• Elton John 'will keep paying his mother's bills'

    Sir Elton John will keep paying his mother's bills despite their ongoing feud. Sheila ­Farebrother, 90, and her son have not spoken in seven years, and although Sir Elton is deeply upset at his mother for recently accusing the singer of saying he "hated" her, he has no intention of stopping the financial support he provides. A friend explained to the Sunday Mirror newspaper: "He is upset and cross, but people should remember that Elton pays all of her bills and that won't stop.

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  • 'Co-pilot's personality not the only lead'

    Andreas Lubitz father told the mayor of Prads-Haute-Bléone, a town located close to the crash site, that he carried the weight of the world on his shoulders. Mayor Bernard Bartolini, who met the father at a local vigil held for victims, told French media that the father was a broken man. Meanwhile, investigators say the personality is a "serious lead" in the inquiry but not the only one.

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  • Black Caps silent on Cup final sledging

    New Zealand have side-stepped the sledging issue despite being on the receiving end of some lively Australian chatter during the World Cup final. Several Black Caps batsmen were delivered parting messages when dismissed - most notably Martin Guptill, Grant Elliott and Daniel Vettori. Top-scorer Elliott had a running battle with Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin throughout his game-high innings of 83.

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  • Ryan Phillippe's daughter embarrassed

    Ryan Phillippe's daughter gets embarrassed when people think he is her brother. The 40-year-old actor - who has 15-year-old Ava with his former spouse Reese Witherspoon - has admitted he regularly gets mistaken for being much younger than he is. Meanwhile, Ryan - who also has Deacon, 10, from his marriage to the 'Wild' star and two-year-old daughter Kai with former girlfriend Alexis Knapp - previously admitted he felt as though his "greatest achievement" was becoming a father.

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  • Warne bugs pundits with drinking talk

    When Shane Warne alluded to getting hammered at the conclusion of the World Cup he probably wasn't expecting to on Twitter. Speaking with several of the victorious Australians, Warne seemed to have just one thing on his mind. The boys are thirsty they seem," Warne asked.

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  • Crowe in McCullum's thoughts before final

    New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has paid a touching tribute to ailing former skipper Martin Crowe on the eve of the World Cup final. The former batting great, who is terminally ill with a rare blood disease, will be on at hand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday to watch the Black Caps play Australia. "My precarious life ahead may not afford me the luxury of many more games to watch and enjoy," Crowe wrote on the ESPNcricinfo website.

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  • JetBlue pilot who yelled during flight sues airline for $16M

    A JetBlue Airways pilot who scared passengers by yelling about Jesus and al-Qaida during a 2012 trip from New York to Las Vegas sued the airline for more than $16 million Friday, saying it jeopardized the flight by failing to recognize he was ill. Clayton Osbon's lawsuit in Manhattan federal court was filed exactly three years after his March 27, 2012, flight, hours before the statute of limitations would have expired. The lawsuit said Osbon, 52, was a flight standards captain who primarily flew Airbus planes and helped JetBlue develop and maintain safety procedures before he suffered a seizure traced to the effects of a childhood traumatic head injury that damaged his brain.

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  • Ed Sheeran dating Barbara Palvin?

    Ed Sheeran is reportedly dating Barbara Palvin. The 'Sing' hitmaker recently split from his long-term girlfriend Athina Andrelos but has reportedly already started seeing the 21-year-old Victoria's Secret model - who counts Leonardo DiCaprio, Justin Bieber and Niall Horan among her former love interests - with the couple spotted hanging out together in Sydney. A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Ed and Barbara looked relaxed and happy.

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  • Roger Daltrey: John's death brought Pete and I closer together

    Roger Daltrey says the prospect of death has brought him closer to Pete Townshend. The iconic The Who members were shaken when fellow band member John Entwistle passed away at the age of 57 in 2002, and Roger explained the shock of his death made them appreciate each other and put their differences behind them. The 71-year-old rocker - who is currently gearing up for several months of touring across North America and Europe - continued to say John's death made them consider the short amount of time they have left to live, which encouraged them to head out on the road.

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  • About 4,000 fishermen stranded on Indonesian islands

    The number of foreign fishermen stranded on several remote eastern Indonesian islands has spiraled to 4,000, including some revealed in an Associated Press investigation to have been enslaved. Many are migrant workers abandoned by their boat captains after the government passed a moratorium on foreign fishing five months ago, according to the International Organization for Migration, which released the figure Friday.

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  • Japan whaling ships return home from Antarctic with no catch

    Japanese whaling ships returned home from the Antarctic on Saturday for the first time in nearly 30 years with no catch onboard, after a UN court ordered an end to their annual hunt, local media reported. It was the first return by Japanese whalers without catching any whales since 1987 when the country began the annual "research" hunt in the Antarctic, the Asahi Shimbun said. Tokyo had said this season's excursion would not involve any lethal hunting.

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  • Vettel stuns Hamilton to win Malaysia Grand Prix

    Sebastian Vettel stunned Mercedes' world champion Lewis Hamilton on Sunday with an audacious Malaysian Grand Prix victory which set the Formula One season alight. The Ferrari man took advantage of an early safety car as he hit the front and held off Hamilton and Nico Rosberg after pitting only twice, compared to three for the Mercedes pair. The four-time world champion now has 40 career wins but it is his first with Ferrari, and breaks a dry spell stretching back to his last victory with Red Bull in 2013.

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  • Former hairdresser in line to become MP

    A former Invercargill hairdresser is next in line to become an MP now Winston Peters has won the Northland seat. Mr Peters is able to resign his list seat after official results are declared on April 8, making room for the next candidate on NZ First's list. Mr Peters says his party is still to discuss the next move but he praised Ms Bond on TV3's The Nation on Sunday.

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  • American tourist recalls horror NZ crash

    An American tourist who caused a car accident that killed his wife and two close friends has spoken about how he didn't see a truck because he was focused on making a turn. Richard Barnett, 56, earlier pleaded guilty at the Hamilton District Court to three charges of careless driving causing death and was fined and disqualified from driving in New Zealand for the next year. Barnett told TVNZ's Sunday programme he had 40 years of driving experience on the right hand side of the road but just two days of driving on the left.

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  • MotoGP veteran Rossi wins Qatar season-opener

    Andrea Dovizioso, who had started on pole position while Rossi was only eighth, took second place just 0.174 seconds behind for Ducati with team mate Andrea Iannone finishing third. Honda's double world champion Marc Marquez was fifth after being forced out at the first corner and having to fight back from last. The win, at the grand old age of 36, was the 109th of Rossi's grand prix career and 83rd in the top category of motorcycling.

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  • Nigerian troops 'battle Boko Haram outside Bauchi'

    Nigerian troops battled scores of Boko Haram fighters outside the northeastern city of Bauchi on Sunday, residents and a military source told AFP. Soldiers supported by two fighter jets intercepted the militants who were in 20 pick-up trucks at Dungulbe village, seven kilometres (four miles) from the city, and engaged them in fierce fighting. "The fighter jets are pounding the enemy position while ground troops are engaging them," said a military officer in the city, who asked not to be identified, in an account supported by residents.

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  • Germanwings crash co-pilot may have had detached retina - newspaper

    The co-pilot suspected of crashing a passenger jet in the Alps may have been suffering from a detached retina but investigators are unsure whether his vision problems had physical or psychological causes, a German newspaper said on Sunday. Bild am Sonntag also reported how the captain of the Germanwings Airbus had screamed "open the damn door!" to the co-pilot as he tried to get back into the locked cockpit before the jet crashed last Tuesday, killing all 150 on board. Another German newspaper, Welt am Sonntag, quoted a senior investigator as saying the 27-year-old co-pilot Andreas Lubitz "was treated by several neurologists and psychiatrists" and that a number of medications had been found in his apartment.

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  • Run from Cuba, Americans cling to claims for seized property

    "I always heard about Cuba ... and all this money that we lost and 'Maybe one day,' but I didn't understand it," Chester says. Six decades later, that day may finally be nearing for Chester and others like her. After Fidel Castro seized power in 1959, Cuba confiscated property belonging to thousands of American citizens and companies.

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  • Syria trio's London school linked to more girls trying to join IS

    A group of London teenage girls barred from travelling abroad attend the same school as three others who are thought to have gone to Syria, the High Court has heard. Last week High Court judge Anthony Hayden barred five teenage girls from going overseas due to concerns they too would flee to Syria to join Islamist fighters.

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  • Ko closes in on LPGA record

    New Zealand's world No.1 Lydia Ko has extended her LPGA Tour under-par streak to 27 rounds at the Kia Classic in California. Ko's effort on Saturday (Sunday AEDT) moved her within two rounds of matching Annika Sorenstam's LPGA Tour record for consecutive rounds under par of 29 set in 2004. South Korea's Mirim Lee leads the tournament going into the final round after shooting a six-under-par 66 to have her one shot clear of Alison Lee at 16 under.

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