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The US flooding crisis keeps worsening in southern states. The water is endangering lives in the Houston area, leaving roadways blocked and drivers stranded.

  • Lena Dunham Strips Down to Her Lingerie

    Lena Dunham's latest Instagram photo aims to empower women. Photo: InstagramLena Dunham's latest saucy Instagram post is a celebration of freedom, according to the Girls star.The 29-year-old star shared a photo of herself wearing a lacy lingerie set,

  • UPDATE: Bob Jones ejected from Air NZ flight as fellow passengers applaud

    Property magnate Bob Jones was ejected from an Air New Zealand flight after refusing to take instructions from cabin crew. Jones kept reading when the staff member sought to deliver him and other passengers a routine safety briefing and became argumentative when asked to stop reading, again refusing to be instructed on emergency procedures. Told he could be moved to another seat if he was unable or unwilling to assist in an emergency, he refused to be moved and asked to be left alone, according to passengers in the same row, who witnessed the incident.

  • Aust share market falls in broad sell-off

    The Australian share market has closed lower in a broad sell-off after rising in the past four sessions. CMC Markets chief market strategist Michael McCarthy said it had been a disappointing day for investors as the market fell through a "technical" support level of 5,750 points, amid weakness in overseas markets. "It appears that a technical failure at 5,750 points on the index has added to the weight on the market today," Mr McCarthy said.

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  • Prince Harry meets Princess Charlotte for the first time

    Britain's Prince Harry met Princess Charlotte for the first time on Friday (22.05.15). Prior to introducing himself to his niece, Prince Harry revealed he'd be happy to see the newest member of his family join the armed forces one day.

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  • Singapore Airlines investigates engine problem during flight

    Singapore Airlines said Wednesday that it is investigating how one of its jets suffered a loss of power in both of its engines over the weekend, falling 13,000 feet (3,962 meters) before regaining altitude en route from Singapore to Shanghai. The jet lost power in both engines after hitting bad weather 3 1/2 hours into the flight. Power was restored after "the pilots followed operational procedures to restore normal operation of the engines," the statement said.

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  • Football officials arrested in Zurich on US request

    Six football officials were arrested in Zurich early Wednesday upon request from US authorities, suspected of receiving bribes worth millions of dollars, Swiss authorities said. The New York Times reported that FIFA officials were arrested. "The bribery suspects, representatives of sports media and sports promotion firms, are alleged to have been involved in schemes to make payments to the soccer functionaries delegates of FIFA ... and other functionaries of FIFA sub-organisations totalling more than $100 million," the Swiss justice ministry said in a statement.

  • Razzano serves underarm on match point, and misses

    Virginie Razzano astonished the French Open crowd on Monday when she served underarm on match point, and missed. The French wildcard entry, who had dropped the first set to Paraguayan qualifier Veronica Cepede Royg in the first round match, missed her first serve on match point at 5-2. "I wasn't feeling that great today" said the 32-year-old veteran, who is ranked 182 in the world and whose best Roland Garros performance was reaching the fourth round in 2009 and who also stunned Serena Williams in 2012.

  • House prices plunge in WA's Pilbara

    Median house prices in the Pilbara town of Karratha have plunged almost 34 per cent as the mining downturn prompts residents to leave. Real Estate Institute of Western Australia data for the year to March shows the average price in Karratha has fallen to $450,000. "Not surprisingly, the mining downturn in the Pilbara has hit that region hard," REIWA president David Airey said.

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge gets a superhero makeover

    Marvel fans, this one is for you. Samsung Electronics (Korea Stock Exchange: 593-KR) launched a limited Iron Man edition of its Galaxy S6 Edge on Tuesday, in the company's latest push to promote its curved screen smartphone. "The limited edition Iron Man Galaxy S6 edge embodies the power of the iconic Avenger with a dual-curved edge design and advanced features that will provide Marvel fans with the ultimate entertainment experience," Younghee Lee, executive vice president of global marketing, IT & Mobile Division at Samsung Electronics, said in a statement.

  • Saudi executes 88th person this year, topping 2014 total

    Saudi Arabia on Tuesday carried out its 88th execution so far this year, surpassing the total for all of 2014 despite activists' concerns that trials are not conducted fairly. It accelerated this year under his successor King Salman, in what Amnesty has called an unprecedented "macabre spike".

  • Cost of SuperGold Card scheme questioned

    A big increase in the cost of running the SuperGold Card scheme is raising questions about whether it's fair. Finance Minister Bill English says it's costing more to run because more people over 65 are using the card.

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  • Nicole Richie puts home on the market

    Nicole Richie and Joel Madden have put their Hollywood Hills home on the market. The 33-year-old reality TV star and the 36-year-old rocker, who have daughter Harlow, eight, and son Sparrow, seven, have listed their four-bedroom, five-bathroom estate in Laurel Canyon for $3.49 million. Both couples are extremely close and Nicole previously claimed she was responsible for setting her brother-in-law up with Cameron just seven months before they tied the knot in January.

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  • Yasmin Le Bon's 'running battle' with depression

    Yasmin Le Bon is fighting a "running battle" with depression. It's a running battle every day and I've worked very hard at it. The brunette beauty - who is married to Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon - has grown to love her "melancholy" nature.

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  • Nicole Scherzinger is adjusting to being single

    Nicole Scherzinger is going through "a very transformative time" in her life. The 'Don't Hold Your Breath' hitmaker, who split from Formula One racing driver Lewis Hamilton in February after seven years together, believes they will eventually reunite if they are truly meant to be together, but is currently trying to focus on herself.

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  • Boko Haram hacks 10 to death in NE Nigeria: local official

    Boko Haram fighters hacked to death 10 people in a remote village in northeast Nigeria, a local government official told AFP. Maina Ularamu, local government chairman of Madagali, in the north of Adamawa state, said the attack happened early on Friday morning in Pambula-Kwamda village. The attack is the latest by Boko Haram in northern Adamawa state, which was declared "clear" of insurgents in March by the military.

  • Noel Gallagher will 'never ever' forgive Liam

    Noel Gallagher will "never ever" forgive Liam Gallagher for walking out during Oasis shows. "It would be like, 'Where has Liam gone?' And it would be, 'He has gone off, he has got a sore throat'. The Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds singer said the embarrassing incidents mean he would never reunite with his brother to bring back Oasis, having split up in 2009, despite several rumours such a comeback could happen.

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  • Danish radio station kills baby rabbit with bicycle pump

    A Danish radio station killed a baby rabbit with a bicycle pump live on air, prompting a storm of criticism Tuesday despite claims it had simply wanted to highlight cruelty in farming. "We didn't do it for the sake of entertainment," talk radio station Radio24syv wrote on Twitter. The broadcaster said radio host Asger Juhl on Monday killed baby rabbit Allan with repeated blows to the head to highlight "hypocrisy" in Danes' attitudes towards animal welfare.

  • NZ and Australia dodge worse UV exposure

    A new paper, co-authored by NIWA atmospheric scientist Richard McKenzie, has found a massive hole in the ozone layer, that would have stretched across the Tasman, has been avoided thanks to the 1987 Montreal Protocol. The scientists estimated that if unchecked, the hole in the ozone layer would have grown by more than 40 percent and that UV exposure in New Zealand and Australia, which already have among the highest skin cancer mortality rates, would have increased by about 12 percent in that time. The Montreal Protocol was an international treaty which restricted the use of chlorine and bromine, ozone-depleting substances.

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  • Campbell Live to finish on Friday

    John Campbell will be signing off for good from his eponymous current affairs show on Friday, TV3 has announced. Mediaworks head of news Mark Jennings said on Monday the station would broadcast a special finale for Campbell Live to "see John off in style". Campbell, who's been at TV3 since 1991, had been offered a three-year contract with a co-hosting position on the replacement show for the first year, but turned it down.

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  • FIFO ruining towns, families: inquiry

    Fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) mining is killing towns in central Queensland and tearing families apart, a state parliamentary inquiry has been told. Most say 100 per cent FIFO arrangements are discriminatory as they prevent locals from gaining employment. There is also concern that FIFO practices are destroying families.