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  • Iraq regains ground from Islamic State; mass deaths reported in Palmyra

    BAGHDAD/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iraqi forces recaptured territory from advancing Islamic State militants near the recently-fallen city of Ramadi on Sunday, while in Syria the government said the Islamists had killed hundreds of people since capturing the town of Palmyra. The fall of Ramadi and Palmyra, on opposite ends of the vast territory controlled by Islamic State fighters, were the militant group's biggest successes since a U.S.-led coalition launched an air war to stop them last year. The near simultaneous victories against the Iraqi and Syrian armies have forced Washington to examine its strategy, which involves bombing from the air but leaving fighting on the ground to local forces in both countries.

    Reuters
  • 'Beautiful Mind' mathematician John Nash killed in US car crash

    Nobel prize-winning US mathematician John Nash, who inspired the film "A Beautiful Mind," was killed with his wife in New Jersey in a car crash, police said Sunday. Nash, 86, and his 82-year-old wife Alicia were riding in a taxi on Saturday when the accident took place, police Sergeant Gregory Williams told AFP. The Princeton University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) mathematician is best known for his contribution to game theory -- the study of decision-making -- which won him the Nobel economics prize in 1994.

    AFP
  • Ton-up Cook leads England fight back against New Zealand

    England captain Alastair Cook led from the front with a well-made hundred as the hosts battled back in the first Test against New Zealand at Lord's on Sunday. When rain led to an early tea on the fourth day, England in their second innings were 261 for four, a lead of 127 runs. Cook was 105 not out and Ben Stokes unbeaten on 22.

    AFP
  • Auckland murder-accused behind bars

    The 29-year-old man charged with murder after a woman was stabbed in central Auckland will remain behind bars until his next court appearance. The south Auckland man was granted interim name suppression when he appeared in Auckland District Court on Saturday. The 22-year-old woman - who police have named as Parmita Rani - and a 22-year-old man were allegedly attacked at the AWI International Education Group school on Friday afternoon.

    NZ Newswire
  • Spark is grumpy about the budget levy

    One of New Zealand's biggest telecommunications companies is so grumpy about a levy in the budget it's going to highlight it separately on its bills. The government raises $50 million a year from a telecommunications development levy but was supposed to reduce it to $10m by 2016. In Thursday's budget the levy was kept at $50m, annoying telecommunications companies, including Spark New Zealand, the former Telecom New Zealand.

    NZ Newswire
  • Adult dating site investigating possible breach of user data

    The operator of a popular adult dating website said Friday it's investigating a potential security breach, following reports that hackers stole names, email addresses and information about the sexual preferences of up to 4 million members. FriendFinder Networks, the Silicon Valley company that operates the service, said in a statement that it hired a prominent cyber-security firm to investigate and is telling members to update their user names and passwords. Without confirming any details about the apparent breach, FriendFinder Networks said it had no information that any users' financial information was leaked.

    Associated Press
  • Amal Clooney wants Vogue cover

    Amal Clooney wants to appear on the cover of American Vogue. The British human rights lawyer, whose husband George Clooney is good friends with the fashion bible's editor Anna Wintour, has reportedly set her sights on gracing the cover of the magazine. Meanwhile, Oscar winner George, 54, recently gushed about his wife's "amazing" sense of style.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Foreign buyers 'not main property driver'

    Data being gathered on foreign buyers will need to show they are having a significant impact on the property market to justify action, the government says. Finance Minister Bill English reiterated on TV3's The Nation programme on Saturday that a supply shortage was the biggest factor in the strong Auckland property market. The government is also working on a withholding tax for foreign buyers.

    NZ Newswire
  • Boats NZ found in Southern Ocean nabbed

    Two of three fishing vessels intercepted by the Royal New Zealand Navy in the Southern Ocean in January have been boarded elsewhere. Foreign Minister Murray McCully says the Songhua and Yongding have been boarded by authorities in Cabo Verde, an island country in the Atlantic Ocean. "We are encouraged by the action taken by the government of Cabo Verde, and New Zealand has offered its full assistance in taking action against these vessels," Mr McCully said in a statement on Saturday.

    NZ Newswire
  • French adventurer seeks Pacific record with 'flying' boat

    Skimming across the surface of the vast Pacific, Alain Thebault scans the horizon with his blue Breton eyes. "It's like a magic carpet," Thebault said aboard the cutting-edge "Hydroptere" sailboat, which he hopes to pilot halfway across the Pacific from Los Angeles to Honolulu in record time. Off the California coast under azur-blue skies, Thebault accelerated the hydrofoil supercraft to 30 knots as the 18-meter (60-foot) boat stands on three foils that claw the waves, lifting the hull fully out of the water.

    AFP
  • Ireland turns out for historic vote on gay marriage

    Irish voters turned out in force Friday for a historic referendum on whether same-sex marriage should become legal, after a campaign that has exposed divisions in the traditionally Catholic nation. After 15 hours of voting, the ballot boxes were sealed at 10:00pm (2100 GMT) across the republic, with polling stations reporting higher-than-expected voter numbers. State broadcaster RTE said polling stations were recording a higher turnout than usual for referendums, with voting levels in cities such as Dublin, Limerick and Waterford predicted to top 60 percent.

    AFP
  • Private equity fund buying Cincinnati-based Frisch's

    Frisch's Big Boy restaurants are being sold to a private equity fund, the company announced Friday, ending family operation of the Cincinnati-based chain that dates to a 1939 drive-thru. Frisch's Restaurants Inc. said NRD Partners I will buy all outstanding shares for $34 each, or some $175 million. The regional chain of the iconic Big Boy mascot and namesake two-burger sandwich owns some 95 family restaurants in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

    Associated Press
  • German grandmother gives birth to quadruplets at age 65

    A 65-year-old German grandmother gave birth to quadruplets at a Berlin hospital this week, with the three boys and a girl born prematurely at 26 weeks being in good health and having a good chance of survival, German TV network RTL reported on Saturday. The network, which had covered the pregnancy, said Annegret Raunigk already had 13 children and seven grandchildren. Raunigk, an English and Russian teacher in Berlin, had received fertility treatment in Ukraine and is the oldest woman in the world to have had quadruplets, RTL said, although other women of her age and older have given birth.

    Reuters
  • Rosberg takes Monaco hat-trick after Mercedes gaffe

    Germany's Nico Rosberg celebrated a surprise hat-trick of Monaco Grand Prix victories on Sunday after Mercedes blew championship-leading team mate Lewis Hamilton's chances with a needless pitstop. The result, with double Formula One world champion Hamilton finishing third just when victory seemed assured, slashed Hamilton's overall lead to 10 points after six of the season's 19 races. "I've lost the race haven't I?" the disconsolate Briton enquired over the team radio after rejoining in third place behind Rosberg and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, neither of whom pitted.

    Reuters
  • Helicopters take to Auckland skies

    The New Zealand Defence Force says it's conducting urban flying operations training of air force and army personnel from Sunday until next Thursday. The training is focused in and around the Kaipara air weapons range and in the Auckland central business district. The public may see NH90 and A109 helicopters flying over the city in formation during the day and at night but all flying will be finished by 10pm.

    NZ Newswire
  • Govt pushes ahead with Ngapuhi talks

    The government is pushing ahead with formal negotiations over a treaty settlement with the country's biggest iwi, Ngapuhi. Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson announced on Friday that the Crown has signed terms of negotiation with Tuhoronuku, the mandated negotiating authority for Ngapuhi. "This is an important milestone for Ngapuhi," Mr Finlayson said.

    NZ Newswire
  • Rockefeller makes rare appearance ahead of 100th birthday

    David Rockefeller has made a rare public appearance ahead of his 100th birthday. The retired CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank on Friday formally announced the donation of 1,000 acres bordering Acadia National Park in Maine. The oldest member of the Rockefeller family stood and moved with the assistance of a walker.

    Associated Press
  • US cop acquitted in shooting death of unarmed black couple

    A white Cleveland police officer who climbed onto the hood of a car and fired dozens of rounds at an unarmed black couple in 2012 was acquitted of voluntary manslaughter. Six officers have been charged. Cleveland patrolman Michael Brelo, 31, was one of 13 officers who opened fire on Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams during a police chase on November 29, 2012.

    AFP
  • Bluff oyster venue celebrated

    The Bluff Oyster & Food Festival's new home has got the thumbs up. Jason Steele from sponsor Real Journeys officially opened the new venue before the traditional piping in of the oyster and reciting of the ode to the oyster and the opening of the festival. "It was a mighty effort by the committee and all those involved to not only organise another great festival but to do it in a new venue," chairman John Edminstin said.

    NZ Newswire
  • Iraqi forces 'failed to fight' in Ramadi: Pentagon chief

    Pentagon chief Ashton Carter said Sunday that Iraqi forces "failed to fight" in Ramadi, which has fallen to Islamic State militants, adding the troops lacked the will to defend themselves. Carter said the city fell to the militants because Iraqi forces -- despite strength in numbers -- were not mentally ready for battle. "What apparently happened was the Iraqi forces showed no will to fight.

    AFP 45 mins ago