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  • Germany dismisses Greece bid for new bailout after 'No' vote

    Germany on Monday dismissed Greece's bid to clinch a quick 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, who had irritated his European counterparts with his blunt negotiating style, announced he was resigning at Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's request in a move to placate creditors. "It is not about people but rather positions," Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said, adding that there is currently "no basis to enter into negotiations on a new aid programme".

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  • Billy Joel marries Alexis Roderick

    Billy Joel and Alexis Roderick have got married. The 'Piano Man' hitmaker tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend on Saturday evening (04.07.15), surprising guests including "family and close friends" who had gathered for their annual July 4 party. The couple held the ceremony at Billy's estate on Long Island, New York, with politician Andrew Cuomo, 'Zookeeper' actor Kevin James, and the musician's 29-year-old daughter from his marriage to model Christine Brinkley, Alexa Ray Joel, in attendance.

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  • 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.

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  • Relief as Russian cargo ship docks at space station

    An unmanned Russian cargo ship successfully docked with the International Space Station on Sunday following a string of failed attempts to resupply the orbital laboratory. "The transport cargo ship Progress M-28M has docked with the... Russian segment of the ISS at 10:11am Moscow time (0711 GMT)," the Russian federal space agency (Roscosmos) said in a statement. Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko and US astronaut Scott Kelly are part of Expedition 44 currently in space, to be joined by three more people later this month.

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  • Oil tumbles 6 percent after Greek 'No' vote, ahead of Iran deadline

    Oil prices tumbled their most in three months on Monday, with U.S. crude falling 6 percent, after Greece's rejection of debt bailout terms and China's rolling out of emergency measures to support its stock markets shook global markets. Adding to the pressure on oil, Iran and global powers were trying to meet a July 7 deadline on a nuclear deal, which could bring more supply to the market if sanctions on Iran are eased. The self-imposed deadline could be extended again, officials at the negotiations said.

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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.

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  • Chris Martin and Kylie Minogue's 'chemistry'

    Chris Martin and Kylie Minogue have "chemistry". The Coldplay frontman - who is said to have recently split from girlfriend Jennifer Lawrence - sparked rumours he and the 'Spinning Around' hitmaker were dating when they were seen on a late night walk. A source shared: "They have known each other for years and have long had chemistry.

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  • Samoa declares holiday for historic All Blacks Test

    Samoa is expected to come to a standstill on Wednesday when the All Blacks launch their World Cup preparations by playing in the rugby-obsessed island nation for the first time. Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'lele Malielegaoi has declared a half-day holiday to mark the historic occasion with a raft of public activities including a street parade for the All Blacks. World Rugby hall-of-famer Michael Jones, who represented both countries in his stellar career, said the long-awaited match was "huge" for Samoans.

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  • NZ competitive eater beaten in NY

    New Zealander Nela Zisser has missed out on the top spots in the annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4th at Coney Island in New York. The Women's Champion, Miki Sudo, blew away the competition by putting away 38 hot dogs in ten minutes, beating the 34 she munched the previous year. Sonya Thomas was second, having eaten 31 hot dogs and Juliet Lee was third on 27.5 hot dogs.

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  • Bobbi Kristina Brown confided in pal

    Bobbi Kristina Brown confided in a pal about Nick Gordon. The 22-year-old aspiring actress - who was found unresponsive and face down in a bath tub on January 31 - reportedly told her best friend Alex Reid how her boyfriend had been allegedly abusing her. Meanwhile, Nick - who has denied all the claims made against him - has also been hit with a lawsuit over allegations he knocked her teeth out.

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  • Scott Disick 'is in a classic shame spiral'

    Scott Disick is "in a classic shame spiral" right now. The 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' star - who has three children with his partner Kourtney Kardashian - has been spotted getting close with his stylist ex Chloe Bartoli in France and friends say he knows he is behaving badly. According to People.com he has fallen off the wagon and sources told the publication: "He's in a classic shame spiral right now.

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  • Worst yet to come for McLaren - Alonso

    Fernando Alonso on Saturday warned disappointed McLaren fans that things will be worse, before they are better, after he and Jenson Button failed to progress from Q1 at the British Grand Prix. Two-time champion Alonso will start 17th and 2009 champion Button 18th, the first time both failed to make the cut since the Chinese Grand Prix in April.

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  • China 'trying to hack into everything': Clinton

    Hillary Clinton accused China of "trying to hack into everything that doesn't move in America" and stealing government information, in strongly worded comments likely to irk Beijing. Clinton, a former secretary of state who is making another tilt at the White House in 2016, pulled no punches in remarks to Democratic supporters at a campaign event in New Hampshire on Saturday. James Clapper, the US director of national intelligence, said last month that China was the "leading suspect" in a massive breach affecting personal data of millions of US government employees.

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  • Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris 'in love'

    Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris are "in love". Meanwhile, a source previously claimed that the 25-year-old beauty will arrange to see Calvin whenever she can, even if it means flying thousands of miles and across continents. Taylor feels very safe and secure with Calvin so she usually doesn't have her bodyguard around if Calvin is over.

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  • Baby Ayla to continue recovery in Canada

    The orphaned baby daughter of All Black Jerry Collins and partner Alana Madill is well enough to return to Canada with her relatives. Three-month-old Ayla survived the car crash in southern France that killed her parents a month ago.

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  • Devoted dad Colin Farrell

    Colin Farrell is a "devoted" father. The 'True Detective' actor - who has sons James, 11, and Henry, five, from past relationships - has slowed down his career commitments because he hates being away from his kids for long periods of time and always makes the boys his priority.

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  • NZ dollar touches fresh lows on concern about Greece after voters reject bailout plan

    The New Zealand dollar fell to a fresh five-year low as investors exited riskier assets in favour of safe havens after Greeks look to have rejected austerity measures that would give them access to bailout money. The kiwi touched 66.40 US cents, and was trading at 66.58 cents at 8am in Wellington, from 66.93 cents at the New York close and 67.23 cents in Wellington on Friday. The uncertainty prompted investors to sell higher risk assets such as the kiwi and favour more liquid, stable currencies such as the US dollar and the yen and the perceived safety of government bonds.

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  • Massaged Murray bites back to reach Wimbledon last 16

    Andy Murray reprised his familiar role of being the last British singles player heading into Wimbledon's second week but he needed a reboot to come through Saturday's four-set tussle with Andreas Seppi in a tale of two timeouts. For almost three sets of Murray's 6-2 6-2 1-6 6-1 victory, the third seed was utterly dominant while his opponent looked forlorn, but the momentum of the encounter swung violently following two opportune visits to the court by the trainer. After Murray raced through the opening two sets and trailed 2-1 in the third, 25th seed Seppi called for medical assistance to work on a leg injury.

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  • Jennifer Garner 'leaning on friends' after split

    Jennifer Garner is "leaning on friends" following her split with Ben Affleck. A source told People.com: "Jen has been leaning on friends. The insider said: "This has been on the cards for some time - it's a miracle Jen hung on so long.

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  • Reese Witherspoon couldn't understand Sofia Vergara

    Reese Witherspoon couldn't understand Sofia Vergara on set.The 39-year-old actress stars with Colombian-born Sofia, 42, in the new comedy 'Hot Pursuit' and confessed the pair couldn't communicate with each other " half the time" because of their very

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