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2006-02-08 02:18:04

By James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia and New Zealand vowed to work to build a single economic market on the back of strengthening trade ties on Wednesday, but stopped short of endorsing a single currency. New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark said both countries wanted to build on the 23-year-old Closer Economic Relations (CER) agreement, which has freed up trade between the neighbors. But Clark and Australian Prime Minister John Howard said there were no plans for a...

2005-08-13 14:25:22

(Corrects time in 5th paragraph to say he died at 10 p.m.) WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Former New Zealand Prime Minister David Lange died in hospital on Saturday after complications of renal failure. Lange, 63, a lawyer and pugnacious, witty former Methodist lay preacher, spent five turbulent years as New Zealand's Labour Party prime minister from 1984. During his time in office, New Zealand underwent one of its most radical economic restructurings and made its name on the international...

2005-08-13 14:49:07

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Former New Zealand Prime Minister David Lange died in hospital on Saturday after complications of renal failure. Lange, 63, a lawyer and pugnacious, witty former Methodist lay preacher, spent five turbulent years as New Zealand's Labour Party prime minister from 1984. During his time in office, New Zealand underwent one of its most radical economic restructurings and made its name on the international stage for its anti-nuclear stance. "It is with sadness that...


Word of the Day
out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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