• 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.

    Bang Showbiz
  • 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.

    AFP
  • Peters and Joyce talk about co-operation

    NZ First leader Winston Peters, who beat National's Mark Osborne by more than 4000 votes in Saturday's by-election, promised during the campaign to reverse "decades of neglect". Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce, who was National's campaign manager, says losing doesn't mean shutting out Mr Peters. "We'll be more than happy to work with Mr Peters to meet some of the commitments he's made," Mr Joyce said.

    NZ Newswire
  • 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.

    Bang Showbiz
  • 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.

    AAP
  • 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
  • Ryan Phillippe's daughter embarrassed

    Ryan Phillippe's daughter gets embarrassed when people think he is her brother. The 40-year-old actor - who has 15-year-old Ava with his former spouse Reese Witherspoon - has admitted he regularly gets mistaken for being much younger than he is. Meanwhile, Ryan - who also has Deacon, 10, from his marriage to the 'Wild' star and two-year-old daughter Kai with former girlfriend Alexis Knapp - previously admitted he felt as though his "greatest achievement" was becoming a father.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Heavy falls on the share market

    Weaker oil and iron ore prices and plans for a bank deposit tax are contributing to heavy falls on the share market.Energy stocks are the the biggest losers after crude oil prices sunk, reversing several days of gains following the Saudi-led air assault

    AAP
  • 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.

    AP
  • 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
  • American tourist recalls horror NZ crash

    An American tourist who caused a car accident that killed his wife and two close friends has spoken about how he didn't see a truck because he was focused on making a turn. Richard Barnett, 56, earlier pleaded guilty at the Hamilton District Court to three charges of careless driving causing death and was fined and disqualified from driving in New Zealand for the next year. Barnett told TVNZ's Sunday programme he had 40 years of driving experience on the right hand side of the road but just two days of driving on the left.

    NZ Newswire
  • Iggy Azalea's friends laughed at 'small' new breasts

    Iggy Azalea's friends couldn't tell she'd had breast implants.The 'Fancy' hitmaker recently underwent cosmetic surgery to have her chest enlarged but her pals advised her not to worry about making the news public because her assets are still so "small

    Bang Showbiz
  • Woman's cause of death undetermined

    A coroner has been unable to determine the cause of death of 39-year-old Sofia Helen Athanassiou. Coroner Garry Evans said the reluctance of her long-term partner Daniel Johnston to give certain evidence prevented him from forming a full picture of the circumstances leading to her death. The court is unable to take matters any further in this respect," Mr Evans said in his findings.

    NZ Newswire
  • 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.

    AFP
  • Alps crash pilot told ex 'everyone will know my name'

    The co-pilot who investigators believe crashed a passenger jet into the French Alps, killing all 150 aboard, worried "health problems" would dash his dreams and vowed one day to do something to "change the whole system", an ex-girlfriend told a German newspaper. The black box voice recorder indicates that Lubitz, 27, locked the captain out of the cockpit of the Germanwings jet and deliberately flew Flight 4U 9525 into a mountainside as the more senior pilot tried desperately to reopen the door during its eight-minute descent, French officials say. German prosecutors believe he hid an illness from his airline but have not specfied the ailment, and said he had apparently been written off sick on the day the Airbus crashed on its route from Barcelona to Duesseldorf.

    AFP
  • Penske expect Ambrose back in V8s

    Marcos Ambrose has a long-term contract with NASCAR's Roger Penske but is expected to be driving again in Australia's V8 Supercars Series this season. Ambrose earlier this month asked to be temporarily replaced as driver for DJR Team Penske. Scott Pye will replace him for this weekend's race in Ambrose's home state of Tasmania.

    AP
  • NZ dollar falls to one-week low vs British pound after BoE's Carney says next move is up

    The New Zealand dollar fell to a one-week low against the British pound after Bank of England governor Mark Carney said the next move in interest rates would be an increase, despite record low inflation. The kiwi touched 50.68 British pence, and was trading at 50.71 pence at 8am in Wellington, from 51.03 pence at 5pm on Friday. BoE governor Carney, speaking as part of a panel discussion at a Bundesbank conference in Frankfurt on Friday, reiterated that "the next move in interest rates is going to be up".

    BusinessDesk
  • 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

    Bang Showbiz
  • Putin letter to Arab summit triggers strong Saudi attack

    Saudi Arabia accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of hypocrisy, telling an Arab summit that he should not express support for the Middle East while fuelling instability by supporting Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. In a rare move, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced that a letter from Putin would be read out to the gathering in Egypt, where Arab leaders discussed an array of regional crises, including conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Libya. "We support the Arabs' aspirations for a prosperous future and for the resolution of all the problems the Arab world faces through peaceful means, without any external interference," Putin said in the letter.

    Reuters
  • Germanwings crash co-pilot may have had detached retina - newspaper

    The co-pilot suspected of crashing a passenger jet in the Alps may have been suffering from a detached retina but investigators are unsure whether his vision problems had physical or psychological causes, a German newspaper said on Sunday. Bild am Sonntag also reported how the captain of the Germanwings Airbus had screamed "open the damn door!" to the co-pilot as he tried to get back into the locked cockpit before the jet crashed last Tuesday, killing all 150 on board. Another German newspaper, Welt am Sonntag, quoted a senior investigator as saying the 27-year-old co-pilot Andreas Lubitz "was treated by several neurologists and psychiatrists" and that a number of medications had been found in his apartment.

    Reuters