel denies photobombing Miss Lebanon

'Too bad you cannot put the hostility out of the game... It doesn't surprise me, but it still makes me sad.'

Driver's fiery surprise

Motorist leaves trail of flaming hay in Christchurch after trailer load catches fire while he's driving.

French gunmen seen firing on police

Video shows the two men who murdered 12 people in the attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine engaging in a shootout with police.

Slim chance of finding all bodies

Indonesian rescue agency boss reportedly says he is unsure all victims of doomed AirAsia flight will be recovered.

IS hacks US military Twitter site

US military's Central Command Twitter account taken over by hackers claiming to be working for Islamic State militants.

Onboard the Northland rescue helicopter

When it rains it pours and the saying could never be truer for pilots and paramedics flying with Northland Emergency Services Trust.

The 8-minute butt lift

A do-anywhere workout that will create long, toned legs and a perky, shaped bum.

Brothers hunted in France

Two brothers are suddenly the most wanted men in France, suspected of the armed onslaught on a newspaper office.

Wellington Phoenix on fire but coach keeps his cool

The fans might be singing "we're going to win the league" but coach not getting carried away just yet.

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