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  • Paddon fourth in Rally Poland

    Hayden Paddon has produced another impressive drive, finishing one spot off the podium in Rally Poland. It follows Paddon's breakthrough second placing in Italy in June, the best result by a New Zealander in an overseas round of the World Rally Championship. The 28-year-old from Geraldine went to Poland with the target of placing in the top five.

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  • UK: Thousands turn out to cheer as Princess Charlotte is christened

    Just like any other christening, it was all about the baby. For Prince William and his wife Kate, this was their first public outing with their two children – and it was near their country home in Norfolk in eastern England on the Queen’s Sandringham estate that Sunday’s private service was held. The princess’s full name, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, is a nod to her late grandmother Princess Diana and her great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth.

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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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  • Mayweather stripped of WBO welterweight belt

    Floyd Mayweather was stripped by the World Boxing Organization of the welterweight world title he won by beating Manny Pacquiao two months ago. 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.

    AFP
  • It's Over! Kourtney Kardashian Dumps Scott Disick

    It's finally over: Kourtney and Scott have ended their relationship. 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.

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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.

    AFP
  • 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

    Bang Showbiz
  • Suspected Shebab militants kill 14 workers in northern Kenya

    Shebab militants killed at least 14 workers in northern Kenya on Tuesday, officials said, the latest in a wave of attacks in the east African nation by the Somali-led Islamists. The attack occurred just outside the town of Mandera in Kenya's far northeastern region, which borders Ethiopia and war-torn Somalia, and comes a little more than two weeks before US President Barack Obama is due to make his first presidential visit to Kenya, where his father was born. "I can confirm a Shebab attack in Mandera early this morning," he said.

    AFP
  • Tennis star Kyrgios in 'racist' spat with swim legend Fraser

    Temperamental Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios slammed swimming legend Dawn Fraser as a "blatant racist" Tuesday after she told him to "go back to where his parents came from" following his stormy Wimbledon exit. Kyrgios's colourful antics, on show at the All England Club, have split Australians with some seeing him as good for a sport in need of characters, but others claiming his behaviour is petulant and disrespectful. After losing in four sets to France's Richard Gasquet on Monday, he was accused of giving up or "tanking" a game during a disastrous second set and responded to media questions on the incident with a string of sarcastic replies.

    AFP
  • HSBC fires staff for mock Islamic State execution video

    British bank HSBC fired six staff after they filmed a mock Islamic State-style execution video during a team-building day out and posted footage online, a spokesman confirmed on Tuesday. The bank described the video, showing staff members in balaclavas holding a fake knife over a kneeling man in an orange jumpsuit, as "abhorrent". The employees filmed the video on an HSBC team-building day at a go-karting centre in Birmingham and posted it on Instagram before deleting it, according to newspaper The Sun, which published the video on its website.

    AFP
  • NZ dollar holds near five-year low

    The New Zealand dollar has traded near a five-year low ahead of a meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande to discuss a possible response to Greece's rejection of austerity measures tied to bailout money. The kiwi traded at 66.70 US cents at 5pm in Wellington, having earlier reached a five-year low of 66.40 cents, from 66.93 cents in New York last Friday. "Overall the trend for the kiwi is lower for many different factors," said Stuart Ive, senior dealer at OMF.

    NZ Newswire
  • Germany dismisses Greece bid for bailout after 'No' vote

    Germany on Monday dismissed Greece's bid to swiftly seal a new debt deal after the country delivered a resounding 'No' to more austerity, appearing little moved by the surprise resignation of the Greek finance minister. Yanis Varoufakis, a firebrand who had infuriated European counterparts, announced he was resigning at Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's request in a move to placate creditors. Varoufakis's departure came a day after Greek voters overwhelmingly rejected more austerity required by international creditors under a bailout deal, heightening fears of a "Grexit".

    AFP
  • Honeymoon over for Greek couple

    Newlyweds Valasia Limnioti and Konstantinos Patronis' long-planned "dream trip" to the US ended in New York City, where their three-week honeymoon quickly turned into a nightmare: Their Greek-issued credit and debit cards were suddenly declined and they were left penniless. The couple skipped a few meals before spending their last dollars on dinner at McDonald's. Strangers from two Greek Orthodox churches in the city's Queens borough came to the rescue, giving them survival cash until their flight home to Greece on Friday. Two Greek banks issued them cards before the trip - a Visa credit card and a debit card.

    AAP
  • Hurrell included in Warriors side

    Centre Konrad Hurrell has been named in the Warriors side for their NRL match against Melbourne this weekend despite suffering a training ground injury.Hurrell hurt his right shoulder in Auckland on Tuesday while falling awkwardly as he dived on a loose

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  • Tiny Akld unit sells for $104k

    An apartment so tiny it can't fit a kitchen or bathroom has fetched $104,000 in Auckland's overheated property market. Despite the drawbacks the apartment attracts annual body corporate fees of $1407. The unit, located in the student accommodation block Mount Terrace Apartments, sold two years ago for $84,000 and has just re-sold for $104,000, far in excess of its 2014 CV of $70,000.

    NZ Newswire
  • 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.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Federer, Murray in Wimbledon last eight, Djokovic left in dark

    Roger Federer and Andy Murray reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals but defending champion Novak Djokovic's attempt to join them was thwarted by bad light after fighting back from two sets down to level with Kevin Anderson. Seven-time champion Federer reached his 13th All England Club quarter-final with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 win Monday over Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut, while Murray defeated giant Croatian Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (9/7), 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.

    AFP
  • 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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  • 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.

    Bang Showbiz
  • 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.

    NZ Newswire