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UK plans to introduce border controls on EU goods after post-Brexit transition

UK plans to introduce border controls on EU goods after post-Brexit transition

Britain plans to introduce import controls on European Union goods at the border after its post-Brexit transition period ends on 31 December this year, senior minister Michael Gove said.Britain has committed to applying EU rules during the 11-month transition period. It plans to negotiate a free trade deal to govern its future relationship with the bloc, which taken as a whole is its largest trading partner, by the end of the year."The UK will be outside the single market and outside the customs union, so we will have to be ready for the customs procedures and regulatory checks that will...

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Feb 11, 2020
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Coronavirus officially named Covid-19, says WHO

Coronavirus officially named Covid-19, says WHO

The World Health Organization says the official name for the disease caused by the new coronavirus will be Covid-2019."We now have a name for the disease and it's Covid-19," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva.It comes after the death toll from the virus passed 1000. Tens of thousands of people have been infected.The word coronavirus refers to the group of viruses it belongs to, rather than the latest strain.Researchers have been calling for an official name to avoid confusion and stigmatisation."We had to find a name that did not refer to a geographical location,...

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Feb 11, 2020
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High Court rules Aboriginal people cannot be deported for criminal convictions, cannot be 'alien' to Australia

High Court rules Aboriginal people cannot be deported for criminal convictions, cannot be 'alien' to Australia

An Aboriginal man who spent 500 days in immigration detention was released today after the High Court ruled that Indigenous Australians cannot be deported.The court found Aboriginal people held a special status and were exempt from immigration laws, after it considered the cases of two convicted criminals whom the Government wanted to deport.The two men, Daniel Love and Brendan Thoms, had failed their migration character tests as a result of serving jail sentences.In a 4-3 split, the court found Aboriginal Australians were not subject to the alien powers in the constitution and therefore...

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Feb 11, 2020
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White Island victim comes out of coma, learns of family deaths

White Island victim comes out of coma, learns of family deaths

An Adelaide mother whose husband and daughter died in New Zealand's White Island volcanic eruption in December is now out of a coma and been told of her family members' deaths.Lisa Dallow suffered burns to more than half of her body in the disaster on 9 December which killed 21 people.Her husband Gavin Dallow, 53, and her only daughter, Zoe Hosking, 15, died while visiting the island.A spokesman for the family confirmed this morning that Dallow had woken up from an induced coma, and has been told of the deaths of her loved ones.Dallow was treated in hospital in Hamilton, New Zealand, and...

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Feb 11, 2020
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Samoan teens allegedly kept as slaves by Hastings chief

Samoan teens allegedly kept as slaves by Hastings chief

A man giving evidence in the country's first slavery and human trafficking trial has described being paid $20 a week for working 16 hour days, six days a week.He is one of 13 complainants to give evidence in the High Court at Napier, in the trial of Joseph Auga Matamata, 65, who denies 24 charges of human trafficking and slavery.The man, who came to New Zealand in 2003 after being recruited by Matamata, said he and other workers got the $20 as pocket money, but never received any other wages.He woke at 4am to prepare for starting work picking apples or asparagus at 6am, and worked without a...

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Feb 17, 2020
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Everest: Sherpas slam Nepal's plan to remove rubbish

Everest: Sherpas slam Nepal's plan to remove rubbish

A plan to clear 35,000kg of has been slammed by some of Nepal's leading mountaineers.The government says the army will be used for the task, which will cost 860 million Nepali rupees ($NZ11.5 million).Last year, they managed to clear about 10,000kg of waste from the region.But Kami Rita Sherpa - who has scaled the world's highest mountain a record 24 times - said they do not have the skills to reach the highest points."They collected garbage from lower altitudes," Sherpa told BBC Nepali, adding: "They should mobilise Sherpas to clean up garbage from higher elevations."Only Sherpa guides and...

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Feb 17, 2020
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Covid-19: Another drop in new confirmed and probable cases

Covid-19: Another drop in new confirmed and probable cases

The number of recovered cases of Covid-19 continues to be higher than the number of new infections, the Director-General of Health says.As spreads around the world, it can be daunting keeping up with the information. For RNZ, our responsibility is to give you verified, up to the minute, trustworthy information to help you make decisions about your lives and your health. We'll also be asking questions of officials and decision makers about how they're responding to the virus. Our aim is to keep you informed.The Director-General of Health says there are 18 new and confirmed cases of Covid-19...

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Apr 12, 2020
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WHO probes reports of recovered Covid-19 patients being reinfected

WHO probes reports of recovered Covid-19 patients being reinfected

The World Health Organisation says it is looking into reports of some Covid-19 patients testing positive again after initially testing negative for the disease while being considered for discharge.South Korean officials on Friday reported 91 patients thought cleared of the new coronavirus had tested positive again.Jeong Eun-kyeong, director of the Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, told a briefing that the virus may have been "reactivated" rather than the patients being re-infected.The Geneva-based WHO, asked about the report from Seoul, told Reuters in a brief statement: "We...

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Apr 13, 2020
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UN reaches out to Pacific, post-Cyclone Harold

UN reaches out to Pacific, post-Cyclone Harold

The United Nations has issued messages of support for the Pacific following the destruction caused by Cyclone Harold last week.The severe cyclone swept through Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga.Dozens are believed to have died across the region from the storm which destroyed many homes, buildings and food crops.Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed his deep solidarity with the people of the Pacific as they faced the impact of the cyclone, along with other climate-related challenges, as well as the coronavirus pandemic, which added a worrying new dimension to existing...

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Apr 13, 2020
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European Solar Orbiter blasts off

European Solar Orbiter blasts off

Europe's audacious Solar Orbiter probe has lifted off on its quest to study the Sun from close quarters.The €1.5bn ($NZ2.6bn) mission is packed with cameras and sensors that should reveal remarkable new insights on the workings of our star.Scientists want to better understand what drives its dynamic behaviour.The spacecraft launched aboard an Atlas rocket, which lifted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida at 11pm local time on Sunday.The Sun will occasionally eject billions of tonnes of matter and entangled magnetic fields that can disrupt activity on Earth.The worst of these storms will trip...

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