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Fire destroys historic Aurum Homestead in Skippers Canyon, Queenstown

The 155-year-old, historic Aurum Homestead in the Skippers Canyon, near Queenstown, was destroyed in a suspected suspicious fire early on January 1, but the neighbouring historic school house has been saved. Central Otago Detective Sergeant Derek Shaw is appealing for a man and woman who camped at the category 2 historic places building to come forward, in the hope they ...

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Putin calls for pragmatism in New Year wishes to Trump

AFP-Jiji MOSCOW (AFP-Jiji) — Russian President Vladimir Putin called for “pragmatic cooperation” in his New Year wishes to U.S. President Donald Trump, the Kremlin said on Saturday. In a statement on the Russian president’s New Year wishes to world leaders, the Kremlin said Putin told Trump that “a constructive Russian-American dialogue is especially needed to strengthen strategic stability in the ...

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Report: 2 protesters in western Iran killed at night rally

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Two protesters taking part in demonstrations roiling Iran were killed at a rally overnight, a semi-official news agency reported Sunday, the first deaths attributed to the ongoing protests. The demonstrations, which began Thursday over the economic woes plaguing Iran, appear to be the largest to strike the Islamic Republic since the protests that followed the country’s ...

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