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Pilots sacked after letting Playboy playmate fly plane

Two Argentinian pilots have been sacked after inviting a Playboy playmate into the cockpit to fly a plane.

  • The Queen told Lewis Hamilton off for bad manners

    Britain's Queen Elizabeth told Lewis Hamilton off for his bad table manners. Lewis said: "I got invited to a lunch and was sitting next to The Queen. Despite this telling off, Lewis went on to say that The Queen is "really cool".

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  • What happens if Greece defaults on IMF?

    Greece could take a risky step into the unknown Tuesday if it misses, as expected, a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) debt payment to the International Monetary Fund. Already on its second IMF crisis bailout program, if Athens does not make the payment it would immediately be cut off from access to Fund services and facilities. To help fund a budget shortfall and keep current on all its obligations, Athens has been negotiating to get another 7.2 billion euros in bailout funds from the IMF and European Union.

  • Tuwharetoa finalises land deal

    The Tuwharetoa Settlement Trust and associated entities have finalised a deal for the return of 8500 hectares of crown-owned land in the central North Island. Sydney-based New Forests, via its NZ-based subsidiary Taupo Estates, has signed a 30-year forestry rights deal for the plantation. The land purchase encompasses the Tongariro-Rangipo Corrections Facility and the Hautu prison farm near Turangi.

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  • Elderly man left to die on hospital floor

    Nurses who left an elderly man dying on a hospital floor from a brain bleed have been forced to apologise to his family. On Monday, deputy health and disability commissioner Theo Baker released a report finding a district health board and a number of registered nurses had breached multiple standards in the way the man was treated leading up to his death in 2013. The patient, who had a record of several psychiatric conditions, including bi-polar disorder, voluntarily admitted himself in a psychiatric hospital without his family knowing.

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  • Exciting Maori All Blacks squad announced

    Brothers Akira and Rieko Ioane are among a clutch of rising stars of New Zealand rugby included in the Maori All Blacks squad for two games in July. Chiefs centre Charlie Ngatai is captain and one of 21 Super Rugby players included in coach Colin Cooper's squad of 27 for fixtures against Fiji and the New Zealand Barbarians. Powerhouse Blues loose forward Akira Ioane, 20, was a standout figure for the New Zealand team who clinched the junior world championship in Italy this month.

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  • Chainsawing tutor injured in first lesson

    The Waiariki Institute of Technology tutor suffered fractures to his right shoulder, lower back, leg and five ribs, collapsed lungs, bruised vertebrae and severe abdominal pain and swelling. WorkSafe said the tutor - who had not taught a tertiary course before - was employed on a pre-forestry apprenticeship programme where students are taught how to operate a chainsaw. "Waiariki Institute of Technology should have assessed the tutor's competence in tree felling before he taught any classes," said Jo Pugh, WorkSafe's chief inspector of assessments in the Central region.

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  • Duchess of York 'besotted' with Manuel Fernandez

    Britain's Duchess of York is "besotted" with Manuel Fernandez. Sarah Ferguson, 55, took the 47-year-old internet entrepreneur to a motor race at London's Battersea Park, where she was presenting the trophy yesterday (28.06.15), along with her daughter Princess Beatrice, and had spent the evening at a party in Sussex together too. The Duchess - who lives at Royal Lodge in Windsor with her former husband and father of her children Prince Andrew - met Manuel 18 months ago, and, according to the Mail Online, he has stayed more than once with Fergie at the £13million Swiss ski chalet she recently bought with Andrew.

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  • Swedish woman's Wall Street dream led to $850M lawsuit

    She was a young woman from a tiny Swedish town who aspired to work on Wall Street. A jury is deciding the fate of a lawsuit in which 25-year-old Hanna Bouveng claims Benjamin Wey, chief executive officer of New York Global Group, degraded her sexually and then ruined her reputation after firing her. Wey says they never had sex and Bouveng turned to blackmail after being fired for poor performance.

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  • Aussies swept away in Super Rugby semis

    Hopes of an all-Australian Super Rugby final could not have been more emphatically dashed. Outscored nine tries to one by their trans-Tasman rivals, and beaten 64-26 on aggregate, the Brumbies and NSW Waratahs were put to the sword in contrasting ways on Saturday night by the Hurricanes and Highlanders respectively. The Brumbies were simply outclassed 29-9 in Wellington, while the Waratahs fell 35-17 to a tactically brilliant performance from the Jamie Joseph-coached Highlanders in Sydney.

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  • The best way to spend a layover at Qatar's $16 billion airport

    It’s a brilliant question to ask someone in an airport and one that is never asked at many airports around the world. Sure Qatar’s $16 Billion Hamad International Airport in Doha has life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, a $6.8 million 7-metre-tall bear sculpture from Swiss artist Urs Fischer and one of the largest Christian Dior perfumeries you’ve ever seen. After a brief visit before my morning flight on Qatar Airways from Doha to New York City, I made a pledge to never visit another XpresSpa again.

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  • Kanye West's diva demands

    Kanye West requested a whole field for his crew at Glastonbury Festival. The 'Only One' hitmaker headlined Saturday evening (27.06.15) at Worthy Farm, Somerset where he branded himself "the greatest rockstar of all time" and it appears he had a list of demands suited to the title. The 38-year-old rapper reportedly requested his crew and entourage - which included wife Kim Kardashian West - should have a private field for all their tour vehicles so they wouldn't be disturbed by others.

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  • Family man Hewitt savours Wimbledon finale

    Whatever happens over the coming fortnight, Lleyton Hewitt knows he's already living the dream entering his 17th and final Wimbledon. While the South Australian accepts he's unlikely to hoist the trophy with his two daughters watching from the stands, as Roger Federer did three years ago, Hewitt says it's more than enough having Mia, almost 10, six-year-old son Cruz and youngest daughter Ava, four, even on hand. "I didn't think I'd be playing at 30, let alone 34 and having three kids," Hewitt said as he reflected on a remarkable journey that began with a Wimbledon doubles debut alongside a teenaged Federer way back in 1999.

  • Bali court to sentence Kiwi drug mule

    A New Zealand man who was lured to Bali by online love and was arrested for drug trafficking will soon learn his fate from an Indonesian court. Prosecutors want 18 years' jail for Antony de Malmanche, 53, who says he was tricked into carrying crystal methamphetamine into Bali in December. The judges in Denpasar court can still impose a maximum sentence of death on Tuesday.

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  • Man died after GP prescribed allergic drug

    A doctor has been ordered to apologise to the wife of an elderly man who died after being accidentally prescribed a drug he was allergic to. The 80-year-old man went to his GP suffering from ankle pain and was given the anti-inflammatory medication Voltaren despite a warning on his medical file that it would cause renal problems. Health and Disability Commissioner Anthony Hill investigated a complaint about his 2012 treatment and found that the GP, named only as Dr B, had failed his patient by not questioning him, reviewing his notes or adequately monitoring his renal function when prescribing Voltaren to him.

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  • Mariah Carey and James Packer 'could be married soon'

    Mariah Carey and James Packer "could be married soon". The 45-year-old singer - who has been married twice before - and 47-year-old businessman are, according to TMZ, have flown our to lsrael to attend a "pre-engagement spiritual meeting" with James' religious advisor at an undisclosed location, despite the 'Heartbreaker' hitmaker not legally divorced from Nick Cannon, who she has four-year-old twins Monroe and Moroccan with. Mariah is reportedly "having a lot of fun" with her new billionaire boyfriend and is more comfortable with him than she was with Nick.

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  • The Latest: Cyprus could agree to write off Greek debt

    Cyprus' finance minister says his own bailed-out country could consider writing off 330 million euros ($370 million) in rescue loans to Greece if there is a deal with other euro area member nations to lighten the country's debt load. Georgiades said Cyprus supported extending Greece's rescue program because it would be "catastrophic" for a country to stay locked out of international markets without having such a program in place. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says the Bank of Greece has recommended that banks remain closed and restrictions be imposed on transactions, after the European Central Bank didn't increase the amount of emergency liquidity the lenders can access from the central bank.

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  • China's Great Wall 'is disappearing'

    Around 30 percent of China's Ming-era Great Wall has disappeared over time as adverse natural conditions and reckless human activities -- including stealing the bricks to build houses -- erode the UNESCO World Heritage site, state media reported. The Great Wall is not a single unbroken structure but stretches for thousands of kilometres in sections, from Shanhaiguan on the east coast to Jiayuguan in the windswept sands on the edge of the Gobi desert. Construction first begun in the third century BC, but nearly 6,300 kilometres were built in the Ming Dynasty of 1368-1644, including the much-visited sectors north of the capital Beijing.

  • NZ dollar falls to fresh 5-year low as investors seek safe haven assets on Greece uncertainty

    The New Zealand dollar fell to a fresh five-year low as investors exited riskier assets in favour of safe havens as Greece and its creditors failed to reach agreement at the weekend ahead of a looming debt repayment deadline tomorrow.

  • Spicing up Malaysia's beloved 'fatty rice'

    Zainal Abidin's tiny food stall serves just one item and opens for only a few hours but is besieged each day by nearly a thousand customers clamouring for Malaysia's undisputed national dish, nasi lemak. Born as a cheap breakfast, nasi lemak is today eaten throughout the day, and is on an expanding culinary sojourn with the classic recipe continually tweaked, and even innovations such as nasi lemak pizza and ice cream appearing on menus. "Demand for nasi lemak has gone up a lot over the years because it is not just for breakfast anymore," said Zainal, 57, whose mother first opened their "Nasi Lemak Tanglin" stall in 1948.

  • Unanswered questions after car death

    There are unanswered questions from the boyfriend of a woman who died after falling from a moving car in Christchurch, an inquest has found. Mother-of-one Libby Francis McKay fell from a Toyota Hilux in Hornby early on June 9 2013. Mr Brown told police they argued in the car because she wanted to return to the party.

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