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- Israeli troops are reported to be massing near the border of Gaza as a new escalation of conflict between Israel and Hamas militants risks spiralling into all-out war.
- Tongan police have confirmed the discovery of a massive cocaine haul.
- The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have ended their six-day tour of New Zealand in Christchurch today.
8.37pm Auckland train services have been disrupted after a man fell at least five storeys from a Newmarket parking building.
8.24pm Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil has arrived in Gaza for talks and will spend three hours in the enclave.
8.07pm Israel's prime minister has called a halt to air strikes on the Gaza Strip as Egypt's prime minister prepares to visit the territory.
7.47pm Health officials say 19 Palestinians, including five children, have been killed in an escalation of conflict between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. Israeli troops, tanks and armoured personnel carriers are reported to be massing near the border of the Palestinian territory.
7.00pm The Holocaust Centre in Wellington is calling for the study of the World War II genocide of Europe's Jews to be made compulsory in New Zealand secondary schools.
6.03pm Manawatu Gorge will re-open after 15 months after a massive slip closed it in August 2011.
5.18pm Tongan police have confirmed that a massive cocaine haul was found in a grounded yacht two weeks ago.
4.24pm A Sydney man has been charged with grooming a 13-year-old family friend living in New Zealand.
4.20pm New Zealand newspapers have joined an international boycott over cricket coverage.
3.34pm All Blacks legend Bob Scott has died at the age of 91.
3.31pm Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have arrived at the 150th Canterbury A&P Show where they will view livestock displays, unveil a plaque commemorating their visit, watch the Shetland Grand National, present the trophy and ribbon for Supreme Animal in Show, and watch the start of the Grand Parade.
2.44pm Kim Dotcom has released a new single entitled Party Amplifier .
2.35pm The Christchurch CBD red zone will be reduced tomorrow to allow public access to Victoria Square for the first time since the February 2011 earthquake.
2.02pm Drug charges against Bon Jovi's teenage daughter are to be dropped .
1.33pm The Twitter feed for Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae has posted a picture of the Prince of Wales meeting residents of Oxford Terrace in Christchurch.
1.26pm The Prince and Duchess have met people seriously injured in the Christchurch earthquake at the City Council building, and will soon arrive at the Re Start mall to greet locals.
12.15pm: Prince Charles and Camilla have just arrived for a formal welcome at the Christchurch City Council.
12.01pm: A 38 year-old man has appeared in court this morning following the violent death of a Wellington mother.
11.45am: Darth Vader has taken up residence at the National Toy Hall of Fame .
11.13am: Pressure is building up in the Crater Lake on Mt Ruapehu, increasing the likelihood of an eruption in the coming weeks, scientists say.
11.11am: Melissa Stokes brings you the latest news from NZ and around the world.
10.44am: The man who shot at a police officer in June has been sentenced .
10.02am: Serial tweeter Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu has joined the outrage over All Black Adam Thomson's one week ban, describing the judicial process as "comical".
8.45am: A piece of cake from Prince Charles' Wellington birthday party has appeared on Trade Me.
9.15am: The New Zealand dollar fell to 80.92 US cents from 81.22 cents at 5pm in Wellington yesterday.
9.00am: Mike Tyson wants to show "new" personality during Australian tour.
8.15am: Forbes magazine has rated New Zealand the best country on the planet to do business in.
7.45 am: Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker says he is not convinced a High Court order halting the demolition of the quake-damaged ChristChurch Cathedral has achieved much.
"Well it seems to me that all the cathedral are now really required to do is commit to writing and timetabling the things they have said that they are going to do in the past, and they can deconstruct and build a new cathedral.
"I'm not sure the building trust have actually achieved what they originally set out to achieve, but I guess it will all become clear over the day as people pick apart the judgement," said Parker.
7.35am: Two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip have landed close to Tel Aviv - raising the stakes in a military showdown between Israel and the Palestine that is moving towards all-out war.
7.30am: Ireland's government has pledged to clarify its abortion laws after a woman who was denied a termination died from septicemia in an Irish hospital.
7.25am: Holocaust Centre director Inge Woolf tells TV ONEs Breakfast that Holocaust studies should be made a compulsory part of the New Zealand curriculum.
"The holocaust was important to the world," she said.
"We have an obligation to the United Nations, to say holocaust education should be taught everywhere. But it’s important for New Zealand, because New Zealanders laid down their lives in the last war to protect the rights of people everywhere."
7.08am: The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will make their final stop in their tour of New Zealand today as they arrive in Christchurch later this morning.
6.52am: A 38-year-old man has been arrested and charged with the murder of a Wellington woman whose body was found yesterday.
6.07am: BP will pay $4.5 billion in penalties and plead guilty to criminal charges in the Deepwater Horizon disaster that caused the worst offshore oil spill in the country's history, the company said today.
5.51am: University of Auckland scientist working on a worldwide project to count all the creatures in the sea, believes that more than half of all marine species may still be undiscovered.
5.08am: The merger of two Wellington eastern suburbs schools has been condemned as more like a takeover by staff at one of the schools.