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  • $30b wiped off Aussie stock market

    More than $30 billion has been wiped off the Australian stock market as fears grow that Greece is headed for a messy exit from the euro zone after the country rejected its creditors' proposed austerity measures. The ASX/S&P 200 and All Ordinaries fell by 1.7 per cent in early Monday trade in response to the resounding `No' vote to the austerity measures, which many see as a vote against the country's membership in the euro zone.

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  • Tiny Akld unit sells for $104k

    An apartment so tiny it can't fit a kitchen or bathroom has fetched $104,000 in Auckland's overheated property market. Despite the drawbacks the apartment attracts annual body corporate fees of $1407. The unit, located in the student accommodation block Mount Terrace Apartments, sold two years ago for $84,000 and has just re-sold for $104,000, far in excess of its 2014 CV of $70,000.

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  • Japan pledges $6.1 bn aid to 'Mekong Five' in bid for influence

    Japan on Saturday pledged $6.1 billion in financial aid to the "Mekong Five" countries as it pushes infrastructure exports and courts influence in a region where rival China has an increasing presence. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveiled the pledge at a summit with his counterparts from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam -- fast-growing economies through which the lower section of the Mekong river flows. "Japan will implement support worth around 750 billion yen ($6.1 billion) in official development assistance for the next three years," Abe told a news conference following the seventh annual Japan-Mekong summit.

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  • Britain's Princess Charlotte of Cambridge christened

    Britain's Princess Charlotte of Cambridge was christened today (05.07.15). The nine-week-old royal - who is the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - was baptised at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in front of family and friends including Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh. The Duchess' parents Carole and Michael Middleton were also in attendance as well as Prince William and Catherine's 23-month-old son Prince George.

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  • Finance minister resigns after decisive 'no' bailout vote

    Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis resigned Monday, saying he was told shortly after Greece's decisive referendum result that some other eurozone finance ministers and the country's other creditors would appreciate his not attending the ministers' meetings. Varoufakis said Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had judged that his resignation "might help achieve a deal" and that he was leaving the finance ministry for that reason. "I shall wear the creditors' loathing with pride," Varoufakis said in his announcement.

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  • Crying Greek pensioner: the story behind the poignant photo

    Retiree Giorgos Chatzifotiadis had queued up at three banks in Greece's second city of Thessaloniki on Friday in the hope of withdrawing a pension on behalf of his wife, but all in vain. "That's why I feel so beaten, more than for my own personal problems," Chatzifotiadis said. Recounting how he had gone from bank to bank in a futile attempt to collect his wife's pension, Chatzifotiadis said when he was told at the fourth "that I could not get the money, I just collapsed".

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  • Oil falls on Greece vote, China stock market turmoil

    Oil prices fell sharply on Monday after Greece rejected debt bailout terms and as China rolled out emergency measures to prevent a full-blown stock market crash, adding to worries about poor demand growth at a time of global oversupply. Commodities were also sucked into market turmoil that has seen Chinese shares fall as much as 30 percent since June due in part to an economy that is growing at its slowest pace in a generation. Chinese brokerages and fund managers have agreed to buy massive amounts of stocks to support markets, helped by China's state-backed margin finance company, which in turn would be aided by a direct line of liquidity from the central bank.

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  • Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher marry

    Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher got married on Saturday (04.07.15).The couple - who have eight-month-old daughter Wyatt together - reportedly tied the knot over the holiday weekend, a source told People magazine.Representatives for the two stars have not

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  • Journeymen key to Highlanders rags-to-riches story

    When the victorious Otago Highlanders signed off the final Super 15 season with a rags-to-riches story, they underscored the lesson that championships must be earned not bought. Two years after buying a raft of All Blacks and finishing second to last, the Highlanders on Saturday fielded a team of mainly journeymen and won their first Super title with a 21-14 victory over the Wellington Hurricanes. "We're over the moon with the result," said coach Jamie Joseph who has ensured his "brotherhood", as they call themselves, will not be under-rated when the competition evolves into Super 18 next year.

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  • This is what happens when your Great Dane wants to cuddle

    It's official: There is nothing more delightful than watching a Great Dane who think he's a lap dog. In a video uploaded to Facebook, a Great Dane decides to unwind by lying out on the couch on top of his human, completely squishing the man who's just trying to watch some TV.

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  • Syria army enters last rebel bastion by Lebanon border

    Syrian government forces backed by fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah entered the town of Zabadani on Sunday in a bid to take the last rebel-held bastion along the Lebanese border. Elsewhere, at least 30 people, including six civilians, were killed in some of the heaviest US-led air strikes yet on the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria. Syrian state television and Hezbollah's Al-Manar station announced the advance into Zabadani on Sunday, a day after a major operation against it began.

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  • Kourtney Kardashian fuming with Scott Disick

    Kourtney Kardashian has "no doubt" Scott Disick is cheating on her. The 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' star has been seen getting close to stylist Chloe Bartoli whilst on holiday, something which is said to have angered the 36-year-old television personality. Kourtney is reportedly worried about Scott - who has a history of substance abuse - falling back into his old ways and is fuming with Chloe, as she thinks she is taking advantage of a vulnerable man, TMZ reports.

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  • Lily Allen 'turned away from VIP area'

    Lily Allen was turned away from a VIP area at Wireless festival on Friday night (03.07.15). The 30 -year-old singer - who attended the festival with a group of friends - reportedly tried to enter the exclusive Live Nation area, where drinks were free, but was instead told she was not allowed inside by security, who claimed they did not know who she was. Lily - who has daughters Ethel Mary, three, and Marnie Rose, two, with husband Sam Cooper - told security: "I don't want to make an unnecessary scene.

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  • Bobbi Kristina Brown confided in pal

    Bobbi Kristina Brown confided in a pal about Nick Gordon. The 22-year-old aspiring actress - who was found unresponsive and face down in a bath tub on January 31 - reportedly told her best friend Alex Reid how her boyfriend had been allegedly abusing her. Meanwhile, Nick - who has denied all the claims made against him - has also been hit with a lawsuit over allegations he knocked her teeth out.

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  • NZ dollar touches fresh lows on concern about Greece after voters reject bailout plan

    The New Zealand dollar fell to a fresh five-year low as investors exited riskier assets in favour of safe havens after Greeks look to have rejected austerity measures that would give them access to bailout money. The kiwi touched 66.40 US cents, and was trading at 66.58 cents at 8am in Wellington, from 66.93 cents at the New York close and 67.23 cents in Wellington on Friday. The uncertainty prompted investors to sell higher risk assets such as the kiwi and favour more liquid, stable currencies such as the US dollar and the yen and the perceived safety of government bonds.

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  • New details emerge about Tunisia gunman's past

    In an interview on Sunday, Prime Minister Habib Essid revealed more details about 23-year-old Seifeddine Rezgui, who gunned down 38 foreign tourists in the June 26 attack. "We know he was a member of a dance club and was familiar with the tourism sector, having worked in it as an events organiser," Essid told the French-language newspaper La Presse. The attack at Port El Kantaoui, north of Sousse, killed 30 Britons, three Irish nationals, two Germans, one Belgian, one Portuguese and a Russian.

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  • Jennifer Garner 'leaning on friends' after split

    Jennifer Garner is "leaning on friends" following her split with Ben Affleck. A source told People.com: "Jen has been leaning on friends. The insider said: "This has been on the cards for some time - it's a miracle Jen hung on so long.

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  • Baby Ayla to continue recovery in Canada

    The orphaned baby daughter of All Black Jerry Collins and partner Alana Madill is well enough to return to Canada with her relatives. Three-month-old Ayla survived the car crash in southern France that killed her parents a month ago.

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  • Relief as Russian cargo ship docks at space station

    An unmanned Russian cargo ship successfully docked with the International Space Station on Sunday following a string of failed attempts to resupply the orbital laboratory. "The transport cargo ship Progress M-28M has docked with the... Russian segment of the ISS at 10:11am Moscow time (0711 GMT)," the Russian federal space agency (Roscosmos) said in a statement. Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko and US astronaut Scott Kelly are part of Expedition 44 currently in space, to be joined by three more people later this month.

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  • David and Victoria Beckham celebrate 16th wedding anniversary

    Victoria and David Beckham have posted gushing tributes to each other on Instagram to celebrate their 16th wedding anniversary.The couple - who tied the knot on July 4, 1999, both shared sweet messages on their social media pages on Saturday (04.07.15

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