• 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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  • Quake deals heavy blow to Nepal's rich cultural heritage

    Reduced to piles of rubble and splintered wood, Nepal's rich cultural heritage has suffered a devastating blow from a massive earthquake that tore through the country, experts said Sunday. In the heart of Kathmandu, many of a cluster of temples and statues built between the 12th and 18th centuries by the ancient kings of Nepal have collapsed, killing scores and trapping others underneath. The nine-storey Dharahara tower, a major tourist attraction in the city's Durbar square with its spiral staircase of 200 steps, was reduced to just its base when the 7.8-magnitude quake struck at lunchtime on Saturday.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

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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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  • Christina Aguilera thinks Hayden Panettiere is 'a Pit bull'

    The 34-year-old singer, who has six-month-old daughter Summer Rain with fiancé Matthew Rutler and seven-year-old son Max with ex-husband Jordan Bratman, also couldn't resist asking the pint-sized star, 25, about her Ukrainian boxer fiancé Wladimir Klitschko, who stands more than a foot taller than her at 6'6". Asked if she would consider returning to the country music drama in the future, Christina added: "For sure! I had such a great time.

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  • Court: Iowa casino doesn't have to pay $41M jackpot error

    When an 87-year-old Illinois grandmother bet a quarter in an Iowa slot machine in 2011, she thought she'd hit it big. Pauline McKee and her daughter excitedly summoned casino employees to collect what they thought was a $41.8 million jackpot. The rules and pay table, which were available on a touch screen, amount to a contract between the casino and the player and it doesn't matter that McKee didn't read them, he added.

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  • Why the US won't have OPEC to kick around in 2016

    As candidates for the 2016 U.S. general election gear up for a White House run, one villain of recent campaign cycles will be conspicuously absent: the cartel known as OPEC. With the U.S. oil boom helping the world's largest economy churn out more than 9 million barrels per day (bpd), its highest in about three decades and up 80 percent since 2008, energy prices appear to be sidelined as political theater.

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  • 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.

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  • Man fighting for life after shark attack in Australia

    A surfer was fighting for his life on Saturday after being mauled by a shark in Australia's south, police said, with onlookers claiming the animal swam off with his leg in its mouth. The man was surfing at Fishery Bay in Port Lincoln National Park, some 245 kilometres (150 miles) west of Adelaide, when the shark attacked him. "The man sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported to Port Lincoln Hospital," South Australia state police said, adding in a later update that he was in a critical condition with "serious leg injuries".

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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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  • 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.

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  • Accused Rapist Files Lawsuit Against Columbia University After Mattress Stunt

    In September last year, a Columbia University student made headlines around the world when she pledged to carry her mattress around campus until her rapist was expelled. Emma Sulkowicz says she was raped by a fellow student in her own dorm room two years ago, and now lives in fear it will happen again because police and campus security have ignored her claims. Paul Nungesser, the German citizen accused of raping Sulkowicz, filed the lawsuit against Columbia University overnight, saying it had failed to protect him against harassment.

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  • Over two tonnes of cocaine seized off Scotland

    Nine men have been charged with drug trafficking after the British coastguard seized more than two tonnes of cocaine off the east coast of Scotland, French and British officials said on Sunday. French customs shared "specific information allowing two ships from the Royal Navy and the British coastguards to board a tug 100 kilometres (60 miles) east of Scotland carrying a very large quantity of cocaine, more than two tons" on Thursday, it said in a statement. The drugs were found when the HMS Somerset and Border Force cutter Valiant intercepted the Hamal, a 35-metre tugboat registered in the Marshall Islands and owned by a Ukrainian company.

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  • Truckers could stay off job at nation's busiest port complex

    Truck drivers who haul goods from the nation's busiest port complex in Southern California could stay off the job next week as part of a long-running labor dispute, union officials said Friday. It won't be clear until next week how many of the drivers stay away, but the action could disrupt business at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles as soon as Monday, after an expected vote this weekend. The truckers say they face shrinking wages and want to become employees of the trucking companies, which they say would mean better wages and workplace protections.

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  • 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.

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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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  • Henderson leads LPGA tournament

    Brooke Henderson has no photo on the LPGA Tour's website and has had to rely on sponsor exemptions to get into tournaments after failing to earn a card in qualifying school. For one day at least, Henderson is the new player with a serious swagger in women's golf. "That's pretty cool," Henderson said about her low score.

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