The maker of the controversial weedkiller Roundup will pay thousands of people who claim it causes cancer. 

Costing German manufacturer Bayer almost US$10 billion, it has renewed calls for a ban on the product in New Zealand.

About 125,000 people have claimed the household gardening product causes blood cancer.

The company's chief executive Werner Baumann says the legal "settlement is the right action at the right time... to bring a long period of uncertainty to an end".

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