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ACC admits it has fallen short in the way it has dealt with surgical mesh patients as a report into their experiences is released; and a high-risk mission to recover the bodies left behind after Monday's deadly eruption on Whakaari/ White Island is now underway.

1.A high-risk mission to recover the bodies left behind after Monday's deadly eruption on Whakaari/ White Island is now underway.Police National Operation Commander Deputy Commissioner John Tims says a blessing was held at sea this morning.He said family representatives are returning to the mainland and the operation to recover the eight bodies on the island has commenced. A pilot who helped rescue people after the eruption is confident the recovery operation is being planned as well as possible.

2. ACC admits it has fallen short in the way it has dealt with surgical mesh patients as a report into their experiences is released. More than 600 people told their stories in a restorative justice process commissioned by the Ministry of Health and lead by a Victoria University restorative justice team which has just released its report.

3.a US House of Representatives panel is expected to approve impeachment charges against President Donald Trump later in a marathon session of rancorous debate.The judiciary committee is debating two articles of impeachment alleging abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

4.A large scrub fire is continuing to burn on the Karikari Peninsula in Northland. Firefighters remain on the scene and four houses have been evacuated as a precaution.

5.Bread shortages caused by strike action will come to an end after union members reached a deal with the company that produced the Tip Top brand.

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