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by April 24, 2020

Secretive Israeli nuclear facility undergoes major project

A secretive Israeli nuclear facility at the centre of the nation's undeclared atomic weapons programme is undergoing what appears to be its biggest construction project in decades, satellite photos analysed by The Associated Press...

America's Cup 2021: All you need to know about today's sailing news

All the latest news from the America's Cup. Team New Zealand's secret weapon Eight days out from the start of the America's Cup match between Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa in Auckland, it appears the defender has a new weapon...

Trump may soon have to answer rape allegations under oath

A woman who has accused Donald Trump of rape hopes to face the former president in court this year.

Facebook says it will pay $1.3 billion over three years to news media

Facebook, following in Google's footsteps, says it plans to invest US$1 billion ($1.34b) to "support the news industry" over the next three years.The social networking giant, which has been tussling with Australia over a law that...

How teenagers, shared Wi-Fi and working from home could be a business security risk

Teenagers downloading and streaming games and movies at home can be a huge security risk for employees working from home.A cyber-security expert is warning shared family Wi-Fi can leave businesses with employees working from home...

Restaurant Brands posts encouraging full-year earnings

Restaurant Brands increased its annual profit by 2.8 per cent in the year to December.The owner of KFC, Pizza Hut, Carl's Jr and Taco Bell restaurants in New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii and California, posted a $30.9 million net...

Rugby World Cup 2023: All Blacks to square off with France in blockbuster opening match

Three-time champion New Zealand and three-time runner-up France will square off in a blockbuster opening match of the 2023 Rugby World Cup.The two nations have combined to deliver some of the most storied matches in the tournament's...

A2 Milk shares dive after first half profit drops 35% on daigou disruption

A2 Milk's share price dropped sharply after the company reported a decline in first half earnings.By late afternoon, the stock was down $1.61 or 14.4 per cent at $9.52.The company earlier said its net profit dropped by 35 per...

Quarantine-free travel for New Zealanders into Queensland revoked

Air New Zealand has cancelled an Auckland to Brisbane flight, while passengers were boarding, after Queensland changed its border rules.

Steel & Tube turns loss turned into profit, resuming dividend payments

Steel & Tube's revenue dropped because of Covid but the company turned last year's interim loss into a profit and has decided to resume paying shareholders a dividend.Revenue fell 2.5 per cent from $232m last year to $226.3m in...

Millions paid out two days into new Covid-19 business support scheme

New Zealand businesses have already received more than $6,580,000 under the government's latest Covid-19 support scheme.

New Zealand meat processing industry wants priority Covid-19 vaccinations

The New Zealand meat processing and exporting industry is urging the government to priortise its workforce for Covid-19 vaccinations.

Fijian Super Rugby team needs $10 million to keep dream alive

By RNZ The Fiji Rugby Union needs to raise NZ$10 million by the end of March to keep its Super Rugby dream alive.The Fijian Drua and Moana Pasifika were announced in November as New Zealand Rugby's preferred partners to join...

Auckland's three-day lockdown cost retailers $44 million

New figures show last week's level 3 lockdown cost Auckland and Northland retailers $44 million in lost earnings.

Opinion: Tiger Woods doesn’t need a storybook comeback

Let's all hope golfer Tiger Woods can live a long and contented life, Hamish Bidwell writes.

Pumas up for Laureus Award

Argentina's first ever win over the All Blacks has resulted in the Pumas gaining a nomination for the Laureus World Sports Awards.

Coke can helps police solve 40-year-old murder mystery, leads to arrest

DNA from a Vanilla Coke can has led Colorado police to crack a brutal murder which has remained a mystery for 40 years.62-year-old David Dwayne Anderson has been arrested by police. He is accused of breaking into the Colorado...

Raynor Asher: Aussie Govt deserves applause for its stand

OPINION: The threat by Facebook to ban all Australian reported news, and prevent its sharing or posting around the world, appears to be over. Now Facebook has abandoned the threat and stopped the ban, it is worth reflecting on what...

Talented Tanner ready to fly NZ flag in 1500m

As he strives for an Olympic swansong, Nick Willis is passing the baton to a rising star ready to write the NZ's next chapter of middle-distance greatness.

Facebook to reverse news ban on Australian news sites

Facebook will walk back from its block on Australian news sites, after a backlash to its response to proposed media bargaining laws that would force major tech giants to pay news outlets for their content.

Sports Quiz: February 27

Test your sporting knowledge with the Herald Sports Quiz brought to you by Spark Sport. Do you know your Tom Bradys from your Tom Lathams, your White Ferns from your White Sox? Here's your chance to prove your supreme sporting...

Jamal Khashoggi: Biden raises human rights in call with Saudi king

US President Joe Biden has talked by phone with King Salman of Saudi Arabia as he seeks to put relations with America's old ally on a new footing.

Crusaders beat Highlanders in Super Rugby opener

The Crusaders have beaten the Highlanders in the opening match of this year's Super Rugby Aotearoa competition.

Live Super Rugby Aotearoa updates: Highlanders v Crusaders at Forsyth Barr Stadium

All the action as Super Rugby Aotearoa returns with the Crusaders taking on the Highlanders. ‌ Irish lock Jack Regan has survived a pandemic and seized an opportunity, earning a start for the Highlanders tonight.Regan...

America's Cup 2021: Sir Ben Ainslie - Prada Cup final loss will take a while to process, but we'll come back stronger

OPINION: The past couple of days have not been much fun. I woke up at around 5am on Tuesday and for a minute I thought we were still right in the thick of it. Then it hit me again: we are out of the running for this America's Cup.It...

King Salmon withdraws farm extension to ‘do right’ by Marlborough

New Zealand's largest salmon farmer has pulled its request to extend a farm into colder waters, saying it wants to "do right" by Marlborough.

'Nonsense cleared': US President Joe Biden takes axe to Donald Trump's legacy

US President Joe Biden has formally revoked a series of presidential orders and memorandums signed by Donald Trump, including one that sought to cut funding from several cities the 45th president deemed "anarchist" havens and another...

Golf: Lydia Ko shines in season-opening round on LPGA Tour

New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko has started her 2021 LPGA Tour season in superb style, firing a stunning opening round at the Gainbridge Championship.Ko, who finished a challenging 2020 tour with four top-10 finishes, posted an eagle,...

Covax delivers its first vaccine shots with shipment to Ghana

The international vaccine-sharing scheme Covax has delivered its first shipment of vaccines, with a flight carrying 600,000 doses arriving in Ghana.

Ferns again falter with bat

The White Ferns have fallen to another convincing loss in game two of their one-day international series against England.

Kiwibank reports half-year profit of $55 million

The bank does plan to close seven of its branches this year due to dwindling visitor numbers.

Missing Australian businesswoman Melissa Caddick's remains found months after police raids

Missing Australian millionaire and alleged fraudster Melissa Caddick has been found dead following a bombshell development in the months-long case.Police said Caddick's foot was found on a NSW south coast beach by campers, and her...

Port of Tauranga lifts profits a little, despite challenges

The country's biggest port has slightly increased profits, despite a drop in ship visits and cargo volumes.

International expert probing Wuhan covid origins says visit 'sobering experience'

More than a year after the initial outbreak of Covid-19, a team of experts travelled to Wuhan on a 12-day trip to trace the origins of the virus.

Super Rugby Aotearoa: All Black Nepo Laulala upbeat ahead of first season with Blues

By Sam Smith of RugbyPass.com In 2016, one year after making his All Blacks debut, Nepo Laulala shifted north from the Crusaders to the Chiefs. The move didn't go to plan, however, with Laulala suffering a horrific knee injury...

Malta's investigative journalist murder: Suspect pleads guilty

One of three men accused of assassinating journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia - who was a thorn in the side of Maltese establishment figures - has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty.

All Blacks draw Les Bleus in World Cup opener

The All Blacks will play the opening game of 2023 Rugby World Cup against traditional rivals France.

Prince Philip has infection and is set to stay in hospital 'for several days'

The Duke of Edinburgh is being treated for an infection and is not expected to leave hospital for several days, Buckingham Palace has said.

Kiwibank plans to close seven branches

Kiwibank plans to close seven branches over the next year in a response to more customers moving online to do their banking.The state-owned bank revealed the proposed branch closures while announcing its half-year result which saw...

'Unambiguous message': US launches airstrikes in Syria; multiple deaths reported

The United States launched airstrikes in Syria today, targeting facilities near the Iraqi border used by Iranian-backed militia groups. The Pentagon said the strikes were retaliation for a rocket attack in Iraq earlier this month...

Senate Leader Mitch McConnell's reversal over Donald Trump running for president

Less than a month after excoriating Donald Trump in a blistering floor speech, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday (US time) that he would "absolutely" support the former president again if he secured the Republican...

Some things never change, the Crusaders are favourites

A lot of things have happened to sport around the world over the last year, but one thing hasn't changed in New Zealand, the Crusaders remain favourites!

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya: 'During the election campaign - I felt fear every day'

The former school teacher and stay-at-home mother who became the symbol of an uprising in Belarus tells RNZ how she still feels fearful, even after the election campaign.

Biden's US government passes bill in House to expand LGBTQ legal safeguards

The Democratic-led House passed a bill today (NZ time) that would enshrine LGBTQ protections in the nation's labour and civil rights laws, a top priority of President Joe Biden, though the legislation faces an uphill battle in the...

Rugby: Six Nations thrown into chaos as France's clash with Scotland postponed over fresh Covid case

The Six Nations has been thrown into chaos with France's game against Scotland set to be postponed until after the tournament was due to finish and both teams facing the prospect of fielding weakened sides. A positive Covid test...

Today's sports news: What you need to know

In today's sports news - Wins for Man City and Real, Phoenix beaten again and India on top in Ahmedabad.

'Highly suspicious': Bizarre 'robbery' drama before Joseph Parker, Junior Fa fight

On the eve of one of the biggest fights in New Zealand boxing history, a bizarre skirmish has broken out between the opposing camps. The source of the antagonism: a gift of boxing gloves from the Joseph Parker camp to Junior Fa's...

New National League to change men's and women's football

New Zealand football has confirmed the details of a new National League competition which aims to restructure women's and men's football.

Real estate agents under fire for not repaying wage subsidies

By Nita Blake-Persen of RNZ Real estate agents are under fire for failing to repay millions of dollars in wage subsidies, despite record property prices and a booming market.RNZ Checkpoint can reveal more than $13 million was...

US pilot spots UFO during flight, American Airlines refers queries to FBI

American Airlines is reportedly forwarding any UFO related queries to the FBI after reports arose that one of the airline's pilots had come across a mysterious flying object on Sunday.The pilot reportedly saw the UFO in the skies...

Tourism Holdings pays down debt with accounts pummelled by Covid

Tourism Holdings has significantly reduced debt after a disastrous year for tourism-related companies but will likely seek further funding as it re-invests in a new vehicle fleet.The company posted a net loss after tax of $1.77...

Tall Blacks out of Olympic qualification

Basketball New Zealand has withdrawn the Tall Blacks and the men's 3X3 team from the Olympic Qualifying Tournaments in Serbia and Austria.

Cricket: White Ferns' record losing streak continues with defeat to England in second ODI

The White Ferns' losing streak has continued, in familiar fashion.After mustering just 178 batting first and losing by eight wickets in their ODI opener against England, today's second ODI in Dunedin followed a similar script, as...

A2 Milk profits drop as pandemic impacts sales

Dairy company A2 Milk has reported a sharp fall in its half-year profit because of significant disruption to its infant formula sales.

Black Caps vs Australia

New Zealand have edged to a four-run win over Australia at Dunedin's University Oval in the second of five Twenty20 matches. Look back on live updates here.

Tourism Holdings first half profit falls

Tourism Holdings' profit has plummeted after a rough six months for the tourism and campervan company.

Boxing: Joseph Parker v Junior Fa - fight undercard, main event start time, odds, live streaming and how to watch

All you need to know ahead of Joseph Parker v Junior Fa on Saturday, February 27: Joseph Parker has made his intentions clear about his game plan against Junior Fa on Saturday night: he wants to knock him out – and do it early.Speaking...

Missing Australian businesswoman Melissa Caddick's remains found months after police raids

Missing Australian millionaire and alleged fraudster Melissa Caddick has been found dead following a bombshell development in the months-long case.Police said Caddick's foot was found on a NSW south coast beach by campers, and her...

Genesis Energy bottom line profit rises nearly six-fold

Stronger margins and lower generating costs have boosted Genesis Energy's half year profit.

Boost in art sales as New Zealanders stay home

With a lot of New Zealanders unable to spend cash travelling overseas, the art world has seen an unexpected boost in sales as people spruce up their spaces.

Air New Zealand revenue tumbles, airline posts $72m half-year loss

The enormous financial impact of Covid-19 continues to be felt by Air New Zealand.

Port of Tauranga mid-year profit up despite rough waters

Port of Tauranga turned in a mid-year 2.3 per cent increase in group net profit after tax, despite volatile cargo volumes and fallout from supply chain congestion and severe ship delays at Auckland.Group net profit after tax for...

Recap Super Rugby: Highlanders v Crusaders

Super Rugby Aotearoa is underway, with the Crusaders beating the Highlanders in the seaosn opener. Look back on all the action with the live blog from Jamie Wall here.

Princess Latifa asks UK police to reopen probe into sister's abduction

Princess Latifa has written to British police pleading for a fresh investigation into the alleged kidnapping and torture of her sister at the hands of Dubai's ruling elite.In an astonishing letter, seen by the Daily Telegraph, the...

Steel & Tube posts $4.3m half year net profit

The steel and manufacturing company Steel & Tube is back in the black after last year's hefty loss.

Man released from prison early accused of murdering three people, cooking neighbour's heart

An Oklahoma man who had been released early from prison in January as part of a mass commutation effort is now accused of three killings, including the death of a neighbour whose heart he cut out, authorities said.A judge denied...

US airstrikes Iranian-backed militia facilities in Syria - Pentagon

US President Joe Biden has directed military airstrikes in eastern Syria against facilities belonging to what the Pentagon said were Iran-backed militia, after rocket attacks against US targets in Iraq.

Scales lifts 2020 profit, bad weather could weigh on 2021

Scales Corp eked out a slight gain in its operating earnings over the 2020 year but the agribusiness group said bad weather and shipping delays would weigh on the current year's performance.The company's underlying ebidta for calendar...

UFC fighters allowed to wear silver fern

A potential branding showdown between New Zealand Rugby and an Auckland Mixed Martial Arts gym has been averted.

Boxing: Joseph Parker, Junior Fa ready to put it on the line

World-ranked New Zealand boxers not hiding from implications of heavyweight match-up in Auckland.

Papua New Guinea's first prime minister dies aged 84

Papua New Guinea's founding prime minister, Sir Michael Somare, has died at the age of 84.

Guptill, Neesham shine in NZ win

Opener Martin Guptill rediscovered his best and Jimmy Neesham starred with bat and ball as the Black Caps edged to a four-run win over Australia in the second Twenty20 international in Dunedin.

Air New Zealand reports $72m loss in six months to December 31

Air New Zealand has revealed a $72 million net loss for the six months to December 31 as it remains pinned down by travel restrictions in response to Covid-19.The result follows a $454m loss for the 2019 financial year, which included...

Rugby: Crusaders beat Highlanders in 2021 Super Rugby Aotearoa opener

Crusaders 26Highlanders 13 New season, same Crusaders does not quite tell the full story. The defending champions were far from their polished best in the first match of Super Rugby Aotearoa 2.0 against the Highlanders in Dunedin...

Reserve Bank must consider impact on housing of its policy decisions, Robertson says

The Reserve Bank is now required to consider the impact on housing when making monetary and financial policy decisions, Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced.

Joseph Parker v Junior Fa: Fa taunts Parker during final staredown

"This will be the fifth time I beat you." Junior Fa seized the final chance to lock eyes with Joseph Parker to fire that taunt at his former amateur foe. Tension was palpable as Parker and Fa squared off one last time before...

Ex-US Olympics gymnastics coach with ties to Larry Nassar charged

A former US Olympics gymnastics coach with ties to disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar has been charged with turning his Michigan gym into a years-long criminal enterprise by coercing girls to train under him and then verbally and...

Cricket: Streaker makes spectacular escape attempt at Black Caps game

A man's near-successful attempt to escape the clutches of the law, after streaking across Dunedin's University Oval during the Black Caps' T20 match against Australia, has been captured on film by fellow cricket fans. During Australia's...

Australia passes world-first new law forcing Facebook and Google to pay for news content

Australia has become one of the first countries in the world with the power to force tech giants to pay for the news they use after a controversial law passed in parliament today. The News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining...

Housing affordability worst in at least 17 years, report finds

Buying a home is increasingly out of reach for many as housing affordability dips to historically low levels.

Covid 19 coronavirus: Small business revenue declines for first time since May

Small business revenues have fallen for the first time since May.Year-on-year revenues declined by 6 per cent in the month of January while jobs increased by almost 2 per cent, according to data from Xero Small Business Insights.The...

America's Cup 2021: Team New Zealand reveal their latest weapon

Team New Zealand have unveiled their latest weapon, a sail which could sink Luna Rossa's America's Cup hopes in very light airs. Experts are surmising the large, traditional style of sail forward of the mast would enable Te Rehutai...

Donald Trump's tax returns handed over to New York prosecutor after long legal fight

A New York prosecutor has obtained copies of Donald Trump's tax records after the Supreme Court this week rejected the former US president's last-ditch effort to prevent them from being handed over.The Manhattan district attorney's...

Marjorie Taylor Greene hangs 'sickening' sign outside office of colleague with a transgender child

Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene is at the centre of yet another controversy in the United States today after hanging a "sickening" sign outside the office of a Democratic colleague.Greene, a far-right conspiracy...

TVNZ to pay back $5m in wage subsidies as profit doubles

TVNZ is repaying nearly $5 million it received from the Government in Covid wage subsidies.

News returns to Australian Facebook feeds from Friday

News will be back in Australians' Facebook feeds from Friday, Australia Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has said.Speaking to 2GB radio station after the Federal Government's contentious media bargaining code passed into law, Frydenberg...

John Geddert: Ex-US Olympics coach found dead after sex assault charges

A former US Olympics gymnastics coach has killed himself hours after he was charged with sexual assault and human trafficking, officials say.

Air NZ cancels flights after South Auckland Covid outbreak

Air New Zealand has suspended quarantine-free flying for people travelling from New Zealand to Australia until Sunday.

Covid 19 coronavirus: China denies subjecting US diplomats to anal tests

China has denied subjecting US diplomats to Covid-19 anal tests following reports from Washington that some of its personnel were being made to undergo the procedure.Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian told reporters...

Cricket: England suffer huge defeat as Black Caps' World Test Championship final picture becomes clearer

England has suffered one of its biggest ever test match defeats, going down by 10-wickets to India at Ahmedabad and ruling themselves out of the World Test Championship final in the process.The final test of the four-match series...

Australia calls Myanmar's Vice-Senior General in attempts to free detained academic Sean Turnell

"[He] continued to say that the Tatmadaw is a democratic Tatmadaw [as] is the Australian military, valuing democratic practices including freedom of expression and avoidance of brutal crackdown on peaceful protesters," it read.

Donald Trump plots 2024 run from his new home on a hostile Palm Beach

When he was forced out of the White House in January, Donald Trump thought he had left elections behind - for another four years at least.But one month on, having relocated to Mar-a-Lago, his private club in the wealthy enclave...

Australia's most sadistic child killer applies for parole, sparking warning from original cop

Warning: Graphic content Australia's most sadistic child killer "will kill again" if freed, warns the detective who helped put the "most perverted evil human I have ever come across" behind bars.Robin Reid is again up for parole...

Donald Trump 2024: Former president plotting revenge from 'war room'

Not content to retire from the world of politics, Donald Trump has reportedly set up a "war room" in his Florida estate where he is said to be plotting his return and his revenge on those who turned against him.After he had stepped...

Security officials testify Capitol rioters 'came prepared for war'

US Capitol security officials who were ousted in the wake of the 6 January attack on Congress have blamed intelligence failures for the breach.

TVNZ set to spend most on local content in a decade

TVNZ boss Kevin Kenrick says the company is set to spend big on content in the second half of this year. "Our investment in local content will be the strongest it's been in a decade," Kenrick told the Herald today."We really feel...

Surviving Guantanamo and other premium stories you may have missed this week

Welcome to the weekend. Settle down with a cuppa and catch up on some of the best content from our premium syndicators this week.Happy reading. Guantanamo's 'most tortured prisoner' on surviving 14 years of hell After 9/11...

Today's sports news: What you need to know

In today's sports news - Lydia Ko in the lead at latest LPGA event, big win for India eliminates England from Test Championship, Breakers beaten by Kings and France rugby game off.

Australia passes law to compel Google and Facebook pay for news

Australia has passed a world-first law aimed at making Google and Facebook pay for news content on their platforms, but a new clause makes it possible for the tech giants not to be subject to it.

Comvita back in profit driven by US and China markets, dividends to resume

Mānuka honey exporter Comvita returned to profit in the first half, driven by growth in its China and North America markets.The company's net profit came to $3.5 million in the six months to December, compared with a $12.97m...

Brisbane preferred partner to host Olympic Games

Brisbane has been confirmed as the International Olympic Committee's preferred partner to host the 2032 summer games.

Michael Somare Papua New Guinea's first Prime Minister dies

Michael Somare, a pivotal figure in Papua New Guinea's independence and the South Pacific island nation's first prime minister, has died. He was 84.Somare was Papua New Guinea's longest-serving leader after it became independent...

Vodafone NZ losing 200 staff, including two key execs

Vodafone NZ is poised to lose another 200 staff in another restructure.An email to all staff by chief executive Jason Paris says there will be an all-hands meeting today to discuss the initiative. Read More Spark takes first-half...

Auckland company fined $400,000 for deceiving 'highly vulnerable' people in false home savings scheme

An Auckland company has been fined $400,000 for a "carefully crafted scheme" that targeted "vulnerable" low-income home buyers. Home Funding Group Limited (HFG), which is currently in liquidation, was convicted on two charges under...

Melissa Caddick dead, Australian police confirm, after campers find foot in NSW

Caddick, 49, had not been seen since she left her Dover Heights home without her mobile phone, wallet or keys to go for a run just before sunrise on 12 November.

Australian news sites reappear on Facebook after government agreement

Australian news is back on Facebook after the social media giant agreed to reverse a block on Australian content.

Recap: White Ferns vs England

New Zealand have suffered an eight-wicket loss to England in the second One Day International at Dunedin's University Oval. Look back on live updates here.

Fonterra discharging nitrogen-heavy water onto 'ghost farms'

Fonterra cleared the cows from 16 farms and is using the land to dispose of wastewater, which could be leaching a colourless, tasteless and odourless pollutant into private drinking water supplies.

Golf: Lydia Ko remains in front of field at halfway mark of LPGA Tour opener

Lydia Ko has continued her fine form on her home course to hold a one shot lead halfway through the opening event of the 2021 LPGA Tour.Playing in Orlando at the Lake Nona Golf and Country Club, Ko followed up her opening-round...

Warehouse Group raises half-year profit forecast by $20m

The Warehouse Group has lifted its half-year profit guidance for the second time in as many months.

More than 300 Nigerian schoolgirls abducted

More than 300 schoolgirls have been kidnapped by unidentified gunmen from a school in Nigeria's north-western Zamfara state, police say.

Joseph Parker v Junior Fa: Parker concedes weight, height and reach advantage to Fa

Joseph Parker will be up against a fighter almost 10kgs heavier than himself in the form of Junior Fa after both fighters successfully completed the weigh-in ahead of their heavyweight clash on Saturday night.Parker came in at 108.9kgs,...

'Stark but not surprising': Covid-hit Qantas announces $1 billion loss

Qantas has revealed the latest damage bill stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, announcing an eye-watering net loss of A$1.03 billion (NZ$1.1b). On Thursday morning, Australia's major airline posted the billion-dollar loss, a...

Gymnastics: Former US Olympic coach dies just hours after being charged with raft of crimes

A former US Olympics gymnastics coach with ties to disgraced sport doctor Larry Nassar died by suicide on Friday after being charged with two dozen crimes, including forms of human trafficking, the state attorney general said.The...