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Richie McCaw talks to media ahead of the All Blacks' match against Samoa today.

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    Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are still "united".The former couple announced last week while vacationing in the Bahamas with children Violet, nine, Seraphina, six, and Samuel, three, that they are to divorce, and they plan to keep their focus on their

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  • Craig Norgate, former Fonterra CEO, dies in UK, media reports say

    Craig Norgate, who was inaugural chief executive of Fonterra Cooperative Group when it was formed from the merger of Kiwi Cooperative Dairies, NZ Cooperative Dairy Co and the NZ Dairy Board, has died in London, media have reported, citing family members. Norgate ran New Zealand's biggest dairy company for two years and then teamed up with the McConnon family to form Rural Portfolio Investments, which acquired a controlling stake in rural services group Wrightson, merging it with Pyne Gould Guinness in 2005 to form PGG Wrightson.

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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.

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  • French special forces kill Al-Qaeda commander in Mali: army

    France said on Tuesday its special forces in Mali killed an Al-Qaeda commander who had been released from prison in a swap for a French hostage. The army said Ali Ag Wadossene, one of the "operational leaders" of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), died on Sunday in the northeastern town of Kidal, while two other "terrorists" were captured. The operation "has dealt another heavy blow to armed terrorist groups in the Sahel", the army said, adding that it had destabilised AQIM's chain of command in that part of the lawless, arid region.

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  • Screaming Djokovic pulls off the great escape

    Top seed and reigning champion Novak Djokovic pulled off a great escape at Wimbledon in beating South African Kevin Anderson on Tuesday after five tense sets to reach his 25th successive grand slam quarter-final. In a match spanning two days, with the top seed fighting back to two sets all in fading light on Monday before play was stopped and carried over, Djokovic walked away a mightily relieved man with a 6-7(6) 6-7(6) 6-1 6-4 7-5 win. When the match did re-start, 16 hours and 33 minutes after the previous point was played, Djokovic was immediately back in the line of fire.

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  • Rod Stewart banned from tight trousers

    Rod Stewart's doctor banned him from wearing tight trousers so he could father another child. The 'Maggie May' rocker - who has eight children from various relationships - and wife Penny Lancaster were struggling to conceive for the second time, but the model fell pregnant after her 70-year-old spouse ditched his close-fitting clothes. Penny - who has sons Alistair, nine, and Aiden, four, with Rod - said: "What separates them from us is their baby-making ability of having the sperm and when Rod and I were trying to make our second child we were having a few troubles and a doctor said, 'Rod, you've got to forget wearing the tight pants and the trousers, OK?

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  • No 'easy' way back for humiliated Brazil: Dunga

    On the first anniversary of the 7-1 World Cup hammering by Germany, coach Dunga admits that Brazil face a hard climb back from an epic humiliation that provoked nationwide soul-searching. Dunga was speaking late Monday after meeting former national team trainers for a post-mortem on Brazil's most recent fiasco -- shock elimination from the Copa America last month at the hands of minnows Paraguay.

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  • 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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  • Townsend heading back home to Sharks

    Cronulla are set to start next NRL season with a fresh halves pairing after signing local junior Chad Townsend to a two-year contract. Just three weeks after Sydney Roosters five-eighth James Maloney penned a three-year deal with the Sharks, it was confirmed on Tuesday that Warriors halfback Townsend will head back to Sydney from Auckland in 2016. Townsend was released from the final year on his Warriors contract on compassionate grounds.

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  • 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

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  • Kourtney Kardashian dumps Scott Disick

    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. 'Kourtney has always taken Scott back and been by his side, but now with three kids it has gotten old.

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  • 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

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  • Bobbi Kristina Brown's hospice in 'lock down'

    Bobbi Kristina Brown's hospice is in "lock down mode". Earlier in the week, various news outlet reported that they had been offered a photograph taken of Bobbi Kristina by an "extended family member" in exchange for money. Meanwhile, Bobbi Kristina's aunt Leolah Brown has hit back at the "evil" person who took the photograph.

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  • 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.

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  • McKinnon payout could exceed $10m

    Alex McKinnon could expect a compensation payout even greater than the $10 million being spoken of within two years over the tackle that ended his NRL career last year, a leading litigation lawyer believes. On the Nine Network's 60 Minutes program on Sunday night, McKinnon indicated for the first time he is considering legal action over the spinal injury he suffered in March last year. The former St George Illawarra and Newcastle forward has already been issued with the maximum $500,000 compensation payout available to NRL players and around $1.2 million was raised towards his care in last season's Rise For Alex round.

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  • Queen Elizabeth crowd-funding appeal receives two donations

    A planned concert for Britain's Queen Elizabeth has raised just £15 in donations through a crowd-funding appeal. On September 9, the Queen will become the longest-reigning British monarch and it had been hoped that the date would be marked by a spectacular concert, with a crowd-funding appeal organised to raise £65,000 to cover costs. Thus far, however, only two people have made donations, and with the full £65,000 needed by July 22, there appears little prospect of the proposed celebration going ahead at the 02 Arena in London.

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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.

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  • Lily Allen 'turned away from VIP area'

    Lily Allen was turned away from a VIP area at Wireless festival on Friday night (03.07.15). The 30 -year-old singer - who attended the festival with a group of friends - reportedly tried to enter the exclusive Live Nation area, where drinks were free, but was instead told she was not allowed inside by security, who claimed they did not know who she was. Lily - who has daughters Ethel Mary, three, and Marnie Rose, two, with husband Sam Cooper - told security: "I don't want to make an unnecessary scene.

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  • Iraq jet accidentally bombs Baghdad, killing eight

    A bomb fell from an Iraqi Sukhoi warplane and exploded in eastern Baghdad on Monday because of a "technical problem", killing at least eight people and wounding 17, officials said. "One of the bombs became stuck because of a technical problem, and during its (the aircraft's) return to base it fell on... houses in Baghdad Jadida," security spokesman Brigadier General Saad Maan said. The pilot tried six times to drop the bomb, which became stuck while he was carrying out strikes against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, but was unable to dislodge it "mechanically or manually," the defence ministry said in a statement.

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  • Honda Torneo tops most stolen car list

    The top 10 cars most likely to be stolen are all Japanese models with the Honda Torneo topping the list. It was the fourth consecutive year the Torneo had been the most frequently stolen car, AA Insurance says. Data compiled from AA Insurance claims data showed 92 per cent of theft claims for vehicles on the list were for cars more than 10 years old.

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