Archive for January, 2012

South Auckland barman bashed in armed robbery

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

A barman was beaten over the head with a gun while being forced to clear the safe at his workplace of tens of thousands of dollars by two men in Auckland last night.

As two workers were closing up at the Clendon Inn Sports Bar in Manurewa at about 9.30pm a man putting the rubbish out was confronted by two men with a gun, Detective Sergeant Malcolm Hassall said.

4 dead in anti-governmnt rallies in Bangladesh

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party and its ally, Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, had called for anti-government rallies across the country but the government slapped a ban on all gatherings in the capital, Dhaka, and five other cities including Chittagong, Sylhet, Rajshahi, Khulna and Barisal.

In protests elsewhere, police confirmed two deaths in Chandpur district and two in Laxmipur district after clashes with demonstrations, who demanded an independent caretaker government to oversee general elections in two years. The government has rejected that demand.

South Korean public safety report warns of potential terrorism from the North during this year’s elections

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

North Korea may commit acts of terrorism ahead of South Korea’s parliamentary and presidential elections this year in an effort to bolster its new regime, South Korean police said in an annual public safety report.

3 admitted to hospital with typhoid in Fiji following floods

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Health fears are growing in flood-hit parts of Fiji after three people were admitted to Nadi Hospital after contracting typhoid.

NZ issues PNG travel warning after pro-Somare troops raid barracks

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

New Zealanders are being warned that there is “some risk” to their security in Papua New Guinea due to growing political unrest.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) today advised New Zealanders to limit travel around Port Moresby after soldiers loyal to ousted prime minister Sir Michael Somare raided barracks in the capital.

Australian PM dragged to safety after protestors interrupt meeting

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, and Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, had to be extracted from a restaurant near Parliament House as angry protesters banged on the glass.

Supporters of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra picketed the Lobby restaurant over comments by Mr Abbott this morning that the tent embassy should close.

Kim Dotcom’s bodyguard in court on firearms charge

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

The man who listed David Beckham and the Royal Family of Brunei among his clients has appeared in court on a firearms charge.

Wayne Phillip Tempero had been head of security for Kim Dotcom at his $30 million Coatesville mansion and was arrested after an FBI-led raid on the property.

The 55-year-old appeared in North Shore District Court this morning charged with unlawful possession of a pistol

SFO lays 96 charges against Rockforte Finance directors

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

The Serious Fraud Office has laid a total of 92 criminal charges against the three directors of failed Gisborne finance company Rockforte Finance, which collapsed with deposits guaranteed by the Crown retail deposit guarantee scheme and whose receivership is likely to cost the taxpayer the thick end of $3.5 million

Thousands evacuated from floods in Australia

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Thousands of Australians were evacuated Wednesday, with dozens being rescued, as monsoonal rains sparked flash flooding and landslides and a cyclone threatened to form in the Pacific Ocean.

Stand off as police move on Occupy Auckland protest

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

A large stand-off between police and Occupy Auckland protesters has started this morning in Aotea Square.

Around 60 police moved in to evict the remaining protesters at 7am.