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  • Caitlyn Jenner 'begged' by designers

    Caitlyn Jenner is being "begged" by designers to wear their clothes. The 65-year-old former Olympian - who was known as Bruce Jenner before undergoing a gender transition - is reportedly being offered all sorts of outfits for when she walks the red carpet at the ESPY Awards next month. A source said: "Caitlyn has not decided on which designer to pick but every designer imaginable wants to dress her.

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  • Amber Heard: I have to 'fight' for movie roles because I'm bisexual

    Amber Heard has to "fight" for film roles because of her sexuality. The 29-year-old actress came out as bisexual at an event hosted by Gay & Lesbian Alliance against Defamation in 2010 and - before she met her husband Johnny Depp in 2012 - dated female artist and photographer Tasya van Ree between 2008 to 2011, but has insisted she doesn't want to "be defined by it". Amber said: "I don't want to have to deny my sexuality in order to be me.

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  • 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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  • Eurozone in panic as Athens teeters

    Greece is teetering on the brink of a default that could see it crash out of the euro, and the country's prime minister has warned Athens's coffers are empty. Thousands took to Greece's streets on Monday night to support their government's opposition to the latest debt deal after a clash with the country's creditors forced a shutdown of its banks and brought the country close to financial collapse. Talks between Greece's left-wing government and its creditors - the "troika" of the European Union, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund - fell apart last week after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said any deal would be put to a referendum.

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  • South Sudan army raped then burnt girls alive: UN

    South Sudan's army raped then torched girls alive inside their homes during a recent campaign marked by "new brutality and intensity", a UN rights report said Tuesday. The military, the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA), launched a major offensive against rebel forces in April, with fierce fighting in Unity state's northern Mayom district, once a key oil producing area. "Survivors of these attacks reported that SPLA and allied militias from Mayom county carried out a campaign against the local population that killed civilians, looted and destroyed villages and displaced over 100,000 people," the UN said.

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  • Law changes affect nearly everyone

    A raft of law changes has come into force, affecting nearly everyone. The changes with the most impact are free doctor visits and prescriptions for under-13s, and lower vehicle licence fees. Until now, free doctor visits and prescriptions were for under-6s.

    NZ Newswire
  • Greeks struggle with daily grind as foreigners head to beach

    With cash withdrawals cut to 60 euros ($67) per day, many Greeks aren't spending in restaurants for fear that they will run out of cash they would need if a family member got ill or another serious problem developed. On the streets of the Greek capital, resplendent in the early days of summer, there's still a veneer of normalcy — at least for foreigners, who aren't affected by the draconian rules imposed on Greeks.

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  • Kate and Oliver Hudson 'not surprised' at disownment

    Kate and Oliver Hudson were "not surprised" their father Bill disowned them. Meanwhile, another source suggested the 65-year-old singer - who was married to Kate and Oliver's mother, Goldie Hawn, from 1976 to 1982 - controversially shunned his children in an attempt to "clear his name".

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  • Berlusconi 'paid' Bunga Bunga dancer millions for silence

    Silvio Berlusconi paid an exotic dancer and other young women some ten million euros for their silence over what went on at his Bunga Bunga sex parties, says a prosecutor. Milan prosecutor Tiziana Siciliano told a press conference she had no doubt the former prime minister and billionaire media tycoon had engaged in an orchestrated attempt to pervert the course of justice. The effort came while he was being investigated and tried for paying for sex with dancer Karima El-Mahroug, better known as Ruby the heart stealer, when she was under 18.

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  • Law changes that are going to affect you

    Vehicle licences are cheaper because ACC levy rates have been reduced. Paid parental leave payments have increased. On April 1, paid parental leave increased from 14 to 16 weeks, and from April 1 next year it will increase again to 18 weeks.

    NZ Newswire
  • Pilots fired after snapping selfies with model in cockpit

    In the world of aviation, on-the-job selfies are the quickest way to find yourself in the unemployment line. Two pilots were fired after taking photos with an actress in the cockpit during a flight on Tuesday from Buenos Aires to Rosario. The woman, Vicky Xipolitakis, shared the photos with her 405,000 followers on Twitter.

    Total Travel
  • 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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  • In first, IS beheads two Syria women for 'sorcery': NGO

    Islamic State jihadists have beheaded two women in Syria for "witchcraft and sorcery", a monitor said on Tuesday, in the group's first known decapitation of female civilians. Meanwhile, IS re-entered the town of Tal Abyad on the Turkish border, seized from it by Kurdish forces two weeks ago, and took back one district, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights added. Rami Abdel Rahman, the Britain-based watchdog's chief, said IS "executed two women by beheading them in Deir Ezzor province... the first time the Observatory has documented women being killed by the group in this manner".

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  • Heidi Klum thinks about boyfriend during lingerie shoots

    Heidi Klum thinks about her boyfriend during lingerie shoots. The 42-year-old supermodel - who has her own underwear line entitled Heidi Klum Intimates - models for the collection's campaigns herself and confessed she keeps her boyfriend Vito Schnabel, 27, in her mind while she's on set. Asked how she stayed focussed while shooting the most recent stunning stills, which were captured by Francesco Carrozzini, she said: "I remember when I first started shooting swimwear and lingerie, and the advice photographers always gave me was to not over-pose.

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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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  • Swedish woman gets $18M in sex harassment suit against boss

    A young Swedish woman who sued her former Wall Street executive boss over lurid allegations of sexual conquest, betrayal and stalking was awarded $18 million by a federal jury Monday. Hanna Bouveng, 25, accused Benjamin Wey in an $850 million lawsuit of using his power as owner of New York Global Group to coerce her into four sexual encounters before firing her after discovering she had a boyfriend. The jury in federal court in Manhattan awarded her $2 million in compensatory damages plus $16 million in punitive damages on sexual harassment, retaliation and defamation claims.

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  • Djokovic fears smear campaign in 'Becker signals' row

    Defending champion Novak Djokovic fears he is becoming the victim of a smear campaign after his opening Wimbledon victory on Monday was overshadowed by more allegations of cheating. The world number one and top seed eased to a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 win over Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber on Centre Court but many eyes were glued to the Serb's coach Boris Becker after the German legend admitted he employed ways to instruct his player even though coaching is banned during a match. Djokovic had spent large parts of the weekend defending Becker, a three-time Wimbledon winner, but admitted that many coaches use subtle means to encourage their players.

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  • Many borrowers ready for rates to rise

    Borrowers are taking advantage of record low interest rates to pay down their mortgages and get ahead before rates go back up. Many have not reduced their repayments as interest rates fell and are therefore paying down their debt at a faster rate. "They realise they're on to a good thing right now so they're using the current market to pay down as much as their debt as possible, which will definitely help them in the long run when rates do rise," Mortgage Choice spokesperson Jessica Darnbrough says.

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  • F1 tyre size a deal-breaker for Michelin

    Michelin has no interest in supplying tyres to Formula One unless the sport agrees to make them bigger, a change motorsport head Pascal Couasnon feels sure will happen eventually. The French company and current suppliers Pirelli are the only bidders for the three-year contract from 2017, when rule changes could be introduced to make the cars quicker and harder to handle. Michelin have stressed that their bid depends on a change of tyre specification from 13 inch to at least 18.

    Reuters