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Afghan-street-sceneThe Afghan National Army sergeant who shot and killed three Australian soldiers in Afghanistan last year, has been captured.

Defence force chief General David Hurley says they now expect Hekmatullah to stand trial for murder.

Lance Corporal Stjepan Milosevic, Sapper James Martin and Private Robert Poate were killed August 29th, as they played cards inside a patrol base 20 kilometres north of Tarin Kowt.

The three men died and two other diggers were injured, when Hekmatullah fired 10 to 15 automatic rounds at the Australian soldiers.

Hekmatullah was apprehended in Pakistan by Inter-Services Intelligence in February, and recently deported to Afghanistan.

If convicted, he could face the death penalty.

- RBG NEWS/Newstalk ZB

Published in International
Friday, 09 August 2013 19:03

Eid festival marred by violence

Muslims across Asia are celebrating the Eid festival with lavish feasts and religious services, even as bomb attacks killed at least 52 people in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

A suicide bomber has killed 38 people and wounded 50 others in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province, most of them policemen attending the funeral of a colleague killed earlier in the day in the south-western city of Quetta.

According to Voice of America, the funeral prayers for the officer were being organized inside the highly-secured police headquarters just hours after he was gunned down.  Witnesses say that scores of police officers and civilian staff were lining up for the sombre ceremony when the suicide bomber detonated his explosives.

VoA correspondent, Ayaz Gul, says this latest violence has generated renewed criticism of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government, for its inability to put forward a national policy to counter the militants.

And a blast in eastern Afghanistan killed at least 14, as women and children gathered to pray for the late wife of a pro-government leader.

- RBG News/Newstalkzb

Published in International
Friday, 02 August 2013 19:14

Shine TV Headlines - 2 Aug 2013

Mānia Clarke presents today's news, including more scandal regarding the Henry Inquiry, Mongrel Mob member in custody who allegedly kidnapping a baby, Sir John Kirwan talks with Benji Marshall, and the like the Chiefs, Brumbies coach name an unchanged side for tomorrows Super Rugby final, in Hamilton.

From the RBG News Centre for Shine TV.

Published in National
Monday, 29 July 2013 18:37

Shine TV headlines - 29 July 2013

ShineTV headlinesAllan Lee presents today's news, including the matter of more transparency for NZ intelligence agencies' operations; further questions about Sir Owen Glenn's charity; charges over last week's massive train accident in Spain; and a "remarkable" America's Cup experience aboard Team NZ's yacht for Hollywood heavyweight, Tom Cruise.

From the RBG News Centre for Shine TV.

Published in National
Thursday, 20 June 2013 19:31

Shine TV headlines - 20 June 2013

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Cameron Eagle has today’s headlines, including weather warnings and road closures as the polar blast strikes both the Sth and Nth Islands; the Salvation Army's reaction to the Government's gambling reforms and the 2013 TIP Report on human trafficking; Peter Dunne's frustration at electoral 'bureaucracy'; and International Mandela Day.

From the RBG News Centre for Shine TV.

Published in National
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 18:50

Shine TV headlines - 19 June 2013

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Brad Mills has today’s headlines including weather warnings in the lower south Island, the Governments gambling reforms, John Key’s slamming of the Greens economic policy, moves in Afghanistan to hand over security to Afghan forces from the international military coalition. And why sleep-in’s may be good for your health.

From the RBG News Centre for Shine TV.

Published in National
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 14:37

Peace talks to happen with the Taliban

US officials have confirmed peace talks with the Taliban, for the first time since the start of the war in Afghanistan.

United States envoys will meet with Taliban representatives within days, after the Afghan militants opened an office in Qatar, to oversee peace negotiations.

The news comes as the Coalition announces it was handing over complete security control of the country, to the Afghan army and police.

Sky News reporter David Bowden says at the ceremony to complete the handover, Afghan president Hamid Karza,i has announced he's sending a team to talk to the Taliban.  He says news that the Taliban is opening an office in Qatar, and that early visitors would include US negotiators, has made the world sit up and take notice.

US-led NATO forces are still fighting Taliban guerillas on the Afghan battlefield.

But two statements have come from the militant group, saying it opposes the use of Afghan soil to threaten other countries and also that it supports a peace process.

Sky News US correspondent Amanda Walker says there'll be conditions on the US talks.  She says the primary thing is that the Taliban breaks ties with Al Qaeda, the violence stops and it supports the Afghan constitution by protecting women's rights and the minorities.

US officials say the developments represent an important first step towards reconciliation - a process that, after 30 years of armed conflict in Afghanistan, will promises to be complex, long and messy.

- RBG NEWS/Newstalk ZB

Published in International
Monday, 17 June 2013 20:14

Shine TV Headlines - 17 June 2013

ShineTV headlinesDavina William has today's headlines including Mediaworks' receivership announcement; the Opposition's inquiry into the manufacturing sector; reaction to Iran's President-elect, Hassan Rouhani; and the 50th anniversary of the first space flight by a woman.

From the RBG News Centre for Shine TV.


Published in National
Thursday, 13 June 2013 19:05

Shine TV Headlines - 13 June 2013

ShineTV headlinesCameron Eagle has today's headlines including the results of an inquiry into the deaths of five Kiwi soldiers in Afghanistan, the Reserve Banks' for bigger deposits from home buyers, the call for all Maori to automatically be listed on the Maori Electoral roll and the new 'Man of Steel' says The Suit has a force that makes a difference.

From the RBG News Centre for Shine, Video thanks to VoA.


Published in National
Tuesday, 28 May 2013 19:28

Shine TV headlines - 28 May 2013

ShineTV headlinesMānia Clarke presents today's news, including snow, thunderstorms and hail around the country, rise in attacks against journalists in Afghanistan, woman discriminated against by Air New Zealand for her tattoo, All Black Conrad Smith to take a sabbatical.

From the RBG News Centre for Shine, photos courtesy of @maoripanda (Twitter) & Dave Lintott.

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