• Terror arrests in Australia over planned ANZAC Day attack

    Five men were arrested in Australia on Saturday with two of them allegedly planning a terrorist attack on a ceremony commemorating ANZAC soldiers who have fought and died for their country. Seven search warrants were executed in Melbourne by a joint counter-terrorism team, two months after Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned the threat from home-grown extremists was worsening. "It is alleged both men were undertaking preparations for planning terrorist acts in Melbourne, which included targeting police officers," Victoria state and federal police said in a joint statement.

    AFP
  • Sydney woman tells off racist in video

    A video showing a young Sydney woman defending a Muslim couple from racial abuse on a Sydney train has gone viral on Facebook. There have been more than 53,000 views of the video that shows sydneysider Stacey Eden, 23, standing up to a woman who was vilifying Hafeez Ahmeda Bhatti and his wife for wearing a headscarf.

    Yahoo and Agencies
  • Selena Gomez loves her curves

    The 'Spring Breakers' actress showed off her toned thighs, flat stomach and impressive cleavage in the revealing holiday shot, later changing into a hot pink bikini to frolic with her pals in the ocean. The 'Come & Get It' hitmaker - who was in an on-off relationship with singer Justin Bieber for almost five years until October - was clearly enjoying taking time off from her busy schedule after vowing to make 2015 "incredible".

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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.

    AFP
  • Images show rapid Chinese progress on new South China Sea airstrip

    Recent satellite images published on Thursday show China has made rapid progress in building an airstrip suitable for military use in contested territory in the South China Sea's Spratly Islands and may be planning another, moves that have been greeted with concern in the United States and Asia. IHS Jane's Defense Weekly said March 23 images from Airbus Defence and Space showed work on the runway on reclaimed parts of Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly archipelago, which China contests with the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan. The report said other images suggested China was working to extend another airstrip to that length in the Paracel Islands further north in the potentially energy-rich South China Sea, a vital shipping route through which $5 trillion of trade passes every year.

    Reuters
  • Simon Cowell 'was about to jump off a cliff' after Zayn Malik quit One Direction

    Simon Cowell was "about to jump off a cliff" when he learnt Zayn Malik was quitting One Direction. The 55-year-old music mogul has revealed he initially tried to dissuade Zayn, 22, from walking away from the boy band, but ultimately decided it was best to allow the "stressed" singer to leave for his own good. Simon admitted: "I was just about to jump off a cliff.

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  • Man killed in Coromandel crash named

    Police have named a man who died in a crash in the Coromandel which also left another man critically injured. Emergency services were called to the two-car crash on State Highway 25 between Woody Hill and Timata Roads shortly before 7am on Thursday, Sergeant Jim Corbett of the Thames-Coromandel strategic traffic unit says. Peter Boyce Hutchings, 65, from Whitianga died at the scene.

    NZ Newswire
  • Italy pleads for aid to cope with migrant influx

    Italy pleaded for more help Thursday to rescue migrants risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean, and demanded a "clear answer" from the European Union about where the refugees should be sent. In the aftermath of the latest migrant tragedy that saw some 400 people drown on Sunday off Libya, Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said Italy was shouldering nearly all of the burden for patrol and rescue. "Ninety percent of the cost of the patrol and sea rescue operations are falling on our shoulders, and we have not had an adequate response from the EU," he told the Italian daily Corriere della Sera, adding that the EU was only spending three million euros a month on its Operation Triton sea patrols.

    AFP
  • 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.

    Associated Press
  • 'Sea monster' washes up in Otago

    One of the ocean's more unusual fish - a vertical swimming, self-amputating "sea monster" has washed ashore near Dunedin. The oarfish, about 3m long, was found at Aramoana on Thursday. It was one of the most unusual fish the Department of Conservation's David Agnew had ever seen.

    NZ Newswire
  • Prepare for a 'messy' year-end for oil: Citi

    The price of oil could come under serious pressure towards the end of the year if a recent bounce back in prices holds for the next few months, a closely-watched oil analyst has warned. Both Brent (Intercontinental Exchange Europe: @LCO.1) and WTI (New York Mercantile Exchange: @CL.1) prices hit year-to-date highs this week, after falling well below $50 a barrel at the start of the year. Weak global demand and a boom in U.S. shale oil production are seen as two key reasons behind oil's price plunge over recent months.

    CNBC
  • Helicopter pilot spots missing tramper

    An American tourist lost in the South Island's Mt Aspiring National Park has been picked up by a passing helicopter. David Tamowski, 55, who has spent nine days in the bush, failed to turn up for a flight to Auckland on Tuesday - sparking a ground and helicopter search of the park this week. On Thursday afternoon Mr Tamowski was spotted in the bush by a helicopter pilot and flown to Te Anau, a police spokesman told NZ Newswire.

    NZ Newswire
  • Supermodel Gisele takes her last stroll down the catwalk

    Gisele Bundchen bid adieu to the catwalk Wednesday night, strutting her stuff at an emotionally charged show in Sao Paulo that she said will be her last stroll down a runway in a 20-year career that has made her a fashion legend. The 34-year-old Brazilian mother of two, who is married to NFL quarterback Tom Brady, has said she wants to spend more time with her family but has also vowed to continue working in the industry. Brady was on hand for Bundchen's final appearance, competing with his wife for the cameras' attention as he took in the spectacle from the first row.

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  • Japan's Yamanaka defends WBA title with crushing KO

    Japan's Shinsuke Yamanaka successfully defended his World Boxing Council bantamweight title for the eighth time on Thursday with a ferocious seventh-round knockout of Argentine Diego Santillan. The 32-year-old Yamanaka uncoiled a venomous left to send the South American sprawling 36 seconds into the seventh in Osaka, having softened the challenger up in the previous rounds in a one-sided bout. Santillan, five years the champion's junior, was bloodied and bruised well before Yamanaka's brutal coup de grace as he lost for the first time in 24 professional fights.

    AFP
  • 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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  • Windsor Castle employees to strike for first time in 900 years

    Windsor Castle employees are to go on strike for the first time in 900 years. Wardens at the Berkshire residence of Britain's Queen Elizabeth could be set to refuse to give tours to paying visitors after voting in favour of industrial action yesterday (15.04.15).

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  • At what age can you really retire?

    A new survey finds 40 percent of baby boomers have nothing saved for retirement and 21 percent have less than $100,000 saved. You don't want to just leave your retirement date to chance. One of the biggest risks to retirement is outliving your money.

    CNBC
  • Insight - The jumbo jet faces a make or break year at Boeing, Airbus

    Seattle/Paris (Reuters) - The jumbo jet, for many years the workhorse of modern air travel, could be close to running out of runway. Last year, there were zero orders placed by commercial airlines for new Boeing 747s or Airbus A380s, reflecting a fundamental shift in the industry toward smaller, twin-engine planes. Sales forces at Airbus Group NV and Boeing Co are fighting for potential orders plane by plane as they seek to keep production going beyond the end of the decade, said other aviation market sources.

    Reuters
  • Freida Pinto avoids mirrors

    The 'Slumdog Millionaire' actress isn't interested in constantly checking her appearance and is aware her beauty often works against her when it comes to landing gritty roles, although she is keen to change people's opinions of her in the industry. The star - who played Latika opposite Dev Patel in the Oscar-winning drama - said: "It's not necessarily the way I see myself. Freida, 30, added she loves receiving gifts from designers and feels "very lucky" when she is approached to wear their designs.

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  • More MH17 remains discovered

    More human remains and personal belongings have been recovered from the site of downed Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 after Dutch investigators gained access to sites that were previously too dangerous to search. Pieter-Jan Aalbersberg, head of the recovery team, said the work focused on three sites that had previously been inaccessible because of fighting in the region between Russian-backed separatists and government forces. In addition to the human remains found by the team, "there was also personal property from the passengers handed over by local residents," including jewellery.

    NZ Newswire