• Lion jumps in car and mauls man on safari

    Australian tourist Brendan Smith got a lot more up close and personal with the wildlife than he expected while on safari in Johannesburg, South Africa. Just a day and a half after arriving in Joburg, Smith was on a safari when a lion jumped through the window of his car and started mauling his legs.

    Total Travel
  • Duchess of Cambridge craving sweets

    Britain's Duchess of Cambridge is craving sweet treats. The 33-year-old royal - who is expecting her second child with her husband Prince William next month - reportedly can't get enough of cakes, chocolate and biscuits, which according to an old saying, could be a sign that she is having a girl. A source told MailOnline: "Prince William has always had a sweet tooth, but Kate has really had sweet cravings during this pregnancy.

    Bang Showbiz
  • NZ dollar hits new high against Aussie

    The New Zealand dollar rose to a record against the Australian dollar on speculation the Reserve Bank of Australia will cut interest rates again as soon as next week, while the price of iron ore continues to slide. Australian media reports cite the prospect of a rate cut after the central bank's April 7 board meeting, potentially pushing the cash rate down a quarter point to a new record low 2 per cent. "As the market has moved to factor in greater prospect of an RBA rate cut next week, the NZD/AUD cross has pushed up to new highs," said BNZ's Kymberly Martin.

    NZ Newswire
  • International Cricket Council names World Cup XI

    New Zealand may have been thrashed by Australia in the World Cup final but they dominate the International Cricket Council's team of the tournament released Monday with Brendon McCullum named captain. The New Zealand skipper is one of five Black Caps in the side that also includes three Australians. "McCullum was chosen as the captain following his aggressive, innovative and inspirational leadership during the 44-day tournament that was the cornerstone of his team?s progression to the final," the ICC said in a statement.

    AFP
  • Tax returns may return for many

    The years of many wage and salary earners not having to file a tax return may be numbered. The income tax system is heading for a major shake-up with Revenue Minister Todd McClay unveiling a green paper seeking public submissions by May 29. Up for review is the exemption in place since the 1990s that allows large numbers of individual taxpayers not to file a tax return at all if their circumstances are simple or they do not have tax to pay.

    NZ Newswire
  • Kim Kardashian Denied Membership to Soho House

    Kim Kardashian won't be celebrating at LA's elite Soho House club any time soon! Photo: Kim Kardashian is a big deal in Hollywood - she can even get a plus one for her 21-month-old daughter North West at fashion week. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 34-year-old star has tried to gain membership to the private hot spot time and time again, only to be turned away. Former membership director Tim Geary has revealed the mum-of-one has "unsuccessfully tried numerous times" to buy her way into the club.

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  • UN staff flee war-torn Yemen, Russia voices concern

    The United Nations evacuated staff from war-torn Yemen as Russia warned Saudi-led air strikes on Iranian-backed rebels were affecting crunch nuclear talks between world powers and Tehran. Yemen's President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi urged his Arab allies to keep up the bombing raids in his country until the Huthi Shiite rebels surrender, branding them Iran's "puppet". A Sunni Arab coalition, led by Saudi Arabia and other Gulf monarchies, is battling to avoid having a pro-Iran regime on its doorstep, as the Huthi rebels tighten the noose around Hadi's southern stronghold of Aden.

    AFP
  • Dolly Parton's motorhome vacations

    Dolly Parton and her husband love holidaying in their motorhome.The '9 to 5' hitmaker and Carl Dean - who have been married almost 49 years - relax on "simple" vacations but never stay away for long.She said: "We like to get out in our little RV and just

    Bang Showbiz
  • Zayn Malik accused of cheating with Swedish beauty

    Zayn Malik has been accused of cheating on his fiancée Perrie Edwards with a 24-year-old Swede while on tour in Thailand. According to Martina Olsson, the 22-year-old singer - who quit One Direction last week - charmed her after a night out in Phuket on March 16 and took her back to his villa, where they showered together and he carried her to his king-size bed. What's more, Martina alleges the pair enjoyed a second tryst 48 hours later - which was also the night Zayn was pictured with Brit Lauren Richardson.

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  • Islamic State group beheads 8 Shi'ites

    A new video has been released by the Islamic State group which shows its fighters cutting off the heads of eight men said to be Shi'ite Muslims. The video posted on social media on Sunday said the men were beheaded in the central Syrian province of Hama. The video could not be immediately independently verified, but it appeared genuine and corresponded to other AP reporting of the events.

    AP
  • Britain's Prince Charles cracks up at Lamb National

    Britain's Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were in hysterics as they watched the 'Lamb National' at Ascot racecourse yesterday (29.03.15). The 66-year-old royal fell into a fit of laughter as he watched the annual race - which sees young sheep run down the racecourse with fake riders on their backs - during the Prince's Countryside Fund race day in Berkshire. Charles and the Duchess, 66, were joined at the event by Sir Nicholas Soames and TV personalities Ant and Dec, who are the patrons of Ascot's Colts and Fillies Club.

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  • American tourist recalls horror NZ crash

    An American tourist who caused a car accident that killed his wife and two close friends has spoken about how he didn't see a truck because he was focused on making a turn. Richard Barnett, 56, earlier pleaded guilty at the Hamilton District Court to three charges of careless driving causing death and was fined and disqualified from driving in New Zealand for the next year. Barnett told TVNZ's Sunday programme he had 40 years of driving experience on the right hand side of the road but just two days of driving on the left.

    NZ Newswire
  • The Truth about Tequila and Your Hangover

    Hangovers: the great equaliser that affects us all at one point in our life. For a lot of men, tequila is at or near the top of that list. When it comes to the severity of your headache, your principal nemesis is ethanol - a.k.a.

    Men's Health
  • Warne bugs pundits with drinking talk

    When Shane Warne alluded to getting hammered at the conclusion of the World Cup he probably wasn't expecting to on Twitter. Speaking with several of the victorious Australians, Warne seemed to have just one thing on his mind. The boys are thirsty they seem," Warne asked.

    AAP
  • Iggy Azalea's friends laughed at 'small' new breasts

    Iggy Azalea's friends couldn't tell she'd had breast implants.The 'Fancy' hitmaker recently underwent cosmetic surgery to have her chest enlarged but her pals advised her not to worry about making the news public because her assets are still so "small

    Bang Showbiz
  • Crashed car belonged to step dad

    A car in the sea off the Southland coast belongs to a missing Southland boy's step father, police say. Police have confirmed the dark blue Volkswagen Touareg submerged underwater is owned by 54-year-old John Beckenridge, the stepfather of Mike Zhao-Beckenridge, 11, who's been missing for two weeks. Mr Beckenridge was seen picking up his stepson from his Invercargill school in breach of a parenting order.

    NZ Newswire
  • Black Caps sledged for being 'too nice'

    Aussie wicket-keeper Brad Haddin has hit back at criticism of his sledging in the World Cup final, claiming the Black Caps 'deserved it'. Talking to Triple M, Haddin addressed questions over his controversial sending off of New Zealand batsmen Martin Guptill and Grant Elliott. “They were that nice to us in New Zealand and we were that uncomfortable,” Haddin said.

    AAP
  • South Korea opts for KAI-Lockheed in $7.8 bln fighter deal

    South Korea on Monday selected Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) and partner Lockheed Martin for a multi-billion-dollar contract to develop 120 "indigenous" fighter jets to replace Seoul's ageing fleet. The bid from KAI and the US aerospace giant, which is subject to a screening process before being officially approved, was always seen as the favourite for the 8.6 trillion won ($7.8 billion) deal over a rival bid by civilian carrier Korean Air (KAL) teamed with Airbus. The Defence Ministry also approved a separate $1.28 billion deal to buy Patriot PAC-3 missiles and upgrade its air defence system aimed at intercepting North Korean ballistic missiles.

    AFP
  • Ford gets back into luxury business with classic car

    Ford Motor (NYSE:F) will resurrect the Lincoln Continental as its top-of-the line luxury sedan, betting the classic name will help rebuild the brand's image in the United States and China. Ford's Lincoln unveiled a prototype of the future Continental sedan on Monday ahead of the April 3-12 New York auto show, which will feature many of the Continental's future rivals, including the Cadillac CT6 sedan from General Motors (GM), a new Jaguar XF sedan from Jaguar Land Rover and a bevy of super-premium models from Daimler Mercedes Benz. Ford retired the Continental name in 2002, and joined its rivals in using letter and number codes for most models.

    CNBC
  • Woman's cause of death undetermined

    A coroner has been unable to determine the cause of death of 39-year-old Sofia Helen Athanassiou. Coroner Garry Evans said the reluctance of her long-term partner Daniel Johnston to give certain evidence prevented him from forming a full picture of the circumstances leading to her death. The court is unable to take matters any further in this respect," Mr Evans said in his findings.

    NZ Newswire