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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.

  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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.

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  • Meth ringleader 'stunned' by 17yr sentence

    The ringleader of a Wellington meth ring run out of an upscale apartment is "pretty stunned" after being jailed for up to 17 years. Kevin Chea was sentenced in the High Court at Wellington on Friday to 17 years in jail with a minimum non parole period of eight and a half years for importing, possessing and supplying a Class A drug. Chea's lawyer Tony Rickard-Simms told NZ Newswire the sentence was "significantly higher" than they'd expected.

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  • Kate Moss confused by split

    Kate Moss "can't get her head around" her split from Jamie Hince. The 41-year-old model's marriage to the 46-year-old musician is said to be on the rocks and whilst Kate is upset that they are going their separate ways, she is glad their friends now know about their marriage problems. A source said: "Kate still loves Jamie and can't get her head around how they have ended up in such a bad place.

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  • Teen slapped in attempted abduction

    The 13-year-old fled to a relative's house but found no one home and was forced to make her way to Fruitvale Primary School with the man following her almost the entire way. The victim was left upset and shaken with scratches to her face and arm and a sore neck.

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  • 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.

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  • SANZAR appeals Hooper rugby ban

    SANZAR has appealed the severity of a one-game ban handed down to Wallabies flanker Michael Hooper, who is at risk of being rubbed out of Saturday week's Rugby Championship decider against the All Blacks in Sydney. The announcement by SANZAR late on Friday came a day after Hooper's initial two-match ban was halved by the governing body at a judicial hearing because of his clean record and he was to serve the suspension by missing Manly's Sydney club semi-final on Saturday against Randwick. Hooper was found guilty of striking Argentine five-eighth Nicolas Sanchez in an off-the-ball incident during Australia's 34-9 weekend win over Argentina in Mendoza.

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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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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • Giuliana Rancic replaced by Maria Menounos

    Giuliana Rancic has been replaced on 'E! News' by Maria Menounos. The 40-year-old anchor quit the entertainment show earlier this month after 14 years at the helm and Maria, 37, has been confirmed as her replacement, after Giuliana was forced to address reports that the pair had been feuding. Maria joins co-anchors Catt Sadler, Jason Kennedy, and Terrence Jenkins.

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  • Judge gives lender 60 days to buy former presidential yacht

    Frustrated with years of legal wrangling, a Delaware judge has given a lender 60 days to decide whether to buy the former presidential yacht Sequoia, which lies rotting in a Virginia shipyard. The 104-foot Sequoia, built in 1925, is the longest-serving presidential yacht in American history.

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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
  • Researchers warn of bogus emails offering Windows 10

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Some hackers are exploiting Microsoft's offer of free upgrades to its new Windows 10 operating system. Security researchers are warning about a wave of bogus spam emails with malicious attachments

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  • 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.

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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.

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  • Wie drops out as Pettersen sets pace at windy Turnberry

    Norway's Suzann Pettersen surged two strokes clear of the field while world number 17 Michelle Wie of the U.S. pulled out with a sore ankle in the Women's British Open second round on Friday. Pettersen, ranked sixth in the world, overcame a strong breeze at the Turnberry links to shoot a three-under-par 69 for a seven-under tally of 137. "I felt I was in 100 percent control of the ball, the flight, the spin, everything you need to do in conditions like this," said Pettersen who is chasing the third major championship of her career.

    Reuters
  • Russia's 'tin pot despot' Putin ordered spy's London murder, UK inquiry told

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is a "tin pot despot" who personally ordered the 2006 poisoning murder of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in London, the lawyer for his widow said on Friday. Kremlin critic Litvinenko, 43, died three weeks after drinking green tea laced with radioactive polonium-210 at London's plush Millennium Hotel, shortly after obtaining British citizenship. British authorities say there is evidence to try Russian suspects Andrei Lugovoy and Dmitry Kovtun for murder.

    Reuters