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What’s on RNZ News at 8am – Feb 25

The Prime Minister has arrived in Suva to red carpet and locals lining the streets to try to catch a glimpse of Jacinda Ardern; and NASA plans to place receivers on a 50 seater Air New Zealand plane to help it detect cyclones. 

1.Global stock markets have sunk after a rise in coronavirus cases renewed fears about potential economic damage. The three main indexes in the US have fallen by about 3 percent, while the UK's FTSE 100 share index closed 3.3 percent lower. In Italy, which has seen Europe's worst outbreak of the virus, Milan's stock market plunged nearly 6 percent.

2.The Government says it will continue assessing whether to extend travel bans to other countries as the coroner virus spreads. The World Health Organisation says it's too early to call the outbreak a pandemic. The country should be prepared as more cases emerge outside of China 

3.Former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was convicted of sexual assault by a New York jury and ordered to be held in custody, but acquitted of the most serious charges. Weinstein, 67, was convicted of sexually assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 and raping Jessica Mann, a onetime aspiring actress, in 2013.

4.A homicide investigation is under way after a shooting in Kaikohe. A man died on the way to hospital. Police were called to the corner of Heke and Hongi Streets in Kaikohe at 8.45pm yesterday following reports of a firearm being discharged.

5.The Prime Minister has arrived in Suva to red carpet and locals lining the streets to try to catch a glimpse of Jacinda Ardern. The visit is the first to Fiji by the New Zealand Prime Minister since 2016. Ardern was welcomed on landing at Suva last night by Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama and a full military procession and she conducted an inspection of the guard.    

6.A car has been driven into a carnival parade in the western German town of Volkmarsen, injuring 30 people, including children. Police said several of the injured were seriously hurt. Bild newspaper said a third of the injuries were serious and some were life-threatening. The driver was in custody and being questioned, police said.

7.NASA plans to place receivers on a 50 seater Air New Zealand plane to help it detect cyclones. The receivers which use GPS signals will also be able to monitor drought, flooding and sea level rise associated with climate change as the plane carries passengers around the country.        

8.An inquiry has begun into allegations that Australian casino firm Crown Resorts has links to organised crime. Crown Resorts is one of the country's biggest gaming groups, and is 37%-owned by Australian tycoon James Packer. It is defending several claims over the use of junkets (paid-for trips) to encourage gamblers to use its casinos.

9.The wife of American basketball star Kobe Bryant has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the operator of the helicopter that crashed killing him, his daughter and seven others. The complaint by Vanessa Bryant alleges the pilot who also died in the crash failed to use ordinary care and piloting the aircraft and was negligent.         

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