• Peters takes on Key in parliament

    Winston Peters has walked into parliament as the new MP for Northland. "Yes," Mr Key replied. The promise to upgrade the bridges backfired because it was seen as an election bribe, and may have helped Mr Peters win the by-election.

    NZ Newswire
  • Shares rebound on China stimulus talk

    The Australian share market has rebounded on expectations of monetary easing in China, finishing the session strongly and posting an almost nine per cent gain for the year's first three months. China's central bank chief has said the country has room to act on both quantitative measures and interest rates, while low local interest rates and high dividends are luring investors. CMC Markets analyst Michael McCarthy said the local bourse had finished the quarter almost nine per cent higher after a weak day on Monday.

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  • 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
  • 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.

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  • Kiwi holds above 98 Australian cents

    The New Zealand dollar has held above 98 Australian cents, having earlier touched a post-float high, as the slumping price of iron ore stoked bets the Reserve Bank of Australia will cut interest rates to revive a flagging economy. The kiwi dollar traded at 98.03 Australian cents as at 5pm in Wellington, having risen as high as 98.43 cents overnight, from 97.53 cents late on Monday. The price of Australia's biggest export, iron ore, has fallen to a fresh post-global financial crisis low.

    NZ Newswire
  • Prince William: Second royal baby will be a game-changer

    Britain's Prince William thinks his second child will be a "game-changer". Onlooker Paul Reardon, who also spoke to the Prince, told the Daily Express newspaper: "William said he couldn't wait for the baby to be born.

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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
  • 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.

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  • 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
  • The Rock and Ronda Rousey shock Triple H at WrestleMania

    Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and UFC champion Ronda Rousey made a surprise appearance together at 'WrestleMania 31' on Sunday night (29.03.15). The WWE Superstar-turned-actor shocked the sell-out crowd at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, when he interrupted Triple H and his wife Stephanie McMahon as the couple mocked fans. The Rock decided he'd heard enough and challenged Triple H to create a "WrestleMania moment" and fight him, a challenge he refused to accept.

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  • WWE plunges on concern over network subscriptions

    Shares of World Wrestling Entertainment were body slammed Monday after the company disclosed its latest subscription figures following WrestleMania 31, the latest installment of its biggest annual event. WWE said WrestleMania 31, held Sunday night, was the most-viewed and the highest-grossing event in the company's history. It reported a gross of $12.6 million from the event and said almost 77,000 people packed into Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, where WrestleMania was held.

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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.

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  • Review: New HTC One phone is strong contender

    NEW YORK (AP) -- HTC's flagship One phone has a lot going for it — except for strong sales. In Samsung's and Apple's shadows, HTC barely has any market share despite having good phones. But the latest edition of the

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  • 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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  • Tweet Reveals Grave Situation In Syria

    A four-year old child has inadvertently become the face of Syria's civil war after he mistook a camera for a weapon and surrendered. The photo above was tweeted by Palestine photojournalist Nadia Abu Shaban alongside the caption, "Photojournalist took this photo 4 Syrian child, thought he has a weapon not a camera so she Gave up ! #Surrended (sic)" she tweeted. The image bought to life the gravity of the situation in Syria, which has so far seen more than 220,000 people killed.

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  • 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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  • The Truth about Tequila and Your Hangover

    Hangovers: the great equaliser that affects us all at one point in our life. For a lot of men, tequila is at or near the top of that list. When it comes to the severity of your headache, your principal nemesis is ethanol - a.k.a.

    Men's Health
  • Ford gets back into luxury business with classic car

    Ford Motor (NYSE:F) will resurrect the Lincoln Continental as its top-of-the line luxury sedan, betting the classic name will help rebuild the brand's image in the United States and China. Ford's Lincoln unveiled a prototype of the future Continental sedan on Monday ahead of the April 3-12 New York auto show, which will feature many of the Continental's future rivals, including the Cadillac CT6 sedan from General Motors (GM), a new Jaguar XF sedan from Jaguar Land Rover and a bevy of super-premium models from Daimler Mercedes Benz. Ford retired the Continental name in 2002, and joined its rivals in using letter and number codes for most models.

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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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  • 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