• Foreigners tell of being 'hunted like dogs' in South Africa

    Foreigners fleeing xenophobic violence in South Africa told Tuesday of how they escaped marauding death mobs and vowed never to return to the country where they had sought a new life. Holding her one-year-old daughter in her arms, Malawian Agnes Salanje said she "faced death" during the wave of anti-immigrant violence that has claimed at least seven lives. "We could have been killed as these South Africans hunted for foreigners, going from door to door," Salanje, who was a domestic worker in the Indian Ocean port city of Durban, told AFP.

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  • Ex-Nazi 'bookkeeper of Auschwitz' asks for 'forgiveness'

    Former SS officer Oskar Groening, dubbed the "bookkeeper of Auschwitz", asked for "forgiveness" over his role in mass murder at the Nazi death camp, as his German trial began Tuesday. "For me there's no question that I share moral guilt," the 93-year-old former Nazi told the judges, admitting that he knew about the gassing of Jews and other prisoners. "I ask for forgiveness," he said at the trial, which was attended by almost 70 Holocaust survivors and victims' relatives.

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  • Johnny Depp's a no show for Pirates of the Caribbean filming

    Johnny Depp has failed to return to the set of 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales'. A source told the Gold Coast Bulletin: "Everyone's hoping they have managed to get him on another flight. Filming on the blockbuster was halted when Johnny returned to the US for treatment last month after he injured his hand, reportedly after hitting a glass door during a heated conversation with wife Amber Heard.

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  • Bobbi Kristina Brown has 'irreversible brain damage'

    Bobbi Kristina Brown has suffered "irreversible brain damage". The 22-year-old aspiring singer was placed in a medically-induced coma after being found unresponsive in her bathtub in January, and though her father Bobby Brown recently revealed she is now "awake", her grandmother Cissy Houston - the mother of the young star's late mother Whitney Houston - says she is still "unresponsive".

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  • Miley Cyrus Wears Nipple Pasties to Honour Joan Jett

    Miley Cyrus was so thrilled to meet Joan Jett at the singer's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction on Saturday night, she wore nipple pasties with Joan's initials on them to the event. Miley shows her support for Joan Jett by rocking the star's initials on nipple pasties.

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  • Three dead as wild weather lashes Australian state

    Three people died as the Australian state of New South Wales was lashed by a "once-in-a-decade" storm Tuesday with homes washed away, thousands hit by power cuts and sand drifts sweeping inland off Sydney's iconic Bondi beach. Sea swells also hampered shipping as the region around Australia's biggest city suffered its second day of gale-force winds of up to 135 kilometres per hour (83 mph) and torrential rain. The Bureau of Meteorology said 172 millimetres (6.8 inches) of rain had fallen in Sydney in 24 hours -- the city's wettest period since 2002.

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  • Aboriginal passport not recognised

    An Auckland-born Aboriginal sovereignty campaigner says he is frustrated he was "hassled" by Customs officers when he tried to enter Australia on an Aboriginal passport. Callum Clayton-Dixon, who chairs the Aboriginal Provisional Government, said he was questioned for around 30 minutes on Friday evening when he arrived at the Brisbane International Airport from a trip to New Zealand. Mr Clayton-Dixon, whose Aboriginal grandfather emigrated to New Zealand, said the passport should be recognised by the Australian government.

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  • Aaron Taylor-Johnson: I don't notice age gap with wife Sam

    Aaron Taylor-Johnson doesn't notice the age gap between him and his wife. The 'Nowhere Boy' star refuses to "engage" in any talk about the difference in age between him and his wife Sam Taylor-Johnson, who is 23 years his senior.

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  • Petrol prices rise and fall faster these days, says NZIER

    Rising global prices for crude oil and a 4 cents per litre increase in petrol prices this week saw Z Energy release updated research today from the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research showing petrol prices react to international price changes within a fortnight and fall as quickly as they rise. In a report titled "Petrol prices (still) rise and fall at the same speed", NZIER says the main change it has noted since about 2010 is that international oil price changes are passed through mostly within the following one or two weeks, rather than taking three or four weeks to filter through to the motorist at the petrol pump. "Both oil price reductions and oil price increases end up in retail prices more quickly than they used to," says the report, dated April 20 and released this morning by Z chief executive Mike Bennetts.

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  • U.S. Supreme Court rejects appeal over Arizona 'fish pedicures'

    The procedure involves customers placing their feet in a water tank filled with toothless Garra rufa fish, also known as doctor fish, which suck the dead tissue off their feet to leave them feeling softer. Cindy Vong, who has operated a nail salon in the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert since 2006, introduced the treatment in 2008. In 2009, Vong was told by the Arizona Board of Cosmetology that the treatment violated the agency's safety standards, and that she could face criminal charges.

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  • Paul McCartney pays glowing tribute to Ringo Starr

    Sir Paul McCartney says his friendship with Ringo Starr is a "beautiful thing". The 72-year-old singer handed over the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Award for Musical Excellence to his former Beatles bandmate at the 30th year of the annual event at Cleveland's Public Hall, in Ohio, on Saturday (18.04.15) and paid him a glowing tribute in his speech. Reflecting on their early days together, Paul recalled: "We did ballrooms and clubs around England, and we got a little work in Europe, and then we eventually came to America.

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  • How to banish bra bulge

    If you’re a woman, you’re probably familiar with the infamous bra bulge — the fat that tends to show up near the middle of your back around your bra, often accentuated by a slightly-too-tight bra band. In the world of body trouble spots, the bra bulge is like having a dull ringing in your ears: It really only bugs you, and it’s not the biggest deal in the world, but it’s still hella annoying. The bra bulge is actually caused by a combination of factors.

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  • Police name man wanted over axe attack

    Police have named a man they want over a vicious axe attack on two Korean men fishing at a Northland wharf before Easter. The arrested 34-year-old, who has name suppression, has been charged with aggravated robbery, wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, injuring with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and reckless driving. Police say Austin has arrest warrants on charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, and injuring with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

    NZ Newswire
  • McDonald's is 'dead money.' Here's why: Trader

    McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) has been one of the worst-performing Dow stocks over the past year, down roughly 4 percent, and according to Cowen & Co.'s head of sales trading, David Seaburg , things are unlikely to change in the near term. "I don't see McDonald's stock trading outside of its current range anytime soon," Seaburg said on Monday's " Trading Nation ." The fast food giant has traded in a $10 range for the better part of the past year, hitting $87 a share on the low end and $99 a share on the high end. "Right now it's dead money," he said.

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  • Manny Pacquiao teleconference call terminated early

    Manny Pacquiao's teleconference call on Monday was abruptly halted just minutes after it began with promoter Bob Arum delivering an obscenity before telling organizers to shut it down. "Oh (expletive)," Arum said after the moderator said the first question would come from Michael Marley of Examiner.com. Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach commented briefly before the call was taken over by Arum who had said earlier he wasn't happy with the idea of it.

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  • Last Gallipoli warship unravels myths of WWI disaster

    Britain's last surviving warship from Gallipoli is being restored to mark the bloody campaign's centenary, as a new exhibition tries to counter myths surrounding the disastrous World War I offensive. HMS M33, one of only three British ships remaining from the whole 1914-1918 war, is being painstakingly renovated in a dry dock in Portsmouth, the Royal Navy's home on the English south coast. The rudimentary ship is being conserved to help bring the story of Gallipoli to life -- and attempt to paint a more rounded picture of the costly Allied attempt to seize the Turkish peninsula.

    AFP
  • Nick Cannon: Mariah Carey is 'love of my life'

    Nick Cannon says Mariah Carey is the "love of my life". Nick also admitted he is fed up of people "perpetuating negativity" and has insisted there is no bad feelings between the pair. "That's one thing I actually admire Mariah because she is professional.

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  • World-changing map found after 96 years

    A rare copy of a 200-year-old map that inspired the book The Map that Changed the World has turned up hiding in a University of Canterbury library. The copy of William Smith's 1815 geological map of Britain - the first such map in the world - had been in university hands for 96 years but has now been rediscovered in the rare books collection in the Macmillan Brown Library. "Due to the misleading title on the case and the fact it looks like a book this item may have been overlooked for many years," said special collections librarian Damian Cairns.

    NZ Newswire
  • Kiwi tracks down mystery Gallipoli fort

    A Kiwi who's in Gallipoli to remember his great-grandfather may have made a discovery that's the Anzac equivalent of finding Tutankhamun's tomb. No one has been able to pin down the exact location of the carving which marks the headquarters of the Native Contingent at Gallipoli. Mr Pearless used a rockface in the background of the painting as a reference and believes the pa was between Fisherman's Hut and the No.1 outpost.

    NZ Newswire
  • The Most Toxic Types of People to Avoid at Work

    Anyone who has ever worked in an office knows there's more to succeeding at your job than just doing the work itself. A big part of almost any position involves "relationship management" -- in other words, knowing how to get along with different personality

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