• Bobbi Kristina Brown has 'irreversible brain damage'

    Bobbi Kristina Brown has suffered "irreversible brain damage". The 22-year-old aspiring singer was placed in a medically-induced coma after being found unresponsive in her bathtub in January, and though her father Bobby Brown recently revealed she is now "awake", her grandmother Cissy Houston - the mother of the young star's late mother Whitney Houston - says she is still "unresponsive".

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  • Ex-Nazi 'bookkeeper of Auschwitz' goes on trial in Germany

    A former Nazi death camp officer dubbed the "bookkeeper of Auschwitz" went on trial in Germany Tuesday, with almost 70 Holocaust survivors and victims' relatives at the court. Oskar Groening, 93, is being tried in the northern city of Lueneburg on 300,000 counts of "accessory to murder" charges for deported Hungarian Jews who were sent to the gas chambers, and faces up to 15 years jail. Given the advanced age of most German war crimes suspects, Groening is expected to be among the last to face justice, 70 years after the liberation of the concentration camps at the end of World War II.

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  • Miley Cryus bares breasts in tribute to Joan Jett

    Miley Cyrus bared her breasts in tribute to Joan Jett as she inducted the singer in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Wrecking Ball hitmaker arrived at the prestigious ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio last night (18.04.15) wearing revealing black dungarees and pink heart shaped nipple covers adorned with the legendary singer's initials to welcome her band Joan Jett & the Blackhearts into the club. Miley - who also sported unshaved armpits - gushed over Joan as she took to the stage and recalled an encounter between herself and the 56-year-old star.

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  • Three dead as wild weather lashes Australian state

    Three people died as the Australian state of New South Wales was lashed by a "once-in-a-decade" storm on Tuesday with homes washed away, thousands hit by power cuts and sand drifts sweeping inland off Sydney's iconic Bondi beach. Sea swells also hampered shipping as the region around Australia's biggest city suffered its second day of gale-force winds of up to 135 kilometres per hour (83 mph) and torrential rain. The Bureau of Meteorology said 119 millimetres (five inches) of rain had fallen in Sydney in 24 hours -- the city's wettest period since 2002.

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  • Aaron Taylor-Johnson: I don't notice age gap with wife Sam

    Aaron Taylor-Johnson doesn't notice the age gap between him and his wife. The 'Nowhere Boy' star refuses to "engage" in any talk about the difference in age between him and his wife Sam Taylor-Johnson, who is 23 years his senior.

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  • How to banish bra bulge

    If you’re a woman, you’re probably familiar with the infamous bra bulge — the fat that tends to show up near the middle of your back around your bra, often accentuated by a slightly-too-tight bra band. In the world of body trouble spots, the bra bulge is like having a dull ringing in your ears: It really only bugs you, and it’s not the biggest deal in the world, but it’s still hella annoying. The bra bulge is actually caused by a combination of factors.

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  • Kiwi tracks down mystery Gallipoli fort

    A Kiwi who's in Gallipoli to remember his great-grandfather may have made a discovery that's the Anzac equivalent of finding Tutankhamun's tomb. No one has been able to pin down the exact location of the carving which marks the headquarters of the Native Contingent at Gallipoli. Mr Pearless used a rockface in the background of the painting as a reference and believes the pa was between Fisherman's Hut and the No.1 outpost.

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  • Human remains found in Farewell Spit

    Human remains have been discovered on the South Island in an area where a Dutch tourist went missing about a month ago. Police on Tuesday said they were notified by a member of the public a day earlier that human remains had been found at Farewell Spit. The remains were recovered 8km along the sand spit and police say the remains will undergo a post-mortem examination along with DNA testing to try to establish the identity.

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  • Islamic State shoots and beheads 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya - video

    A video purportedly made by Islamic State and posted on social media sites on Sunday appeared to show militants shooting and beheading about 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya. Reuters was unable to verify the authenticity of the video, but the killings resemble past violence carried out by Islamic State, an ultra-hardline group that has expanded its reach from strongholds in Iraq and Syria to conflict-ridden Libya. The video, in which militants call Christians "crusaders" who are out to kill Muslims, showed about 15 men being beheaded on a beach and another group of the same size, in an area of shrubland, being shot in the head.

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  • For retirees, downsizing has many upsides

    If you are getting on in age and still own the home you bought when your kids were young, you've probably given some thought to downsizing. Alan Biederman did a year ago, when he sold his four-bedroom home in Hazlet, New Jersey. Biederman, a 61-year-old magazine production manager, intends to retire in June and relocate to Rodgers, Minnesota, where he and his wife recently bought a newly built two-bedroom town home for much less than the sale price of their former home.

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  • Bruce Jenner doesn't want to 'hurt' his children

    The former Olympian - who is currently undergoing gender reassignment surgery - has admitted his only concern during the transition will be his children Burt, 36, Casey, 34, Brandon, 33, Brody, 31, Kendall, 19 and Kylie, 17. The reality TV star - who also has four stepchildren, Rob, 28, Khloe, 30, Kourtney 36 and 34-year-old Kim from his marriage to his now estranged wife Kris Jenner - shared his worries in a new clip from his upcoming tell-all interview with Diane Sawyer, which will air on ABC on Friday April 24. In the snippet, Bruce says: "I can't let myself hurt them.

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  • The Most Toxic Types of People to Avoid at Work

    Anyone who has ever worked in an office knows there's more to succeeding at your job than just doing the work itself. A big part of almost any position involves "relationship management" -- in other words, knowing how to get along with different personality

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  • Russell Crowe's rugby team wrecked his marriage

    Russell Crowe believes buying a rugby team "cost him his marriage". The 'Gladiator' star - who split from wife Danielle Spencer in 2012 - doesn't regret buying South Sydney Rabbitohs in 2006 because it has been a good business decision, but the investment took its toll on his personal life.

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  • NZ dollar gains on expectation central bank will look through oil impact on inflation

    The New Zealand dollar gained on expectation the Reserve Bank will look through the impact of weak crude oil on headline inflation to focus on more-robust core prices and won't use today's consumers price index data as a reason to cut interest rates. The consumers price index fell 0.3 percent in the first quarter, less than the central bank's forecast for a 0.4 percent decline. Excluding an 11 percent decline in petrol prices, the CPI would have risen 0.3 percent.

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  • World-changing map found after 96 years

    A rare copy of a 200-year-old map that inspired the book The Map that Changed the World has turned up hiding in a University of Canterbury library. The copy of William Smith's 1815 geological map of Britain - the first such map in the world - had been in university hands for 96 years but has now been rediscovered in the rare books collection in the Macmillan Brown Library. "Due to the misleading title on the case and the fact it looks like a book this item may have been overlooked for many years," said special collections librarian Damian Cairns.

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  • NZ PM concerned by Australia's slow growth

    New Zealand Prime Minister John Key understands what the Abbott government is trying to do with its budget, but even he is getting a little concerned about Australia's economic slowdown. Mr Key, playing host to Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Wellington on Monday for pre-Anzac Day commemorations, has applauded Australia's efforts to get the budget under control and get on top of burgeoning government debt. "Any slowdown in the Australian economy has an impact on New Zealand and we always say a strong Australia is good for a strong New Zealand," Mr Key told reporters.

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  • Japan's maglev train breaks world speed record

    Japan's state-of-the-art maglev train clocked a new world speed record Tuesday in a test run near Mount Fuji, smashing through the 600 kilometre (373 miles) per hour mark, as Tokyo races to sell the technology abroad. The seven-car maglev train -- short for "magnetic levitation" -- hit a top speed of 603 kilometres per hour, and managed nearly 11 seconds at over 600kph, operator Central Japan Railway said. The new record came less than a week after the company recorded a top speed of 590 kph, breaking its own 2003 record of 581 kph.

    AFP 24 mins ago
  • Doctor criticised over newborn death

    A doctor and a district health board have been heavily censured for a multitude of failings that led to the death of a newborn baby. A pregnant woman was 10 days overdue with her third baby when she arrived at a Lakes District Health Board hospital in the Rotorua or Taupo districts. The medical mistakes have been catalogued by Health and Disability Commissioner Anthony Hill who released findings on Monday outlining "significant concerns about the individual and team failings in this case".

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  • Judge spares 'precious' breeding dogs

    Two prized breeding dogs will live to bark another day thanks to a High Court ruling that spared the pair from destruction following a postie attack. The kelpie-cross dogs, Mika and Echo, had been ordered to be euthanised by a District Court judge following a savage attack on postwoman Anne Bailey as she put mail in a Bay of Plenty letterbox last June. A third dog, an unregistered Thai ridgeback-kelpie cross named Ice, was thought to have led the attack and was destroyed at the time with the consent of its owner, Melissa Leigh Slater.

    NZ Newswire
  • Branson opens first Virgin hotel

    Hotel rooms which boast free wifi, water and yoga mats, minibars stocked with shop-priced items and bathrooms with the right lighting for putting on make-up are just some of the amenities being promised by Sir Richard Branson as he throws open the doors of his first Virgin hotel. The entrepreneur said he was inspired by his airline when he looked at the hotel industry and what he could add to it. "Thirty years ago people asked what we could bring to the airline business that didn't already exist and we created Virgin Atlantic.

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