• The other biggest loser in oil's slide: Angola

    Plunging oil prices have been an economic windfall for U.S. consumers, primarily through greater savings at the pump. In energy-reliant countries around the world like Angola, however, the effect has been far less beneficial. Social and economic turmoil in countries like Venezuela and Russia-largely because of the swoon in global oil prices-has drawn attention away from Angola, an OPEC member that is Africa's second-largest oil producer.

    CNBC
  • 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
  • Elton John 'will keep paying his mother's bills'

    Sir Elton John will keep paying his mother's bills despite their ongoing feud. Sheila ­Farebrother, 90, and her son have not spoken in seven years, and although Sir Elton is deeply upset at his mother for recently accusing the singer of saying he "hated" her, he has no intention of stopping the financial support he provides. A friend explained to the Sunday Mirror newspaper: "He is upset and cross, but people should remember that Elton pays all of her bills and that won't stop.

    Bang Showbiz
  • 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
  • Ryan Phillippe's daughter embarrassed

    Ryan Phillippe's daughter gets embarrassed when people think he is her brother. The 40-year-old actor - who has 15-year-old Ava with his former spouse Reese Witherspoon - has admitted he regularly gets mistaken for being much younger than he is. Meanwhile, Ryan - who also has Deacon, 10, from his marriage to the 'Wild' star and two-year-old daughter Kai with former girlfriend Alexis Knapp - previously admitted he felt as though his "greatest achievement" was becoming a father.

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  • New Zealand obsessed by World Cup final

    New Zealand Prime Minister John Key decided not to attend Lee Kuan Yew's funeral and left behind a bruising byelection defeat to be in Melbourne Sunday as he led his nation's obsession with the World Cup final. After failing six times in the semi-finals, New Zealand have finally made the ultimate showdown of ODI cricket's glamour tournament. A huge outpouring of accolades for the New Zealand team -- and personable captain Brendon McCullum with his "living the dream" approach -- has dominated the news.

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  • 'Co-pilot's personality not the only lead'

    Andreas Lubitz father told the mayor of Prads-Haute-Bléone, a town located close to the crash site, that he carried the weight of the world on his shoulders. Mayor Bernard Bartolini, who met the father at a local vigil held for victims, told French media that the father was a broken man. Meanwhile, investigators say the personality is a "serious lead" in the inquiry but not the only one.

    AFP
  • 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.

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  • Zayn Malik and Perrie Edwards to wed 'as soon as possible'

    The couple have been rocked by rumours the former One Direction hunk cheated on his fiancée in Thailand two weeks ago but are thought to be putting the allegations behind them and focusing on becoming husband and wife later this year. A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "When Zayn proposed to Perrie nearly two years ago it was so he could marry her. The pair have been trying to put on a united front since photographs emerged of Zayn, 22, holding hands with a mystery blonde following a night out in Phuket and were even spotted viewing a £2 million mansion in Welwyn, Hertfordshire recently.

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  • Putin letter to Arab summit triggers strong Saudi attack

    Saudi Arabia accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of hypocrisy, telling an Arab summit that he should not express support for the Middle East while fuelling instability by supporting Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. In a rare move, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced that a letter from Putin would be read out to the gathering in Egypt, where Arab leaders discussed an array of regional crises, including conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Libya. "We support the Arabs' aspirations for a prosperous future and for the resolution of all the problems the Arab world faces through peaceful means, without any external interference," Putin said in the letter.

    Reuters
  • 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
  • Prince William: Second royal baby will be a game-changer

    Britain's Prince William thinks his second child will be a "game-changer". Onlooker Paul Reardon, who also spoke to the Prince, told the Daily Express newspaper: "William said he couldn't wait for the baby to be born.

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  • Dairy farms asked to consider breeding no-horn cows

    Food manufacturers and restaurants are taking the dairy industry by the horns on an animal welfare issue that's long bothered activists but is little known to consumers: the painful removal of budding horn tissue from calves so farm workers or other animals don't get gored later. While veterinary groups recommend pain treatment, only about 10 percent of calves are properly medicated, according to Vermont dairy cattle breeder Mark Rodgers. Certain cows carry a dominant no-horn genetic trait, and are called polled cows.

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  • NZ dollar may sink to 70 US cents in 2015 on resurgent greenback: BusinessDesk survey

    The New Zealand dollar may extend its decline against the greenback this year, on increased signs the Federal Reserve will lift interest rates from a record low, benefitting companies such as Fisher & Paykel Healthcare that get much of their sales in US dollars. The kiwi, which recently traded at 75.52 US cents, will decline to 70 cents by the end of the year, according to the median forecast of 21 currency traders, strategists and economists surveyed by BusinessDesk last week, all of whom expect a decline. It is headed for a 3 percent decline in the first quarter.

    BusinessDesk
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ko closes in on LPGA record

    New Zealand's world No.1 Lydia Ko has extended her LPGA Tour under-par streak to 27 rounds at the Kia Classic in California. Ko's effort on Saturday (Sunday AEDT) moved her within two rounds of matching Annika Sorenstam's LPGA Tour record for consecutive rounds under par of 29 set in 2004. South Korea's Mirim Lee leads the tournament going into the final round after shooting a six-under-par 66 to have her one shot clear of Alison Lee at 16 under.

    AP
  • 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
  • No change from Chevron exit, says Caltex

    Caltex Australia says it will be "business as usual" after US energy giant Chevron sold its 50 per cent shareholding in the local fuel refiner and distributor. Chevron announced on Friday it was selling its stake in Caltex Australia in a $4.6 billion block trade, the biggest in Australian history. The move was widely expected after Chevron signalled its intentions to revise its portfolio.

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  • Germanwings crash co-pilot may have had detached retina - newspaper

    The co-pilot suspected of crashing a passenger jet in the Alps may have been suffering from a detached retina but investigators are unsure whether his vision problems had physical or psychological causes, a German newspaper said on Sunday. Bild am Sonntag also reported how the captain of the Germanwings Airbus had screamed "open the damn door!" to the co-pilot as he tried to get back into the locked cockpit before the jet crashed last Tuesday, killing all 150 on board. Another German newspaper, Welt am Sonntag, quoted a senior investigator as saying the 27-year-old co-pilot Andreas Lubitz "was treated by several neurologists and psychiatrists" and that a number of medications had been found in his apartment.

    Reuters