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Trans-Pacific Partnership talks in Maui end without a deal, with the decline of the sugar industry in the U.S. and Japan one of the obstacles.

  • Lost Aussie laptop shows up in NZ

    When someone leaves a laptop on a park bench in Sydney they probably don't expect it to turn up in a small town in New Zealand. The student's school, which had issued him with the laptop, contacted Microsoft, which was able to track the device's slow passage across the Tasman to a house in the South Island town. Sergeant Colin Stewart told NZ Newswire when officers in Rangiora received a call about the device, they visited the house and quickly realised the family that lived there had just returned from a cruise to Sydney.

    NZ Newswire
  • Osborne called into All Blacks squad, Kerr-Barlow returns

    Uncapped winger Patrick Osborne has been called into the extended All Blacks squad for next weekend's Rugby Championship decider against Australia in Sydney and the second test against the Wallabies in Auckland the following week. Scrumhalf Tawera Kerr-Barlow also comes back in place of the experienced Andy Ellis and will be desperate to get back into test rugby after missing the Super Rugby season because of a knee injury. Centre Ma'a Nonu was included in the squad despite a shoulder injury suffered in last week's victory over the Springboks that could yet rule him out of Saturday's match at Sydney's Olympic Stadium.

    Reuters
  • Salma Hayek: It's 'exciting' posing nude

    Salma Hayek finds it "exciting" posing nude.The 48-year-old actress recently stripped off for Allure magazine and has admitted she found it liberating because of her age.She said: "It's important to be free ... and at my age it's exciting to still be

    Bang Showbiz
  • Why Samsung's slashing Galaxy prices

    Samsung (: 593'A-KR) has announced plans to slash prices on its Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones, indicating an effort to boost lagging smartphone sales. The tech giant reported second-quarter earnings on Wednesday and announced its "plans to firmly maintain its sale of premium smartphones by flexibly adjusting the price of the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, and launching a new model with a larger screen." Samsung didn't announce specific prices, however. The price-cutting move comes amid falling profits and a declining share of the smartphone market for Samsung.

    CNBC
  • Princess Charlene of Monaco missed family

    Princess Charlene of Monaco missed her family when she became a royal. The 37-year-old South African beauty - who is married to Prince Albert of Monaco - has admitted her life dramatically changed when she moved into her royal home.

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  • 'Moving close' to solving MH370 mystery: Malaysian official

    Investigators are "moving close to solving the mystery of MH370," Malaysia's deputy transport minister said Friday, adding that a piece of wreckage found in the Indian Ocean has been confirmed as coming from a Boeing 777. This could be the convincing evidence that MH370 went down in the Indian Ocean," Abdul Aziz Kaprawi told AFP.

    AFP
  • Sir Paul McCartney: I lose 'dozens' of Beatles songs

    Sir Paul McCartney believes he lost "dozens" of potential Beatles songs. The 73-year-old musician has revealed he completely forgot numerous tracks he thought up with his bandmate John Lennon in the 1960s because they had no method of recording the melodies and would forget them by the time they reached the studio. For instance, John and I didn't have them when we first started writing, we would write a song and just have to remember it.

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  • Head Hunters pay tribute to Connor Morris

    A convoy of motorcycles has driven through Auckland to pay tribute to Connor Morris a year after he died in a fight outside a party. Morris was the partner of Millie Elder-Holmes, the adopted daughter of the late Sir Paul Holmes. The club was used for Morris' funeral service last year and was earlier this week raided by police.

    NZ Newswire
  • Leolah Brown thrown out of Bobbi Kristina's funeral

    Leolah Brown was thrown out of Bobbi Kristina Brown's funeral. The late star's aunty was ejected from the service today (01.08.15) after allegedly yelling at Pat Houston as she went up to speak to the congregation, who had gathered to pay tribute to the 22-year-old aspiring actress, who tragically passed away earlier this week after six months in a coma. It is believed the pair are at war over how to split Bobbi's $20 million inheritance left by her late mother Whitney Houston.

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  • Dentist posed for photo with body of Cecil the lion, says hunter

    Professional Zimbabwean hunter Theo Bronkhorst told AFP Friday he did nothing wrong on the hunt that killed Cecil the lion, adding he was shocked to find the animal was wearing a tracking collar. Bronkhurst's client, US dentist Walter Palmer, has gone into hiding amid a global outpouring of anger after he used a bow and arrow to shoot Cecil, a popular draw for tourists at Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park. Bronkhorst also revealed that Palmer, who paid $55,000 for the hunt, had posed for a photograph next to Cecil's body as is normal for trophy hunters.

    AFP
  • Australian seated beside overweight passenger sues Etihad

    Etihad Airways said Friday that it will continue to fight a lawsuit by a passenger who says he was left with back pain because he was seated beside an overweight man on a 14-hour flight from the United Arab Emirates to Sydney. James Bassos, of Brisbane, is suing the Abu Dhabi-based airline in the Queensland state District Court over a permanent back injury he says he suffered while trying to avoid his fellow passenger on the 2011 flight. The 38-year-old interior designer is claiming $227,000 Australian dollars ($166,000) for medical expenses and lost earnings.

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  • Britain's Prince Charles branded 'serial hypocrite'

    Britain's Prince Charles has been branded a "serial hypocrite" for flying 70 miles in a helicopter. The 66-year-old royal was taken by air to a polo match last weekend, 68 miles away from his retreat in Highgrove, Gloucestershire, before being driven to Guards Polo Club. Graham Smith, head of pressure group Republic told The Independent newspaper: "Charles is a serial hypocrite.

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  • No appeal of Kiwi's Bali drug sentence

    Antony de Malmanche's lawyers flagged a possible appeal at the verdict last month. Spokesman Hasoloan Sianturi says the prosecution, which had recommended 18 years' jail for the 53-year-old, then withdrew its appeal. Ashari Kurniawan, spokesman for Bali provincial prosecutors, says the appeal was withdrawn because the 15-year term exceeded two-thirds of what it had sought.

    NZ Newswire
  • Man who called dollar rally sees catastrophe ahead

    Back in November 2014, Pal, who is currently the publisher of the Global Macro Investor newsletter and the founder of Real Vision TV, said the U.S. dollar index (Intercontinental Exchange US: @DX.1) was poised to make a move the likes of which hadn't been seen in "many, many years." Now, after the dollar index surged 10 percent, Pal is out with a new prediction, and it could spell trouble for global equities.

    CNBC
  • Russia agrees compensation deal with France over Mistral warships

    Russia has reached a compensation deal with France for the non-delivery of two Mistral warships, a Kremlin aide has said, but Paris on Friday refused to confirm a final agreement. The fate of the two Mistral helicopter carriers has plagued France-Russia ties for more than a year, following Paris' decision in November to put the 1.2-billion-euro ($1.3-billion) deal on ice as the West slapped sanctions on Moscow over its annexation of Crimea and alleged backing for separatist rebels in Ukraine.

    AFP
  • Westpac raises investor home loan rates

    Australia's biggest lender to landlords has hiked interest rates for investors to meet the regulator's "speed limit" aimed at taking some of the heat out of the housing investment market. Westpac is the last of the big four banks to raise rates for investors, matching ANZ and Commonwealth Bank's 27 basis point hike in its standard variable rate. Westpac consumer bank chief executive George Frazis said the move was an important step in ensuring the bank met the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority's benchmark that investor credit growth should be no more than 10 per cent per year.

    AAP
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger fights Sylvester Stallone at birthday bash

    Arnold Schwarzenegger threw a star-studded 68th birthday party yesterday (31.07.15). The Terminator actor celebrated hitting the milestone by gathering his friends and family together for the bash and even had a punching competition with his The Expendables co-star Sylvester Stallone who claimed the former bodybuilder is "getting stronger" as he ages. At Arnold's birthday party getting punched out.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Lehmann opens up about Haddin sacking

    Coach Darren Lehmann has lashed reports he disregarded Cricket Australia's family-first approach by not selecting Brad Haddin in the third Ashes Test. Haddin was set to play the second Test, but withdrew for family reasons. Peter Nevill scored 45 and snared seven catches at Lord's, convincing selectors Rod Marsh and Lehmann he should stay in the XI ahead of an out-of-sorts Haddin.

    AAP
  • Three members of bin Laden family killed in jet crash - police

    LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) - Three members of former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's family were killed when a private jet crashed in southern England on Friday, British police said on Saturday. The Embraer Phenom 300 jet with four people on board was flying from Milan's Malpensa airport to Blackbushe airport in southern England when it crashed at a nearby car auction site. It was not immediately clear how the victims were related to the late al Qaeda leader, whose family is one of the most prominent business dynasties in Saudi Arabia.

    Reuters
  • Perth housing and unit prices slump

    Perth's median house price has fallen by $20,000 in the June quarter - the largest drop in two years. The Real Estate Institute of Western Australia said the metropolitan median house price dropped from $550,000 to $530,000 while the cost of units, apartments, villas and townhouses fell from $440,000 to $420,000. REIWA president David Airey said it was a similar story in the regions with the median house price dropping by $10,000 to $380,000 and the median apartment price dipping by about $4500 to $325,000.

    AAP