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Incredible footage shows earthquake damage

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

  • 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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  • 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.

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  • Nicole Scherzinger is adjusting to being single

    Nicole Scherzinger is going through "a very transformative time" in her life. The 'Don't Hold Your Breath' hitmaker, who split from Formula One racing driver Lewis Hamilton in February after seven years together, believes they will eventually reunite if they are truly meant to be together, but is currently trying to focus on herself.

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  • Lena Dunham Strips Down to Her Lingerie

    Lena Dunham's latest Instagram photo aims to empower women. Photo: InstagramLena Dunham's latest saucy Instagram post is a celebration of freedom, according to the Girls star.The 29-year-old star shared a photo of herself wearing a lacy lingerie set,

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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.

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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • Keira Knightley Has Given Birth

    Keira Knightley and husband James Righton have just welcomed their first child. Photo: Getty ImagesKeira Knightley, her husband James Righton and now their new baby makes three. That’s right, Knightley and Righton have welcomed their first child, E! News

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  • 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.

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  • 5 once-prestigious jobs that are now B-List

    Here are five once-prestigious jobs that aren’t quite what they used to be. Overall enrollment in law school has plummeted to a 27-year low and enrollment of first-year law students to a 40-year low, according to a report on annual enrollment released in December by the American Bar Association.

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  • Noel Gallagher will 'never ever' forgive Liam

    Noel Gallagher will "never ever" forgive Liam Gallagher for walking out during Oasis shows. "It would be like, 'Where has Liam gone?' And it would be, 'He has gone off, he has got a sore throat'. The Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds singer said the embarrassing incidents mean he would never reunite with his brother to bring back Oasis, having split up in 2009, despite several rumours such a comeback could happen.

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  • NZ man acquitted of Perth man's death

    New Zealander Patrick Sunill Lilii was chatting with friends outside a Perth nightclub when he felt a man jump on him and wrap arms around his neck. It was Zak Harvey giving him a hug. The 32-year-old was taken to Royal Perth Hospital, but his head injuries were too severe for him to survive and eventually his life support was switched off.

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  • Deutsche Bank paying $55M settlement on incorrect reports

    Germany's Deutsche Bank AG has agreed to pay $55 million to settle civil charges of filing incorrect reports during the financial crisis that downplayed risks of huge losses. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced the settlement Tuesday with the big German bank, which is a prominent institution on Wall Street. Deutsche Bank neither admitted nor denied the allegations but did agree to refrain from future violations of the securities laws.

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  • Racist trolling casts pall over US spelling bee

    Racist trolling on social media is casting an ugly pall over, of all things, the world's foremost spelling bee. For seven years in a row, and for 11 of the past 15 years, the $30,000 Scripps National Spelling Bee championship has been won by American youngsters of Indian heritage. One of them, Vanya Shivashankar, 13, who lives in Kansas, is back for a fifth time -- inspired no doubt by her sister Kavya, the 2009 champion.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Jail time cut for prison stabber

    Dean Vincent was sentenced to six years in jail for wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm after stabbing Shane Stoneham in the high medium unit at Rimutaka Prison in August 2012. The weapon, which was made from a sharpened metal blade attached to a toothbrush handle, bent when it came into contact with Stoneham's shirt collar.

    NZ Newswire
  • New species of human ancestor found in Ethiopia

    In 1974, anthropologists in Ethiopia found the astonishing fossilised remains of a human-like creature who last walked the planet some 3.2 million years ago. Was "Lucy," as the hominid was called, the direct ancestor of Homo sapiens?

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  • 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.

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  • Bad Credit Can Cost You a Job, Home, Smartphone and More

    A poor credit history can make it tough to borrow money. Dings on your credit report - late or missed payments, or accounts in collection - can hurt your credit score, which is a factor lenders use when determining whether to extend credit to you. The lower your credit score, the more of a risk you're considered to be.

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