• Pacific islands brace for possible super typhoon

    Meteorologists warned on Tuesday that a storm reported to have left several casualties and severe damage in Micronesia was building into a super-typhoon as it swept across the central Pacific towards the Yap group of islands. The island of Chuuk, part of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), received a direct hit late on Sunday from Typhoon Maysak and the Yap group was next in its path. "Chuuk was devastated," lawyer Kembo Mida said in an email to the Ayuda Foundation relief organisation which is based in Guam about 1,000 kilometres away.

    AFP
  • 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
  • Why Instagirls Gigi Hadid And Kendall Jenner Are The Millenial Supermodels

    The term 'supermodel' has certainly evolved over the last 20 years, but it's only in the last few that social media has become integral to a model's success. "I realised that social media was an important marketing tool when clients that I was working with started to bring up the things I had posted," Gigi Hadid told AdWeek. The model, who secured contracts with Maybelline and Seafolly this year, credits social media with her overnight success, which has seen her walk the runway alongside the likes of Kendall Jenner.

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  • 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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  • 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.

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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.

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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.

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  • Lincoln Continental, the car of presidents, is returning

    Now, the Lincoln Continental is back. Thirteen years after the last Continental rolled off the assembly line, Ford Motor Co. is resurrecting its storied nameplate. After more than a decade of toying with alphabetical names like LS and MKS to be more like its foreign rivals, Ford's 98-year-old Lincoln brand is embracing its heritage.

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  • Will Smith Reunites With Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air Star Tatyana Ali

    Will Smith was attending the 2015 Black Girls Rock event in Newark, New Jersey, on Saturday night, when he bumped into Fresh Prince of Bel-Air co-star Tatyana Ali. The chance meeting backstage provided a superbly viral photo opportunity, with 36-year-old Ali cuddling up to Smith, 46. Ali played Ashley Banks, cousin to Will in the show, who was nine when the series began in 1990, and 17 by the time in wound up its six season in 1996.

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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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  • 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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  • South Korea opts for KAI-Lockheed in $7.8 bln fighter deal

    South Korea on Monday selected Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) and partner Lockheed Martin for a multi-billion-dollar contract to develop 120 "indigenous" fighter jets to replace Seoul's ageing fleet. The bid from KAI and the US aerospace giant, which is subject to a screening process before being officially approved, was always seen as the favourite for the 8.6 trillion won ($7.8 billion) deal over a rival bid by civilian carrier Korean Air (KAL) teamed with Airbus. The Defence Ministry also approved a separate $1.28 billion deal to buy Patriot PAC-3 missiles and upgrade its air defence system aimed at intercepting North Korean ballistic missiles.

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  • Party boy makes $1200 a night

    A Victorian teenager who claims to be making $1200 a night by throwing underage house parties, has bragged about being an even bigger party boy than Corey Worthington. Nick Stokes’ parties in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne have attracted the attention of hundreds of underage revelers, as well as the attention of Victorian Police, reports The Herald Sun. The 17-year-old’s parties usually attract around 300 teenagers and are held in empty houses Nick and his friends locate from Cranbourne to Clayton.

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  • Refuelling planes mid-air could cut fuel use by 23%: study

    A system for re-fuelling passenger planes mid-air could slash the amount of kerosene needed for a long haul flight by nearly a quarter, researchers said Monday. Kerosene reserves make up about a third of the weight on long distance passenger flights at take-off so reducing them and refuelling mid-air could mean huge savings, said the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), which participated in the study. "The results of our collaborative research indicate a fuel burn reduction potential on isolated aircraft level between 11 and 23 percent for a typical 6,000 nautical miles flight with a payload of 250 passengers," the researchers said.

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  • Packaging workers start over-time ban

    More than 240 workers at New Zealand plants of one of the world's largest packaging companies are about to start a two-week overtime ban. The ban will start at plants run by Orora Kiwi Packaging in Auckland, Hastings and Christchurch on Monday, the workers' union says. "Workers will refuse overtime for a fortnight.

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  • Rent or buy? Depends on your 'horizon': Zillow

    Zillow Chief Economist Stan Humphries tells CNBC's "On the Money" that home ownership is a good bet when "buying is more advantageous than renting." On a national level right now, he says, that number is on average just 2.3 years. "Everyone understands if you're going to be in a house 20 years, you should buy a house," Humphries says. Still, there is a caveat: "What they don't understand is when those two lines cross," Humphries said, calling that the "Breakeven Horizon." That is the gray area in which consumers should make the decision whether to rent or purchase, when the accumulated costs of renting exceed those of buying.

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  • Saudi-led strikes again hit Yemen overnight

    Air raids by a Saudi-led coalition again hit Houthi militia targets across Yemen on Monday night, striking the group's northern stronghold of Saadeh, the capital, Sanaa, and the central town of Yarim, residents and media said. "There were huge blazes in the mountains outside Sanaa. The strikes, which began on Thursday, are aimed at stopping the Houthis from taking more territory and pressing them and former president Ali Abdullah Saleh to negotiate a power-sharing deal with President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

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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
  • Jamie Oliver regrets heating up Gordon Ramsay food feud

    British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver said Tuesday he regretted saying rival cook Gordon Ramsay was jealous of his success and brushed off their simmering food feud as "no big deal". Both are successful celebrity television chefs and have traded barbs before -- with Ramsay recently chiding the younger Oliver for not attending the launch of his own Hong Kong eatery, Jamie's Italian. Oliver, in Australia as part of his "revolution" to champion food education in schools, hit back on Sunday.

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  • RESEND: NZ dollar charts record high vs. Australian dollar on RBA rate cut talk, weak iron ore

    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, a key export, continues to slide. Australian media reports from RBA watchers 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 percent. Prices of iron ore have tumbled to the lowest in six years, while coal prices remain weak, weighing on Australia's resources sector and suggesting "there is plenty of pressure for the RBA to press forward with another rate cut, Rabobank currency strategist Jane Foley was reported as saying.

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