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Aggressive anti-government protest outside SkyCity

Prime Minister John Key was not impressed with a group of protesters gathered outside SkyCity today.

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    New Zealand Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly says the cancer she was diagnosed with in February is widespread. Ms Kelly, who is a non-smoker, told delegates in an email in February she had been diagnosed with lung cancer. "I look healthy so it's quite a bizarre position to be in, but I have got very serious lung cancer, widely spread in my body, and I'm having chemotherapy, which is palliative, which I hope will give me some time," she said in an interview on Radio New Zealand's Nine to Noon programme on Friday.

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    AFP
  • China's richest man loses $15 billion

    In the history of sudden wealth loss, Li Hejun may have set a new record. Li, who was China's richest man until this week, saw his fortune drop by as much as $15 billion in a half-hour as the stock in his company, Hanergy Thin Film Power Group, fell by nearly half. Trading in the shares was halted Wednesday and Li didn't attend the company's annual meeting.

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    AFP
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    AFP
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  • Kate Middleton drinking 'green juice' for daily 'boost'

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  • Bin Laden was grooming son as heir to jihadist empire

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    AFP
  • UK Supreme Court OKs publication of sexual abuse memoir

    Britain's Supreme Court has ruled that a pianist may publish a memoir detailing sexual abuse he suffered as a child, despite his ex-wife's privacy concerns. The court on Wednesday sided with John Rhodes and lifted a lower court's injunction that had prevented his book from being published. The Court of Appeal granted her request for a temporary injunction in October.

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