EYEWITNESS NEWS. 16/10/1987
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News and Current Affairs.
The Governor-General of Fiji has resigned. Fiji is now no longer a member of the Commonwealth and must reapply for membership. Events in Fiji have dominated the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Vancouver and led to divisions between countries who support and oppose Fiji’s membership. Speakers: Colonel Sitiveni Rabuka, Dr Tupeni Baba (Former Fiji Education Minister), Paias Wingti (Papua New Guinea Premier), Margaret Thatcher (British Prime Minister), Bob Hawke (Australian Prime Minister), David Lange (Prime Minister), Rod Alley (Political Scientist).
Richard Prebble has announced 432 post offices are to close. Residents of communities who are to lose their local post office have reacted angrily to the Government’s announcement. Prebble is interviewed. Speakers: Dot Mereu (Norsewood resident), Pat Lawton (Norsewood resident), Jonathan Hunt (Former Postmaster-General), Mearl Lawton (Norsewood resident), Richard Prebble (Postmaster-General).
Dr Charles Farthing, a New Zealand world expert on the treatment of HIV/AIDS working in Britain, believes a cure won’t be found this century. Farthing is interviewed. Speaker: Dr Charles Farthing (AIDS expert).
Five prisoners have escaped from Mount Eden jail.
A Rotorua High Court judge has lifted an injunction on the publication of a report which led to the suspension of a Whakatane orthopaedic surgeon.
The British Government is moving to stop the sale of the controversial book “Spycatcher” here.
Hurricane winds are sweeping through Southern England causing widespread damage and casualties.
There has been another Iranian missile strike on an American tanker in Kuwaiti waters. President Reagan refuses to rule out retaliation.
The United States airforce is searching the Nevada desert for a top-secret plane which has disappeared.
In Sri Lanka a Tamil Tiger ceasefire has been rejected by the Indian Government, unless the Tigers give up all their weapons.
Humphrey, an elephant seal, is refusing all efforts to remove him from a Coromandel farm.
The share market fell following losses on Wall Street.
Commonwealth leaders are still at odds over sanctions against South Africa. Speakers: Margaret Thatcher (British Prime Minister), Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe Prime Minister).
Zimbabwe’s leaders are trying to lessen their dependence on South Africa via the Beira Corridor. These efforts, and the dangers white farmers in Zimbabwe face, are examined.
The war of words between the frontrunners for the Director-Generalship of UNESCO continues.
A Bristol man was charged with the killings of two men in the city yesterday.
America’s professional NFL football players have suffered defeat in their strike. Speakers: Gene Upshaw (NFLPA), William Judson (Miami Dolphins), Patrick Bowlen (Denver Broncos Owner).