• Michael Bublé's sexist selfie

    Michael Bublé has apologised after being branded a "sexist" by outraged fans. The 'Haven't Met You Yet' hitmaker is currently holidaying in Miami, Florida with his wife Luisana Lopilato but has left some of his supporters fuming after he posted a photograph on his Instagram account of a woman wearing short shorts. Aussie comedian Sam Simmons said he'd like to punch him.

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  • Family wins back seized gold coins that could be worth $80M

    A family was awarded the rights to 10 rare gold coins possibly worth $80 million or more on Friday after a U.S. appeals court overturned a jury verdict. U.S. Department of the Treasury officials insist the $20 Double Eagles were stolen from the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia before the 1933 series was melted down when the country went off the gold standard. Langbord's father, jeweler Israel Switt, had dealings with the Mint in the 1930s and was twice investigated over his coin holdings.

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  • NZ dollar could stay above Aussie dollar parity for 'at least a year', UBS says

    The New Zealand dollar could achieve parity with the Australian dollar within weeks and stay above A$1 for at least a year, according to revised forecasts by economists for the New Zealand arm of the global financial services company, UBS. The kiwi last week touched 99.78 Australian cents, its highest level since being allowed to trade freely in 1984, as traders anticipated a cut at the Reserve Bank of Australia's April 7 meeting to stimulate the Australian economy after a slump in iron ore and coal prices. The kiwi was recently at 98.41 Australian cents.

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  • Selena Gomez blasts critics

    Selena Gomez is "happy" with her figure.The 22-year-old singer has hit back at critics for suggesting she has put on weight after pictures emerged of her frolicking on the beach in a skimpy pink bikini near Puerto Vallarta in Mexico earlier this week

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  • Terror arrests in Australia over planned Anzac Day attack

    Two men were arrested in Melbourne on Saturday for allegedly planning an Islamic State-inspired attack at Anzac Day commemorations honouring soldiers who fought and died for Australia -- the country's most important national event. Seven search warrants were executed in the country's second largest city by a joint counter-terrorism team of 200 officers, two months after Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned the threat from home-grown extremists was worsening. "It is alleged both men were undertaking preparations for planning terrorist acts in Melbourne, which included targeting police officers," Victoria state and federal police said in a joint statement.

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  • Second-home real estate play is hot-for now

    Such sentiment has helped to fuel the recent boom in vacation property sales among affluent investors, many of whom are feeling flush on the heels of a six-year stock market rally. "Last year's impressive increase reflects long-term growth in the number of baby boomers moving closer to retirement and buying second homes to convert into their primary home in a few years," said Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Vacation home sales rose 57 percent last year over 2013, to 1.3 million properties, well above their most recent peak level in 2006, according to NAR.

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  • Ryan Reynolds' Game of Thrones 'obsession'

    Ryan Reynolds' "obsession" with 'Game of Thrones' affected his marriage. Blake Lively - who has 3-month-old daughter James with husband Ryan - joked the 'Deadpool' star's addiction to the popular television show meant he was struggling during the HBO series' off-air time, leading to "tough points" in the couple's marriage.

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  • Chinese KiwiRail workers afraid to speak about wages

    A Labour MP says Chinese workers for KiwiRail are too afraid to tell the truth about how poorly they're being paid. The Ministry of Business Industry and Employment has been accused of covering up poor working conditions for Chinese workers in Lower Hutt. MBIE has released the results of an investigation into allegations from Lower Hutt and Labour MP Trevor Mallard Chinese working for Kiwirail were being paid poorly, and living in terrible conditions.

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  • Olivia Wilde 'shocked' by reaction to breastfeeding picture

    Olivia Wilde was "shocked" by the reaction to images of her breastfeeding her son. The 31-year-old actress, whose partner is Jason Sudeikis, was pictured breastfeeding her son Otis in a magazine in September and thinks the reaction it caused was completely disproportionate. The star - whose son celebrates his first birthday on Monday (20.04.15) - told Huff Post Parents: "I was shocked that there were still people who find it inappropriate because they think it's a sexual thing.

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  • China 'building runway in disputed South China Sea'

    China is rapidly building an airstrip on an artificial island in disputed South China Sea waters, recent satellite pictures show, potentially ramping up tensions with several Southeast Asian neighbours. Fiery Cross in the Spratly Islands was little more than a reef when China began land reclamation works to turn it into an island in late 2014. Now satellite images taken last week by DigitalGlobe and shown on the website of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) show the runway -- estimated at 3.1 kilometres (1.9 miles) in total -- more than one-third complete, it says.

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  • Physicians want Dr. Oz gone from Columbia medical faculty

    "Dr. Oz has repeatedly shown disdain for science and for evidence-based medicine," said a letter the 10 physicians sent to a Columbia dean earlier this week. Oz first came to public attention as a frequent television guest of Oprah Winfrey. Oz was not reachable Thursday night at his Columbia office number, which played a recorded message explaining how callers could get tickets to his TV show.

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  • Mining wages may be next to fall

    Iron ore giant Fortescue Metals' roster restructure is likely to be replicated across the industry as weak prices force deep cost cutting. The world's fourth largest iron ore producer will introduce a two weeks on, one week off roster to urgently cut costs. Fortescue says it is still making money at current prices, but the roster changes have sparked speculation other miners will follow suit to avoid the same fate as Atlas Iron, which is closing unprofitable mines.

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  • House boom over in mining towns

    The end of the mining boom is hitting home in Port Hedland, the West Australian mining town where house prices reached dizzying heights. Prices have already fallen by close to 30 per cent in two years, but with a median even now of $932,500 that makes Sydney look "dirt cheap", Propell National Valuers economist Linda Phillips predicts they will come back a long way. "The lucky ones probably sold out a couple of years ago," Ms Phillips says.

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  • Ed Sheeran sends flowers to grieving fan

    Ed Sheeran sent flowers to a grieving fan when he was unable to grant her request to sing at her boyfriend's funeral. The 'Sing' hitmaker was asked by Rachel Murray to perform at the funeral of her partner Lee Foster - who died aged 24 last week following a battle with skin cancer - but was unable to attend the service as he is currently on tour in New Zealand. Instead, Ed paid his respects to Lee and showed his support for Rachel by sending her an enormous bouquet of lilies.

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  • Bella Thorne scared of nipple tassels

    Bella Thorne is scared of nipple tassels. The 17-year-old actress has confessed she was freaked out when she saw girls donning the revealing accessories and little else while she attended the Coachella music festival in Indio, California, last weekend. Speaking at the Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection launch in New York, she said: "I've witnessed a lot of freaky things at Coachella, but the scariest thing that I witness every time are the girls with the nipple tassels.

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  • Police bust drug ring, seize assets

    Police have busted a drug ring in Wellington and seized a jet ski, speed boats, a Harley-Davidson motorbike, two houses and money belonging to the alleged criminals. Three men and one woman aged between 24 to 26 years have been arrested and face charges relating to the importation and supply of class C drugs, Detective Senior Sergeant Brent Murray says. Overseas, it is known as flakka, but in New Zealand is called niff or bath salts.

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  • Pharmacist sentenced for $150k fraud

    Terence John Osborne, 65, used returned or recycled drugs to fill new scripts, but claimed subsidies as if the scripts were for new drugs. Osborne was sentenced in Auckland District Court on Friday to nine months' home detention for dishonest use of documents. The drugs were dispensed through Osborne's Pharmacy, Airport Pharmacy Ltd, and the now defunct Gulf Harbour Pharmacy Ltd, the Ministry of Health says.

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  • US troops in Ukraine to train forces fighting pro-Russia rebels

    Hundreds of US paratroopers have arrived in Ukraine to train its forces fighting pro-Russian rebels, the US army said Friday, a move Moscow warned could "destabilise" the war-torn ex-Soviet country. "Soldiers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade have been arriving over the last week," Donald Wrenn, a US army spokesman, told AFP. The move raised heckles in Moscow, which accuses the United States of backing the protests that brought down Ukraine's Kremlin-backed president Viktor Yanukovych last year.

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  • Emirates to buy $9.2 billion worth of Rolls Royce engines

    The Emirates airline says it will buy $9.2 billion worth of Rolls Royce engines, the largest ever order for the engine maker. The deal announced Friday calls for the purchase of Trent 900 engines and a long term maintenance package. The engines will power 50 Airbus A380 aircraft set to enter service in 2016.

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  • Polish man charged over rape and murder of French nine-year-old

    A 38-year-old Polish man was charged Friday with the kidnapping, rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl in northern France that has shocked the country. Zbigniew Huminski was arrested on Wednesday near the woods where the girl's naked, lifeless body was found, and admitted his guilt soon after. Chloe was playing with a friend when Huminski forced her into his car in the presence of her mother, who burst into panicked screams.

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