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US Election: Georgia court issues, then reverses order to prevent Dominion voting machines being 'wiped' - NZ Herald

US Election: Georgia court issues, then reverses order to prevent Dominion voting machines being 'wiped' - NZ Herald

NZME NetworkWebsite of the YearL. Lin Wood is fighting to have the Georgia ballots decertified in an effort to help Donald Trump. Photo / Getty ImagesA Georgia court briefly granted an order to prevent voting machines being wiped on Sunday, before reversing course.A lawyer fighting to overturn Georgia's election results touted a short-lived victory on Sunday, with a federal judge briefly granting, then reversing, an order seeking to prevent voting machines being wiped.L. Lin Wood is suing Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and several members of the state...

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'Get well soon': Donald Trump's message after Joe Biden fractures his foot while playing with dog - NZ Herald

'Get well soon': Donald Trump's message after Joe Biden fractures his foot while playing with dog - NZ Herald

NZME NetworkWebsite of the YearPresident Donald Trump wished a speedy recovery to President-elect Joe Biden, who fractured his foot while playing with one of his dogs over the weekend."Get well soon!" Trump tweeted, along with a video of Biden leaving an orthopaedic specialist in Delaware earlier in the day.Biden confirmed the injury in a scan on Sunday that will likely require him to wear a boot for several weeks, his doctor said.Get well soon! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)Biden suffered the injury on Saturday (US time)."Initial x-rays did not show any obvious fracture," but medical...

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Covid 19 coronavirus: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says vaccine likely in March - NZ Herald

Covid 19 coronavirus: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says vaccine likely in March - NZ Herald

NZME NetworkWebsite of the YearPrime Minister Jacinda Ardern during her speech in Parliament last week. Photo / Mark MitchellPrime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the timetable for a vaccination against Covid-19 in New Zealand was looking like a March date - but not everyone would get a jab at the same time.She said details of the timing would take place later in the month."At this point, our expectation that we've been running to is more around the March date," said Ardern.But she warned not everyone would receive the vaccination at the same time and the delivery timetable was far from set in...

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Volcano in eastern Indonesia erupts, thousands evacuated - NZ Herald

Volcano in eastern Indonesia erupts, thousands evacuated - NZ Herald

NZME NetworkWebsite of the YearNearly 2800 people from at least 28 villages were evacuated from the slopes of Mount Ili Lewotolok. Image / Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management / TwitterA volcano in eastern Indonesia erupted on Sunday (Monday NZT), sending a column of ash as high as 4000m into the sky and prompting the evacuation of thousands of people.Nearly 2800 people from at least 28 villages were evacuated from the slopes of Mount Ili Lewotolok, which is located on Lembata island of East Nusa Tenggara province, as the volcano began erupting, said Disaster Mitigation Agency...

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Covid-19: Sweden's herd immunity strategy has failed, hospitals inundated - NZ Herald

Covid-19: Sweden's herd immunity strategy has failed, hospitals inundated - NZ Herald

NZME NetworkWebsite of the YearSweden, up until now, has run a distinctly different race to its neighbours who locked down hard when the pandemic breached its borders. Photo / APIt looked like Sweden might be vindicated for its Covid-19 strategy. But in the past few weeks, the country of 10 million has been smashed by the virus.With three words, Sweden's King Carl Gustaf captured the panic engulfing his country as it backflips on a controversial herd immunity strategy and coronavirus case numbers explode.On Instagram, he wrote, simply: "Hold on tight!"The message is echoing around the...

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World could face 'hunger pandemic' in 2021, World Food Programme head warns - NZ Herald

World could face 'hunger pandemic' in 2021, World Food Programme head warns - NZ Herald

NZME NetworkWebsite of the YearIf you thought 2020 was bad, brace yourself for 2021 – experts say things are about to get much worse, with an even more deadly pandemic about to hit.Covid-19. Conflict. Collapsing economies. Drought. Now we're facing a new disaster: "famines of biblical proportions in 2021".That's according to the 2020 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, David Beasley, who runs the World Food Programme and has added its voice to a growing cacophony of alarms, stating "we're on the brink of a hunger pandemic".The world we live in is an immensely complex device. Everything is...

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Covid 19 coronavirus: Why South Australia locked down - New terrifying virus strain revealed - NZ Herald

Covid 19 coronavirus: Why South Australia locked down - New terrifying virus strain revealed - NZ Herald

NZME NetworkWebsite of the YearThe strain of coronavirus wreaking havoc on South Australia has particular characteristics that are most concerning to authorities.As the state announced it was going into a full lockdown for at least six days from midnight Wednesday in a bid to combat the latest Covid-19 wave, Chief Health Officer Professor Nicola Spurrier explained the reason for the tough move."This particular strain has had certain characteristics," she said today."It has a very, very short incubation period. That means when somebody gets exposed, it is taking 24 hours or even less for...

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From concentration camp survivor to national property award: Mark Dunajtschik honoured - NZ Herald

From concentration camp survivor to national property award: Mark Dunajtschik honoured - NZ Herald

NZME NetworkWebsite of the YearA prison camp survivor and late-blooming property magnate has been honoured by the Property Council, which has awarded him a members' laureate for significant contributions to the industry.Wellington developer Mark Dunajtschik's lifetime achievements were honoured by the council tonight.Leonie Freeman, council chief executive, said the humble man who came to New Zealand as a toolmaker in 1958 was a truly deserving recipient of the award because he was a property entrepreneur and philanthropist.Dunajtschik had suffered an extraordinary plight when he was...

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Nov 12
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Covid 19 coronavirus: US paid for ambassador to New Zealand to fly on private jet to avoid hotel quarantine - NZ Herald

Covid 19 coronavirus: US paid for ambassador to New Zealand to fly on private jet to avoid hotel quarantine - NZ Herald

NZME NetworkWebsite of the YearUS Ambassador to New Zealand Scott Brown. Photo / APThe United States government paid for ambassador Scott Brown and his wife to fly domestically in New Zealand on a private jet so they could avoid going into quarantine at the border, documents show.Just about everybody who returns to New Zealand is required to spend 14 days in a hotel guarded by the military as part of the nation's strict strategy to keep out the coronavirus.But the Browns were able to use their special status as diplomats to avoid staying in a hotel, and instead isolated themselves at their...

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'Grave threat': Giant iceberg on collision course with UK island - NZ Herald

'Grave threat': Giant iceberg on collision course with UK island - NZ Herald

NZME NetworkWebsite of the YearA ship and a humpback whale near to the edge of A68a, the world's biggest iceberg, in March 2020. Photo / Henry Pall Wulff/Creative CommonsThe world's biggest iceberg, known as A68a, is bearing down on the British Overseas Territory of South Georgia in the South Atlantic Ocean.The iceberg has drifted about 4000km north from Antarctica towards the large isolated island, which sits between the bottom of South America and South Africa.The Antarctic ice giant is a similar size to the island, and there's a strong possibility the berg could now ground and anchor...

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Ethopia: 54 dead in schoolyard massacre - NZ Herald

Ethopia: 54 dead in schoolyard massacre - NZ Herald

NZME NetworkWebsite of the YearActivist and members of the Ethiopian community representing multiple ethnic groups gather on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC after a protest in July. Photo / GettySurvivors of a massacre by rebels in western Ethiopia on Sunday counted 54 bodies in a schoolyard, the latest attack in which members of ethnic minorities have been deliberately targeted, Amnesty International has said.Human rights groups are asking why federal soldiers left the area just hours before attackers moved in and targeted ethnic Amharas.Ethiopia's prime minister, Abiy...

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US Elections: MFAT issues Safe Travel warning of political violence - NZ Herald

US Elections: MFAT issues Safe Travel warning of political violence - NZ Herald

NZME NetworkWebsite of the YearThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has issued a warning to New Zealanders in the United States to avoid areas where "political rallies or protest may occur" in the run up to next week's Presidential Election.The advisory which was updated on Friday morning told New Zealanders to avoid potential flashpoints between Tuesday's election and the inauguration, which is to be held on 20 January 2021.In a highly unusual advisory notice MFAT has warned New Zealanders in the states that a "strong police and/or National Guard presence can be expected at any...

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Kim Dotcom's defiant message to NZ Government, Kiwis over Joe Biden corruption allegations - NZ Herald

Kim Dotcom's defiant message to NZ Government, Kiwis over Joe Biden corruption allegations - NZ Herald

NZME NetworkWebsite of the YearKim Dotcom has issued a defiant warning to the New Zealand Government over US presidential candidate Joe Biden.The internet entrepreneur and political activist has accused government agencies of previously being in cahoots with Biden to take down his long-defunct file-transfer platform MegaUpload.In a video message issued on social media, Dotcom says Biden personally oversaw the downfall of his business and accused the former vice-president of bringing shame on New Zealand."Today with a message to the New Zealand Government and the authorities who destroyed...

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Coronavirus: How China avoided a second wave - NZ Herald

Coronavirus: How China avoided a second wave - NZ Herald

NZME NetworkWebsite of the YearEurope is the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic once again, with the number of daily infections doubling in the past 10 days as a . But China has avoided a second wave.The question is why? The answer is that its authorities, after being overwhelmed in Wuhan, have fine-tuned an emergency response for surprise cluster outbreaks.Many subsequent waves of infection have emerged in China, a country of 1.4 billion people.Cases have cropped up across the country, as far apart as in the south along the border to Vietnam, and in the north near Russia.Even in...

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Escaped cloned female mutant crayfish take over Belgian cemetery - NZ Herald

Escaped cloned female mutant crayfish take over Belgian cemetery - NZ Herald

NZME NetworkWebsite of the YearThe crayfish have taken root in the pools and streams of the Schoonselhof cemetery. Photo / 123rfEscaped self-cloning mutant crayfish created in experimental breeding programmes have invaded a Belgian cemetery.Hundreds of the duplicating crustaceans, which can dig down to up to a metre and are always female, pose a deadly threat to local biodiversity after colonising a historic Antwerp graveyard."It's impossible to round up all of them. It's like trying to empty the ocean with a thimble," said Kevin Scheers, of the Flemish Institute for Nature and Woodland...

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World record: New Zealand overtakes the UK's title for the gayest Parliament - NZ Herald

World record: New Zealand overtakes the UK's title for the gayest Parliament - NZ Herald

NZME NetworkWebsite of the YearNew Green Party MP Elizabeth Kerekere campaigned on issues facing the rainbow community. Photo / SuppliedNew Zealand now holds the title of the gayest Parliament in the world.Yesterday's preliminary results show there is likely to be 12 openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members of the 120 members sitting in the next Parliament - boosting the rainbow representation from seven last year after Labour swept in after yesterday's election.The overall rainbow representation will be at 10 per cent - providing the Green Party is successful holding on to its...

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