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NZ crashed to a seven-wicket loss to Australia in the World Cup final, ending a memorable campaign in disappointing fashion.

  • Singapore stands still as nation bids farewell to founding father Lee

    Grieving Singaporeans were joined by world leaders on Sunday to pay their final respects to the country's first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, as the nation came to a near-halt to honour its "founding father". Tens of thousands of people waving flags braved heavy rain and lined the streets to catch a last glimpse of Lee as his coffin was taken by gun carriage on a 15 km procession through the streets of the country he helped build to his state funeral. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, India's Narendra Modi, Indonesia's Joko Widodo and former U.S. President Bill Clinton were among the leaders brushing shoulders with Lee's family and Singapore politicians at the ceremony attended by 2,200 people.

    Reuters
  • '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.

    AFP
  • 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.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Black Caps overwhelmed in World Cup final

    When Brendon McCullum's bails lit up, the lights went out on New Zealand's World Cup dream. It was only the fifth ball of the final but the Black Caps never recovered from their talismanic captain's scoreless departure, crashing to a seven-wicket defeat at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. It was a disappointingly lop-sided end to a historic tournament for New Zealand in front of packed crowd of 93,000.

    NZ Newswire
  • 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
  • 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.

    NZ Newswire
  • NZ unbeaten in sevens pool play

    New Zealand bounced back from a sub-par performance against Portugal at the Hong Kong sevens to down Australia 14-5 in their final pool match. The All Blacks Sevens, who won their opening match against Scotland 26-7, were held to a 24-24 draw by Portugal after leading 17-7 at halftime. The Kiwis looked to be cruising after first-half tries to Ambrose Curtis, Rieko Ioane and Beaudine Waaka.

    NZ Newswire
  • Russian military TV station offers job to Jeremy Clarkson

    A television station owned by the Russian defense ministry is offering a job to former "Top Gear" host Jeremy Clarkson. The Zvezda TV channel published a letter to Clarkson on its website late Thursday, inviting him to visit Moscow in April and discuss launching a car show in Russia. The Guinness Book of World Records has described "Top Gear" as the world's most widely watched factual program.

    Associated Press
  • 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.

    Associated Press
  • Hulk: Wrestlemania 1,000 bigger than Super Bowl!

    More than 70,000 fans are expected to fill Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, this weekend and maybe a million more will tune in on TV for the WWE (WWE)'s biggest event of the year-Wrestlemania. Hulk Hogan, arguably the sports most recognizable name, told CNBC the industry he helped build is faring better than ever. There's big business behind WWE's flagship event that Hogan says is like "the Super Bowl, but times 1,000." Last year, more than a million people paid to access WWE's Wrestlemania via pay-per-view and the WWE's new digital network.

    CNBC
  • 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
  • Rome pensioner given $16 mn Picasso 'for act of kindness'

    Italian police are trying to establish the true owner of a Picasso painting worth 15 million euros ($16 million) after confiscating it from a pensioner who says he was given it for free. The Rome resident, a former frame-maker, told detectives he received the work in 1978 as a thank you gift for an act of kindness towards a recently bereaved customer. Two days later, the elderly customer returned to the workshop and presented him with the Picasso, without giving any indication of its value or artistic significance.

    AFP
  • Deaths of hospital CEO and wife in fire ruled murder-suicide

    A hospital executive who spent decades as an important figure in New Jersey politics and policy killed his wife, set their house ablaze, then killed himself, a prosecutor ruled Friday, finally giving an explanation six months later of the mysterious deaths. The four grown sons of John and Joyce Sheridan released a statement expressing doubt about the findings released by Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano. The sons, including Mark Sheridan, a prominent Republican election law lawyer, said they would be suing under a New Jersey statute that allows next of kin to challenge findings on death certificates.

    Associated Press
  • German airline could face 'unlimited' damages for Alps crash

    Lufthansa could face "unlimited" compensation claims for the crash that killed 150 people in the French alps and it would be difficult, even counterproductive, for the German carrier to try to avoid liability, experts said Friday. To avoid liability, a carrier has to prove that the crash wasn't due to "negligence or other wrongful act" by its employees, according to Article 21 of the 1999 Montreal Convention. Germanwings is a subsidiary of Lufthansa.

    Associated Press
  • Kris Jenner is happier than ever

    The 59-year-old reality TV star recently sparked rumours she had split from the 34-year-old talent manager, but friends insist they are happier than ever together. A source close to the couple said: "Kris and Corey are just a great match. The duo started dating in October following the 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' star's split from ex-husband Bruce Jenner in October 2013.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Want to know where the dollar's headed? Watch this

    The dollar's recent weakness has been directly tied to the market's view that the Fed will take a longer time to raise interest rates, and that perhaps September is a more likely launching point than June, as some investors had expected. If we get an as expected, 250,000 number, June is still possible," said Alan Ruskin, head of G-10 currency foreign exchange strategy at Deutsche Bank. It gained on improvements in the economy but also on the fact that the U.S. was heading for a higher interest rates while other central banks were maintaining easier policies.

    CNBC
  • Chechnya threatens to arm Mexico against US

    The Russian satellite state of Chechnya has threatened to supply weapons to Mexican rebels to aid a conflict against the United States, in a move that has been quickly quashed by the Russian Kremlin. Dukuvakha Abdurakhmanov, the speaker for the Chechen parliament, reacted angrily this week to the U.S. Congress which on Monday agreed to a non-binding resolution that called on U.S. President Barack Obama to supply lethal aid to Ukraine . Abdurakhmanov said that the U.S. had no right to urge Russia to behave in a certain way to its near neighbors and questioned the legal status of territories like California, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and Wyoming.

    CNBC
  • Pietersen return could 'tear apart' England - Buchanan

    Recalling sacked Kevin Pietersen could "tear apart the fabric" of the England team because the batsman is like a child who wants to get his own way, according to former Australia coach John Buchanan. Pietersen, sacked in February 2014 following England's 5-0 Ashes whitewash in Australia, joined Surrey on Wednesday in an attempt to earn an international recall after receiving encouragement from new English cricket chief Colin Graves. "A decision was made for good reasons," Buchanan told the BBC.

    Reuters
  • 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.

    AFP
  • From new logos to New Coke: when corporations make mistakes

    Mega coffee chain Starbucks wanted to spark a conversation about race when it asked baristas to write "Race Together" on customers' cups as part of a broader effort, but people standing in line for their morning java were not amused. Many voiced complaints on social media and elsewhere that they didn't want a debate with their brew and Starbucks ended the campaign Sunday, although they said the campaign was always meant to be brief. Corporations spend millions to make sure their products, logos, and branding and marketing are top of mind for consumers in a positive way.

    Associated Press