National News Brief

Pope arrives in Israel calling for two-state solution; Next week's Obama-Netanyahu talks previewed; Japanese Opposition leader resigns; hundreds of thousands flee Swat Valley; and more

Top of the Agenda: Pope Israel Trip

Just "one or two" companies on board for nine-day fortnight; government to allow workers to cash in fourth week's leave; Kiwis believe in climate change; and Dunedin has a new mall

Just "one or two companies" have signed up for the nine-day fortnight, according to the lead in The Press.

Roads, roads and roads: what's in and what's out as the government announces seven "roads of national significance"; three strikes law could breach international law; police leave camera behind during raid; and a Kiwi drill solves global warming puzzle

It's all about roads this morning, with the government announcing seven "roads of national significance" that would be improved over the next decade at a cost of $10.7 billion.

PM: Donate your tax cut to charity; more sensitive documents left with gang members; stem cell trial in New Zealand; cancer treatment times (or health boards) to be slashed; 1080 drop in Wellington water catchment; woman gives birth on plane then leaves baby on board

If you don't spend your tax cut this year, donate it to charity, urges the Prime Minister. The next round of tax cuts, due in a fortnight, will give workers earning $45,000 a year an extra $11.54 a week and those earning $100,000 about $24, reports the Herald.

Investigation clears police of Wallace shooting but recommends drug test; Housing New Zealand manager flees home after Mob threats; high country could again be for sale to foreign owners; no trains for World Cup; and more

The Independent Police Conduct Authority yesterday cleared Senior Constable Keith Abbott of misconduct in the shooting of Steven Wallace in Waitara in 2000, the New Zealand Herald reports.

$1 billion boost for roads; TVNZ to cut 90 jobs; unions say fire foreign workers first; anti-terror squad recruitment begins; no more spying on MPs; 15-year-old secret revealed at Bain trial

The Government announced a $1 billion transport stimulus package yesterday, reports the Herald.

KiwiRail could buy commuter trains; warnings in new bullying report; government to reform overseas investment rules; ACT abandons party whips; and more

The government is considering using KiwiRail to buy new electric trains for Auckland and Wellington, the New Zealand Herald reports.