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  • Paddon fourth in Rally Poland

    Hayden Paddon has produced another impressive drive, finishing one spot off the podium in Rally Poland. It follows Paddon's breakthrough second placing in Italy in June, the best result by a New Zealander in an overseas round of the World Rally Championship. The 28-year-old from Geraldine went to Poland with the target of placing in the top five.

    NZ Newswire
  • Injury leaves McIlroy in doubt for Open

    Rory McIlroy could miss the defence of his British Open crown after announcing on his Twitter account Monday that he had ruptured a ligament in his left ankle. A spokesman for McIlroy later said that, despite the injury, he has not ruled himself out of defending his Open Championship title at St Andrews from July 16. The 26-year-old McIlroy had also been due to play in the Scottish Open at Gullane starting on Thursday to prepare for St Andrews, but the injury looks like ruling him out of that.

    AFP
  • It's Over! Kourtney Kardashian Dumps Scott Disick

    It's finally over: Kourtney and Scott have ended their relationship. Kourtney Kardashian has "dumped" Scott Disick. Another insider added to E! News: "Kourtney dumped him after she saw the pictures [of Scott getting close to his ex in Monte Carlo] and he hasn't been home after a month-long party binge.

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  • Madison ‘not afraid’ of Hefner

    Holly Madison "spent too many years" being afraid of Hugh Hefner. The former Playboy model, who recently claimed in her new memoir, 'Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny,' she was mentally and emotionally abused while living with her former lover and his other girlfriends insists she doesn't care that he has denied her allegations. Holly's former 'Girls Next Door' co-star Kendra Wilkinson Baskett, 30, recently accused her of trying to seek revenge on the media mogul because he refused to marry her and put her in his will.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Mayweather stripped of WBO welterweight belt

    Floyd Mayweather was Monday stripped by the World Boxing Organization of the welterweight world title he won by beating Manny Pacquiao two months ago in what was dubbed "the fight of the century". Mayweather had failed to meet the deadline last Friday for paying the $200,000 sanctioning fee required by the WBO after he took the belt from Pacquiao on May 2 in Las Vegas, in the richest fight of all time, earning a reported $220 million in the process. WBO rules require boxers to pay 3 percent of their purse to fight for a world title up to a maximum of $200,000.

    AFP
  • Lost tramper saved by Facebook post

    A woman who was cold, wet and lost on a Waikato mountain was saved only after sending a desperate Facebook post to her family.But police have not commended her social media foray, saying the woman would have been rescued much sooner had she used her phone

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  • Spanish treasure from 17th century on sale in New York

    An exquisite gold chalice, an emerald-encrusted crucifix and a gold bar go on auction in New York next month, recovered from a Spanish ship that sank off the coast of Florida in 1622. The extraordinary items were discovered by a US treasure hunter from the wreckage of the Nuestra Senora de Atocha, the most famous vessel in a Spanish flotilla that sank after sailing into a hurricane. After a painstaking, expensive search taking more than 15 years, Mel Fisher located the wreckage on July 20, 1985, recovering $450 million worth of treasure, including coins and precious jewelry.

    AFP
  • Deborra-Lee Furness bans Hugh Jackman from starring opposite Angelina Jolie

    Deborra-Lee Furness has banned Hugh Jackman from working with Angelina Jolie.The 59-year-old actress - who tied the knot with the Wolverine star in 1996 - is happy for her husband to star in a movie opposite anyone he likes, but not the Hollywood beauty

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  • Craig Norgate, former Fonterra CEO, dies in UK, media reports say

    Craig Norgate, who was inaugural chief executive of Fonterra Cooperative Group when it was formed from the merger of Kiwi Cooperative Dairies, NZ Cooperative Dairy Co and the NZ Dairy Board, has died in London, media have reported, citing family members. Norgate ran New Zealand's biggest dairy company for two years and then teamed up with the McConnon family to form Rural Portfolio Investments, which acquired a controlling stake in rural services group Wrightson, merging it with Pyne Gould Guinness in 2005 to form PGG Wrightson.

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  • Cosby admitted drugging woman for sex: court papers

    Embattled US comedian Bill Cosby admitted having drugged at least one woman with a sedative to have sex with her, court documents show. The 77-year-old was questioned by Dolores Troiani, a lawyer for Andrea Constand, a former women's basketball director at Philadelphia's Temple University where Cosby studied and was a member of the board of trustees. Cosby's lawyers had long sought to block publication of the court transcripts, but they were released Monday on the PACER public court records website.

    AFP
  • Jennifer Lawrence looking for family home

    Jennifer Lawrence is looking for a home to share with Chris Martin and his children. The 'Hunger Games' actress has been house-hunting in New York's Tribeca district and insiders told the New York Daily News newspaper that the 24-year-old beauty is looking for somewhere with at least three bedrooms so there is enough space for the Coldplay frontman and his kids Apple, 11, and nine-year-old Moses - who he has with estranged wife Gwyneth Paltrow - to stay. The 'Silver Linings Playbook' actress has also looked at two other apartments in the area - one priced at $10 million and the other $9 million - and all three properties are within walking distance of the penthouse apartment where Gwyneth lives.

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  • Rod Stewart banned from tight trousers

    Rod Stewart's doctor banned him from wearing tight trousers so he could father another child. The 'Maggie May' rocker - who has eight children from various relationships - and wife Penny Lancaster were struggling to conceive for the second time, but the model fell pregnant after her 70-year-old spouse ditched his close-fitting clothes. Penny - who has sons Alistair, nine, and Aiden, four, with Rod - said: "What separates them from us is their baby-making ability of having the sperm and when Rod and I were trying to make our second child we were having a few troubles and a doctor said, 'Rod, you've got to forget wearing the tight pants and the trousers, OK?

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  • Tiny Akld unit sells for $104k

    An apartment so tiny it can't fit a kitchen or bathroom has fetched $104,000 in Auckland's overheated property market. Despite the drawbacks the apartment attracts annual body corporate fees of $1407. The unit, located in the student accommodation block Mount Terrace Apartments, sold two years ago for $84,000 and has just re-sold for $104,000, far in excess of its 2014 CV of $70,000.

    NZ Newswire
  • Honeymoon over for Greek couple

    Newlyweds Valasia Limnioti and Konstantinos Patronis' long-planned "dream trip" to the US ended in New York City, where their three-week honeymoon quickly turned into a nightmare: Their Greek-issued credit and debit cards were suddenly declined and they were left penniless. The couple skipped a few meals before spending their last dollars on dinner at McDonald's. Strangers from two Greek Orthodox churches in the city's Queens borough came to the rescue, giving them survival cash until their flight home to Greece on Friday. Two Greek banks issued them cards before the trip - a Visa credit card and a debit card.

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  • Lily Allen 'turned away from VIP area'

    Lily Allen was turned away from a VIP area at Wireless festival on Friday night (03.07.15). The 30 -year-old singer - who attended the festival with a group of friends - reportedly tried to enter the exclusive Live Nation area, where drinks were free, but was instead told she was not allowed inside by security, who claimed they did not know who she was. Lily - who has daughters Ethel Mary, three, and Marnie Rose, two, with husband Sam Cooper - told security: "I don't want to make an unnecessary scene.

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  • Germany dismisses Greece bid for bailout after 'No' vote

    Germany on Monday dismissed Greece's bid to swiftly seal a new debt deal after the country delivered a resounding 'No' to more austerity, appearing little moved by the surprise resignation of the Greek finance minister. Yanis Varoufakis, a firebrand who had infuriated European counterparts, announced he was resigning at Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's request in a move to placate creditors. Varoufakis's departure came a day after Greek voters overwhelmingly rejected more austerity required by international creditors under a bailout deal, heightening fears of a "Grexit".

    AFP
  • UK: Thousands turn out to cheer as Princess Charlotte is christened

    Just like any other christening, it was all about the baby. For Prince William and his wife Kate, this was their first public outing with their two children – and it was near their country home in Norfolk in eastern England on the Queen’s Sandringham estate that Sunday’s private service was held. The princess’s full name, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, is a nod to her late grandmother Princess Diana and her great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth.

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  • Federer, Murray in Wimbledon last eight, Djokovic left in dark

    Roger Federer and Andy Murray reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals but defending champion Novak Djokovic's attempt to join them was thwarted by bad light after fighting back from two sets down to level with Kevin Anderson. Seven-time champion Federer reached his 13th All England Club quarter-final with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 win Monday over Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut, while Murray defeated giant Croatian Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (9/7), 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.

    AFP
  • Caitlyn Jenner 'isolated' herself

    Caitlyn Jenner "totally isolated" herself from the transgender community. The 65-year-old former Olympian - who was known as Bruce Jenner before her transition - has a lot of "catching up" to do with the LGBT community and people who have faced the same struggles as she has.

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  • Baby Ayla to continue recovery in Canada

    The orphaned baby daughter of All Black Jerry Collins and partner Alana Madill is well enough to return to Canada with her relatives. Three-month-old Ayla survived the car crash in southern France that killed her parents a month ago.

    NZ Newswire