• 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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  • 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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  • Felix the Cat found after two weeks spent wandering JFK Airport

    Felix disappeared when his airline-approved carrier was crushed while being unloaded from an Etihad Airways flight coming from Abu Dhabi to the U.S. The pet’s owners, Jennifer Stewart and Joe Naaman, were flying home after living in Abu Dhabi for three years. Bonnie Folz, who leads a volunteer group that assists find lost and stolen pets, helped find and identify the cat.

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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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  • Iran needs 'up to 500 airliners' in next decade

    Iran will need to acquire 400-500 airliners over the coming decade to renew its aging fleet, suffering from years of US sanctions over its controversial nuclear programme, the country's aviation chief says. Under an interim nuclear deal reached in November 2013, the sanctions were eased to allow the sale of parts and for making safety-related repairs. The fleet consists of only 140 functioning aircraft, Ali Reza Jahangirian, head of the Iran Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), was quoted Friday by state news agency IRNA as saying.

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  • Ed Sheeran records wedding message for terminally ill fan

    Ed Sheeran recorded a touching wedding message for a terminally ill fan and his new wife. The 24-year-old star recorded the clip for leukaemia sufferer Jack Jordan, 23, and his fiancee Laura Cant, who he was due to marry after having a life-saving bone marrow transplant. In his message, Ed says: "Hey Jack and Laura, Ed here! Sorry I can't be there, I'm in New Zealand just doing a tour.

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  • British royal baby's first A to Z

    From baby fashion to specially-minted coins, here is an A to Z on the birth of Prince William and his wife Kate's second child, as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge prepare for their new addition to Britain's royal family. A proclamation will be displayed on an easel at the gates of Buckingham Palace, while news of the birth will be tweeted by Kensington Palace and emailed to the press. The new royal baby will be 21 months younger than older brother Prince George, who is directly in line to become king one day.

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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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  • Man gets 100-year term in murder of teacher in oil boom town

    Michael Keith Spell, 25, of Parachute, Colorado, was sentenced following a hearing before state District Judge Richard Simonton in Sidney. Spell, who is mentally disabled and described by the defense as functionally illiterate, pleaded guilty in October to killing Sherry Arnold, 43, after attempting to abduct the popular math teacher as she was jogging near her home in 2012. Co-defendant Lester Van Waters Jr. was sentenced in December to 80 years in prison on a charge of deliberate homicide by accountability.

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  • Waratahs push boundaries to revive Super 15 season

    The New South Wales Waratahs tested the offside boundaries with spectacular results as they revived their Super 15 title defence hopes by inflicting the first defeat of the year on the Wellington Hurricanes. The 29-24 victory propelled the Waratahs to within three points of Australian conference leaders ACT Brumbies, who suffered a setback when beaten by the lowly Melbourne Rebels. The Hurricanes remain at the head of the table but with just a one-point buffer over the Waikato Chiefs in the New Zealand conference.

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  • Iraq testing body of suspected Saddam VP

    Iraq is to test the body of a man killed on Friday by pro-government forces to determine if it is that of Saddam Hussein's long-fugitive deputy Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri. Duri was vice president at the time of the 2003 US-led invasion. Killing him would be a significant victory for Baghdad, but Duri has previously been reported dead only to resurface in audio and video messages.

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  • In Silicon Valley, the private jet business soars

    Traffic is a serious problem in Silicon Valley, but for residents who value their time, and who boast deep pockets, there's a solution. JetSuite is a private jet company that's been in business for six years. "In terms of dollars and cents, you're looking at about $4,000 dollars up and down the West Coast, and probably $3,000 for a short hop within the Bay Area," CEO Alex Wilcox told CNBC.

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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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  • Philip Vela hailed as industry leader

    Tributes are flowing for one of New Zealand's most successful businessmen and racing identities Philip Vela, who has died after an illness. Mr Vela passed away peacefully surrounded by family at his home in Te Kowhai, NZ Thoroughbred Racing said on Saturday. Philip and his brother Sir Peter Vela built a fishing company empire up in the 1970s and purchased the then struggling Wrightson Bloodstock in 1997, renaming it New Zealand Bloodstock.

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  • Rupert Murdoch's penthouse on sale for $72 million

    For a hefty $72 million, Rupert Murdoch 's three-story penthouse at One Madison in Manhattan is on the market, The Wall Street Journal reported. The News Corp (NWSA) executive chairman bought the triplex and a three-bedroom apartment in the same building for $57.25 million in February 2014, WSJ reports. The 6,850-square-foot penthouse, situated on floors 58, 59 and 60, has a circling terrace and views of the Empire State Building, the World Trade Center and the Hudson and East rivers.

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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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  • Exclusive - Greece scrapes bottom of barrel in hunt for cash to stay afloat

    Greece will need to tap all the remaining cash reserves across its public sector - a total of 2 billion euros (1.43 billion pounds) - to pay civil service wages and pensions at the end of the month, according to finance ministry officials. Barring a last-ditch deal with its creditors, that is likely to leave no money to repay the International Monetary Fund almost 1 billion euros due in the first half of May, although Greece has said it wants to honour its debt obligations. Athens' scramble for basic funds shows how extreme the financial constraints on Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras have become as he tries to convince sceptical foreign creditors to extend his country new financial aid.

    Reuters
  • Glaxo recalls flu vaccine due to potency problem

    GlaxoSmithKline is recalling remaining doses of a popular four-in-one flu vaccine because of effectiveness problems. The company alerted U.S. customers Tuesday that the vaccine can lose potency over time and fail to adequately protect against some strains of the flu. The Flulaval Quadrivalent Thimerosal-free vaccine in prefilled syringes is designed to protect against four strains of influenza virus.

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  • Al Pacino doesn't shop

    Al Pacino hasn't done his own grocery shopping for 50 years. The 74-year-old screen legend - who has a grown-up daughter, Julie Marie, with an ex-partner and 14-year-old twins Anton and Olivia with former girlfriend Beverly D'Angelo - admits he hasn't been able to lead a normal life since finding fame several decades ago. The 'Danny Collins' star will support his children if they decide to follow in his footsteps because he thinks they are already showing signs of talent.

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  • Russia's Putin says ready to work with United States - TV

    Russia has key interests in common with the United States and needs to work with it on a common agenda, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday in a television interview. In his comments to the state-run Rossiya channel, Putin appeared to soften his anti-American rhetoric after being highly critical. Relations between Moscow and Washington and other Western powers have soured over the conflict in Russia's neighbour Ukraine, sinking to an all-time low.

    Reuters