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Cricket World Cup Final

Black Caps v Australia

Join our live discussion as we build up to the World Cup final between the Black Caps and Australia from the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

  • 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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  • Duchess of Cambridge makes final public appearances before giving birth

    Britain's Duchess of Cambridge is making her final public appearances today (27.03.15) before giving birth. The 33-year-old royal has travelled with her husband the Duke of Cambridge to south London, where her final three engagements are planned to take place. The Duchess - who was known as Kate Middleton prior to her marriage to Prince William in 2011 - visited the Stephen Lawrence Centre in south London, where she was introduced to Doreen Lawrence, whose son was murdered in a racist attack in 1993.

    Bang Showbiz
  • 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.

    Bang Showbiz
  • French pilots suing over leaks in German jet crash probe

    France's leading pilots union said Friday it is filing a lawsuit over leaks about the investigation into the crash of a German jet into the French Alps. After leaks in the media about the crash, a prosecutor announced that cockpit recordings indicate the co-pilot of the Germanwings A320 jet intentionally flew the plane into a mountain. Guillaume Schmid of France's SNPL union told The Associated Press on Friday that the lawsuit is over violating a French law on keeping information about investigations secret while they are ongoing.

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  • Crash pilot was psychiatric patient, planned big gesture - paper

    The Bild newspaper published an interview with a woman who said she had had a relationship in 2014 with Andreas Lubitz, the man French prosecutors believe locked himself alone in the cockpit of the Germanwings Airbus on Tuesday and steered it into the French Alps, killing all on board. "He never talked much about his illness, only that he was in psychiatric treatment," she told the paper, adding they finally broke up because she was afraid of him. A Lufthansa spokesman declined to comment.

    Reuters
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  • New Zealand PM to attend cricket final over Lee funeral

    New Zealand Prime Minister John Key believes he has made the right decision to be in Melbourne for the Cricket World Cup final on Sunday rather than attend the state funeral for Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew. Instead, Governor-General Jerry Mateparae will represent New Zealand in Singapore. Key said he had decided before New Zealand's semi-final, when they beat South Africa with only one ball to spare, that if his nation made the final he would attend.

    AFP
  • How oil is preparing for a new world order

    A new oil order has arrived and it will be marked by greater uncertainty and generally lower oil prices as the oil industry frantically re-prices as costs decline and gains in efficiency are made, strategists say. And amid heightened uncertainty, oil prices can swing sharply in either direction as developments this week have shown with a crisis in Yemen triggering a spike in crude.

    CNBC
  • Olga Kurylenko's study regret

    The 'Water Diviner' actress left her native Ukraine to embark on a modelling career but dreamed of being a doctor and admits she is "jealous" of friends who studied at the elite Oxford University. "I am so jealous of people who went to Oxford.

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  • New Zealand teen has 10 million fans

    One New Zealand girl has amassed 10 million followers on Facebook just by being herself. Ms Curry's online video blog began as just a bit of fun with her friends but it has gained a massive global fanbase. "My friends wanted me to make videos for them and post them on the internet just for them, so I made a Facebook page just for that and then other people caught on to it," Ms Curry tells NZ Newswire.

    NZ Newswire
  • 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.

    Associated Press
  • Kim Kardashian West blasts Kris Jenner

    Kim Kardashian West has blasted Kris Jenner for making Kourtney Kardashian the executor of her will. The 59-year-old matriarch's decision to put her eldest daughter in charge of her will following her divorce from Bruce Jenner has left the 34-year-old television personality fuming.

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  • NZ dollar gains vs. Australian dollar on iron ore weakness; Yellen awaited

    The New Zealand dollar gained against its Australian counterpart on sliding prices for iron ore exported to China, that nation's biggest market, while traders await a speech by US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen on Friday in the US. Iron ore sank to a record low US$54.20 a tonne this week and has more than halved in the past 12 months amid a supply glut, according to Reuters, which reported today that capacity utilisation rates at small Chinese iron ore mines fell as low as 20 percent at the end of last year. Concern about weak iron ore prices weighed on the Australian dollar and also restrained the kiwi against the greenback, traders said.

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  • No murder charge for woman accused of cutting baby from womb

    A Colorado woman accused of luring an expectant mother to a basement and cutting the baby from her belly will not be charged with murder, prosecutors said Thursday night. Catherine Olguin, a spokeswoman for the Boulder County District Attorney's Office, said prosecutors won't bring the charge in the baby's death. Investigators say Lane lured Michelle Wilkins, 26, to her Longmont home March 18 with an ad on Craigslist offering baby clothes.

    AP
  • Boko Haram fighters told to 'kill wives' as troops take its 'HQ'

    Nigeria's military on Friday announced that troops had retaken the town of Gwoza from Boko Haram, from which the group declared their caliphate last year. Defence spokesman Chris Olukolade told a news conference in the capital, Abuja, that the recapture came after "concerted and well-coordinated land and air operations". "A lot of arms and ammunition have been recovered and the administrative headquarters (of Boko Haram) completely destroyed," he said.

    AFP
  • Baddeley's crazy birdie at Texas Open

    It's been dubbed the craziest birdie in golf history but Aaron Baddeley isn't complaining. Baddeley is outright second in the Texas Open, behind Charley Hoffman, and the talk of the golf world thanks to his bizarre mix of dreadful and sublime on the par-4 17th hole at TPC San Antonio. After checking it out, Baddeley took an unplayable lie penalty and went back to the tee.

    AP
  • Authorities: Woman who posed as lawyer almost became partner

    A woman used forged documents to pretend to be a lawyer for a decade and was in line to be named partner when her fraud was discovered late last year, according to charges filed by the state attorney general's office. Kimberly Kitchen, 45, of James Creek, was charged Thursday with forgery and unauthorized practice of law. State prosecutors contend Kitchen fooled BMZ Law by forging a law license, bar exam results, an email showing she attended Duquesne University law school and a check for a state attorney registration fee.

    Associated Press
  • Car possibly found in underwater search

    An underwater camera has found what's believed to be a car in the choppy waters off the Southland coast as police continue to search for a missing man and his stepson. Police can't yet confirm the make or model of the car, but it could be linked to the disappearance of 54-year-old John Beckenridge and 11-year-old Mike Zhao-Beckenridge. Parts of Mr Beckenridge's car, along with a backpack belonging to his stepson, were washed ashore on Sunday at Curio Bay near the Catlins.

    NZ Newswire
  • Charlize Theron rolled in sand for Mad Max

    Charlize Theron would "roll in the sand" to get ready while filming 'Mad Max: Fury Road'. The 39-year-old actress features as Imperator Furiosa in the upcoming action movie and would prepare for shooting by covering herself in dirt in the arid landscape of Namibia to ensure she looked like she was living in a post-apocalyptic world. Charlize also took other deliberate steps to prepare for the role, including getting a buzz cut hairstyle which she had clipped every three days during filming.

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  • Chevron selling $5b stake in Caltex

    US energy giant Chevron is looking to sell its $5 billion stake in Caltex Australia but says the decision won't affect its Gorgon and Wheatstone gas interests. Chevron expects shares in oil refiner and distributor Caltex will be sold to a range of Australian and global institutional investors. Executive vice president of downstream and chemicals Michael Wirth said Chevron's sale comes as part of a regular review of its portfolio and commitment to generate cash to support its long term priorities.

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  • Russia denies it's in talks with Argentina on leasing jets

    Russia hasn't held negotiations on leasing a dozen supersonic bombers to Argentina, but would be willing to consider such a deal, a senior government official said Friday. Alexander Fomin, the head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, a government agency tasked with coordinating arms trade, denied media reports claiming that Russia was in talks on offering Argentina a batch of 12 Su-24 bombers on lease. The reports of the possible deal raised concerns in Britain that Argentina could use the bombers capable of high-speed, low-altitude raids to attack the Falkland Islands.

    Associated Press