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  • $30b wiped off Aussie stock market

    More than $30 billion has been wiped off the Australian stock market as fears grow that Greece is headed for a messy exit from the euro zone after the country rejected its creditors' proposed austerity measures. The ASX/S&P 200 and All Ordinaries fell by 1.7 per cent in early Monday trade in response to the resounding `No' vote to the austerity measures, which many see as a vote against the country's membership in the euro zone.

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  • Tiny Akld unit sells for $104k

    An apartment so tiny it can't fit a kitchen or bathroom has fetched $104,000 in Auckland's overheated property market. Despite the drawbacks the apartment attracts annual body corporate fees of $1407. The unit, located in the student accommodation block Mount Terrace Apartments, sold two years ago for $84,000 and has just re-sold for $104,000, far in excess of its 2014 CV of $70,000.

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  • Honeymoon over for Greek couple

    Newlyweds Valasia Limnioti and Konstantinos Patronis' long-planned "dream trip" to the US ended in New York City, where their three-week honeymoon quickly turned into a nightmare: Their Greek-issued credit and debit cards were suddenly declined and they were left penniless. The couple skipped a few meals before spending their last dollars on dinner at McDonald's. Strangers from two Greek Orthodox churches in the city's Queens borough came to the rescue, giving them survival cash until their flight home to Greece on Friday. Two Greek banks issued them cards before the trip - a Visa credit card and a debit card.

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  • Eurozone in tailspin after Greece votes 'No' to austerity

    European leaders were on Monday scrambling for a response to a resounding "No" from Greek voters in a referendum on austerity which could send the country crashing out of the eurozone. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was to meet with French leader Francois Hollande in Paris after Greece overwhelmingly rejected international creditors' tough bailout terms Sunday. The pair spoke by telephone late Sunday, declaring the decision must "be respected" and calling for an emergency eurozone summit which European Union president Donald Tusk said would be held on Tuesday.

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  • Bobbi Kristina Brown confided in pal

    Bobbi Kristina Brown confided in a pal about Nick Gordon. The 22-year-old aspiring actress - who was found unresponsive and face down in a bath tub on January 31 - reportedly told her best friend Alex Reid how her boyfriend had been allegedly abusing her. Meanwhile, Nick - who has denied all the claims made against him - has also been hit with a lawsuit over allegations he knocked her teeth out.

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  • Samoa declares holiday for historic All Blacks Test

    Samoa is expected to come to a standstill on Wednesday when the All Blacks launch their World Cup preparations by playing in the rugby-obsessed island nation for the first time. Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'lele Malielegaoi has declared a half-day holiday to mark the historic occasion with a raft of public activities including a street parade for the All Blacks. World Rugby hall-of-famer Michael Jones, who represented both countries in his stellar career, said the long-awaited match was "huge" for Samoans.

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  • NZ dollar touches fresh lows on concern about Greece after voters reject bailout plan

    The New Zealand dollar fell to a fresh five-year low as investors exited riskier assets in favour of safe havens after Greeks look to have rejected austerity measures that would give them access to bailout money. The kiwi touched 66.40 US cents, and was trading at 66.58 cents at 8am in Wellington, from 66.93 cents at the New York close and 67.23 cents in Wellington on Friday. The uncertainty prompted investors to sell higher risk assets such as the kiwi and favour more liquid, stable currencies such as the US dollar and the yen and the perceived safety of government bonds.

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  • NZ not too worried about Greek crisis

    Finance Minister Bill English isn't too worried about how the crisis in Greece will affect New Zealand. On Sunday, Greek voters have one of the most consequential decisions of their modern history to make - do they stay in the euro zone and risk tough austerity or do they leave and risk an unknown financial crisis. Mr English says disruption of international financial markets could affect New Zealand's ability to borrow money offshore.

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  • Britain's Princess Charlotte of Cambridge christened

    Britain's Princess Charlotte of Cambridge was christened today (05.07.15). The nine-week-old royal - who is the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - was baptised at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in front of family and friends including Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh. The Duchess' parents Carole and Michael Middleton were also in attendance as well as Prince William and Catherine's 23-month-old son Prince George.

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  • New additions to UNESCO's list of World Heritage sites

    The UN's cultural body conferred world heritage status on a number of new sites this weekend. Here is a list of some of the new additions. The historic vineyards, wine cellars and champagne houses where the world's most famous sparkling wines and red wines are produced, including the Avenue de Champagne in Epernay,and the Cote de Nuits and the Cote de Beaune vineyards in Burgundy which produce some of the finest red wines in the world made from pinot noir and chardonnay grapes.

    AFP
  • Scott Disick 'is in a classic shame spiral'

    Scott Disick is "in a classic shame spiral" right now. The 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' star - who has three children with his partner Kourtney Kardashian - has been spotted getting close with his stylist ex Chloe Bartoli in France and friends say he knows he is behaving badly. According to People.com he has fallen off the wagon and sources told the publication: "He's in a classic shame spiral right now.

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  • Shot-put streak ends for Adams

    Double Olympic champion Valerie Adams has had her long winning streak in the shot-put ended in her comeback from surgery. Unbeaten in 56 previous events dating back almost five years, Adams has had to settle for fifth at the Paris Diamond League meeting. The furthest of Adams' six efforts was 18.79 metres, which compares with her personal best of 21.24m achieved in 2011.

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  • This is what happens when your Great Dane wants to cuddle

    It's official: There is nothing more delightful than watching a Great Dane who think he's a lap dog. In a video uploaded to Facebook, a Great Dane decides to unwind by lying out on the couch on top of his human, completely squishing the man who's just trying to watch some TV.

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  • IS video shows mass execution in ruins of Syria's Palmyra

    The Islamic State group on Saturday released a video showing 25 Syrian government soldiers being executed by teenagers in the ancient amphitheatre in the city of Palmyra. The video documented an execution that reportedly happened shortly after the jihadist group captured the city on May 21. It shows the soldiers in green and brown military uniforms being shot dead on the amphitheatre's stage in front of an enormous version of the group's black and white flag.

    AFP
  • Oil falls more than 3 percent after Greek 'No'

    Oil prices fell more than 3 percent on Monday after Greece rejected debt bailout terms and China rolled out emergency measures to support its stock markets, adding to concerns about demand at a time of global oversupply. It adds an extra negative factor on top of the turmoil in Chinese financial markets, the recent rise in U.S. drilling rigs, and a potential increase in Iranian oil supply," said Olivier Jakob, senior energy analyst at Petromatrix in Zug, Switzerland. With markets already nervous due to the turmoil in Europe and China, fundamentals were also bearish.

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  • Miley Cyrus 'in lust' with Stella

    Miley Cyrus is "in lust" with rumoured girlfriend Stella Maxwell. The 22-year-old singer - who recently came out as bisexual - was seen locking lips with the 24-year-old Victoria's Secret model in a car park in Hollywood last week. Miley split from Patrick Schwarzenegger in March, and was previously engaged to Liam Hemsworth, and recently opened up about her experiences of dating both men and women.

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  • Lily Allen 'turned away from VIP area'

    Lily Allen was turned away from a VIP area at Wireless festival on Friday night (03.07.15). The 30 -year-old singer - who attended the festival with a group of friends - reportedly tried to enter the exclusive Live Nation area, where drinks were free, but was instead told she was not allowed inside by security, who claimed they did not know who she was. Lily - who has daughters Ethel Mary, three, and Marnie Rose, two, with husband Sam Cooper - told security: "I don't want to make an unnecessary scene.

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  • IS in Afghanistan on Xi, Putin's summit agenda: China

    Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin and other leaders will discuss the threat the Islamic State group poses in Afghanistan at a Eurasian security summit in Russia this week, a Chinese official said Monday. Xi travels to the Russian city of Ufa for a summit on Thursday and Friday of leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), which groups China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. It will be preceded by a meeting of leaders of the BRICS group of emerging economies -- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

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  • Relief as Russian cargo ship docks at space station

    An unmanned Russian cargo ship successfully docked with the International Space Station on Sunday following a string of failed attempts to resupply the orbital laboratory. "The transport cargo ship Progress M-28M has docked with the... Russian segment of the ISS at 10:11am Moscow time (0711 GMT)," the Russian federal space agency (Roscosmos) said in a statement. Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko and US astronaut Scott Kelly are part of Expedition 44 currently in space, to be joined by three more people later this month.

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  • Mundine begs to fight Mayweather in Sept

    Anthony Mundine has penned an unusual open letter to Floyd Mayweather, begging the boxing great to be his next opponent. "I think you the best of our era & everybody wanna fight you - but I'm the wonder from down under & the only one that can solve the mayvinchi code!" Mundine wrote.

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