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Four teenage girls allegedly stole a car and started a police chase while capturing it on video.

  • IS beheads two Syrian women 'for the first time'

    The Islamic State group has beheaded two women in Syria on accusations of "sorcery," the first such executions of female civilians in Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday. "The Islamic State group executed two women by beheading them in Deir Ezzor province, and this is the first time the Observatory has documented women being killed by the group in this manner," Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said. The Britain-based monitor said the executions took place on Monday and Sunday and involved two couples.

    AFP
  • 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".

    Bang Showbiz
  • 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.

    AFP
  • 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.

    NZ Newswire
  • Jeremy Renner Responds to Gay Rumours

    Jeremy Renner says he doesn't care whether people think he's gay or straight. Jeremy Renner has opened up about his personal life in a Playboy interview. "When you google yourself and the first thing that comes up is 'Jeremy Renner gay,' it’s like, 'Oh, now you’ve arrived.

    FAMOUS
  • 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.

    AFP
  • Umbrellas up at Wimbledon - to keep the sun off

    As is so often the case, the weather was the number one topic of conversation at Wimbledon on Tuesday but for once it was not the prospect of rain that brought out the umbrellas but a beating sun on what was forecast to be the hottest day of the year. While organisers of the Australian Open would consider such temperatures to be something of a spring chill, for Wimbledon it is truly tropical. Almost all the outside courts offer no shade at all and even the show courts are exposed to the sun's full glare for most of the afternoon, with only the large umbrellas held by ball boys and girls during changeovers offering relief for the players.

    Reuters
  • Orlando Bloom smitten with new woman

    Orlando Bloom is dating Luisa Moraes. The 38-year-old actor appeared fascinated by the 28-year-old Brazilian model-and-actress and could hardly take his hands off her during dinner at Zooma Sushi in Malibu, California last night (29.06.15). Orlando - who is currently filming the next 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' movie in Australia with Johnny Depp - split from ex-wife Miranda Kerr in October 2013 and later admitted his number one priority will always be his four-year-old son, Flynn.

    Bang Showbiz
  • 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.

    NZ Newswire
  • 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.

    Bang Showbiz
  • 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.

    BusinessDesk
  • 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.

    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
  • NZ-trained troops head to Iraq front line

    The first Iraqi troops trained by Australians and New Zealanders will soon be heading into the fight against Islamic State "pretty confident" in the skills they have acquired. Colonel Matt Galton, commander of the Australia-New Zealand training unit based at Taji, north of Baghdad, reckons they will do all right. Over the past two months, 750 troops from the Iraqi army's 76th Brigade have been instructed in basic infantry and weapons skills and platoon and company tactics, with a strong emphasis on fighting in urban areas.

    NZ Newswire
  • 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.

    Associated Press
  • Justin Bieber enjoys 'spiritual' day out with Hailey Baldwin

    Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin have attended a spiritual conference together. The rumoured couple were spotted at Sydney's Allphones Arena today (29.06.15), where the Hillsong Church is currently holding five days of religious seminars. The 'Boyfriend' hitmaker, 21, and the brunette beauty - who is the daughter of actor Stephen Baldwin - looked relaxed and happy as they were photographed leaving the arena together fuelling speculation they are an item.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Hundreds injured in Taiwan water park blast 'hell'

    Witnesses described the scene at a Taiwan water park as "hell" after a ball of fire ripped through a crowd, with authorities putting the injured at nearly 500 on Sunday, more than 200 of them seriously hurt.

    AFP
  • 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.

    AFP
  • Chile's Jara gets three-match ban for finger incident

    Chile defender Gonzalo Jara will miss the rest of the Copa America after being suspended for three matches on Sunday for sticking his finger up an opponent’s backside and feigning injury during a match. CONMEBOL, the governing body of South American football, said in a statement it was suspending Jara for “unsporting behaviour”. Jara will miss Chile’s semi-final clash with Peru on Monday and, depending on the result of that match, either the final or third-place playoff.

    Reuters
  • Australia way behind NZ on mature workers

    It's not just economic growth, budget surpluses or rugby in which Australia comes a poor second to New Zealand. It is way behind its cross-Tasman neighbour in employing mature workers, missing out on potentially billions of dollars to expand the economy. The Abbott government's push to get businesses employing more mature staff appears to be working, but a new report shows Australia still has plenty of work to do.

    AAP