Sweden drops rape investigation into WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
Swedish prosecutors have dropped their preliminary rape investigation into Australian WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. full story
In Hong Kong, violence is the new normal for protesters and police
As violence brings Hong Kong to a halt again and again, will support for the city's student protesters wane or is there another way to express dissent? Adam Ni explains. full story
So many baby boomers are retiring this doctor quit his job to go build them luxury homes
Australia is at a demographic tipping point, with baby boomers retiring in record numbers and the economy struggling to replace them in the workforce. full story
Quote of the Day
"I wanted to be the first woman to burn her bra, but it would have taken the fire department four days to put it out." Dolly Parton
1841 - Mass murder in the Bay of Islands
Maketū Wharetōtara, the 17-year-old son of the Ngāpuhi chief Ruhe, killed five people at Motuarohia in the Bay of Islands. In March 1842 he became the first person to be legally executed in this country. more...
1937 - Parachuting Santa crashes in Auckland
George Sellars narrowly escaped serious injury when he was able to swing his parachute away from the glass roof of the Winter Gardens during the Farmers’ Christmas parade in Auckland. more...
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Kingfisher Fly Fishing Guides & Lodge
Kingfisher Fly Fishing Guide's Ben Kemp provides 24/7 fly-fishing trips for wild brown trout in the Lake Brunner region, New Zealand. All-inclusive packages, frestone rivers, spring creeks and stillwaters, "Where the Brown Trout Die of Old Age!"
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