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About 96 per cent of medical practices across the country have signed up to provide free doctor's visits for under-13s.

  • Toyota's top female executive arrested in Japan resigns

    Julie Hamp, the most senior female executive at Toyota who was arrested in Japan last month on suspicion of drug law violations, has resigned from the company, the automaker said Wednesday. Hamp, a 55-year-old American who was Toyota's newly appointed head of public relations, was arrested on June 18 on suspicion of importing oxycodone, a narcotic pain killer, into Japan. Toyota declined to disclose other details, noting the investigation was ongoing.

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  • NZ dollar bounces from five-year low as deteriorating economy, Greece stoke volatility

    The New Zealand dollar rose from a five-year low after Greece missed its debt repayment deadline, while a deteriorating local economic outlook stokes expectations for steeper interest rate cuts. Greece fell into arrears after missing a 1.6 billion euro repayment to the International Monetary Fund, and can only receive funding once that debt is cleared. Greece's debt ructions, which may see the Mediterranean nation turfed out of the euro-zone, have been stoking volatility in finance markets, and will continue to dominate headlines in the lead-up to a public referendum on Sunday as to whether Greece should agree to the bail-out conditions that would accompany a rescue package.

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  • This is China's biggest problem, expert says

    China 's growth story is "basically over," and the country's recent stock battering reflects "horrible" fundamentals, one economist said Monday. The biggest roadblock for the world's second-largest economy is dependency on exports to the United States and Europe, which face growth problems of their own, said Peter Navarro, an economics professor at the University of California, Irvine. "China is going to be in a slow growth mode and that's going to continue until Europe and the United States recover," he said in a CNBC "Power Lunch" interview.

    CNBC
  • Hulk Hogan can wear bandana in court

    Hulk Hogan must wear a "plain" bandana in court. The 61-year-old wrestler has been granted permission to wear his trademark headwear during his upcoming sex tape trial against website Gawker, but he must be referred to by his real name, Terry Gene Bollea, Judge Pamela Campbell ruled on Monday (27.06.15). The WWE legend is seeking $100 million in damages from the website after they published a brief, grainy clip of him having sex with Heather Cole, the then wife of his ex-best friend Bubba 'The Love Sponge' Clem.

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  • Top 5 Bollywood Divas Who Are Daddy's Little Girls

    Bollywood’s leading ladies have never shied away from publicly expressing their love for the most important men in their lives- their fathers. These divas have grown up to rule the hearts of millions of fans, but for their fathers they are still little

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  • Pilots fired after snapping selfies with model in cockpit

    In the world of aviation, on-the-job selfies are the quickest way to find yourself in the unemployment line. Two pilots were fired after taking photos with an actress in the cockpit during a flight on Tuesday from Buenos Aires to Rosario. The woman, Vicky Xipolitakis, shared the photos with her 405,000 followers on Twitter.

    Total Travel
  • 10 Tips to make groceries last longer and save cash

    Saving on groceries is not just about smart shopping. If you are throwing food away you are wasting cash and all the tips you’ve used to save money at the grocery store will be for nothing. Below are some tips for making your groceries last longer.

    Yahoo Finance
  • Airline ops manager working on 9/11 is charged in sex sting

    An American Airlines operations manager who was among the few people to learn of the first 9/11 hijacking before the jet struck the World Trade Center has been arrested near Pittsburgh in an online child-sex sting. Ray Howland is charged with arranging a sexual encounter with a woman and a 10-year-old girl and sent explicit messages after posting online that he was "looking for a family or a couple of girls" for sex while in town on business. Howland, 55, of Arlington, Texas, was actually communicating with an undercover agent from the Pennsylvania attorney general's office, prosecutors said.

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  • Clinton struggled to fit in with Obama's White House, emails show

    NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton struggled to fit into the government of President Barack Obama after being appointed Secretary of State in 2009, according to emails released by the State Department on Tuesday. In an email to two aides on June 8, 2009, Clinton was unsure if the White House had held a Cabinet meeting and whether she should attend. If not, who are we sending?" Clinton wrote.

    Reuters
  • Britney Spears hits back at Iggy Azalea

    Britney Spears has hit back at Iggy Azalea. The 33-year-old singer posted a snide tweet believed to be about the rapper after the 'Fancy' hitmaker hinted the pair's collaboration 'Pretty Girls' failed to achieve chart success because Britney wouldn't promote it properly. Referring to Iggy's US 'Great Escape' tour - which she recently cancelled because she wanted "a break" - she wrote: "Can't wait to get back to Vegas.

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  • Avril Lavigne 'doing a lot better'

    Avril Lavigne is "doing a lot better" since being struck down with Lyme Disease. The 'Complicated' hitmaker found herself bedridden last October when she contracted the infection but says she is doing much better and will make a "100 percent recovery".

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  • Fourth bomb-scare for Hamilton

    A fourth bomb-scare in Hamilton in just over a week has police again waiting for the army bomb squad. A suspicious package was found in the public toilets near the Melville Football Club rooms on Tuesday morning and the area is now cordoned off. The Defence Force explosive ordnance disposal team is travelling from Auckland to deal with it, says Senior Sergeant Andrew Townsend.

    NZ Newswire
  • Djokovic fears smear campaign in 'Becker signals' row

    Defending champion Novak Djokovic fears he is becoming the victim of a smear campaign after his opening Wimbledon victory on Monday was overshadowed by more allegations of cheating. The world number one and top seed eased to a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 win over Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber on Centre Court but many eyes were glued to the Serb's coach Boris Becker after the German legend admitted he employed ways to instruct his player even though coaching is banned during a match. Djokovic had spent large parts of the weekend defending Becker, a three-time Wimbledon winner, but admitted that many coaches use subtle means to encourage their players.

    AFP
  • Orlando Bloom smitten with new woman

    Orlando Bloom is dating Luisa Moraes. The 38-year-old actor appeared fascinated by the 28-year-old Brazilian model-and-actress and could hardly take his hands off her during dinner at Zooma Sushi in Malibu, California last night (29.06.15). Orlando - who is currently filming the next 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' movie in Australia with Johnny Depp - split from ex-wife Miranda Kerr in October 2013 and later admitted his number one priority will always be his four-year-old son, Flynn.

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  • Hank Baskett 'froze' with transgender model

    Hank Baskett claims he "froze" when he was "fondled" by a transgender model. The basketball player was previously accused of cheating on wife Kendra Wilkinson Baskett - with whom he has kids Hank IV, three, and 13-month-old Alijah - when she was pregnant last year but he insists he didn't consent to the encounter. Hank said: "I froze.

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  • Kiwibank blocked from closing money remitter's accounts as court challenge looms

    Kiwibank has been blocked from closing E-Trans International Finance's bank accounts after the money remitter challenged the state-owned lender's move in the High Court. In March, the Wellington-based bank told E-Trans it was going to close the firm's accounts because its business as a remitter posed too great a risk and burden to Kiwibank under the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act (AML/CFT), which places stricter controls on cash flows. E-Trans opposed the decision, saying it breached the Code of Banking Practice, and sought a court order to keep the accounts open pending a full hearing in the High Court in Auckland.

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  • Swedish woman gets $18 M in sex harassment suit against boss

    A young Swedish woman who sued her former Wall Street executive boss over lurid allegations of sexual conquest, betrayal and stalking was awarded $18 million by a federal jury Monday. Hanna Bouveng, 25, accused Benjamin Wey in an $850 million lawsuit of using his power as owner of New York Global Group to coerce her into four sexual encounters before firing her after discovering she had a boyfriend. The jury in federal court in Manhattan awarded her $2 million in compensatory damages plus $16 million in punitive damages on sexual harassment, retaliation and defamation claims.

    Associated Press
  • Kate Upton finds modelling 'lonely'

    Kate Upton finds modelling "lonely". The 23-year-old beauty has confessed she thinks modelling is a "solitary profession" and often gets lonely while travelling across the globe. While Kate is now used to flying around the country for shoots, she added she would often ask her friends and family to join her in the past to help keep her amused.

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  • Consumer Reports finds some newer cars burn too much oil

    Newer cars aren't supposed to need more oil between oil changes, but Consumer Reports found that some engines — mainly from Audi, BMW and Subaru — require an extra quart as often as once a month. In an annual survey of car owners, significant numbers reported what the magazine considered to be excessive oil consumption. Consumer Reports focused on 2010 to 2014 models and called on automakers to make repairs under the powertrain warranty or to extend warranties.

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  • South Sudan army raped then burnt girls alive: UN

    South Sudan's army raped then torched girls alive inside their homes during a recent campaign marked by "new brutality and intensity", a UN rights report said Tuesday. The military, the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA), launched a major offensive against rebel forces in April, with fierce fighting in Unity state's northern Mayom district, once a key oil producing area. "Survivors of these attacks reported that SPLA and allied militias from Mayom county carried out a campaign against the local population that killed civilians, looted and destroyed villages and displaced over 100,000 people," the UN said.

    AFP