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Joyriding Auckland teenagers caught

Cellphone footage captures Auckland police pursuit

Four teenage girls allegedly stole a car and started a police chase while capturing it on video.

  • Amber Heard: I have to 'fight' for movie roles because I'm bisexual

    Amber Heard has to "fight" for film roles because of her sexuality. The 29-year-old actress came out as bisexual at an event hosted by Gay & Lesbian Alliance against Defamation in 2010 and - before she met her husband Johnny Depp in 2012 - dated female artist and photographer Tasya van Ree between 2008 to 2011, but has insisted she doesn't want to "be defined by it". Amber said: "I don't want to have to deny my sexuality in order to be me.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Air force farewells the Iroquois

    After half a century, the air force has said goodbye to an iconic aircraft. On Wednesday, the Royal New Zealand Air Force permanently grounded the Iroquois helicopter, known to many as the Huey, following 49 years of use. The chopper, with its unique sound, will be familiar to many for carrying speakers booming Wagner into battle in Francis Ford Coppola's Vietnam War film Apocalypse Now.

    NZ Newswire
  • Princess Charlotte's christening details announced

    Britain's Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will hold Princess Charlotte's christening at the weekend. Prince William and Kate Middleton, along with Prince George and Charlotte, will appear in public for the first time as a family of four on Sunday (05.07.15) at the ceremony, set to take place in Norfolk, and be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, who will also give an address. The public will be allowed into the paddock outside the church to get a glimpse of the royal family, something that William and Kate are "delighted" about.

    Bang Showbiz
  • The Queen told Lewis Hamilton off for bad manners

    Britain's Queen Elizabeth told Lewis Hamilton off for his bad table manners. Lewis said: "I got invited to a lunch and was sitting next to The Queen. Despite this telling off, Lewis went on to say that The Queen is "really cool".

    Bang Showbiz
  • Pilots fired after snapping selfies with model in cockpit

    In the world of aviation, on-the-job selfies are the quickest way to find yourself in the unemployment line. Two pilots were fired after taking photos with an actress in the cockpit during a flight on Tuesday from Buenos Aires to Rosario. The woman, Vicky Xipolitakis, shared the photos with her 405,000 followers on Twitter.

    Total Travel
  • In first, IS beheads two Syria women for 'sorcery': monitor

    The Islamic State group has beheaded two women in eastern Syria accused of "witchcraft and sorcery", a monitor said Tuesday, in the jihadists' first decapitations of female civilians. The extremist group has become infamous for gruesome executions and mass killings, but the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the two women were the first female civilians to be beheaded by IS. "The Islamic State group executed two women by beheading them in Deir Ezzor province, and this is the first time the Observatory has documented women being killed by the group in this manner," Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.

    AFP
  • Golden girl Bouchard slumps at Wimbledon

    Eugenie Bouchard, who reached the Wimbledon final last year, was dumped out in the first round on Tuesday by China's Duan Ying-Ying, the world number 117. The 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 defeat against the qualifier was 12th seeded Bouchard's 12th loss in her last 14 matches and will see her drop out of the world top 20. The 21-year-old Canadian was one of the show-stealers at Wimbledon in 2014.

    AFP 23 mins ago
  • Chainsawing tutor injured in first lesson

    The Waiariki Institute of Technology tutor suffered fractures to his right shoulder, lower back, leg and five ribs, collapsed lungs, bruised vertebrae and severe abdominal pain and swelling. WorkSafe said the tutor - who had not taught a tertiary course before - was employed on a pre-forestry apprenticeship programme where students are taught how to operate a chainsaw. "Waiariki Institute of Technology should have assessed the tutor's competence in tree felling before he taught any classes," said Jo Pugh, WorkSafe's chief inspector of assessments in the Central region.

    NZ Newswire
  • South Sudan army raped then burnt girls alive: UN

    South Sudan's army raped then torched girls alive inside their homes during a recent campaign marked by "new brutality and intensity", a UN rights report said Tuesday. The military, the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA), launched a major offensive against rebel forces in April, with fierce fighting in Unity state's northern Mayom district, once a key oil producing area. "Survivors of these attacks reported that SPLA and allied militias from Mayom county carried out a campaign against the local population that killed civilians, looted and destroyed villages and displaced over 100,000 people," the UN said.

    AFP
  • Swedish woman gets $18M in sex harassment suit against boss

    A young Swedish woman who sued her former Wall Street executive boss over lurid allegations of sexual conquest, betrayal and stalking was awarded $18 million by a federal jury Monday. Hanna Bouveng, 25, accused Benjamin Wey in an $850 million lawsuit of using his power as owner of New York Global Group to coerce her into four sexual encounters before firing her after discovering she had a boyfriend. The jury in federal court in Manhattan awarded her $2 million in compensatory damages plus $16 million in punitive damages on sexual harassment, retaliation and defamation claims.

    Associated Press
  • This could be the tipping point for oil prices

    Record oil production meeting a wave of surprisingly strong demand has reined in world oil prices, creating a delicate balance that could be tipped either way-and the most immediate catalyst may be Iran 's nuclear talks. U.S. crude futures have been locked between $57 and $62 per barrel-since late April. Should negotiators reach a deal for Iran to end its nuclear program, in addition to the increase in production, Iran could unleash an estimated 30 million to 40 million barrels of oil it now stores on tankers.

    CNBC
  • Law changes that are going to affect you

    Vehicle licences are cheaper because ACC levy rates have been reduced. Paid parental leave payments have increased. On April 1, paid parental leave increased from 14 to 16 weeks, and from April 1 next year it will increase again to 18 weeks.

    NZ Newswire
  • Kate and Oliver Hudson 'not surprised' at disownment

    Kate and Oliver Hudson were "not surprised" their father Bill disowned them. Meanwhile, another source suggested the 65-year-old singer - who was married to Kate and Oliver's mother, Goldie Hawn, from 1976 to 1982 - controversially shunned his children in an attempt to "clear his name".

    Bang Showbiz
  • Exciting Maori All Blacks squad announced

    Brothers Akira and Rieko Ioane are among a clutch of rising stars of New Zealand rugby included in the Maori All Blacks squad for two games in July. Chiefs centre Charlie Ngatai is captain and one of 21 Super Rugby players included in coach Colin Cooper's squad of 27 for fixtures against Fiji and the New Zealand Barbarians. Powerhouse Blues loose forward Akira Ioane, 20, was a standout figure for the New Zealand team who clinched the junior world championship in Italy this month.

    NZ Newswire
  • The best way to spend a layover at Qatar's $16 billion airport

    It’s a brilliant question to ask someone in an airport and one that is never asked at many airports around the world. Sure Qatar’s $16 Billion Hamad International Airport in Doha has life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, a $6.8 million 7-metre-tall bear sculpture from Swiss artist Urs Fischer and one of the largest Christian Dior perfumeries you’ve ever seen. After a brief visit before my morning flight on Qatar Airways from Doha to New York City, I made a pledge to never visit another XpresSpa again.

    Total Travel
  • Spicing up Malaysia's beloved 'fatty rice'

    Zainal Abidin's tiny food stall serves just one item and opens for only a few hours but is besieged each day by nearly a thousand customers clamouring for Malaysia's undisputed national dish, nasi lemak. Born as a cheap breakfast, nasi lemak is today eaten throughout the day, and is on an expanding culinary sojourn with the classic recipe continually tweaked, and even innovations such as nasi lemak pizza and ice cream appearing on menus. "Demand for nasi lemak has gone up a lot over the years because it is not just for breakfast anymore," said Zainal, 57, whose mother first opened their "Nasi Lemak Tanglin" stall in 1948.

    AFP
  • Insight - Slowboat to China: No quick fix for luxury yacht firm Ferretti

    SARNICO, Italy/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - When Chinese industrial conglomerate Weichai Group snapped up cash-strapped Italian luxury yacht builder Ferretti in 2012, the deal looked like a match made in heaven. Debt-laden Ferretti, known for the elegant Riva speedboats favoured by film star Sophia Loren, was the world's top maker of large motor yachts and cash-rich Weichai saw an opportunity to offer luxury leisure to the growing ranks of Chinese billionaires. Three years on, wealthy Chinese are yet to fully embrace the appeal of messing about in boats and Ferretti, which has since slipped to No.3 among global superyacht builders according to an annual order book survey by industry publisher Boat International, is still loss-making.

    Reuters
  • Many borrowers ready for rates to rise

    Borrowers are taking advantage of record low interest rates to pay down their mortgages and get ahead before rates go back up. Many have not reduced their repayments as interest rates fell and are therefore paying down their debt at a faster rate. "They realise they're on to a good thing right now so they're using the current market to pay down as much as their debt as possible, which will definitely help them in the long run when rates do rise," Mortgage Choice spokesperson Jessica Darnbrough says.

    AAP
  • Elderly man left to die on hospital floor

    Nurses who left an elderly man dying on a hospital floor from a brain bleed have been forced to apologise to his family. On Monday, deputy health and disability commissioner Theo Baker released a report finding a district health board and a number of registered nurses had breached multiple standards in the way the man was treated leading up to his death in 2013. The patient, who had a record of several psychiatric conditions, including bi-polar disorder, voluntarily admitted himself in a psychiatric hospital without his family knowing.

    NZ Newswire
  • F1 tyre size a deal-breaker for Michelin

    Michelin has no interest in supplying tyres to Formula One unless the sport agrees to make them bigger, a change motorsport head Pascal Couasnon feels sure will happen eventually. The French company and current suppliers Pirelli are the only bidders for the three-year contract from 2017, when rule changes could be introduced to make the cars quicker and harder to handle. Michelin have stressed that their bid depends on a change of tyre specification from 13 inch to at least 18.

    Reuters