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1,000 rockers win over Foo Fighters with viral video

A video of 1,000 musicians rocking the Foo Fighter's "Learn to Fly" has gone viral, clocking up over five million views in just 48 hours and getting the thumbs up from the American band.

  • Why Brazil's slowdown is almost as bad as China's

    Can it get any worse for Brazil? Dilma Rousseff, the country's president, who had previously been a big spender, is now pushing austerity to maintain the country's credit rating. Standard & Poor's downgraded Brazil's outlook to "negative" from "stable" on Tuesday, a clear warning sign they were preparing to drop its credit rating, which is now just one notch above junk.

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  • Get ready for the dollar’s next big move

    The statement offered no surprises — none were expected — but MarketWatch’s Rex Nutting says there were plenty of clues, if you read between the lines. Some not-so-great oil company results this morning.

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  • Britain's Prince George's beach birthday

    Britain's Prince George spent the morning of his second birthday on a beach with grandmother Carole Middleton. New pictures have emerged of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's two-year-old son and Duchess Catherine's mother playing and walking along a beach in Norfolk, England on Wednesday (22.07.15). Prince George spent most of his time building sandcastles as his grandmother took photographs.

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  • Meth ringleader 'stunned' by 17yr sentence

    The ringleader of a Wellington meth ring run out of an upscale apartment is "pretty stunned" after being jailed for up to 17 years. Kevin Chea was sentenced in the High Court at Wellington on Friday to 17 years in jail with a minimum non parole period of eight and a half years for importing, possessing and supplying a Class A drug. Chea's lawyer Tony Rickard-Simms told NZ Newswire the sentence was "significantly higher" than they'd expected.

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  • Windows10 now wants you to pay for Solitaire

    Say "goodbye" to ad-free Solitaire without a price tag. Windows 10, which was released on Wednesday , includes updates to a few of Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT) card games, as reported by The Next Web. Popular games, FreeCell and Solitaire, are now bundled in an app named "Microsoft Solitaire Collection" that allows users to upgrade to a premium edition to receive advertisement-free play and other features meant to help players complete challenges within the games.

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  • SANZAR appeals Hooper rugby ban

    SANZAR has appealed the severity of a one-game ban handed down to Wallabies flanker Michael Hooper, who is at risk of being rubbed out of Saturday week's Rugby Championship decider against the All Blacks in Sydney. The announcement by SANZAR late on Friday came a day after Hooper's initial two-match ban was halved by the governing body at a judicial hearing because of his clean record and he was to serve the suspension by missing Manly's Sydney club semi-final on Saturday against Randwick. Hooper was found guilty of striking Argentine five-eighth Nicolas Sanchez in an off-the-ball incident during Australia's 34-9 weekend win over Argentina in Mendoza.

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  • Dentist posed for photo with body of Cecil the lion, says hunter

    Professional Zimbabwean hunter Theo Bronkhorst told AFP Friday he did nothing wrong on the hunt that killed Cecil the lion, adding he was shocked to find the animal was wearing a tracking collar. Bronkhurst's client, US dentist Walter Palmer, has gone into hiding amid a global outpouring of anger after he used a bow and arrow to shoot Cecil, a popular draw for tourists at Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park. Bronkhorst also revealed that Palmer, who paid $55,000 for the hunt, had posed for a photograph next to Cecil's body as is normal for trophy hunters.

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  • Moore apologises for 'coconut' comments

    Former Australia rugby league international Billy Moore has apologised for his use of a contentious term to describe the New Zealand Warriors' style of play. Speaking on the Fox NRL 360 programme on Thursday, Moore was asked in a panel discussion about the Warriors' ability to score points without injured playmaker Shaun Johnson. "I don't see them losing the ability to still score points," he said on the programme.

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  • TPP is a done deal

    ANALYSIS: The government will sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement "if it is in New Zealand's best interests". Prime Minister John Key chooses his words carefully when he says this, NZ Newswire political columnist Peter Wilson writes. Sometimes, when he's being asked about particularly thorny issues like dairying or drugs, it becomes "overall if it is in New Zealand's best interests".

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  • Dionne Warwick to boycott Bobbi Kristina funeral?

    Dionne Warwick is threatening to boycott Bobbi Kristina's funeral. The 'Walk On By' hitmaker - who was Bobbi's godmother - is allegedly unhappy about the "sweet 16-themed" funeral and disapproves of her aunt Pat Houston who is enforcing the theme. The 22-year-old daughter of the late Whitney Houston died at a hospice last weekend after several months in a coma and her family are now planning to pay their respects to her with a funeral at St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta, Georgia on Saturday (01.08.15), before her body is flown to New Jersey to be buried alongside her mother.

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  • Britain's Prince Andrew reunited with ex-wife Fergie for fashion

    Britain's Prince Andrew was reunited with his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson for a fashion charity event. The Duke of York held a function on Monday (27.07.15) for his charity Key to Freedom, which supports the Women's Interlink Foundation in Kolkata, West Bengal - a charity that helps sufferers of domestic violence and human trafficking learn a trade. The Duke called his ex-wife to tell her about the charity and afterwards she said it was about "seizing the moment and family unity".

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  • Get ready to relive the 2008 crisis: Albert Edwards

    Central banks in the Western world have set the scene for an "even bigger version" of the 2007-2008 global financial crisis, Societe Generale's bearish strategist Albert Edwards has claimed. In a research note on Thursday, Edwards said that China's intervention to stabilize its volatile stock market was part of a larger global story, in which "rock bottom" interest rates and large fiscal deficits in the western world were pushing the global economy towards a fall. "QE (quantitative easing) will be stepped up to such a pace that you will hear the roar of the printing presses from Mars," Edwards said.

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  • TPP opponent heads to court

    Professor Jane Kelsey is going to court in a bid to force the government to release details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership that's under negotiation. The 12-nation free trade agreement could be concluded by the end of this week if ministers meeting in Hawaii can hammer out a final text. Prof Kelsey says her urgent application for a judicial review will challenge Trade Minister Tim Groser's refusal to release documents under the Official Information Act.

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  • The country's youngest killers

    NEW ZEALAND'S YOUNGEST KILLERS:1991: A 13-year-old Wellington schoolboy who has permanent name suppression was convicted of murdering nurse Rachel Bennett, who was stabbed 16 times.1994: Anthony Alfred Afu, 14, beat John Wahanui to death with a piece

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  • Kimberly Stewart's intimate tattoo regret

    The socialite - and the daughter of Rod Stewart - has admitted she wishes she hadn't got an inking near her "vajayjay" when she was younger. Speaking of getting body art at a young age, she said: "All my other friends were getting tattoos and I don't really know why that was the tattoo I decided to get but, for some reason, that's what I got.

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  • Taliban power transition raises hopes for Afghan peace talks

    The Afghan Taliban named Mullah Akhtar Mansour as their new chief Friday, a historic power transition that raises hopes a more moderate leadership will pave the way for peace talks despite divisions within insurgent ranks. The Taliban also announced his deputies -- Sirajuddin Haqqani, who leads the Taliban-allied Haqqani network and has a $10 million US bounty on his head, and Haibatullah Akhundzada, former head of the Taliban courts. The appointment of Mansour, seen as a pragmatist and a proponent of peace talks, comes a day after the Taliban confirmed the death of their near-mythical leader Mullah Omar, who led the fractious group for some 20 years.

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  • Simon Cowell: Son will bark before he talks

    Simon Cowell thinks his son's first word will be a bark. The 55-year-old music mogul is afraid his 18-month-old tot Eric will be unable to speak properly as he gets older because he spends all of his time with their beloved Yorkshire Terrier pooches, Squiddly and Diddly. As well as the impact of his dogs, he continued to explain Eric may end up with a transatlantic drawl because of the variety of accents he is surrounded with at home, including his American mother Lauren Silverman and their several Filipino house-workers.

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  • Kylie Jenner Says Her New Curves Are Results of Lotions

    Recent photos have shown Kylie Jenner looking curvier, which has prompted speculation that the 17-year-old star has undergone plastic surgery. Well the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star is here to set the record straight on where her newfound curves have come from - and no, she didn't get it from her mama. According to Kylie, her fuller butt and breasts are the result of Pure Leef's butt enhancement cream and breast plumping lotion.

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  • EU 'regrets' Russian veto of UN MH17 resolution

    The EU said Thursday it regretted as a "setback" a Russian veto of a UN resolution for a tribunal to prosecute those responsible for downing Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine last year. "We very much regret that the UN Security Council last night did not adopt due to the veto of Russia the resolution on the downing of MH17," European Commission spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic told reporters. "This resolution would have established a binding and credible mechanism for prosecuting those responsible for this terrible tragedy," Kocijancic said.

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  • Large rock may have part in fatal crash

    Police say the driver of an eastbound Holden Commodore sedan may not have seen the boulder, causing him to strike it and career off into the path of a westbound Peugeot. The female passenger of the other car was taken to Waikato Hospital with serious injuries while the other driver suffered minor injuries. Police are still investigating the cause of the crash but alcohol has been ruled out at a factor, Inspector Freda Grace says.

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