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Newly released documents reveal the cabinet considered whether immigrants should be forced to take their elderly parents with them if they leave the country; and a South Auckland MP says the most important thing about proposed electoral boundaries is getting the public involved in decision making.

1.Britain's Prince Andrew said on Wednesday he has asked to step down from public duties for the forseeable future after being engulfed in a growing scandal involving Jeffrey Epstein."Of course, I am willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required," Prince Andrew said in a statement issued by Buckingham Palace.

2.A Catholic leader newly appointed to the royal commission's advisory group is accused of telling a survivor the priest who abused her had been "healing his sexuality".Anne Hill of Northland was preyed on from the age of five by Michael Shirres, a Pākehā priest who lectured in Māori theology at the University of Auckland, wrote several books on Māori spirituality, and was celebrated for decades among tangata whenua in the Far North.

3.Newly released documents reveal the cabinet considered whether immigrants should be forced to take their elderly parents with them if they leave the country.  They also show the Immigration Minister twice tried to lower the salary needed for residents and citizens to have their overseas parents join them.

4.A US diplomat who is a pivotal witness in the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump says he worked with the president's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine issues on "the president's orders".It confirms Trump's active participation in a controversy that threatens his presidency.

5.A South Auckland MP says the most important thing about proposed electoral boundaries is getting the public involved in decision making.

6. A white supremacist manifesto by the man accused of the Christchurch mosque shootings has reportedly been distributed to students at a leading New York university, in a spate of race based attacks.

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