• China vows more targeted policy steps to lift economy

    China's Politburo has promised to step up "targeted" adjustments to economic policy to foster stable growth in the world's second-largest economy, media said on Thursday. In a rare acknowledgement of the challenges ahead, state radio quoted the decision-making body of the Communist Party as saying that China had yet to find new drivers to power its economy at a time when old engines are flagging. To ensure that the economy can sustain a "reasonable" pace of growth, the Politburo reiterated the government's line that it would keep economic policies broadly stable, while increasing targeted adjustments.

    Reuters
  • Britain's Prince George's beach birthday

    Britain's Prince George spent the morning of his second birthday on a beach with grandmother Carole Middleton. New pictures have emerged of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's two-year-old son and Duchess Catherine's mother playing and walking along a beach in Norfolk, England on Wednesday (22.07.15). Prince George spent most of his time building sandcastles as his grandmother took photographs.

    Bang Showbiz
  • US shooting: police officer charged with murder

    A police officer has been charged with murder in the United States after shooting a motorist dead during a routine traffic stop. Ohio officer Ray Tensing killed 43-year-old Samuel Dubose after pulling him over for a missing licence plate. BREAKING

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  • Nick Gordon begs Bobby Brown

    Nick Gordon has begged Bobby Brown to let him attend Bobbi Kristina Brown's funeral. The 25-year-old star has reportedly sent an email to the father of his late girlfriend and her aunt Pat Houston to get their blessing for him to attend the service, which is due to take place tomorrow (01.08.15). According to gossip website TMZ, the email reads: "I loved Krissi with all my heart and I am destroyed that she is gone and I need to say goodbye.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Man who called dollar rally sees catastrophe ahead

    Back in November 2014, Pal, who is currently the publisher of the Global Macro Investor newsletter and the founder of Real Vision TV, said the U.S. dollar index (Intercontinental Exchange US: @DX.1) was poised to make a move the likes of which hadn't been seen in "many, many years." Now, after the dollar index surged 10 percent, Pal is out with a new prediction, and it could spell trouble for global equities.

    CNBC
  • Meth ringleader 'stunned' by 17yr sentence

    The ringleader of a Wellington meth ring run out of an upscale apartment is "pretty stunned" after being jailed for up to 17 years. Kevin Chea was sentenced in the High Court at Wellington on Friday to 17 years in jail with a minimum non parole period of eight and a half years for importing, possessing and supplying a Class A drug. Chea's lawyer Tony Rickard-Simms told NZ Newswire the sentence was "significantly higher" than they'd expected.

    NZ Newswire
  • Princess Charlene of Monaco missed family

    Princess Charlene of Monaco missed her family when she became a royal. The 37-year-old South African beauty - who is married to Prince Albert of Monaco - has admitted her life dramatically changed when she moved into her royal home.

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  • Hunters fight back after Cecil the lion killing

    Bucking against international outrage over the killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe, professional hunters argue that their industry follows strict rules aimed at preserving wildlife and supporting local people. While many hunters acknowledge Cecil was likely killed illegally, they say the vitriol directed towards them is misplaced. "Animal lovers tend to forget the benefit that can be derived by properly managing a resource," said Emmanuel Fundira, president of the Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe (SOAZ).

    AFP
  • Get ready to relive the 2008 crisis: Albert Edwards

    Central banks in the Western world have set the scene for an "even bigger version" of the 2007-2008 global financial crisis, Societe Generale's bearish strategist Albert Edwards has claimed. In a research note on Thursday, Edwards said that China's intervention to stabilize its volatile stock market was part of a larger global story, in which "rock bottom" interest rates and large fiscal deficits in the western world were pushing the global economy towards a fall. "QE (quantitative easing) will be stepped up to such a pace that you will hear the roar of the printing presses from Mars," Edwards said.

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  • Kylie Jenner Says Her New Curves Are Results of Lotions

    Recent photos have shown Kylie Jenner looking curvier, which has prompted speculation that the 17-year-old star has undergone plastic surgery. Well the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star is here to set the record straight on where her newfound curves have come from - and no, she didn't get it from her mama. According to Kylie, her fuller butt and breasts are the result of Pure Leef's butt enhancement cream and breast plumping lotion.

    FAMOUS
  • Missing MH370 flight : Plane wreckage washed up on Reunion Island is tested

    Police are investigating whether a piece of plane wreckage washed up on the French-owned Reunion island in the Indian Ocean is from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. Mysterious plane wreckage washes ashore in Indian Ocean sparking rumors it could be #mh370 http://t.co/kfWrSpdSm1 pic.twitter.com/82wW228m4x— CCTV America (@CCTV_America) July 29, 2015 A local described seeing something on the shore line and watching it until he got a closer look and then convinced himself it was a piece of a plane’s wing. Malaysia Airlines is said to be sending a team to Reunion to help with the investigation.

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  • The country's youngest killers

    NEW ZEALAND'S YOUNGEST KILLERS:1991: A 13-year-old Wellington schoolboy who has permanent name suppression was convicted of murdering nurse Rachel Bennett, who was stabbed 16 times.1994: Anthony Alfred Afu, 14, beat John Wahanui to death with a piece

    NZ Newswire
  • We Want In On Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence's Friendship

    The fact of the matter is, these two women are now friends, as we learned from the comedian's Instagram earlier today when Schumer, 34, posted photos of them on vacation together. Schumer's expression — a big, open-mouth grin — kind of says all that needs to be said about the interaction between the women. Amy and Jen's friendship stems from a tweet, as many things do these days.

    Yahoo Entertainment
  • Microsoft says 14 million computers now running Windows 10

    Microsoft says its' new Windows 10 operating system is now running on more than 14 million computers, two days after the software was released as a free download. Microsoft says it's releasing the software in waves to make sure downloads go smoothly. In a blog post late Thursday, Microsoft said it has not yet delivered Windows 10 to everyone who requested a free upgrade for computers running older Windows versions.

    Associated Press
  • SANZAR appeals Hooper rugby ban

    SANZAR has appealed the severity of a one-game ban handed down to Wallabies flanker Michael Hooper, who is at risk of being rubbed out of Saturday week's Rugby Championship decider against the All Blacks in Sydney. The announcement by SANZAR late on Friday came a day after Hooper's initial two-match ban was halved by the governing body at a judicial hearing because of his clean record and he was to serve the suspension by missing Manly's Sydney club semi-final on Saturday against Randwick. Hooper was found guilty of striking Argentine five-eighth Nicolas Sanchez in an off-the-ball incident during Australia's 34-9 weekend win over Argentina in Mendoza.

    AAP
  • What Do You Do When Your Child Has Mental Health Problems?

    Megan* can pinpoint the exact moment she knew she could not take it anymore. The medical staff knew 14-year-old Jennie* by name. Jennie had complex mental health issues – major depression, self-harm, anxiety, an eating disorder.

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  • TPP is a done deal

    ANALYSIS: The government will sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement "if it is in New Zealand's best interests". Prime Minister John Key chooses his words carefully when he says this, NZ Newswire political columnist Peter Wilson writes. Sometimes, when he's being asked about particularly thorny issues like dairying or drugs, it becomes "overall if it is in New Zealand's best interests".

    NZ Newswire
  • Simon Cowell: Son will bark before he talks

    Simon Cowell thinks his son's first word will be a bark. The 55-year-old music mogul is afraid his 18-month-old tot Eric will be unable to speak properly as he gets older because he spends all of his time with their beloved Yorkshire Terrier pooches, Squiddly and Diddly. As well as the impact of his dogs, he continued to explain Eric may end up with a transatlantic drawl because of the variety of accents he is surrounded with at home, including his American mother Lauren Silverman and their several Filipino house-workers.

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  • Boko Haram 'slits throats of 10 fishermen' near Lake Chad

    Boko Haram Islamists slit the throats of 10 fishermen in villages near Baga on the shores of the Lake Chad in northeastern Nigeria, a leading fisherman and a resident said Thursday. "On Monday around 4 pm (1500 GMT), Boko Haram attacked three villages on the shores of Lake Chad where they slaughtered 10 people, all of them fishermen," Abubakar Gamandi, head of the fishermen's union in Borno State, told AFP. The account was confirmed by a local fisherman, Buhari Dan-Malam, who lives in Doron Baga.

    AFP
  • India hangs 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts plotter Yakub Memon

    India executed convicted bomb plotter Yakub Memon on Thursday for conspiring in the nation's deadliest attack, a series of blasts that killed hundreds in Mumbai more than two decades ago. Memon was hanged at Nagpur jail in the western state of Maharashtra on his 53rd birthday after India's president and Supreme Court rejected 11th-hour appeals for clemency. Yakub Memon was hanged today at 7:00 am (0130 GMT)," Nagpur police sub-inspector R.V Halami told AFP.

    AFP