The Syrian city of Aleppo is once again the scene of heavy fighting after a truce to allow civilians and rebel fighters to flee the war zone collapsed overnight.
What's trending online? Verity Johnson gives Paul Henry her picks of the day from the world of social media.
A member of US President-elect Donald Trump's transition team says a belief in man-made climate change may one day be comparable to believing the Earth is flat.
One paramedic even had a bow and arrow pointed at his head and another had his back broken by a patient he was treating.
Two Auckland brothers who lost their home when their father died of cancer have now lost many of their belongings too, including possessions from their late father.
Tourists who are planning a trip to South Africa may now have to factor in a trip to Wellington first in order to obtain a visa in person.
The tar seal is down, and the electronic signs are up - all ready to welcome the Waterview Connection's first drivers.
One father had a "proud dad moment" when his sons got out of their car to help a wheelchair user shovel snow.
Temperatures soared from the mid-20s to low 40s on the record breaking December day.
In their closing addresses to Parliament, Prime Minister Bill English and Labour Leader Andrew Little took swipes at each other, and Mr English quoted Taylor Swift.
The British PM was one of the first world leaders Mr English spoke to after being sworn in and he says they had a good discussion.
A giant wave the same height as a six-storey building has broken records as the tallest ever.
An African-American man has earned fame and his fair share of derision after staging an odd marriage proposal with the help of police officers.
Winston Peters met privately with some of the families of the Pike River victims, following his pledge to be the first one back in the mine.
Donald Trump's new secretary of state, Exxon Mobil chief executive Rex Tillerson, is being hailed as one of the truly great business leaders of the world, with a career that embodies the American dream.
Spectacular footage has been released of a lake hidden under the surface of Antarctica's ice - but while it looks pretty, it doesn't bode well for the continent.
A six-year-old Afghan boy, who shot to fame with his homemade Lionel Messi shirt made from a plastic bag, has now met his hero.
An Australian documentary maker who filmed a massive great white shark swimming just metres from him says the adrenaline of the moment was incomparable.
The United States has decided to limit military support to Saudi Arabia's campaign in Yemen because of concerns over widespread civilian casualties.
NZ's UN Ambassador has told the Security Council that Russia's role in the Syrian conflict has caused a "Rwanda moment".
National Minister Craig Foss has announced he won't stand for re-election next year - but that's in stark contrast to what he told Newshub on Monday.
An ugly row has been captured on camera between a mother and a first class train passenger who wanted her gone.
The Canadian government should regulate the production of cannabis when it is legalised for recreational use and require plain packaging for such products, an official panel has recommended.
With many lines brought to a standstill, it was the worst rail disruption in Britain for two decades.
An urgent appeal has been launched to save more than seven million children and adults from starving to death as they are caught in the middle of Yemen's civil war.
The video shows a young woman being kicked down a flight of stairs from behind by a young man in an unprovoked attack.
Eric Shmitt-Matzen, a part-time Santa impersonator, was called to visit a dying five-year-old boy at his hospital bedside.
At first it was not known whether the toddler had been kidnapped, however police have confirmed the man arrested was not known to the family.
"The problem is one woman graduate is equivalent to two-fifths of a full-time equivalent vet..." Chancellor Chris Kelly said.