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Christchurch's Catholic Diocese will to spend up to $45 million partially rebuilding its earthquake-damaged cathedral.

  • Backpacker tells of horrific torture suffered in Melbourne hotel

    A Dutch backpacker who suffered horrific abuse while held as the sex slave of a sadist for six weeks, has told of how she was beaten until she couldn’t see and was raped in a Melbourne hotel room. The unnamed 23-year-old suffered flashbacks of the objects Alfio Anthony Granata tortured her with during her holiday in Australia that quickly turned into a nightmare. Granata, 47, carved a cross into the forehead of his then-21-year-old victim with a knife and told her she was marked for death during the ghastly ordeal in a Melbourne hotel room in 2012.

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  • Australia's richest person Gina Rinehart loses control of family trust

    Australia's richest person Gina Rinehart was Thursday ordered by a court to relinquish control of a multi-billion dollar family trust to her eldest daughter, culminating a long and bitter feud. The New South Wales Supreme Court appointed Bianca Rinehart as head of the trust, reportedly worth Aus$4.0-5.0 billion (US$3.1-3.8 billion), which was established by her grandfather, the late mining magnate Lang Hancock. It ordered Gina Rinehart to deliver the trust documents and accounts to her daughter.

  • You Have To See Lena Dunham’s Lingerie Selfie

    Almost as long as we’ve been fans of New Zealand-based lingerie label Lonely (beloved of badass celebrities like Lorde and Carey Mulligan). Dunham, 29, took to social media last night to share a picture of herself clad in the pistachio-green Bonnie lace lingerie set by Lonely. “Love my @lonelylingerie and I think I will wear it to dinner with some boots & a smile because we are all very lucky to be free,” Dunham captioned the picture.

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  • Rafa Nadal's new $775,000 watch

    As tennis star Rafa Nadal took to the court Tuesday for the start of the French Open, he had a new good luck charm around his wrist: an $775,000 watch made from a space-age quartz material and built to withstand 5,000 Gs of g-force. Richard Mille, the favorite cult watch of the super rich, announced over the weekend that it's launching a new watch for Nadal called the RM 27-02. Mille has been a sponsor of Nadal's for five years, and Nadal wears Mille watches-known for their super light weight and advanced materials-in all of his matches.

  • Zara Phillips 'to inherit a share of her aunt's estate'

    Britain's Zara Phillips has reportedly been named in the will of her aunt Sarah Staples. The 34-year-old royal, who has a 17-month-old daughter Mia with her husband Mike Tindall, stands to inherit a share of the £722,000 estate following Sarah's sudden death in December at the age of 63, the Daily Mail newspaper reports. Sarah did not have any children of her own and was the only sister of Zara's father, Captain Mark Phillips.

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  • Natalie Imbruglia: I did crazy things after my divorce

    Natalie Imbruglia did a lot of "crazy stuff" following the breakdown of her marriage. The 'Torn' hitmaker split from her husband, Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns, in 2008 after five years of marriage and has admitted she felt a sense of freedom following the break up which led to rumours of flings with a host of fellow A-listers including Robbie Williams, David Schwimmer and Chris Martin. In an interview with Red magazine, she said: "After my divorce I was doing lots of crazy stuff.

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  • Swiss lawmakers satisfied with oversight of HSBC Swiss bank

    ZURICH/GENEVA (Reuters) - Swiss lawmakers are satisfied with the country's financial watchdog's oversight of HSBC Holdings PLC's Swiss arm, a parliamentary subcommittee said on Tuesday. Britain's HSBC has admitted past failings in compliance and control at its Swiss bank following allegations it may have enabled clients to conceal millions of dollars of assets. It faces investigation by U.S. and French authorities, as well as an inquiry by British lawmakers.

  • Taylor Swift asks Calvin Harris to move in

    Taylor Swift has reportedly asked Calvin Harris to move into her Los Angeles apartment. The 'Bad Blood' hitmaker has told the superstar DJ she wants to take their romance to the next level - despite only meeting at the BRIT Awards in February - and Calvin is said to have accepted her offer to movie and has already transferred some of his stuff into her LA home. According to the US edition of OK! magazine, a friend of Taylor revealed: "Taylor has asked Calvin to move in with her in LA, and he's accepted.

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  • UPDATE: Bob Jones ejected from Air NZ flight as fellow passengers applaud

    Property magnate Bob Jones was ejected from an Air New Zealand flight after refusing to take instructions from cabin crew. Jones kept reading when the staff member sought to deliver him and other passengers a routine safety briefing and became argumentative when asked to stop reading, again refusing to be instructed on emergency procedures. Told he could be moved to another seat if he was unable or unwilling to assist in an emergency, he refused to be moved and asked to be left alone, according to passengers in the same row, who witnessed the incident.

  • IS 'executes' 20 in Palmyra Roman theatre

    The Islamic State group "executed" 20 men in front of a crowd in the UNESCO-listed Roman theatre of Syria's ancient city of Palmyra on Wednesday, a monitor said. Across the border the jihadists claimed to have abolished when they proclaimed their "caliphate" last year, thousands of Iraqi security forces and paramilitaries deployed across Anbar province. Nearly a week after seizing strategic Palmyra, IS gathered 20 men they accused of fighting for the regime in the ruins of the theatre and shot them dead, Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told AFP.

  • Insight - All at sea: Australia's search for MH370 under scrutiny

    Nearly a year after embarking on a multi-million dollar quest to solve one of aviation's greatest unsolved mysteries, authorities and search teams are being criticised over their approach to finding Flight MH370 in the remote southern Indian Ocean. The Australian-led search, already the most expensive in aviation history, has found no trace of the Malaysia Airlines jet or its 239 passengers and crew, prompting calls for a rethink into the way the mission is conducted. Heightening concerns, Australian authorities said on Wednesday that another search vessel, the Go Phoenix, which is using the world's best deep sea search equipment and crew provided by U.S. firm Phoenix International Holdings Inc, would pull out within weeks.

  • What to Consider Before Tying the Knot a Second -- or Third -- Time

    As anyone who has been through a messy or expensive divorce knows, you would be foolish not to think about your bank account before marrying again. If you don't have a lot in your bank account and don't own property, it may not matter much. If you're in your 40s or 50s, and you both own homes and cars and have retirement savings, it may make sense to keep your finances as separate as possible.

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  • 4 ways to retire by age 55

    Do you have big plans for retirement? The retirement plans of Google (GOOG) Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette, 52, who announced in March that he wanted more time to travel with his wife, no doubt stirred the fantasies of others who would love to exit the workforce early. One rule of thumb holds that you need to save 25 times your annual budget by retirement, says Sheyna Steiner, senior investing analyst at Bankrate.

  • Austria convicts 14-year-old on 'terror' charges

    SANKT-POELTEN (Austria) (AFP) - A 14-year-old Austrian schoolboy was convicted Tuesday of planning to bomb a Vienna train station in the name of the Islamic State group and sentenced to eight months behind bars. According to the charge sheet, the teenager, who emigrated from Turkey in 2007, wanted to carry out the attack before travelling to join "holy war" in Syria alongside the Islamic State (IS) group. Police had said at the time of his arrest in October 2014 that the boy made "concrete enquiries about buying ingredients" for a bomb and "planned to explode the devices in public places, such as the Vienna Westbahnhof," a major train station.

  • 65-year-old mum's quadruplets face big health risks

    Doctors at a Berlin clinic say quadruplets, whose very premature births to a 65-year-old German mother have captured headlines and stirred debate, face big health risks. Eight days after their delivery about 15 weeks early, two of the newborns are receiving help breathing and one has undergone surgery for an intestinal problem, said the medical experts at the prestigious Charite hospital. Teacher Annegret Raunigk, who has already had 13 children, gave birth to the quadruplets by caesarian section in the 26th week of pregnancy, after travelling to Ukraine for fertility treatment with two anonymous donors.

  • Billionaire boom may be ending

    More than 900 billionaires have been created worldwide over the past two decades, but a new report says the billionaire boom may be about to end. The global wealth wave that has minted most of the world's billionaires over the past 20 years could be ending in the next decade or two, said the UBS-PwC Billionaire Report released Tuesday. Weaker economic growth-especially in emerging markets-and government responses to inequality with higher taxes and regulations could slow the creation of new billionaires, it said.

  • 19 famous companies that had different names

    Founded in 1985, Quantam Computer Services was renamed America Online in October 1991. In April 2006, America Online officially adopted its AOL (AOL) abbreviation exclusively. Back in 1996, the world's number one search engine was created under the name "BackRub." Creators Larry Page and Serge Brin's renamed their business and technology Google (GOOGL) in 1998.

  • Pearce asking for Origin forgiveness

    For whatever you think he did wrong - the losses, the dropped balls, and even the girl in the yellow dress - Mitchell Pearce today asks for your forgiveness. Everyone makes mistakes," Jennings told AAP. Pearce had played in the four previous Origin series' without a win, before he was fined and stood down for a nightclub incident last May.

  • U.S. hopes Chinese island-building will spur Asian response

    By releasing video of Beijing’s island reclamation work and considering more assertive maritime actions, the United States is signalling a tougher stance over the South China Sea and trying to spur Asian partners to more action. The release last week of the surveillance plane footage - showing dredgers and other ships busily turning remote outcrops into islands with runways and harbours - helps ensure the issue will dominate an Asian security forum starting on Friday attended by U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter as well as senior Chinese military officials. As it pushes ahead with a military “pivot” to Asia partly aimed at countering China, Washington wants Southeast Asian nations to take a more united stance against China's rapid acceleration this year of construction on disputed reefs.

  • Lewis Hamilton smitten with Kendall Jenner

    The 30-year-old Formula One racing driver, who split from Nicole Scherzinger in February after seven years of dating, is reportedly smitten with the 19-year-old model. The brunette beauty is equally attracted to Lewis and enjoyed spending the day with him on his boat. Another source said: "Kendall definitely has a major flirtation going on with Lewis and seems into him.

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