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Lion killer Walter Palmer goes into hiding

The wealthy American dentist who paid to shoot a famous African lion is now on the receiving end of a different kind of hunting.

  • Kristen Stewart's impressive 'vampire orgasm'

    Kristen Stewart impressed the director with her "vampire orgasm" in 'Twilight'. Bill Condon - who was at the helm of the final two instalments of the film adaption, 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Parts 1 and 2' - has revealed he was impressed with how she acted in a particular scene.

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  • Nicky Clarke: Princess Kate needs to get rid of grey hair

    Nicky Clarke has urged Britain's Duchess of Cambridge to "get rid of her grey hair". The top stylist - who has beautified the locks of Princess Diana and the Duchess of York - thinks Princess Catherine needs to keep the colour of her intact because "until you're really old, you can't bee seen to have grey hairs". Nicky said: "Kate needs to get rid of her grey hair - It's not a good look.

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  • Khloe Kardashian 'traumatised' by Kris Jenner's lovemaking

    Khloe Kardashian is "traumatised" after hearing her mother have sex with Corey Gamble. The 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' star was horrified when she and sister Kim Kardashian West went into 57-year-old Kris Jenner's house only to realise she was getting intimate with her 34-year-old boyfriend. Khloe said: "Hearing them have sex is wild and I'm traumatised.

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  • GBP Gains from GDP Report, BoE Rate Hopes - USD to Follow on FOMC?

    The other central bank closest to a rate hike - the Federal Reserve - will be more front and center than the BoE this week, as the Fed sits for its two-day policy meeting that culminates with the 14:00 EDT/18:00 GMT release of the FOMC's policy statement tomorrow. While it's a foregone conclusion that the Fed won't be raising rates tomorrow - neither pundits, nor economists, nor markets (via fed funds futures contract implied probabilities) are pricing in a rate hike by any means - it seems that everyone will be watching the FOMC tomorrow as a guide for the September policy meeting. Whereas markets are still pricing in a January 2016 rate hike, Fed policymakers - in particular, Fed Chair Janet Yellen - have suggested that a hike in 2015 is very much on track, and with others - St. Louis Fed President James Bullard - calling the September meeting 'effectively a coin toss' for a rate hike.

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  • A fresh Start: Microsoft's Windows 10 wins plaudits

    The launch was seen critical for the company, particularly after the poor response to Windows 8, an ambitious redesign that confused many users by ditching the start button menu and introducing a new layout. The new OS, launched on Wednesday, will be available as a free upgrade for users of Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1. Wall Street Journal's Geoffrey Fowler said Windows 10 fixes most of the issues with Windows 8 and improves on Windows 7, Microsoft's most popular OS in recent years.

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  • New Zealand central bank says dairy slump could worsen

    New Zealand's central bank warned Wednesday that a prolonged slump in dairy prices could get worse, forcing interest rates down to maintain growth in the farm-reliant economy. Reserve Bank of New Zealand governor Graeme Wheeler said the price of whole milk powder had plummeted 63 percent since February 2014 and was still under pressure. "High stockpiles of whole milk powder in China, the increase in global milk supply, and the trade diversion issues involving Russia make for a very uncertain future, with the potential for further downward pressure on global dairy prices," he said.

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  • US official: Debris in photo belongs to Boeing 777

    Air safety investigators have a "high degree of confidence" that a photo of aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared last year, a U.S. official said Wednesday. Air safety investigators — one of them a Boeing investigator — have identified the component as a "flaperon" from the trailing edge of a 777 wing, the U.S. official said. A French official close to an investigation of the debris confirmed Wednesday that French law enforcement is on site to examine a piece of airplane wing found on the French island of Reunion, in the western Indian Ocean.

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  • Britain's Prince Charles builds Prince George playground

    Britain's Prince Charles had Prince William and Harry's old tree house refurbished for Prince George. The Prince of Wales made the grounds of his Highgrove home into a playground for his grandson, including a £18,000 hand crafted shepherd's hut, which has a bed, woodburner and French oak wooden floors installed amongst his "wildflower meadow" in Gloucestershire. The designer of the hut, Mr. Lee commented: "It is sited on the main drive to the house in a wildflower meadow and Prince George loves it.

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  • Spaceship pilot describes harrowing free fall after breakup

    Free-falling miles above the desert, his test spaceship ripped to pieces and the frigid air hard to breathe, pilot Peter Siebold struggled through crippling injuries to turn on his oxygen and just to stay conscious. Siebold was aware that Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo had violently disintegrated but then blacked out. The National Transportation Safety Board released Siebold's description of his harrowing plunge last October during a Tuesday hearing.

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  • Benji accepts blame for Dragons' woes

    St George Illawarra halfback Benji Marshall says he has been too reckless with the football and should accept a lion's share of the blame for his side's seven-game NRL losing streak. Marshall said the problem wasn't with their defensive attitude, instead attributing their downturn to an inability to build pressure. "I take a bit of that blame because my job is building pressure," Marshall said on NRL360 on Fox Sports.

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  • Car registration glitch grows: Labour

    A fault that saw thousands of car owners overcharged for their registration is significantly bigger than first thought and still growing, Labour says. In June, a fault in ACC's safety rating system revealed about 9000 drivers were owed refunds of up to $103 after several models of cars were given incorrect ratings. Originally it was expected the 18 models of car would be affected, but that has now risen to 23.

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  • School hours change plan irks union

    The government is jumping the gun by proposing reforms to school hours without talking to the industry, the country's largest teachers' union says. The government on Wednesday announced it was mulling giving schools greater flexibility to set their opening hours and allowing principals to be in charge of more than one school. "We know the government is considering wide-sweeping changes to the legislation that include the way schools are funded as well as reforms around varying opening hours and principals running several schools," she said.

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  • Jason Statham sells Hollywood home for $9.2 million

    Jason Statham and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley have sold their Hollywood Hills home for $9.2 million. The couple, who recently moved into a new $12.9 million mansion in Beverly Hills, placed their five bedroom property on the market for $8.999 million last month and sold it to a buyer on Monday (27.07.15) after receiving an even higher offer, according to the Los Angeles Times. The 48-year-old British star and the 28-year-old model, who started dating in 2010, bought the elegant estate, which sits on half an acre above Runyon Canyon Park, from actor Ben Stiller for a reported $7.325 million in 2011.

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  • Police march kids out of house at gunpoint

    Police "gave very little consideration to women and children" during a raid in which shots were fired and people were unlawfully detained after being marched out of an Auckland house at gunpoint, the police watchdog says. The Independent Police Conduct Authority on Thursday said it had found police unlawfully detained two women and three children after an armed raid on a Mangere home in November 2013. Police had gone to the house looking for a man who breached his home detention conditions, but a fight broke out and a police officer fired his weapon when the man's father took out what officers thought was a shotgun.

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  • What China's stock plunge means for US real estate

    With investors nervously watching the Shanghai stock market, Chinese are the now biggest foreign buyers of American real estate, and they are setting their sights on the biggest state in the Lower 48. Texas is seeing a huge influx of Chinese buyers, both investors and owner occupants, thanks to more affordable housing. Sometimes I cannot handle more," said Shirley Mei Qing, a real estate agent with Keller Williams in Houston, adding that she's seen a 30 percent increase in Chinese clients in the past year.

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  • Hayden, Ponting bat for axed Haddin

    Matthew Hayden has labelled Brad Haddin's axing from the Australian cricket team as "outrageous", given the wicketkeeper's trying personal circumstances that led to him standing down for the second Ashes Test. "Any mum and dad who has experienced the issues Brad and his wife Karina are going through will understand there's no way he was in a position to play cricket at Lord's," Hayden wrote in his column for Newscorp. "It doesn't say much for the family-first policy if Brad puts his family first and all of a sudden he's out.

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  • Kate Winslet tells her daughter she's 'lucky' to have curves

    Kate Winslet tells her daughter Mia Honey Threapleton she's "lucky" to be curvy. The 39-year-old actress - who also has two sons Joe Alfie Winslet Mendes, 11, with her second husband Sam Mendes and 19-months-old Bear Blaze Winslet with her third husband Ned Rocknroll - has confessed she constantly makes sure her 14-year-old daughter, from her first marriage to Jim Threapleton, appreciates her "shape", and champions her curves. Kate said: "I stand in front of the mirror and say to Mia, 'We are so lucky we have a shape.

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  • Westland Milk cuts farmgate payout further

    New Zealand's second-largest dairy co-operative Westland Milk Products has cut its forecast milk payout to farmers for this season and next as global dairy prices remain weak. The Hokitika-based company has trimmed 10 cents off its payout for the current season and will slash next season's by $1. It will pay $4.80 to $4.90 per kilogram of milk solids for the 2014/15 season, with the final payout to be determined at the September board meeting, it said.

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  • EU's Mogherini in Iran to discuss nuclear deal, region - TV

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday the nuclear deal reached between Tehran and major world powers this month will help fight terrorism and bloodshed in the Middle East, Iran's state TV reported. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also cited wider effects of the deal, saying Tehran and the European Union could now discuss questions "including energy cooperation ... human rights, confronting terrorism and regional issues". The Iranian leaders spoke during a one-day visit by EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini to Tehran to discuss implementation of the deal to curb Tehran's nuclear programme in return for lifting economic sanctions imposed on the country.

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  • Egypt says 'new Suez Canal' ready for business

    Egypt said on Wednesday that the "new Suez Canal" was ready for navigation for all kinds of ships, as authorities geared up to launch the shipping route officially next month. Dubbed the Suez Canal Axis, the new 72-kilometre (45-mile) section built by the Egyptian army is aimed at speeding up traffic along the existing waterway by reducing the waiting period, as well as boosting revenues. "We declare that the new Suez Canal is safe for all kinds of vessels," Suez Canal Authority chief Mohab Mameesh told a news conference in the canal city of Ismailiya.

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