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  • Paddon fourth in Rally Poland

    Hayden Paddon has produced another impressive drive, finishing one spot off the podium in Rally Poland. It follows Paddon's breakthrough second placing in Italy in June, the best result by a New Zealander in an overseas round of the World Rally Championship. The 28-year-old from Geraldine went to Poland with the target of placing in the top five.

    NZ Newswire
  • Will Smith collaborating with Drake

    Will Smith is working on new music with Drake. Will revealed the news on the first episode of his son Jaden Smith's new Beats 1 radio show, the new 24/7 radio station running on Apple Music, during which he said the 16-year-old had invited him to a "group chat" with the hip hop star. Drake isn't the first star Will has hinted at working with as he previously stated he recorded "seven or eight" songs with Kanye West.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Australia senator threatens to grab PM's testicles over mining row

    An independent Australian senator Tuesday threatened to physically intimidate Prime Minister Tony Abbott, using illegal rugby tactics including grabbing his testicles, if he does not limit coal-seam gas exploration. Glenn Lazarus, a former rugby league prop and a senator for the eastern state of Queensland, said he submitted a petition to Abbott calling for health impact assessments, exclusion zones and community consultations over mining developments near residential, agricultural and farming areas. Lazarus, dubbed the "brick with eyes" in his rugby heyday, added to an anti-CSG protest in Sydney that he was prepared to use a range of tactics on the Australian leader if he does not respond to the community's concerns.

    AFP
  • US stocks set for a bounce amid Greece

    May international trade numbers showed that the U.S. trade deficit widened , fueled by a drop in exports. "The U.S. economy is continuing to generate mixed signals in the wake of last week's rather disappointing payrolls report," Michael Hewson, chief markets analyst at CMC Markets, said in a note. European shares also reversed to trade trade lower in early trade, while in Asia, Japan's blue-chip Nikkei closed 1.3 percent higher and volatility continued to mark trade in Chinese stocks.

    CNBC
  • Europe demands new Greek debt plan at crisis summit

    European leaders warned Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to submit new bailout proposals at an emergency summit on Tuesday or risk leaving the euro, after Greeks defiantly voted 'No' to further austerity. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande presented a united front when they met in Paris on the eve of the make-or-break summit, urging Tsipras to make "precise" proposals in order to restart talks. "Personally I am sceptical a deal will be found," Slovakian Finance Minister Peter Kazimir told reporters.

    AFP
  • Injury leaves McIlroy in doubt for Open

    Rory McIlroy could miss the defence of his British Open crown after announcing on his Twitter account Monday that he had ruptured a ligament in his left ankle. A spokesman for McIlroy later said that, despite the injury, he has not ruled himself out of defending his Open Championship title at St Andrews from July 16. The 26-year-old McIlroy had also been due to play in the Scottish Open at Gullane starting on Thursday to prepare for St Andrews, but the injury looks like ruling him out of that.

    AFP
  • It's Over! Kourtney Kardashian Dumps Scott Disick

    It's finally over: Kourtney and Scott have ended their relationship. Kourtney Kardashian has "dumped" Scott Disick. Another insider added to E! News: "Kourtney dumped him after she saw the pictures [of Scott getting close to his ex in Monte Carlo] and he hasn't been home after a month-long party binge.

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  • Mayweather stripped of WBO welterweight belt

    Floyd Mayweather was Monday stripped by the World Boxing Organization of the welterweight world title he won by beating Manny Pacquiao two months ago in what was dubbed "the fight of the century". Mayweather had failed to meet the deadline last Friday for paying the $200,000 sanctioning fee required by the WBO after he took the belt from Pacquiao on May 2 in Las Vegas, in the richest fight of all time, earning a reported $220 million in the process. WBO rules require boxers to pay 3 percent of their purse to fight for a world title up to a maximum of $200,000.

    AFP
  • Lost tramper saved by Facebook post

    A woman who was cold, wet and lost on a Waikato mountain was saved only after sending a desperate Facebook post to her family.But police have not commended her social media foray, saying the woman would have been rescued much sooner had she used her phone

    NZ Newswire
  • Deborra-Lee Furness bans Hugh Jackman from starring opposite Angelina Jolie

    Deborra-Lee Furness has banned Hugh Jackman from working with Angelina Jolie.The 59-year-old actress - who tied the knot with the Wolverine star in 1996 - is happy for her husband to star in a movie opposite anyone he likes, but not the Hollywood beauty

    Bang Showbiz
  • Dread and domination in Chinese memories of war

    Almost eight decades since Yan Guiru was gripped by terror as shells rained on her Beijing neighbourhood in the opening salvos of war between China and Japan, she recalls with horror a conflict Communist leaders still use to legitimise their rule. Then a recently married 17-year-old, Yan lived about 100 metres (yards) from the Marco Polo bridge, an ancient 11-span arch in Beijing's western suburbs mentioned in the Venetian traveller's stories. The skirmish -- whose exact cause remains murky -- served as pretext for Tokyo's forces to seize Beijing, triggering eight years of full-scale war, which China says saw more than 20 million of its citizens die.

    AFP
  • Cosby admitted drugging woman for sex: court papers

    Embattled US comedian Bill Cosby admitted having drugged at least one woman with a sedative to have sex with her, court documents show. The 77-year-old was questioned by Dolores Troiani, a lawyer for Andrea Constand, a former women's basketball director at Philadelphia's Temple University where Cosby studied and was a member of the board of trustees. Cosby's lawyers had long sought to block publication of the court transcripts, but they were released Monday on the PACER public court records website.

    AFP
  • Fatialofa and Collins to be remembered

    Officials have said former Samoan captain Peter Fatialofa and former All Blacks flanker Jerry Collins will be honoured ahead of the historic Test although details remain unclear how. Popular prop and Auckland piano mover Fatialofa died of a heart attack 18 months ago and is remembered for promoting Pacific rugby and pleading for the All Blacks to play a Test in the islands for the first time. Apia-born Collins was killed in a car crash in France in June and there was a strong Samoan element to his funeral in Wellington.

    NZ Newswire
  • UK: Thousands turn out to cheer as Princess Charlotte is christened

    Just like any other christening, it was all about the baby. For Prince William and his wife Kate, this was their first public outing with their two children – and it was near their country home in Norfolk in eastern England on the Queen’s Sandringham estate that Sunday’s private service was held. The princess’s full name, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, is a nod to her late grandmother Princess Diana and her great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth.

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  • Tiny Akld unit sells for $104k

    An apartment so tiny it can't fit a kitchen or bathroom has fetched $104,000 in Auckland's overheated property market. Despite the drawbacks the apartment attracts annual body corporate fees of $1407. The unit, located in the student accommodation block Mount Terrace Apartments, sold two years ago for $84,000 and has just re-sold for $104,000, far in excess of its 2014 CV of $70,000.

    NZ Newswire
  • Honeymoon over for Greek couple

    Newlyweds Valasia Limnioti and Konstantinos Patronis' long-planned "dream trip" to the US ended in New York City, where their three-week honeymoon quickly turned into a nightmare: Their Greek-issued credit and debit cards were suddenly declined and they were left penniless. The couple skipped a few meals before spending their last dollars on dinner at McDonald's. Strangers from two Greek Orthodox churches in the city's Queens borough came to the rescue, giving them survival cash until their flight home to Greece on Friday. Two Greek banks issued them cards before the trip - a Visa credit card and a debit card.

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  • Caitlyn Jenner 'isolated' herself

    Caitlyn Jenner "totally isolated" herself from the transgender community. The 65-year-old former Olympian - who was known as Bruce Jenner before her transition - has a lot of "catching up" to do with the LGBT community and people who have faced the same struggles as she has.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Madison ‘not afraid’ of Hefner

    Holly Madison "spent too many years" being afraid of Hugh Hefner. The former Playboy model, who recently claimed in her new memoir, 'Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny,' she was mentally and emotionally abused while living with her former lover and his other girlfriends insists she doesn't care that he has denied her allegations. Holly's former 'Girls Next Door' co-star Kendra Wilkinson Baskett, 30, recently accused her of trying to seek revenge on the media mogul because he refused to marry her and put her in his will.

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  • Thai folk music changes tune as coup suffocates dissent

    Flashing a toothless smile, 96-year-old Gaew breaks into the jaunty, staccato verses of "Mo Lam", a style of folk music that reaches deep into the heritage of northeastern Thailand. "Mo Lam is our history, our culture," says the remarkably spry Gaew Sornthunthue. Gaew's early memories of the music stretch back to the start of the 20th century when Thailand was ruled by an absolute monarch, and Isaan's Laos-origin people were still yet to be fully co-opted by the central state run by Bangkok.

    AFP
  • Federer, Murray in Wimbledon last eight, Djokovic left in dark

    Roger Federer and Andy Murray reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals but defending champion Novak Djokovic's attempt to join them was thwarted by bad light after fighting back from two sets down to level with Kevin Anderson. Seven-time champion Federer reached his 13th All England Club quarter-final with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 win Monday over Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut, while Murray defeated giant Croatian Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (9/7), 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.

    AFP