• Ko defends Swinging Skirts title

    Cool-as-a-cucumber Kiwi golf star Lydia Ko has shown her big game temperament to defend her Swinging Skirts Classic title in San Francisco. The world No.1 birdied the second play-off hole against American Morgan Pressel to snatch the $US300,000 prize money on Sunday (local time) after starting the day four shots off the lead. Ko, who celebrated her 18th birthday on Friday, had started her final round with two bogeys and had two more on the 12th and 16th holes, but crucially sank a sixth birdie on the 18th to tie with Pressel and force the play-off.

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  • Flying Harry may miss royal baby

    Prince Harry may not be able to meet his new niece or nephew until mid-May unless the royal baby puts in a very speedy appearance. Harry is flying back to Australia on Monday to spend time with Australian Army units in Perth and Sydney before he embarks on an official tour of New Zealand from May 9 to May 16. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's second child is due any day now, and Harry jetted in to the UK for a brief stay to present medals at the London Marathon on Sunday after a trip to Turkey for the Gallipoli centenary commemorations.

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  • Reds players told to get over oval call

    Miffed Adelaide United players have been ordered to get over their anger at being denied an A-League final on their home ground. Reds boss Michael Petrillo has told players not to waste energy over playing Friday night's knockout bout against Brisbane Roar at Adelaide Oval, rather than their Coopers Stadium base at Hindmarsh. "Coopers Stadium is our home ground and we would have preferred for it to be played there," Petrillo, the club's chief executive and football director, told AAP on Monday.

  • Kelly Brook blasts 'disrespectful' SImon Cowell

    Kelly Brook has called Simon Cowell "disrespectful" for firing her from 'Britain's Got Talent'. The 35-year-old beauty has revealed that the music mogul would arrive four hours late to film the ITV show in 2009, so she "wasn't bothered" when she got fired just three days after starting her job as a judge next to Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan. Kelly said: "We would have to start at 9am ... Simon didn't, though - he was hours late.

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  • Anzac disruption prompts Bikies apology

    Bikies have apologised for disrupting the Anzac Day dawn service in a small North Island township, after their revving drowned out the Last Post. The commemoration at Waiouru was interrupted by members of the Rebels Motorcycle Club, who were passing through the tiny settlement on Saturday morning. The club has apologised, saying riders had thought the service was finished, the New Zealand Herald reports.

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  • Nepal Earthquake: LIVE REPORT

    06:22 GMT - "Fear and confusion" - Families, the sick and elderly have been packed into parks and other open spaces in Kathmandu after losing their houses, with others too terrified of aftershocks to return home. "This is a nightmare, why don't these aftershocks stop?" asks 70-year-old Sanu Ranjitkar, clutching her dog and with an oxygen mask strapped to her face, sitting under a tarpaulin. "There is just too much fear and confusion," says Bijay Sreshth, as he tries to listen to a radio in the hope of hearing a message from the government.

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  • The Women Who Have To Justify Their Medals On ANZAC Day

    Suzanne Baker.By the standards of any military veteran, Suzanne Baker has an impressive array of medals. They include the Australian Active Service medal, the Australian Defence Medal, the Australian Operational Service Medal – a glistening display of

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  • Mel C and Victoria Beckham won't attend Geri Halliwell's wedding

    Geri Halliwell's wedding won't see a Spice Girls reunion, as Melanie C and Victoria Beckham are reportedly not able to attend. The 42-year-old singer hoped to get her bandmates back together for her nuptials to Christian Horner but work commitments have got in the way, with Victoria being out of the country and Mel C already agreeing to a TV role on 'Asia's Got Talent' on the same date. It's not known whether Emma Bunton will be able to attend, but Mel B is flying in from Los Angeles - where she now lives - to see Geri get hitched at Syon House in London in a few weeks.

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  • Google executive among hundreds dead from Nepal quake

    Dan Fredinburg, a Google executive who described himself as an adventurer, was among the hundreds who died in a massive earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday. Google confirmed his death. Lawrence You, the company's director of privacy, posted online that Fredinburg was in Nepal with three other Google employees climbing Mount Everest.

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  • Loss of Cuban home sits heavy

    Edmund Chester, in his early 60s with three young children, couldn't afford to retire. "The chicken farms were a financial disaster," son Edmund Jr says. The stress weighed on the elder Chester, whose mental faculties were fading.

  • Russia ponders raising retirement age in budget crunch

    Taking care of pensioners who are his bedrock of support has been a key feature of President Vladimir Putin's rule, but as crisis bites, the Russian government is mooting an idea that has been taboo for 80 years: raising the retirement age. Now, faced with a shrinking economy thanks to Western sanctions over Ukraine, an oil price that is half of what it was a year ago and a weak ruble, even Putin is cautiously bringing up the subject, which threatens to unleash protests and hurt his high ratings. "The retirement age is one of the key issues," the president said in his annual phone-in session earlier this month.

  • Indonesia informs death row convicts execution just days away

    Indonesia has informed two Australians, one Nigerian and four other death-row drug convicts that they will be executed in a matter of days, possibly as soon as Tuesday. The Attorney General's office said notices that they would face a firing squad after 72 hours were delivered to the seven on the prison island of Nusakambangan, despite last-minute appeals for clemency from the Australian government and others. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, two Australians arrested as ringleaders of the 'Bali Nine' drug-smuggling group, were among the seven, lawyers said.

  • Kris Humphries says sorry for Bruce Jenner tweet

    Kris Humphries has apologised for a tweet he sent regarding Bruce Jenner's gender transition. Bruce, 65, announced his decision to become a woman during a tell-all interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer and while the show was being broadcast, Kris took to Twitter to send a vague message. Subsequently, the basketball player, who was married to Kim Kardashian West from 2011 until 2013, was subjected to a torrent of abuse from online users, many of whom accused him of being insensitive and ignorant.

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  • Injured Argentina rally fans in 'serious' condition

    Three spectators were in a serious condition on Sunday after a car careered off the track and ploughed into the crowd at the Rally of Argentina, organisers said. The accident happened during Saturday's action when New Zealand's Hayden Paddon lost control of his Hyundai car at the 1.5km mark of the ninth stage which was eventually cancelled. According to witnesses at the scene, spectators had been warned by police to move back from the racing line for their own safety but their pleas were largely ignored.

  • Four recalls to Kiwis squad for Test

    Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney hasn't been afraid to meddle with his triumphant Four Nations squad, recalling four players and removing 10 for this week's Test against Australia in Brisbane. Fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, uncapped wing Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and props Sam Moa and Ben Matulino are in the 18-strong squad for the Test on Friday, having not been involved late last year. Injury has ruled out two members of the Four Nations squad - powerhouse North Queensland Cowboys forward Jason Taumalolo and classy Penrith centre Dean Whare.

  • Lena Dunham: Rape left me 'powerless'

    Lena Dunham felt "powerless" after she had been raped. The Girls star has admitted she felt as though her "value" had been determined by another person, following the serious sexual assault. The 28-year-old star is now using her terrible experience to help other victims of sexual assault and to help give a voice to those who have survived.

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  • Keith Richards was '40 per cent drugs'

    Keith Richards was "40 per cent drugs" while making 'Sticky Fingers'. The Rolling Stones guitarist caused concern with his habit while recording their 1971 LP, with those close to the band admitting he was using narcotics "just to exist". The group's financial manager, Ronnie Schneider, said: "Keith at the time was maybe 60 per cent music and 40 per cent drugs.

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  • Key hopes for little ponytail-gate fallout

    There was no power imbalance in the ponytail incident, Prime Minister John Key says. Mr Key has been under fire after it was revealed he had pulled Auckland waitress Amanda Bailey's ponytail on several occasions at the cafe where she worked, despite being asked several times to stop. Green Party co-Leader Metiria Turei says he should have know better and stopped when asked to.

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  • Seniors group says leave savers alone

    Seniors have a blunt message for the federal government: leave savers alone. Over-50s lobby group National Seniors Australia has joined the opposition to a bank deposits tax, saying people who save are an easy target for governments. "They're low hanging fruit for governments who are keen to grab money," chief executive Michael O'Neill told AAP.

  • Schumacher's son wins on his debut F4 weekend

    Michael Schumacher's 16-year-old son Mick sprayed the winner's champagne after capping an impressive debut weekend in German Formula Four with the first victory of his motor racing career on Sunday. Competing for the Dutch-based Van Amersfoort Racing team, the German lined up second on the grid for the last of three races at Oschersleben and made a quick getaway to lead from the start. Schumacher, who leads the rookie standings and is fifth overall in the championship, ended the 30-minute race behind the safety car with Australian team mate Joey Mawson second and fellow rookie Thomas Preining third.