• International Cricket Council names World Cup XI

    New Zealand may have been thrashed by Australia in the World Cup final but they dominate the International Cricket Council's team of the tournament released Monday with Brendon McCullum named captain. The New Zealand skipper is one of five Black Caps in the side that also includes three Australians. "McCullum was chosen as the captain following his aggressive, innovative and inspirational leadership during the 44-day tournament that was the cornerstone of his team?s progression to the final," the ICC said in a statement.

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  • Iggy Azalea's friends laughed at 'small' new breasts

    Iggy Azalea's friends couldn't tell she'd had breast implants.The 'Fancy' hitmaker recently underwent cosmetic surgery to have her chest enlarged but her pals advised her not to worry about making the news public because her assets are still so "small

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  • Islamic State group beheads 8 Shi'ites

    A new video has been released by the Islamic State group which shows its fighters cutting off the heads of eight men said to be Shi'ite Muslims. The video posted on social media on Sunday said the men were beheaded in the central Syrian province of Hama. The video could not be immediately independently verified, but it appeared genuine and corresponded to other AP reporting of the events.

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  • Elton John didn't tell mother about son

    Sir Elton John's mother only found out he had a son after reading it in the newspaper. Sheila Farebrother hasn't spoken to her famous son for seven years and not only has she never met Zachary, four, and two-year-old Elijah - his kids with husband David Furnish - she doesn't think there is any "point" in her being introduced to the boys as it would only confuse them.

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  • Rita Ora Disses Ex Calvin Harris and Taylor Swift's New Relationship

    The pair have sparked rumours they are dating after they were seen shopping at Whole Foods together and hanging out at a concert, which is something that has reportedly left the I Will Never Let You Down singer - who dated the DJ until last year - fuming. A source told HollywoodLife, "She has bad blood with Calvin and he doesn’t have any fondness for her either. The 24-year-old singer is believed to have even gone as far as sending a warning about Calvin to the Shake It Off singer through a mutual friend.

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  • Aussie Beer made in China

    A liquor wholesaler has been fined $10,200 for trying to pass off a beer brewed in China as Australian. Aussie Beer had green and gold labelling featuring the slogan `Australia's finest malt', plus the words `100% owned' within a map of Australia. The Independent Liquor Group, which includes the Little Bottler, Super Cellars and Pubmart chains of bottle shops, supplied Aussie Beer between March and August 2014.

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  • Billionaire Lynn Tilton vows to fight fraud charges

    In an exclusive interview with CNBC in mid-March in anticipation of the allegations, Tilton, CEO of Patriarch Partners, said the SEC charges are "ill-founded," and she vowed to fight them rather than settle. Tilton also vowed to continue running her more than 70 companies, which she said would be unaffected by the charges and wouldn't be sold off in any kind of fire sale. "My No. 1 priority is protecting my company and my people so that I can maximize the value of the funds," Tilton told CNBC.

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  • Prince William: Second royal baby will be a game-changer

    Britain's Prince William thinks his second child will be a "game-changer". Onlooker Paul Reardon, who also spoke to the Prince, told the Daily Express newspaper: "William said he couldn't wait for the baby to be born.

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  • South Korea opts for KAI-Lockheed in $7.8 bln fighter deal

    South Korea on Monday selected Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) and partner Lockheed Martin for a multi-billion-dollar contract to develop 120 "indigenous" fighter jets to replace Seoul's ageing fleet. The bid from KAI and the US aerospace giant, which is subject to a screening process before being officially approved, was always seen as the favourite for the 8.6 trillion won ($7.8 billion) deal over a rival bid by civilian carrier Korean Air (KAL) teamed with Airbus. The Defence Ministry also approved a separate $1.28 billion deal to buy Patriot PAC-3 missiles and upgrade its air defence system aimed at intercepting North Korean ballistic missiles.

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  • American tourist recalls horror NZ crash

    An American tourist who caused a car accident that killed his wife and two close friends has spoken about how he didn't see a truck because he was focused on making a turn. Richard Barnett, 56, earlier pleaded guilty at the Hamilton District Court to three charges of careless driving causing death and was fined and disqualified from driving in New Zealand for the next year. Barnett told TVNZ's Sunday programme he had 40 years of driving experience on the right hand side of the road but just two days of driving on the left.

    NZ Newswire
  • Warne bugs pundits with drinking talk

    When Shane Warne alluded to getting hammered at the conclusion of the World Cup he probably wasn't expecting to on Twitter. Speaking with several of the victorious Australians, Warne seemed to have just one thing on his mind. The boys are thirsty they seem," Warne asked.

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  • Ferrari's Vettel storms to victory in Malaysia

    Sebastian Vettel showed again that form is temporary and class permanent when the four times world champion put in a faultless display to record his first victory for Ferrari at the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday. The victory ended a long drought for the Italian Formula One team, whose last win was at the Spanish Grand Prix in 2013, and was the 40th of the German's career. Starting from second place on the grid behind Lewis Hamilton's seemingly unbeatable Mercedes, Vettel and Ferrari produced a tactical masterclass to overhaul the Briton and cross the line 8.5 seconds ahead of the double world champion.

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  • Cate Blanchett had cruel co-star

    Cate Blanchett once had an actress be "cruel" to her. The 'Cinderella' star insists she has only ever had one bad experience with a co-star and attributes the unnamed woman's behaviour towards her to unhappiness. Cate - who has sons Dashiell, 13, Roman, 10, and Ignatius, six, and adopted baby daughter Edith with husband Andrew Upton - admits 'Cinderella' bosses were worried about her character, the vain, calculating stepmother to the title character, appealing to audiences but the Australian actress doesn't care about "likeability".

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  • Putin letter to Arab summit triggers strong Saudi attack

    Saudi Arabia accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of hypocrisy, telling an Arab summit that he should not express support for the Middle East while fuelling instability by supporting Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. In a rare move, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced that a letter from Putin would be read out to the gathering in Egypt, where Arab leaders discussed an array of regional crises, including conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Libya. "We support the Arabs' aspirations for a prosperous future and for the resolution of all the problems the Arab world faces through peaceful means, without any external interference," Putin said in the letter.

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  • The Truth about Tequila and Your Hangover

    Hangovers: the great equaliser that affects us all at one point in our life. For a lot of men, tequila is at or near the top of that list. When it comes to the severity of your headache, your principal nemesis is ethanol - a.k.a.

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  • Ko closes in on LPGA record

    New Zealand's world No.1 Lydia Ko has extended her LPGA Tour under-par streak to 27 rounds at the Kia Classic in California. Ko's effort on Saturday (Sunday AEDT) moved her within two rounds of matching Annika Sorenstam's LPGA Tour record for consecutive rounds under par of 29 set in 2004. South Korea's Mirim Lee leads the tournament going into the final round after shooting a six-under-par 66 to have her one shot clear of Alison Lee at 16 under.

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  • NZ dollar slips ahead of US economic data

    The New Zealand dollar has slipped ahead of key US manufacturing and employment reports, and before a dairy auction where buyers will have to absorb increased volumes of milk powder on offer. The world's biggest economy probably stacked on 260,000 jobs this month, while the jobless rate fell to 5.4 per cent from 5.5 per cent, UBS economists forecast, while manufacturing probably remained in expansion. In a relatively quiet week for domestic data, "we suspect only an unexpectedly good or bad result in the dairy auction would move the NZD significantly," they said.

    NZ Newswire
  • Blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh's capital

    A blogger was hacked to death by three men in Bangladesh's capital on Monday, and two of the attackers were caught near the scene, police said. The killing took place a month after a prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death in Dhaka. In the latest incident, Washiqur Rahman Babu, 26, was declared dead at a hospital shortly after being attacked in Dhaka's Tejgaon area, police official Biplob Kumar Sarker said.

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  • Medicine for psychological illness found at co-pilot's home: report

    German police have found medical treatments for psychological illness at the home of the co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a jet into the French Alps, killing 149 people and himself, a German newspaper said Saturday. Investigators made the discovery in a search of the home of Andreas Lubitz in the western city of Duesseldorf and seized a number "of medicines for the treatment of psychological illness", Welt am Sonntag weekly said. Questioned by AFP, French and German investigators declined to confirm or deny the report.

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  • Scott no guarantee to stay at Knights

    Beau Scott has declined to guarantee he will remain at Newcastle next year despite being contracted until the end of 2017. Scott has been heavily linked with an early exit from Hunter Stadium and a return to Sydney. "It's a bit of a complicated situation at the moment and I'll talk about it when the time's right," Scott told AAP.

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