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Overcrowded koala colony faces cull

A colony of koalas in Cape Otway, southern Australia, may have to be culled for the benefit of the colony as a whole because, according to environmental authorities, their food supply is running out.

  • Lena Dunham: Everyone on Girls has seen my vagina

    Lena Dunham's vagina has been seen by "everyone" who works on 'Girls'. The 29-year-old creator, writer and star of the HBO series has revealed she's scrapped wearing nude patches while filming sex scenes for her hit TV show, meaning her private parts have been exposed to those people who work on the set. Lena said wearing the patch was uncomfortable and so she decided to film her sex scenes without one.

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  • Australia's richest person Gina Rinehart loses control of family trust

    Australia's richest person Gina Rinehart was Thursday ordered by a court to relinquish control of a multi-billion dollar family trust to her eldest daughter, culminating a long and bitter feud. The New South Wales Supreme Court appointed Bianca Rinehart as head of the trust, reportedly worth Aus$4.0-5.0 billion (US$3.1-3.8 billion), which was established by her grandfather, the late mining magnate Lang Hancock. It ordered Gina Rinehart to deliver the trust documents and accounts to her daughter.

    AFP
  • Everyone could be enrolled in KiwiSaver

    The government is thinking about automatically enrolling everyone in KiwiSaver, now it's scrapped the $1000 kick-start payment. It has previously considered what it calls mass auto-enrolment but with the kick-start payment in place it would have been too expensive. "We're keen on this," Finance Minister Bill English told Radio New Zealand on Friday.

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  • NZ man acquitted of Perth man's death

    New Zealander Patrick Sunill Lilii was chatting with friends outside a Perth nightclub when he felt a man jump on him and wrap arms around his neck. It was Zak Harvey giving him a hug. The 32-year-old was taken to Royal Perth Hospital, but his head injuries were too severe for him to survive and eventually his life support was switched off.

    NZ Newswire
  • U2's longtime tour manager, Dennis Sheehan, found dead

    For more than three decades, U2's beloved tour manager, Dennis Sheehan, kept the band running on time. Sheehan died early Wednesday, just a few hours after U2 kicked off its latest tour. "Dennis always got the band on stage, pretty much on time.

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  • Lewis Hamilton smitten with Kendall Jenner

    The 30-year-old Formula One racing driver, who split from Nicole Scherzinger in February after seven years of dating, is reportedly smitten with the 19-year-old model. The brunette beauty is equally attracted to Lewis and enjoyed spending the day with him on his boat. Another source said: "Kendall definitely has a major flirtation going on with Lewis and seems into him.

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  • In slip of tongue, Greek official uses taboo word 'troika'

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A big taboo has been broken in Athens. Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has let drop the old term for Greece's three bailout creditors, known — and by many Greeks reviled — for five austerity

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  • Mystery of holes in Swiss cheese cracked after a century

    Eureka! After about a century of research, Swiss scientists have finally cracked the mystery of the holes in Swiss cheese. Experts from Agroscope, a state centre for agricultural research, said the phenomenon -- which marks famous Swiss cheeses such as Emmental and Appenzell -- was caused by tiny bits of hay present in the milk and not bacteria as previously thought. "It's the disappearance of the traditional bucket" used during milking that caused the difference, said Agroscope spokesman Regis Nyffeler, adding that bits of hay fell into it and then eventually caused the holes.

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  • Why the US is leading the charge against FIFA

    As the latest scandal involving FIFA unfolds, questions are being asked as to why it's the U.S. that has chosen to swoop on world soccer's governing body. A number of top FIFA officials were arrested on Wednesday morning at the request of the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ), in relation to claims about corruption and racketeering spanning the last 24 years. Moments afterwards, the Swiss Attorney General announced it was also opening criminal proceedings, focusing on "criminal mismanagement and money laundering" in relation to the host country allocations for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups in Qatar and Russia.

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  • 65-year-old mum's quadruplets face big health risks

    Doctors at a Berlin clinic say quadruplets, whose very premature births to a 65-year-old German mother have captured headlines and stirred debate, face big health risks. Eight days after their delivery about 15 weeks early, two of the newborns are receiving help breathing and one has undergone surgery for an intestinal problem, said the medical experts at the prestigious Charite hospital. Teacher Annegret Raunigk, who has already had 13 children, gave birth to the quadruplets by caesarian section in the 26th week of pregnancy, after travelling to Ukraine for fertility treatment with two anonymous donors.

    AFP
  • Confessions of a Las Vegas wedding chapel officiant

    People think because it’s a Vegas wedding it’s just fun and goofy and not sincere. Later, we received a request from the groom via email saying that his wife had passed away after a battle with cancer, and wished to have some of her ashes scattered at the chapel.

    Total Travel
  • Zara Phillips 'to inherit a share of her aunt's estate'

    Britain's Zara Phillips has reportedly been named in the will of her aunt Sarah Staples. The 34-year-old royal, who has a 17-month-old daughter Mia with her husband Mike Tindall, stands to inherit a share of the £722,000 estate following Sarah's sudden death in December at the age of 63, the Daily Mail newspaper reports. Sarah did not have any children of her own and was the only sister of Zara's father, Captain Mark Phillips.

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  • Racist trolling casts pall over US spelling bee

    Racist trolling on social media is casting an ugly pall over, of all things, the world's foremost spelling bee. For seven years in a row, and for 11 of the past 15 years, the $30,000 Scripps National Spelling Bee championship has been won by American youngsters of Indian heritage. One of them, Vanya Shivashankar, 13, who lives in Kansas, is back for a fifth time -- inspired no doubt by her sister Kavya, the 2009 champion.

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  • Skanska group wins $3.6 bn LaGuardia airport project

    A consortium led by Swedish construction company Skanska was picked for a $3.6 billion project to modernize New York's LaGuardia Airport, regional transport officials announced Thursday. The Skanska team, called LaGuardia Gateway Partners, was tapped by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to demolish the existing central LaGuardia terminal and build and maintain a replacement. Other members of the consortium are Walsh Construction, Vantage Airport Group, which manages nine airports around the world, Meridiam, Parsons Brinckerhoff, and HOK, the global architecture group.

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  • Katrina Grant receives suspended ban

    An apologetic Katrina Grant has received a suspended two-match ban for misconduct after a trans-Tasman netball league disciplinary hearing. The Silver Ferns defender and Central Pulse captain on Wednesday became the first player to face a disciplinary hearing in the competition's eight-year history. Post-match television footage showed Grant speaking heatedly with match referee Jono Bredin.

    NZ Newswire
  • After complaints, Chinese hotelier gets his government's ear

    In the wee hours of a March morning, a Chinese hotelier wrote a 5,000-word open letter to his country's premier and posted it on social media. Instead, he was invited to the inner sanctum offices of China's leadership in Beijing to offer more of his thoughts after his writing caught the attention of Premier Li Keqiang and other senior leaders. In a country where ordinary people often say their voices are never heard and where critics of the government routinely get silenced, harassed and even jailed, Wu's experience seems exceptional: It suggests a leadership that, in its efforts to stamp out corruption and improve government efficiency, is willing to hear unflattering accounts.

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  • Keira Knightley Has Given Birth

    Keira Knightley and husband James Righton have just welcomed their first child. Photo: Getty ImagesKeira Knightley, her husband James Righton and now their new baby makes three. That’s right, Knightley and Righton have welcomed their first child, E! News

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  • Frenchwoman jailed for 18 months for 'torturing' boyfriend

    A Frenchwoman who kept her boyfriend as a "domestic slave", forcing him to ingest sponges and window cleaner, was Thursday sentenced to three years in prison, half of which was suspended. Zakia Medkour, 43, was also ordered to pay 200,000 euros ($217,000) in damages to her ex-boyfriend Maxime Gaget, 37, for crimes which the prosecution said went "beyond violence" with a "female torturer and a male victim". The pair met in 2007 on the Internet and seven months later moved into a Parisian studio where Medkour lived with her two children.

    AFP
  • Kylie Jenner threatens to leave Keeping Up with the Kardashians

    Kylie Jenner has reportedly stated she wants to quit 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' due to feeling 'blindsided' by Bruce Jenner's gender transition. A source told Life & Style Weekly magazine: "She has no interest in being a part of the series any more.The entire experience with Bruce has made her realise it's time to leave. Kylie is believed to want to quit the show - which also stars her sister Kendall Jenner, half-siblings Kim Kardashian West, Khloé Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian and mother Kris Jenner - because she can't handle the pressure of people knowing everything about her.

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  • New species of human ancestor found in Ethiopia

    In 1974, anthropologists in Ethiopia found the astonishing fossilised remains of a human-like creature who last walked the planet some 3.2 million years ago. Was "Lucy," as the hominid was called, the direct ancestor of Homo sapiens?

    AFP