Phone text: 'I'm in Syria'

Mum 'abandons kids to join ISIS'

A mother has been accused of abandoning her children and flying to Syria to start a new life with Islamic State.

  • B.B. King death to be investigated as homicide

    The death of blues guitar legend B.B. King this month will be investigated as a homicide, a Nevada coroner's office said. King died aged 89 on May 14 in Las Vegas, where he kept a residence. Two of King's daughters have reported concerns that his death may have been related to foul play, Las Vegas media reported.

  • $A slides as greenback strengthens

    The Australian dollar is sliding lower in lacklustre trade against a strengthening US dollar.The Australian dollar was worth 78.23 US cents at 1200 AEST on Tuesday, down from 78.31 US cents on Monday.LTG GoldRock director Andrew Barnett said the greenback

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  • Grant faces misconduct hearing

    Silver Ferns defender Katrina Grant faces disciplinary action for alleged misconduct 10 days after her Central Pulse team drew 55-55 with Southern Steel. A Trans Tasman Netball League statement said the Pulse skipper had been referred to the ANZ Championship's disciplinary officer following the round 12 match in Palmerston North. Post-match television footage showed Grant speaking heatedly with match referee Jono Bredin.

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  • Mercedes to hold factory inquest after Monaco gaffe

    Formula One champions Mercedes will be in full gremlin-hunting mode when they regroup at their factory on Tuesday after committing one of the sport's biggest strategic blunders at the Monaco Grand Prix. Although they won Sunday's showcase race for the third year in a row with Germany's Nico Rosberg, the headlines were all about how the dominant team blew a surefire victory for Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton had the race under control until the safety car was deployed some 14 laps from the end and the Briton was called in for a needless pitstop while rivals stayed out.

  • In Rhode Island, residents gush about paid family leave

    As President Barack Obama pushes for a federal law to get paid leave to care for a new baby or an ailing relative, residents of one of the three states that already provide it sing its praises, hinting at the reception it could receive if rolled out nationally. Rhode Island last year began allowing workers to take up to four weeks of paid leave. Anne Quirk, of Providence, had planned to take three months of unpaid leave from her job as a speech language pathologist after she gave birth.

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  • Kim Kardashian West's new wardrobe

    Kim Kardashian West "cried" when Kanye West threw her clothes out. The 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' star has admitted she shed a tear when she saw her husband and the stylist he had hired had put some of her favourite outfits in a pile to be thrown away. "I was like, 'I can't get rid of this stuff, your stylist has no idea what she's talking about.' So I put it all in another room, and I was like, 'I'll trust your opinion, but I'm not getting rid of my stuff.

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  • Scott Technology lays off 13 staff

    The industrial automation firm last week told workers their positions were now redundant, according to a statement from the Engineering, Printing & Manufacturing Union. The move comes after Scott acquired three businesses over an 18-month period, and flagged it will need to raise new capital to reduce borrowings. Last October, Scott Technology said its manufacturing businesses were coming under pressure from the strong New Zealand dollar, which eroded export earnings.

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  • The World Is Running Out Of Prosecco

    This tragic news comes direct from USA Today, who report that a combination of a bad harvest (brought on by too much rainfall last season in Prosecco production areas in Italy) and soaring demand have caused a dearth of everyone’s favourite Italian brunchtime bubbly. Prosecco sales are up 27% according to news site Italy24.

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  • Police identify body after 29 years

    The family of a man who vanished nearly three decades ago say the finding of his body brings long-awaited closure. Police on Monday identified the body of John Holmes Smith, who disappeared on March 20, 1986 during a regular walk in Wellington's Ngaio. Despite the extensive police search that followed, his body was only discovered by a passer-by in a bushy gully in February 2015.

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  • Crusaders lose five All Blacks to injury

    Injury is compounding the Crusaders' woes after five All Blacks were ruled out of Friday's Super Rugby match against the Hurricanes. A Crusaders spokesperson confirmed they will be without fullback Israel Dagg (calf), first five-eighth Colin Slade (quadricep), No.8 Kieran Read (concussion), lock Sam Whitelock (concussion) and prop Joe Moody (foot) when they face the competition leaders in Nelson. The seven-time champions have only a slim mathematical chance of reaching the play-offs for a 14th-straight season following their 32-22 loss to the Waratahs.

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  • Malaysia finds 139 graves in 'cruel' jungle trafficking camps

    Malaysia has found 139 graves, and signs of torture, in more than two dozen squalid human trafficking camps suspected to have been used by gangs smuggling migrants across the border with Thailand, the country's police chief said on Monday. The dense jungles of southern Thailand and northern Malaysia have been a major stop-off point for smugglers bringing people to Southeast Asia by boat from Myanmar, most of them Rohingya Muslims who say they are fleeing persecution, and Bangladesh. "It's a very sad scene... To us even one is serious and we have found 139 (graves)," Malaysia's Inspector General of Police, Khalid Abu Bakar, told reporters in the northern state of Perlis.

  • UK airport expansion threatens to take out entire villages

    The attraction is neighboring Heathrow Airport, which served 73 million travelers last year. Now Europe's busiest airport is proposing to build a runway roughly through the center of town, leveling the ivy-covered brick walls of the Harmondsworth Hall guest house and two-thirds of its homes. A village that traces its history to the 6th century would be forever altered, and some argue even what's left would be uninhabitable.

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  • Discover Wellington's hidden gems

    If you’re in Wellington or planning a visit, there are a few restaurants you’ll want to check out that you probably wouldn’t have thought to stop in to before. If these aren’t to your taste or if you’ve visited them before, be sure to check our extended collection of Hidden Gems around Wellington. Nestled off of Majoribanks in Mt Vic is Five Boroughs.

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  • Dating with a difference: Find Me A Maori Bride and The Undateables

    Whether its online dating or through the medium of polygamy-based reality TV shows (I’m looking at you, Arthur Green), love, or finding that intangible sensation we call love, is an obsession that drives us all. It was a surprise to see Ashley Madison, the dating website for adulterers, advertised on Prime TV the other night.

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  • Montoya takes $2.4 mln for Indy 500 win

    Juan Pablo Montoya received $2,449,055 in an awards ceremony for his victory in the 99th Indianapolis 500 after the Colombian won the fourth-closest finish in race history. Montoya, whose only other Indy 500 triumph came as a rookie in 2000, took the lion's share of the overall purse of $13,397,315 for his Sunday triumph over 200 laps at the 2.5-mile (4km) Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval. Montoya edged reigning IndyCar series champion Will Power of Australia by 0.1046 of a second at the checkered flag after the two and fourth-place Scott Dixon of New Zealand exchanged the lead five times over the final 11 laps.

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  • Kiwi on trial after hug led to death

    Patrick Sunill Lilii is on trial in the District Court of Western Australia for the unlawful assault of 32-year-old Zak Harvey outside the Murray Street nightclub in April last year. The court heard Lilii acted in self-defence when he pushed Mr Harvey because the only thing he knew was that a stranger had wrapped his arms tightly around his neck. Mr Harvey was so happy after a night of clubbing he started hugging strangers in the street, among them Lilii who was chatting with friends.

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  • Little clarifies pension position

    Labour leader Andrew Little has ruled out making changes to the state pension. Mr Little said he's not proposing changes to the scheme, but he is urging the government to resume contributions to the Superannuation Fund. The fund was started by the previous Labour government to partially pay for the pension when the baby boomer generation turns 65.

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  • Ed Sheeran: I want to 'live'

    The 'Sing' hitmaker is considering taking a year out of the Hollywood "bubble" so he can do more "normal" things. Ed also revealed he's keen to ditch the pounds again after enjoying a drink or two on the road.

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  • KiwiSaver providing poor value for money, needs rewrite, Treasury says

    The Treasury recommended a wider review of the KiwiSaver scheme than just axing the $1,000 kick-start payment, arguing it represents poor value for money for the government and has vague aims, according to its regulatory impact statement on the post-budget law change needed to drop the incentive. Reducing incentives would improve the scheme's value for money as wage and salary earners were likely to join anyway because of employer-subsidised schemes and didn't need the kick-start to join, said the Treasury's financial markets manager, James Beard.

  • Katy Perry and Russell Brand haven't spoken since 2011

    Katy Perry hasn't spoken to her ex-husband Russell Brand since he texted her telling her he wanted to file for a divorce in late 2011. The 30-year-old popstar and the 39-year-old comedian married in 2010, and had a cat together, named Rusty - a combination of their two names - but Katy revealed that she's changed the name of the cat, as well as cutting him out her life. Katy said: "(Russell) hasn't spoken to me since he texted me saying he was filing for divorce.

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