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Backpacker Grace Millane missing in New Zealand ‘last seen with man’

Image copyright Lucie Blackman Trust Image caption The 22-year-old was backpacking after graduating from university in September Missing backpacker Grace Millane was last seen at a hotel with a “male companion”, police have revealed. The 22-year-old, from Essex, described by her father as “lovely” and “family-orientated”, vanished in New Zealand six days ago. Detectives in Auckland say they have spoken to the man and have identified an apartment at the Citylife Hotel as a location of interest. Det Insp Scott Beard said police “hold grave fears for her safety”. Miss…

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Grace Millane: ‘Concern grows’ for backpacker missing in New Zealand

Image copyright Millane Family Image caption Grace Millane turned 22 on Sunday, but has not replied to her family’s birthday messages Police searching for a British backpacker missing in New Zealand say concerns are growing for her safety. Grace Millane’s father is said to be on his way to the country, where his 22-year-old daughter vanished on Saturday. Miss Millane, from Essex, was last seen at Auckland’s Sky City complex and did not respond to messages on her birthday the following day. Det Insp Scott Beard, of Auckland City Police,…

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Grace Millane: British backpacker missing in New Zealand

Image copyright Millane Family Image caption Grace Millane turned 22 on Sunday, but has not replied to her family’s birthday messages Police in New Zealand are searching for a British woman who went missing five days ago. Backpacker Grace Millane, 22, from Essex, was last seen by her roommates at a hostel in Auckland on Saturday. Her family, who said they spoke to her “most days”, became concerned when she failed to reply to birthday messages on Sunday and said her silence was “completely out of character”. The Foreign Office…

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New Zealand beached whales: Why are so many getting stranded?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAlmost 150 whales die in mass stranding The pictures are striking: dozens of whales lie stranded on an idyllic beach in a remote part of New Zealand. The group were found by a walker on Stewart Island earlier this week. And just a few days later, a further 51 pilot whales died after becoming stranded on a beach on the Chatham Islands. While whale strandings are not uncommon, they usually involve just a single animal rather than a whole group. The recent…

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Huawei seeks clarification after New Zealand intelligence agency rejects 5G bid

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Huawei Technologies Co Ltd said it was seeking clarification from New Zealand after the country’s intelligence agency rejected the telecommunication industry’s first request to use the Chinese firm’s equipment in its planned 5G mobile network. FILE PHOTO: A man walks past a sign board of Huawei at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) Asia 2018 in Shanghai, China June 14, 2018. REUTERS/Aly Song Huawei said it had not had formal contact with the Government Communication Security Bureau (GCSB), which has cited national security concerns in declining a proposal from…

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New Zealand rejects Huawei’s first 5G bid citing national security risk

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand’s intelligence agency has rejected the telecom industry’s first request in the country to use 5G equipment provided by China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, citing concerns about national security. FILE PHOTO: A woman stands at the booth of Huawei featuring 5G technology at the PT Expo in Beijing, China September 28, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer Telecommunications services provider Spark New Zealand Ltd (SPK.NZ), which made the request, said on Wednesday it would review the reasoning before considering any further steps. The decision comes as Western nations become increasingly…

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New Zealand government rejects telco’s plan to use Huawei 5G equipment

FILE PHOTO: A woman stands at the booth of Huawei featuring 5G technology at the PT Expo in Beijing, China September 28, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer (Reuters) – A government agency rejected Spark New Zealand’s proposal to use 5G equipment of China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd in its planned network citing significant national security risks, the telco said on Wednesday. The decision by New Zealand’s Director-General of the Government Communications Security Bureau comes months after Australia banned the Chinese firm for the same reason. It comes at a time when Western countries…

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Pakistan v New Zealand: Yasir Shah takes 14 wickets in innings win for Pakistan

Only 12 bowlers have taken more than the 14 wickets Yasir Shah (centre) claimed in a single Test Second Test, Dubai (day four) Pakistan 418-5 dec (Haris 147, Babar 127*) New Zealand 90 (Yasir 8-41) & 312 (Taylor 82, Nicholls 77, Latham 50, Yasir 6-143) Pakistan won by an innings and 16 runs; level the series 1-1 Scorecard Yasir Shah claimed the second best match figures by a Pakistan bowler as they beat New Zealand by an innings and 16 runs in the second Test. The 32-year-old leg-spinner finished with…

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New Zealand whale stranding: ‘I will never forget their cries’

Image copyright Liz Carlson “It was the worst night of my entire life.” That’s how Liz Carlson describes finding 145 whales beached and dying on a remote New Zealand beach. The travel blogger from the US was on a five-day hike on the Rakiura or Steward Island with a friend when they came across the tragic scene. What would otherwise have a been a beautiful long stretch of deserted beach was the site of a desperate struggle for life. Almost 150 pilot whales, beached in the low tide, were fighting…

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Needle found in strawberry punnet in New Zealand supermarket

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A needle crisis in Australia saw hundreds of punnet pulled from shelves A needle was found inside a punnet of strawberries on sale in a New Zealand supermarket, the second such incident in recent months. The strawberries were bought at a Fresh Choice supermarket in Geraldine, a town on the South Island. It comes after a nationwide scare in Australia which saw almost 200 reports of needle-contaminated strawberries. An Australian woman accused of carrying out the act in “spite” has since been arrested. It…

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