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  • Police identify body after 29 years

    The family of a man who vanished nearly three decades ago say the finding of his body brings long-awaited closure. Police on Monday identified the body of John Holmes Smith, who disappeared on March 20, 1986 during a regular walk in Wellington's Ngaio. Despite the extensive police search that followed, his body was only discovered by a passer-by in a bushy gully in February 2015.

    NZ Newswire
  • UK airport expansion threatens to take out entire villages

    The attraction is neighboring Heathrow Airport, which served 73 million travelers last year. Now Europe's busiest airport is proposing to build a runway roughly through the center of town, leveling the ivy-covered brick walls of the Harmondsworth Hall guest house and two-thirds of its homes. A village that traces its history to the 6th century would be forever altered, and some argue even what's left would be uninhabitable.

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  • Sir Michael Caine not worried about nude scenes

    The 'Youth' star says ageing has meant he has been able to ditch his "ego" when it comes to his body. At 82, no one expects you to look like Brad Pitt. Michael also recalled a particularly funny scene, which provides the image for the film's poster, where Michael and his co-star Harvey Keitel are sitting in the spa when they are joined by Miss Universe.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Kiwi on trial after hug led to death

    Patrick Sunill Lilii is on trial in the District Court of Western Australia for the unlawful assault of 32-year-old Zak Harvey outside the Murray Street nightclub in April last year. The court heard Lilii acted in self-defence when he pushed Mr Harvey because the only thing he knew was that a stranger had wrapped his arms tightly around his neck. Mr Harvey was so happy after a night of clubbing he started hugging strangers in the street, among them Lilii who was chatting with friends.

    NZ Newswire
  • National's popularity soars before budget

    Support for National rose to 54 per cent in early May as budget previews were being released, says a leading research group. The latest Roy Morgan public opinion poll shows the government up 8.5 per cent for the month to May 17, to its highest support since October 2011. By contrast, support for the Labour-Greens coalition slipped 7.5 per cent to 42 per cent.

    NZ Newswire
  • German grandmother gives birth to quadruplets at age 65

    A 65-year-old German grandmother gave birth to quadruplets at a Berlin hospital this week, with the three boys and a girl born prematurely at 26 weeks being in good health and having a good chance of survival, German TV network RTL reported on Saturday. The network, which had covered the pregnancy, said Annegret Raunigk already had 13 children and seven grandchildren. Raunigk, an English and Russian teacher in Berlin, had received fertility treatment in Ukraine and is the oldest woman in the world to have had quadruplets, RTL said, although other women of her age and older have given birth.

    Reuters
  • Mariah Carey 'lives in a bubble'

    Mariah Carey "never has any normal interactions". Damion Young, the star's ex-boyfriend who worked with Mariah, 45, on hits such as 'I Still Believe' and 'Irresistible', has revealed the multi-platinum selling artist lives her life in a "bubble", claiming she doesn't have normal social interactions with others because of her fame. Damion said Mariah leads a surreal existence that he ultimately found "frightening".

    Bang Showbiz
  • Cook and Bell dig in but New Zealand in charge

    Alastair Cook and Ian Bell survived a torrid final session to guide England to 74 for two on the third day of the first test against New Zealand on Saturday but the hosts still face a tough task to save the match. England trail by 60 runs after New Zealand were bowled out for 523, Kane Williamson contributing a patient 132. England lost debutant opener Adam Lyth for 12, caught by Tim Southee in the slips off Trent Boult, and Gary Ballance was bowled by Southee for a duck to give New Zealand a scent of victory.

    Reuters
  • 'Beautiful Mind' mathematician John Nash killed in US car crash

    Nobel Prize-winning US mathematician John Nash, who inspired the film "A Beautiful Mind," was killed with his wife in a New Jersey car crash. Nash, 86, and his 82-year-old wife Alicia were riding in a taxi on Saturday when the accident took place, State Police Sergeant Gregory Williams told AFP. The Princeton University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) mathematician is best known for his contribution to game theory -- the study of decision-making -- which won him the Nobel economics prize in 1994.

    AFP
  • Australia to introduce counter-terrorism citizenship changes

    Australia is set to introduce new counter-terrorism laws, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Sunday, with the package expected to include stripping dual nationals who are linked to terrorism of their citizenship. There has also been speculation that the plan to amend citizenship laws, which was disclosed in February, could affect second-generation Australians who carry only one passport. "It's long been the case that if you have served with the armed forces of a country at war with Australia, you automatically lose your citizenship," Abbott told reporters.

    AFP
  • French adventurer seeks Pacific record with 'flying' boat

    Skimming across the surface of the vast Pacific, Alain Thebault scans the horizon with his blue Breton eyes. "It's like a magic carpet," Thebault said aboard the cutting-edge "Hydroptere" sailboat, which he hopes to pilot halfway across the Pacific from Los Angeles to Honolulu in record time. Off the California coast under azur-blue skies, Thebault accelerated the hydrofoil supercraft to 30 knots as the 18-meter (60-foot) boat stands on three foils that claw the waves, lifting the hull fully out of the water.

    AFP
  • KiwiSaver providing poor value for money, needs rewrite, Treasury says

    The Treasury recommended a wider review of the KiwiSaver scheme than just axing the $1,000 kick-start payment, arguing it represents poor value for money for the government and has vague aims, according to its regulatory impact statement on the post-budget law change needed to drop the incentive. Reducing incentives would improve the scheme's value for money as wage and salary earners were likely to join anyway because of employer-subsidised schemes and didn't need the kick-start to join, said the Treasury's financial markets manager, James Beard.

    BusinessDesk
  • Mary-Kate And Ashley Olsen Will Not Be Appearing In The Full House Reboot

    Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen on the red carpet at this year's Met Gala. Full House enthusiasts, we have some bad news for you. The news won’t be a surprise to many, who noted that the Olsen twins are pretty busy young women: between helming three fashion lines, licensing perfumes and landing themselves on best-dressed lists the world over, they don’t have much time to appear in television series these days.

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  • NZ woman fights for right to die

    Lecretia Seales, a 42-year-old policy adviser at the NZ Law Commission, has begun her application in the High Court at Wellington. Ms Seales was diagnosed with an untreatable brain tumour in 2011 and is now paralysed on the left side of her body. Lawyer Andrew Butler read Ms Seales' affidavit to the court.

    NZ Newswire
  • Rosberg takes Monaco hat-trick after Mercedes gaffe

    Germany's Nico Rosberg celebrated a surprise hat-trick of Monaco Grand Prix victories on Sunday after Mercedes blew championship-leading team mate Lewis Hamilton's chances with a needless pitstop. The result, with Hamilton finishing third after leading most of the way, slashed the double Formula One world champion's overall lead to 10 points after six of the season's 19 races. "I've lost the race haven't I?" the disconsolate driver enquired over the team radio after rejoining in third place behind Rosberg and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, neither of whom pitted.

    Reuters
  • Iraq regains ground from Islamic State; mass deaths reported in Palmyra

    BAGHDAD/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iraqi forces recaptured territory from advancing Islamic State militants near the recently-fallen city of Ramadi on Sunday, while in Syria the government said the Islamists had killed hundreds of people since capturing the town of Palmyra. The fall of Ramadi and Palmyra, on opposite ends of the vast territory controlled by Islamic State fighters, were the militant group's biggest successes since a U.S.-led coalition launched an air war to stop them last year. The near simultaneous victories against the Iraqi and Syrian armies have forced Washington to examine its strategy, which involves bombing from the air but leaving fighting on the ground to local forces in both countries.

    Reuters
  • Helicopters take to Auckland skies

    The New Zealand Defence Force says it's conducting urban flying operations training of air force and army personnel from Sunday until next Thursday. The training is focused in and around the Kaipara air weapons range and in the Auckland central business district. The public may see NH90 and A109 helicopters flying over the city in formation during the day and at night but all flying will be finished by 10pm.

    NZ Newswire
  • One-sided death toll in Mexico gunfight raises questions

    Puddles of blood and bullet shells are some of the remnants of an intense gunfight on a western Mexico ranch that killed 42 criminal suspects and one police officer. The authorities say superior training and equipment explains the one-sided death toll in one of the bloodiest battles in Mexico's nearly decade-long drug war. The gunfight with suspected henchmen of the Jalisco New Generation drug cartel occurred in a region considered a bastion of the gang, which has killed 28 police officers and soldiers since March.

    AFP
  • Robert De Niro's advice for graduates

    Robert De Niro has warned arts graduates they're "f***ed".The 'American Hustle' star was speaking at the graduation ceremony for New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Class of 2015 when he made the hilarious comment.He joked: "Tisch graduates

    Bang Showbiz
  • What we know right now about the deadly Amtrak derailment

    Nearly two weeks after a deadly Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia killed 8 people and injured more than 200 others, investigators are still trying to piece together what led the train to enter a sharp curve at more than double the 50 mph speed limit. The National Transportation Safety Board has ruled out the locomotive being hit by a bullet and is now focused on whether the engineer was using his cellphone while operating it. The agency says investigators are comparing time stamps from engineer Brandon Bostian's phone records with locomotive data, radio transmissions and surveillance video to see whether the phone was used while the train was in motion.

    Associated Press