• Lion jumps in car and mauls man on safari

    Australian tourist Brendan Smith got a lot more up close and personal with the wildlife than he expected while on safari in Johannesburg, South Africa. Just a day and a half after arriving in Joburg, Smith was on a safari when a lion jumped through the window of his car and started mauling his legs.

    Total Travel
  • NZ dollar hits new high against Aussie

    The New Zealand dollar rose to a record against the Australian dollar on speculation the Reserve Bank of Australia will cut interest rates again as soon as next week, while the price of iron ore continues to slide. Australian media reports cite the prospect of a rate cut after the central bank's April 7 board meeting, potentially pushing the cash rate down a quarter point to a new record low 2 per cent. "As the market has moved to factor in greater prospect of an RBA rate cut next week, the NZD/AUD cross has pushed up to new highs," said BNZ's Kymberly Martin.

    NZ Newswire
  • International Cricket Council names World Cup XI

    New Zealand may have been thrashed by Australia in the World Cup final but they dominate the International Cricket Council's team of the tournament released Monday with Brendon McCullum named captain. The New Zealand skipper is one of five Black Caps in the side that also includes three Australians. "McCullum was chosen as the captain following his aggressive, innovative and inspirational leadership during the 44-day tournament that was the cornerstone of his team?s progression to the final," the ICC said in a statement.

    AFP
  • Duchess of Cambridge craving sweets

    Britain's Duchess of Cambridge is craving sweet treats. The 33-year-old royal - who is expecting her second child with her husband Prince William next month - reportedly can't get enough of cakes, chocolate and biscuits, which according to an old saying, could be a sign that she is having a girl. A source told MailOnline: "Prince William has always had a sweet tooth, but Kate has really had sweet cravings during this pregnancy.

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  • US academic gives NZ talk on killer robots

    Killer robots could save lives, a renowned United States roboticist says. Robot expert Professor Ron Arkin is to give a public lecture at New Zealand's Canterbury University on Tuesday. Professor Arkin, from the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, is a central figure in current debates on military applications of robots.

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  • Tax returns may return for many

    The years of many wage and salary earners not having to file a tax return may be numbered. The income tax system is heading for a major shake-up with Revenue Minister Todd McClay unveiling a green paper seeking public submissions by May 29. Up for review is the exemption in place since the 1990s that allows large numbers of individual taxpayers not to file a tax return at all if their circumstances are simple or they do not have tax to pay.

    NZ Newswire
  • Dolly Parton's motorhome vacations

    Dolly Parton and her husband love holidaying in their motorhome.The '9 to 5' hitmaker and Carl Dean - who have been married almost 49 years - relax on "simple" vacations but never stay away for long.She said: "We like to get out in our little RV and just

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  • Britain's Prince Charles cracks up at Lamb National

    Britain's Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were in hysterics as they watched the 'Lamb National' at Ascot racecourse yesterday (29.03.15). The 66-year-old royal fell into a fit of laughter as he watched the annual race - which sees young sheep run down the racecourse with fake riders on their backs - during the Prince's Countryside Fund race day in Berkshire. Charles and the Duchess, 66, were joined at the event by Sir Nicholas Soames and TV personalities Ant and Dec, who are the patrons of Ascot's Colts and Fillies Club.

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  • Islamic State group beheads 8 Shi'ites

    A new video has been released by the Islamic State group which shows its fighters cutting off the heads of eight men said to be Shi'ite Muslims. The video posted on social media on Sunday said the men were beheaded in the central Syrian province of Hama. The video could not be immediately independently verified, but it appeared genuine and corresponded to other AP reporting of the events.

    AP
  • Elton John didn't tell mother about son

    Sir Elton John's mother only found out he had a son after reading it in the newspaper. Sheila Farebrother hasn't spoken to her famous son for seven years and not only has she never met Zachary, four, and two-year-old Elijah - his kids with husband David Furnish - she doesn't think there is any "point" in her being introduced to the boys as it would only confuse them.

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  • Special Report - Inside Hungary's 10 billion euro nuclear deal with Russia

    Its currency is wounded and its economy besieged by sanctions, yet Russia still has money to spare for potential allies overseas. Budapest plans to draw on the first tranche of the loan this year, a Hungarian government commissioner told Reuters. Officially the loan is to finance the expansion of the Paks nuclear power plant, Hungary's only atomic power station, which supplies about 40 percent of the country's electricity.

    Reuters
  • Crashed car belonged to step dad

    A car in the sea off the Southland coast belongs to a missing Southland boy's step father, police say. Police have confirmed the dark blue Volkswagen Touareg submerged underwater is owned by 54-year-old John Beckenridge, the stepfather of Mike Zhao-Beckenridge, 11, who's been missing for two weeks. Mr Beckenridge was seen picking up his stepson from his Invercargill school in breach of a parenting order.

    NZ Newswire
  • Kanye West's rant at Kim's personal trainer

    Kanye West "went crazy" at Kim Kardashian West's personal trainer because she "couldn't imagine" the star 15lbs lighter. Speaking to her sister Khloe Kardashian on last night's (29.03.15) episode of 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians', Kim said: "Do you want to die? Kanye literally went crazy on the trainer today.

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  • Germanwings crash co-pilot may have had detached retina - newspaper

    The co-pilot suspected of crashing a passenger jet in the Alps may have been suffering from a detached retina but investigators are unsure whether his vision problems had physical or psychological causes, a German newspaper said on Sunday. Bild am Sonntag also reported how the captain of the Germanwings Airbus had screamed "open the damn door!" to the co-pilot as he tried to get back into the locked cockpit before the jet crashed last Tuesday, killing all 150 on board. Another German newspaper, Welt am Sonntag, quoted a senior investigator as saying the 27-year-old co-pilot Andreas Lubitz "was treated by several neurologists and psychiatrists" and that a number of medications had been found in his apartment.

    Reuters
  • Heavy falls on the share market

    Weaker oil and iron ore prices and plans for a bank deposit tax are contributing to heavy falls on the share market.Energy stocks are the the biggest losers after crude oil prices sunk, reversing several days of gains following the Saudi-led air assault

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  • Warne bugs pundits with drinking talk

    When Shane Warne alluded to getting hammered at the conclusion of the World Cup he probably wasn't expecting to on Twitter. Speaking with several of the victorious Australians, Warne seemed to have just one thing on his mind. The boys are thirsty they seem," Warne asked.

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  • American tourist recalls horror NZ crash

    An American tourist who caused a car accident that killed his wife and two close friends has spoken about how he didn't see a truck because he was focused on making a turn. Richard Barnett, 56, earlier pleaded guilty at the Hamilton District Court to three charges of careless driving causing death and was fined and disqualified from driving in New Zealand for the next year. Barnett told TVNZ's Sunday programme he had 40 years of driving experience on the right hand side of the road but just two days of driving on the left.

    NZ Newswire
  • Black Caps sledged for being 'too nice'

    Aussie wicket-keeper Brad Haddin has hit back at criticism of his sledging in the World Cup final, claiming the Black Caps 'deserved it'. Talking to Triple M, Haddin addressed questions over his controversial sending off of New Zealand batsmen Martin Guptill and Grant Elliott. “They were that nice to us in New Zealand and we were that uncomfortable,” Haddin said.

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  • Zayn Malik accused of cheating with Swedish beauty

    Zayn Malik has been accused of cheating on his fiancée Perrie Edwards with a 24-year-old Swede while on tour in Thailand. According to Martina Olsson, the 22-year-old singer - who quit One Direction last week - charmed her after a night out in Phuket on March 16 and took her back to his villa, where they showered together and he carried her to his king-size bed. What's more, Martina alleges the pair enjoyed a second tryst 48 hours later - which was also the night Zayn was pictured with Brit Lauren Richardson.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Teacher censured for Facebook messages

    A 33-year-old teacher who asked his 16-year-old student to send him pictures of her genitalia won't be allowed to teach anymore. The teacher, who has name suppression, has been censured and deregistered by the Teachers' Disciplinary Tribunal for his inappropriate relationship with a student. The teacher denied sending the girl pictures - including one of an erect penis - but admitted sending Facebook messages to the girl which the tribunal considered serious misconduct.

    NZ Newswire