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  • Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner divorcing because of Jennifer Lopez

    Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, 43, split up because of Jennifer Lopez. The Hollywood couple - known as Bennifer - announced their divorce on Tuesday (30.06.15) - just a day after their tenth wedding anniversary, and, according to friends, one of the reasons for the break-up was the 42-year-old actor's continued friendship with his ex-fiancée J-Lo, 45. A friend said: "Everyone is talking about J-Lo and Ben and saying it's inevitable they will get together again at some point.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Mystery surrounds deaths in Canterbury

    The bodies of a woman and three children have been found at a Canterbury house with police unable to confirm how they died. The relatives who found the bodies are co-operating with police. Police have been unable to confirm the cause of death, but a team of 30 officers, forensic experts and detectives are continuing to investigate.

    NZ Newswire
  • NZ dollar touches fresh lows as weakening economy stokes calls for interest rate cuts

    The New Zealand dollar touched its lowest level in more than five years against the greenback and the pound, and its lowest against the Australian dollar in a year and a half, after signs the economy is slowing stoked expectations the Reserve Bank would make further interest rate cuts. New Zealand's economy is showing further signs of weakening, after business confidence turned pessimistic for the first time in four years, while growth in building consents stalled, and farmer confidence slumped to the lowest level in a decade amid low dairy prices. Traders are pricing in an 84 percent chance that Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler will reduce the benchmark interest rate at this month's meeting, according to the overnight index swap curve, and Deutsche Bank said a further two cuts were likely in September and October, taking the benchmark to 2.5 percent.

  • Battle over giant emerald continues

    A federal court in Washington DC has issued a restraining order that prevents anyone from transferring, selling or otherwise disposing of the so-called "Bahia Emerald" until a Brazilian criminal case involving it is settled. Brazil contends the gem cluster - which has been appraised at $US372 million - was illegally mined and smuggled out of the country. The restraining order stands until the Brazilian case ends and any forfeiture judgment is presented to the US court.

  • Third West Coast hotel bar closed

    It's been a rough week for West Coast pub owners with a third bar in the region being shut down for letting patrons have a few too many. The Railway Hotel in Greymouth will have its on-licence suspended later this month for "allowing intoxication" and disorderly conduct after a fight broke out at the pub and two women were found to be "extremely intoxicated" at the bar. Earlier in the week, the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority handed Revington's Hotel a hefty two-week suspension after its eighth licence breach.

    NZ Newswire
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  • Kim Kardashian West 'shaking' over Bruce Jenner encounter

    Kim Kardashian West was "shaking" when she first saw Bruce Jenner wearing women's clothes. The 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians' star was just 22 years old when she came across her stepfather - who revealed earlier this year he is transgender and is now known as Caitlyn - dressed as a female and worried the former Olympian would "come after" her. Bruce then called her half an hour later and said: "One day, I'll talk to you about this.

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  • Channel Tunnel blocked again by striking French sailors

    Protesting French sailors halted Eurostar trains for several hours Tuesday by again blocking entry to the Channel Tunnel in Calais, with migrants using the opportunity to try to break into stationary vehicles. Around 30 sailors from the French company MyFerryLink burned tyres on the tracks around 300 metres from the entry to the undersea tunnel linking France and Britain and tried to dismantle the rails in their third such protest at the Calais port in a week. The workers were protesting plans to sell off their cross-channel ferries to rival Danish firm DFDS, expected to result in hundreds of job losses.

  • Myanmar fisherman goes home after 22 years as a slave

    Thailand earns $7 billion a year from a seafood industry that runs on labor from the poorest parts of the country, along with Cambodia, Laos and especially Myanmar, otherwise known as Burma. As overfishing decimates stocks near Thailand's shores, trawlers have been forced to venture farther and farther into more plentiful foreign waters. After easily skirting police at the border with Thailand and being held in a small shed with little food for more than a month, Myint was shoved onto a boat.

    Associated Press
  • Auckland property boom spreads wider

    New Zealand property values have risen at their fastest pace in more than a year, as a shortage of homes in Auckland prompted house-hunters to cast their net wider to surrounding areas. National property values accelerated 9.3 per cent in the 12 months through June to an average $520,585, matching the pace in February last year. Values in the Auckland region surged 17 per cent to $840,165, the fastest pace since 2004, according to state-owned agency Quotable Value.

    NZ Newswire
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  • Why LeBron James is about to get a lot richer

    LeBron James will hit the NBA free agent market Wednesday after reportedly opting out of his contract for the second-straight year. James and other basketball superstars have increasingly agreed to deals that allow them to choose whether to stay on their contract or become a free agent to control when they will next negotiate. Players are more willing to take the calculated risk of less security through a short-term deal for the bigger payday down the road," said Courtney Brunious, associate director of the University of Southern California Sports Business Institute.

  • Trump's pageant woes mount with TV and contestant drop-outs

    Fallout from outspoken Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's remarks about immigrants from Mexico continued to dog him Tuesday as a TV company backed by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim said it was scrapping a project in development with him and Mexico announced it won't be sending a contestant to the Miss Universe contest, which he partly owns. Meanwhile, the backlash threatened to extend beyond Trump's media interests. Ora TV became the latest company to cut ties with Trump over remarks he made in his recent presidential campaign kickoff speech, when he declared that some Mexican immigrants bring drugs and crime to the U.S. and are rapists.

    Associated Press
  • Robot kills man at Volkswagen plant

    A robot has killed a contractor at one of Volkswagen's production plants in Germany, the car manufacturer says. The man died on Monday at the plant in Baunatal, about 100km north of Frankfurt, VW spokesman Heiko Hillwig said. Hillwig said initial conclusions indicate that human error was to blame, rather than a problem with the robot, which can be programmed to perform various tasks in the assembly process.

  • Islamic State threatens to topple Hamas in Gaza

    Islamic State insurgents threatened on Tuesday to turn the Gaza Strip into another of their Middle East fiefdoms, accusing Hamas, the organisation that rules the Palestinian territory, of being insufficiently stringent about religious enforcement. The video statement, issued from an Islamic State stronghold in Syria, was a rare public challenge to Hamas, which has been cracking down on jihadis in Gaza who oppose its truces with Israel and reconciliation with the U.S.-backed rival Palestinian faction Fatah. "We will uproot the state of the Jews (Israel) and you and Fatah, and all of the secularists are nothing and you will be over-run by our creeping multitudes," said a masked Islamic State member in the message addressed to the "tyrants of Hamas".

  • Greeks struggle with daily grind as foreigners head to beach

    With cash withdrawals cut to 60 euros ($67) per day, many Greeks aren't spending in restaurants for fear that they will run out of cash they would need if a family member got ill or another serious problem developed. On the streets of the Greek capital, resplendent in the early days of summer, there's still a veneer of normalcy — at least for foreigners, who aren't affected by the draconian rules imposed on Greeks.

    Associated Press
  • Black Ferns beat world champions England

    New Zealand have hammered world champions England 26-7 in Canada to send a message about the world pecking order in women's rugby. The Black Ferns scored two tries to one to remain unbeaten in the four-nation Super Series tournament following a 40-22 defeat of Canada in Calgary. Halfback Kendra Cocksedge landed five shots at goal in a 14-point haul as New Zealand held sway in most facets up front and looked the more dangerous side when play went wide.

    NZ Newswire
  • Prince pledges $42 billion fortune to charity

    Saudi tycoon Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has promised his entire $42 billion (28.8 billion euro) fortune to charitable projects in coming years, in one of the biggest ever such pledges. The pledge is "maybe... the first such big announcement" of its kind in the region, and is modelled on a charity established by Microsoft founder Bill Gates in the United States, the prince told reporters.

  • Tesla Owners Frustrated by Recharge Waits

    AMSTERDAM—Matthijs van Seventer won’t take his Model S electric sedan to the Tesla charging station in the southeast part of the city if he is in a hurry. “It’s barely viable,” he said standing near a row of superchargers, which for Tesla owners are the equivalent of gas pumps to quickly recharge their battery-powered vehicles. Mr. van Seventer’s frustration reflects a rare rift in what has typically been a cozy relationship between Tesla Motors Inc. and its thousands of owners around the world.

    The Wall Street Journal
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  • 12 Things you need to know about buying an apartment as an investment (part one)

    Apartments can be a great option for property investors. The body corporate fee includes a professional building manager who often lives onsite and whose duties are the daily management of the complex. Essentially anything to do with the building, other than what’s inside your apartment, the body corporate fee takes care of.

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    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
  • Legal battle wouldn't thrill Dad: Rinehart

    Australia's richest person Gina Rinehart says her father would have "great feelings" about what she has achieved but would not be thrilled by the family's court battles. After a bitter legal battle with her two eldest children over control of the family trust, estimated to be worth up to $5 billion, Mrs Rinehart has spoken to the ABC's Australian Story about the family disputes and building its iron ore business. "I know very well my father would have great feelings about what I have done," Mrs Rinehart said.