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A week ago bad weather forced salvage crews to stop pumping fuel from the stricken cargo ship, the Rena (photo, from bbcimg.co.uk), which ran aground on a coral reef off of New Zealand’s North Island on 5 October.

But the pumping was resumed on Monday, with a second pump being added in order to hasten the removal of oil. (more…)

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A container ship ran aground on a coral reef off of New Zealand’s North Island (map, from bbcimg.co.uk) on Wednesday.

On Sunday the country’s prime minister John Key flew over the scene in a helicopter and said two inquiries were already under way to find out why the ship had collided with the Astrolabe Reef. (more…)

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Tens of thousands of rugby fans gathered in Auckland to attend the opening ceremony (photo, from bbcimg.co.uk) of what prime minister John Key described as the biggest event New Zealand has staged. (more…)

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The Australian city of Melbourne (photo, from bbcimg.co.uk) is the world’s most liveable city, according to The Economist Intelligence Unit’s liveability survey. (more…)

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Following February’s earthquake which killed 181 people and devastated Christchurch (photo, frombbcimg.co.uk), New Zealand’s government has agreed to buy more than 5,000 homes which will have to be abandoned for several years. (more…)

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In many countries the ground is very dry and the water reservoirs are much lower than usual. Europe and Australia are now worried that they might face the same wildfires which are still burning in the US (photo, from aljazeera.net) and Mexico. (more…)

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22 people are being questioned by police in Australia following a riot involving some 100 people on Wednesday night at an immigration detention centre in Sydney (photo, from bbcimg.co.uk). (more…)

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