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Aussie steals our summer

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By Philip Duncan

It pains many of us but over the decades we've become used to seeing Australia sneak in at the last minute and steal something from us...whether it's rugby, cricket or even NZ born celebrities.  But many kiwis will be out-raged to learn today that Australia has stolen one more thing from us - our summer.


VIDEO: Dramatic video shows huge dust cloud after Haiti quake

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A new video has surfaced showing a dramatic scene unfolding in the skies over Haiti.

Following the massive magnitude 7 earthquake - the strongest in Haiti since 1770 - a massive dust cloud blanketed the city of Port-au-Prince as poorly built buildings crumbled to the ground.

This video was captured by residents on a hill above the city just moments after the earthquake struck.


VIDEO: Haiti Earthquake caught on tape

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The CBS News Investigative Unit has acquired video of buildings collapsing in Port-au-Prince, Haiti during the country's worst earthquake since 1770.

The earthquake had a magnitude of 7.0 and dozens of aftershocks.


UN's global warming claim 'based on dated, obscure source'

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A leading British newspaper claims the United Nations body on climate change has made a blunder of Himalayan proportions over key evidence on global warming.

The Sunday Times says a key finding on melting glaciers by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change may have been simply taken from a press interview with an obscure Indian scientist.

Latest reports say the finding that climate change will melt most of the Himalayan glaciers by 2035 is now likely to be retracted due to the blunder.


Haiti Quake: Tens of thousands likely killed

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Haitians piled bodies along the devastated streets of their capital Wednesday after the strongest earthquake to hit the poor Caribbean nation in more than 200 years crushed thousands of structures, from schools and shacks to the National Palace and the U.N. peacekeeping headquarters. Untold numbers were still trapped.

The devastation was so complete that it seemed likely the death toll from Tuesday afternoon's magnitude-7.0 quake would run into the thousands.


7.0 Haiti quake could be 'catastrophic'

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Watch continuing coverage of the earthquake in Haiti on CNN, Channel 91 Sky Digital.

A major earthquake struck southern Haiti on Tuesday, knocking down buildings and inflicting a catastrophe on the impoverished Caribbean nation, its ambassador to the United States said.

"The only thing I can do now is pray and hope for the best," the ambassador, Raymond Joseph, told CNN.

The magnitude 7.0 quake struck about 10 miles (15 kilometers) southwest of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince shortly before 5 p.m. Joseph said he had little information about the extent of damage from the quake, but one government official -- the only one he was able to reach -- told him houses had crumbled "on the right side of the street and the left side of the street."


BLOG: Record breaking cold right across northern hemisphere

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By Philip Duncan

After the sensational flop that was the Copenhagen climate meeting I can't help but think what incredibly bad timing nature has for those leaders who were set with the task of convincing us the world is getting hotter.

Following a recent news story that confirms the past decade was the hottest decade in recorded history much of the northern hemisphere has been plunged into record breaking cold - and it's grabbing the headlines on all the major news organisations.


Record freeze in tropical Florida

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A sharp Arctic front sweeping the United States has brought unusual snow to many of the deep southern states, leaving normally balmy Florida shivering from record icy lows.

At least nine deaths were blamed on the freezing snap that blanketed much of the central part of the country this week, CNN said on Saturday.

In sub-tropical Florida, Key West -- the southernmost point in the continental United States -- had its coldest day in 112 years, with a low of 8.3 degrees Celsius.


Europe transport freezes up

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Scores of flights have been cancelled across Europe as snow covers swathes of the continent, severing key highways and disrupting rail and electricity links.

Germans were urged on Saturday to buy enough food and medicines to last for up to four days in the face of a blizzard. The government said all non-essential travel should be avoided.

More than 200 flights were cancelled at Frankfurt, Europe's third largest airport, on Saturday, spokesman Juergen Harrer said, adding that many more had been delayed.


UK: Weather disrupts football

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Icy weather in Britain is playing havoc with the latest round of English Premier League football fixtures. The total number of matches postponed tomorrow morning is now up to four with Hull City's match against Chelsea the latest to join the list.

Fulham's match against Portsmouth, Burnley's game against Stoke City and Sunderland's match against Bolton have already been forced to move to another date.