• Michael Bublé's sexist selfie

    Michael Bublé has apologised after being branded a "sexist" by outraged fans. The 'Haven't Met You Yet' hitmaker is currently holidaying in Miami, Florida with his wife Luisana Lopilato but has left some of his supporters fuming after he posted a photograph on his Instagram account of a woman wearing short shorts. Aussie comedian Sam Simmons said he'd like to punch him.

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  • Polish man charged over rape and murder of French nine-year-old

    A 38-year-old Polish man was charged Friday with the kidnapping, rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl in northern France that has shocked the country. Zbigniew Huminski was arrested on Wednesday near the woods where the girl's naked, lifeless body was found, and admitted his guilt soon after. Chloe was playing with a friend when Huminski forced her into his car in the presence of her mother, who burst into panicked screams.

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  • Family wins back seized gold coins that could be worth $80M

    A family was awarded the rights to 10 rare gold coins possibly worth $80 million or more on Friday after a U.S. appeals court overturned a jury verdict. U.S. Department of the Treasury officials insist the $20 Double Eagles were stolen from the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia before the 1933 series was melted down when the country went off the gold standard. Langbord's father, jeweler Israel Switt, had dealings with the Mint in the 1930s and was twice investigated over his coin holdings.

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  • Harry Potter stars were played by 'small adults in wigs'

    Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint were played by small adults in wigs in 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'. Alan Rickman - who starred as Severus Snape in the film series based on the books by J. K. Rowling - explained that child labour laws put restrictions on the filming of the early movies, meaning the young actors were replaced by "very small adults" for parts of the film. Speaking at a BAFTA celebration of his work, Alan said: "In the first film, if anybody ever wants to look, of course you've got the problem of kids who can only work a certain number of hours.

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  • Physicians want Dr. Oz gone from Columbia medical faculty

    "Dr. Oz has repeatedly shown disdain for science and for evidence-based medicine," said a letter the 10 physicians sent to a Columbia dean earlier this week. Oz first came to public attention as a frequent television guest of Oprah Winfrey. Oz was not reachable Thursday night at his Columbia office number, which played a recorded message explaining how callers could get tickets to his TV show.

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  • Iran needs 'up to 500 airliners' in next decade

    Iran will need to acquire 400-500 airliners over the coming decade to renew its aging fleet, suffering from years of US sanctions over its controversial nuclear programme, the country's aviation chief says. Under an interim nuclear deal reached in November 2013, the sanctions were eased to allow the sale of parts and for making safety-related repairs. The fleet consists of only 140 functioning aircraft, Ali Reza Jahangirian, head of the Iran Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), was quoted Friday by state news agency IRNA as saying.

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  • Olivia Wilde 'shocked' by reaction to breastfeeding picture

    Olivia Wilde was "shocked" by the reaction to images of her breastfeeding her son. The 31-year-old actress, whose partner is Jason Sudeikis, was pictured breastfeeding her son Otis in a magazine in September and thinks the reaction it caused was completely disproportionate. The star - whose son celebrates his first birthday on Monday (20.04.15) - told Huff Post Parents: "I was shocked that there were still people who find it inappropriate because they think it's a sexual thing.

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  • China 'building runway in disputed South China Sea'

    China is rapidly building an airstrip on an artificial island in disputed South China Sea waters, recent satellite pictures show, potentially ramping up tensions with several Southeast Asian neighbours. Fiery Cross in the Spratly Islands was little more than a reef when China began land reclamation works to turn it into an island in late 2014. Now satellite images taken last week by DigitalGlobe and shown on the website of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) show the runway -- estimated at 3.1 kilometres (1.9 miles) in total -- more than one-third complete, it says.

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  • Ed Sheeran sends flowers to grieving fan

    Ed Sheeran sent flowers to a grieving fan when he was unable to grant her request to sing at her boyfriend's funeral. The 'Sing' hitmaker was asked by Rachel Murray to perform at the funeral of her partner Lee Foster - who died aged 24 last week following a battle with skin cancer - but was unable to attend the service as he is currently on tour in New Zealand. Instead, Ed paid his respects to Lee and showed his support for Rachel by sending her an enormous bouquet of lilies.

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  • Bella Thorne scared of nipple tassels

    Bella Thorne is scared of nipple tassels. The 17-year-old actress has confessed she was freaked out when she saw girls donning the revealing accessories and little else while she attended the Coachella music festival in Indio, California, last weekend. Speaking at the Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection launch in New York, she said: "I've witnessed a lot of freaky things at Coachella, but the scariest thing that I witness every time are the girls with the nipple tassels.

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  • Man gets 100-year term in murder of teacher in oil boom town

    Michael Keith Spell, 25, of Parachute, Colorado, was sentenced following a hearing before state District Judge Richard Simonton in Sidney. Spell, who is mentally disabled and described by the defense as functionally illiterate, pleaded guilty in October to killing Sherry Arnold, 43, after attempting to abduct the popular math teacher as she was jogging near her home in 2012. Co-defendant Lester Van Waters Jr. was sentenced in December to 80 years in prison on a charge of deliberate homicide by accountability.

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  • British royal baby's first A to Z

    From baby fashion to specially-minted coins, here is an A to Z on the birth of Prince William and his wife Kate's second child, as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge prepare for their new addition to Britain's royal family. A proclamation will be displayed on an easel at the gates of Buckingham Palace, while news of the birth will be tweeted by Kensington Palace and emailed to the press. The new royal baby will be 21 months younger than older brother Prince George, who is directly in line to become king one day.

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  • In Silicon Valley, the private jet business soars

    Traffic is a serious problem in Silicon Valley, but for residents who value their time, and who boast deep pockets, there's a solution. JetSuite is a private jet company that's been in business for six years. "In terms of dollars and cents, you're looking at about $4,000 dollars up and down the West Coast, and probably $3,000 for a short hop within the Bay Area," CEO Alex Wilcox told CNBC.

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  • Emirates to buy $9.2 billion worth of Rolls Royce engines

    The Emirates airline says it will buy $9.2 billion worth of Rolls Royce engines, the largest ever order for the engine maker. The deal announced Friday calls for the purchase of Trent 900 engines and a long term maintenance package. The engines will power 50 Airbus A380 aircraft set to enter service in 2016.

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  • Iraq testing body of suspected Saddam VP

    Iraq is to test the body of a man killed on Friday by pro-government forces to determine if it is that of Saddam Hussein's long-fugitive deputy Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri. Duri was vice president at the time of the 2003 US-led invasion. Killing him would be a significant victory for Baghdad, but Duri has previously been reported dead only to resurface in audio and video messages.

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  • Rural towns the frontline in Australia's battle with 'ice'

    Adrian Toomey made thousands of dollars a day as an "ice" dealer in Dubbo, a fairly typical Australian town northwest of Sydney, supplying the drug to everyone from bank workers to school teachers. Before he was jailed for dealing, Toomey, 38, was not only supplying but also using ice -- a purified version of the stimulant methamphetamine that is highly addictive. Like many other towns, Dubbo has been caught up in an epidemic that many fear Australia is struggling to contain, as syndicates increasingly switch their focus from big cities to regional and remote communities.

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  • Philip Vela hailed as industry leader

    Tributes are flowing for one of New Zealand's most successful businessmen and racing identities Philip Vela, who has died after an illness. Mr Vela passed away peacefully surrounded by family at his home in Te Kowhai, NZ Thoroughbred Racing said on Saturday. Philip and his brother Sir Peter Vela built a fishing company empire up in the 1970s and purchased the then struggling Wrightson Bloodstock in 1997, renaming it New Zealand Bloodstock.

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  • Rupert Murdoch's penthouse on sale for $72 million

    For a hefty $72 million, Rupert Murdoch 's three-story penthouse at One Madison in Manhattan is on the market, The Wall Street Journal reported. The News Corp (NWSA) executive chairman bought the triplex and a three-bedroom apartment in the same building for $57.25 million in February 2014, WSJ reports. The 6,850-square-foot penthouse, situated on floors 58, 59 and 60, has a circling terrace and views of the Empire State Building, the World Trade Center and the Hudson and East rivers.

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  • Waratahs push boundaries to revive Super 15 season

    The New South Wales Waratahs tested the offside boundaries with spectacular results as they revived their Super 15 title defence hopes by inflicting the first defeat of the year on the Wellington Hurricanes. The 29-24 victory propelled the Waratahs to within three points of Australian conference leaders ACT Brumbies, who suffered a setback when beaten by the lowly Melbourne Rebels. The Hurricanes remain at the head of the table but with just a one-point buffer over the Waikato Chiefs in the New Zealand conference.

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  • Police bust drug ring, seize assets

    Police have busted a drug ring in Wellington and seized a jet ski, speed boats, a Harley-Davidson motorbike, two houses and money belonging to the alleged criminals. Three men and one woman aged between 24 to 26 years have been arrested and face charges relating to the importation and supply of class C drugs, Detective Senior Sergeant Brent Murray says. Overseas, it is known as flakka, but in New Zealand is called niff or bath salts.

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