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  • In briefCop on drink-drive charge

  • Royal offspring lose titlesA Danish prince yesterday accused his mother, Queen Margrethe, of harming his children by stripping them of their royal titles so they could have a more normal life. Prince Joachim, her second son, claimed he was only given five days’ notice that his children would not be called prince or princess or their royal highness from January 1 and only addressed as excellencies instead. “We are all very sad. It’s never fun to see your children being harmed. They have been put in a situation they do not understand,” he told the Ekstra Bladet newspaper. Princes Nikolai, 23, Felix, 20, Henrik, 13, and Princess Athena, 10, have been allowed to keep using their titles as “counts and countess of Monpezat”. Margrethe, 82, who stripped four of her eight grandchildren of their titles, said: “It is a consideration I have had for quite a long time and I think it will be good for them in their future.”

  • Investigators plan drilling at Pike River

    Police have told families of the 29 Pike River mine explosion victims that planning is under way to drill 10 boreholes — months after the years-long operation was officially concluded.

  • Man sent to jail for kissing stranger wins $450k compo

    A man who spent four-and-a-half years too long in jail after kissing a woman in the street has been awarded $450,000 in compensation.

  • Florida reels as Ian moves on

    Rescue crews piloted boats and waded through inundated streets yesterday to save thousands of Floridians trapped amid flooded homes and shattered buildings left by Hurricane Ian, which crossed into the Atlantic Ocean and churned toward South Carolina.

  • Curbing hunger? Alimentary,my dear

    Auckland scientist Dr Edward Walker has spent the past 12 years studying bitterness in an effort to find a magic formula. He and his team at government-owned Plant & Food Research were looking for something that would take the edge off appetite and hunger cravings, and as a result help weight loss. And it appears they’ve cracked it.

  • Killer disease flares again

    Health officials in New York are “very, very concerned” about a recent outbreak of polio, the latest in a string of infectious diseases to rattle the state.

  • Co-driver keeps Paddon on track

    Rally drivers get all the accolades and glory as they are managing the steering wheel, throttle, brakes, levers and an assortment of other things. However, without the co-driver sitting next to them it would be highly unlikely any driver would make it through a stage in a competitive manner.

  • PREMIUM DEBATE Non-funding of cystic fibrosis treatment

    Just 31 years. That is the median age of someone born with cystic fibrosis (CF) in New Zealand. It isn’t a myth, it’s a fact and we have the statistics to back it up. Trikafta has made me feel like I do not have CF. It is, literally, a miracle. But here comes the kicker. Despite Trikafta being such a life-changing drug, and despite Pharmac stating that it wants to fund Trikafta, it still isn’t funded. (Opinion, Edward Lee)

  • Black Ferns co-captain opens up on freak injury

    Kennedy Simon sat on the floor of the Black Ferns dojo in Christchurch; pain coursing through her knee.

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