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Published: Tue 28 Dec 1999 12:16 AM
Indian Hijacking – Patient Missing – Judges Overpaid – Lytellton Picket – Europe Storms – French Oil Spill – Aviation Fuel – Russian Deportee – Jennifer Lopez – Cricket
INDIAN HIJACKING: A team of Indian negotiators are continuing negotiations with a group of hijackers who are in Kandahar. The arrival of the negotiators from India appears to have pleased the hijackers. India’s government have promised not to bow to threats.
PATIENT MISSING: Police are looking for another mental patient who has gone missing from the Mason Clinic in Auckland.
JUDGES OVERPAID: The Department of Courts has asked several judges to pay back wages paid in error. The confusion arose over when a pay increase came into force.
LYTELLTON PICKET: A union has asked whether an employment contract remains in force after non-union labour has started to work on loading coal. Workers are picketing the port.
EUROPE STORMS: A major cleanup is underway across Europe after some of the worst storms in living memory. The death toll is now thought to be 87. Another storm has claimed several lives in Spain.
FRENCH OIL SPILL: The Oil Spill off the coast of France has reached the coastline fouling kilometres of coastline. More than 10,000 birds have been affected by the spill.
AVIATION FUEL: Several aviation fuel stations have reopened after test results have cleared their supplies of contaminations.
RUSSIAN DEPORTEE: A Russian man who has arrived back in NZ after being deported is appealing to the refugee appeal authority to be declared a stateless person.
JENNIFER LOPEZ: Police in New York have dropped charges against singer Jennifer Lopez following a shooting in a NY nightclub.
CRICKET: NZ Team will be playing for a victory in the second test says coach David Trist. The West Indies have resumed on 5 for 1 and lost one wicket.
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