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  • Carter starts campaign for World Cup

    Dan Carter is in his best shape for two years and ready to make an early impression in the race to be the All Blacks' World Cup playmaker. The 103rd Test of his illustrious career allows Carter to put the last two years of injury frustration behind him. Carter can expect Beauden Barrett and Colin Slade to be selection rivals all year, including at the World Cup.

    NZ Newswire
  • Samsung Electronics profit guidance suggests costly S6 miss

    South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Tuesday guided for weaker-than-expected second-quarter earnings, as a supply shortage plagued its latest smartphone launch and tepid demand from key markets likely undercut sales. The guidance suggests that Samsung, while on a gradual recovery path, will struggle to replicate the explosive growth it recorded at the turn of the decade as smartphone competition intensifies and demand softens in China and Europe. Operating profit for the second quarter likely fell 4 percent from a year earlier to 6.9 trillion won ($6.13 billion), Samsung said in a filing, its best profit in four quarters but also the seventh straight period of annual decline.

    Reuters
  • 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.

    Rightster - EuroNews
  • 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.

    AFP
  • Scott Disick 'fuming' with Kardashians

    Scott Disick is "fuming" with the Kardashian family. The 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' star reportedly ended his relationship with partner Kourtney Kardashian weeks before he was seen getting close to Chloe Bartoli and is said to be angry with the 36-year-old beauty and her family for claiming it was Kourtney who split with him. A source told RadarOnline.com: "Scott is fuming that Kourtney's camp is leaking stories that she was the one that ended the relationship.

    Bang Showbiz
  • 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.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Greece given Sunday deadline for debt deal

    European leaders gave debt-stricken Athens a final deadline of Sunday to reach a new bailout deal and avoid crashing out of the euro, after Greek voters rejected international creditors' plans in a weekend referendum. Greek leaders must submit detailed reform plans by Thursday to win the fresh bailout funds the country needs to stop its banking system from collapsing, EU President Donald Tusk said after an emergency summit of Greek and eurozone leaders. All 28 European Union leaders will examine the plans on Sunday in a make-or-break summit that will either save Greece's moribund economy, or leave it to crash out of the single currency -- a so-called "Grexit".

    AFP
  • Mainland shares lead losses in mixed Asia, down over 2%

    Mainland shares led losses in a mixed trading session in Asia on Tuesday, with investors doubtful of how effective Beijing's slew of market rescue measures will be. Overnight, U.S. stocks handed over a mildly negative lead as investors weighed concerns

    CNBC
  • Disclosure tease 'sassy' Lorde collaboration

    Disclosure have teased a "sassy" Lorde collaboration.The duo - comprised of brothers Howard, 21, and Guy Lawrence, 24 - have recorded a track with the 18-year-old singer for their second studio album and said it is "the most equal collaboration" on the

    Bang Showbiz
  • Brian McFadden and Vogue Williams split

    Brian McFadden and Vogue Williams have split. The model and television personality took to Twitter to announce the news, writing: "It is with sadness that Brian and I have made the tough decision to go our separate ways. Brian, too, shared an identical message on the microblogging site.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Russia cuts off power supplies to Ukraine rebels: Kiev

    Kiev said Tuesday that Russia had cut off electricity to Ukraine's rebel-run regions in what appears to be another sign that Moscow is losing interest in plans to splinter its neighbour. Russian President Vladimir Putin has gone through an extended spell without peppering his speeches with mentions of a "New Russia" (Novorossiya) made up of Ukrainian lands that were once under tsarist control. The veteran Kremlin leader had fervently promoted the project while the separatists were gaining ground along Ukraine's eastern industrial heartland toward the end of last year.

    AFP
  • Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are 'united'

    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

    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
  • 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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  • Lack of new Greek proposals leaves eurozone leaders on edge

    Eurozone leaders met the beaming smile of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras with anger and frustration Tuesday when it became clear the Greek leader came to their summit without a fresh written proposal on how to save his country from financial ruin. With Greece's banks just days away from a potential collapse that could drag the country out of the euro, Tsipras had been expected to offer up economic reforms in exchange for loans. Instead he came with only vague proposals and a commitment to back it up with real figures and a written plan on Wednesday.

    Associated Press
  • Bobby Brown's family banned from visiting Bobbi Kristina

    Bobby Brown's family have been banned from visiting Bobbi Kristina Brown. The 22-year-old aspiring singer was recently moved to hospice care - five months after she was found unresponsive in her bath - and, after a picture of her in the facility was shopped for sale, relatives of her late mother, Whitney Houston, have intervened to restrict access to her bedside. Sources told TMZ the security team at the hospice informed Whitney's family there was evidence incriminating a Brown family member as the person who took the picture, and Bobbi Kristina's estate made the decision to ban the Browns on that basis.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Owner of 'Tetris' rights takes Hawaii home, ranch off grid

    The difference is that this solar-powered home is completely energy independent. Homeowner Henk Rogers, 61, hopes the technology he is using in his home can help make other homes across Hawaii — and the world — energy independent as well. Rogers is famous for discovering the video game "Tetris" more than 20 years ago.

    Associated Press
  • Top Gear follow-up ‘can’t air until 2017’

    ITV won’t be allowed to show a Jeremy Clarkson Top Gear follow-up until 2017.A clause in the BBC contract of the controversial presenter - who was sacked by the corporation earlier this year - reportedly means that he and his on-screen co-stars James

    Bang Showbiz
  • Air strikes, ground combat in Yemen killed nearly 200 on Monday

    Saudi-led coalition air strikes and clashes killed at least 176 fighters and civilians in Yemen on Monday, residents and media run by the Houthi movement said, the highest daily toll since the Arab air offensive began more than three months ago. The United Nations has been pushing for a halt to air raids and intensified fighting that began on March 26. The Iran-allied Shi'ite Houthis say they are rebelling against a corrupt government, while local fighters say they are defending their homes from Houthi incursions.

    Reuters
  • Building Up Expertise for Myanmar's Oil & Gas Industry

    SINGAPORE, July 6, 2015 - (ACN Newswire) - According to a recent report, Myanmar has received more than US$8 billion[1] in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) last fiscal year, double the US$4 billion government target. A senior official from the Myanmar

    ACN Newswire