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  • Reserve Bank unlikely to cut OCR next month, line-ball on cut this year, Westpac says

    The Reserve Bank isn't likely to cut the official cash rate at its review on June 11 and may not see scope to cut rates this year as it walks a tightrope between trying to nudge inflation back up within its target band and keeping Auckland's housing market under control, economists at Westpac Banking Corp say. The RBNZ will definitely be taking a wait-and-see approach in June, said Dominick Stephens, chief economist at Westpac. The two conditions for an OCR reduction - weakening inflation and cooling domestic demand - have not been met, and the latest housing market policies are yet to play out their effect, he said.

    BusinessDesk 57 mins ago
  • Is rent out of reach? Study shows how 11 US cities stack up

    Renters are on the rise in America's biggest cities, but many tenants are scrambling to keep up with growing rent bills and shrinking vacancies, according to a study being released Thursday. From Boston to Miami, New York to Los Angeles, more than half of tenants are paying what experts consider unaffordable rents, says a report by New York University's Furman Center, which studies real estate and urban policy, and bank Capital One, which is a leading affordable-housing lender and financed the research. "The study brings into light the limited options there are for renters," Capital One community finance chief Laura Bailey says.

    Associated Press 35 mins ago
  • 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.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Green oasis rises in heart of Rio slum

    The stench of rotting dog corpses used to waft through Mauro Quintanilha's Rio slum home. It took a decade and lots of help from volunteers, but Quintanilha moved that stinking mountain. Although locals enjoy an unrivalled view over some of Rio's most plush districts, their favela, like most slums, lacks basic public services including waste disposal.

    AFP
  • 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,

    FAMOUS
  • Gifts for Horse Lovers

    Great Gifts Ideas for Horse and Equestria Lovers. All things equine for riders and horse lovers of all ages!

  • 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.

    NZ Newswire
  • 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.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Jones won't face penalty for plane fiasco

    Sir Robert Jones may be left a bit red-faced after being thrown off an Air New Zealand flight, but he won't face any penalties, authorities say. Sir Robert 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.

    NZ Newswire
  • Kurds oust IS from Christian villages in Syria: monitor

    Kurdish forces have driven the Islamic State group from more than a dozen Assyrian Christian villages that the jihadists had captured in northeastern Syria, a monitor said Wednesday. "Following a 10-day offensive, Kurdish fighters took control early this week of 14 Assyrian villages that IS had controlled since February," said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Assyrian Christians, who are from one of the world's oldest Christian communities, have been under increasing threat since IS seized control of large parts of Syria.

    AFP
  • Exclusive - Russia masses heavy firepower on border with Ukraine: witness

    Russia's army is massing troops and hundreds of pieces of weaponry including mobile rocket launchers, tanks and artillery at a makeshift base near the border with Ukraine, a Reuters reporter saw this week. As such, they match the appearance of some of the forces spotted in eastern Ukraine, which Kiev and its Western allies allege are covert Russian detachments. The scene at the base on the Kuzminsky firing range, around 50 km (30 miles) from the border, offers some of the clearest evidence to date of what appeared to be a concerted Russian military build-up in the area.

    Reuters
  • Prince Harry 'is dating Chelsy Davy'

    Britain's Prince Harry is reportedly dating his ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy. The 30-year-old royal - who was recently linked with another of his old flames, Cressida Bonas - is planning a series of dates with the blonde beauty, including spending time with her in South Africa, where her father Charles hails from. The insider told Britain's Grazia magazine: "Chelsy will be in South Africa during the summer and Harry has agreed to visit.

    Bang Showbiz
  • 'Lucy' may not be our mum, say scientists

    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? Named Australopithecus deyiremeda, the hominid and Lucy are probably only part of a wider group of candidates for being our direct forerunners, the finders said.

    AFP
  • 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.

    Reuters
  • 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.

    AFP
  • Federer, Wawrinka show no sympathy for Nadal in umpire row

    Roger Federer on Wednesday admitted that allowing leading players to pick and choose who umpires their matches could set a difficult precedent for tour organisers. After easing past Spain's Marcel Granollers in the second round of the French Open at Roland Garros, Federer was drawn into a debate that followed Rafael Nadal's admission that he had requested the removal of a respected umpire from officiating his matches. Nadal admitted on Tuesday that he had demanded that respected Brazilian umpire Carlos Bernandes be banned from officiating at his matches.

    AFP
  • Peeking into healthy brains to see if Alzheimer's is brewing

    Sticky plaque gets the most attention, but now healthy seniors at risk of Alzheimer's are letting scientists peek into their brains to see if another culprit is lurking. No one knows what actually causes Alzheimer's, but the suspects are its two hallmarks — the gunky amyloid in those brain plaques or tangles of a protein named tau that clog dying brain cells. New imaging can spot those tangles in living brains, providing a chance to finally better understand what triggers dementia.

    Associated Press
  • 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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  • Fonterra cuts payout again

    Fonterra has cut its forecast payout to farmers for the second time in less than a month. The world's biggest dairy exporter has reduced its forecast farmgate milk price for the current season by 10 cents to $4.40 per kilogram of milk solids. "World markets are over-supplied with dairy commodities after farmers globally increased production in response to the very good prices paid 12-18 months ago.

    NZ Newswire
  • Nicole Riche and Joel Madden Sell Their Home Amidst Split Rumours

    Joel Madden and Nicole Richie have sparked more rumours of a divorce as they list their home for sale. Nicole Richie and Joel Madden have fuelled speculation that they're headed for a split after listing their four-bedroom, five-bathroom estate in Laurel Canyon for $US3.49 million ($4.5 million). The listing comes weeks after rumours began floating around about the couple's marital troubles, stemming from arguments about everything including work schedules and personal differences.

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  • Relationship with Saudi Arabia `poisoned'

    New Zealand's relationship with Saudi Arabia was poisoned by a dispute with a businessman who lost millions when the export of live sheep for slaughter was banned, parliament has been told. Foreign Minister Murray McCully said on Wednesday the poisoned relationship spilled over into the wider Gulf Co-operation Council. Mr McCully confirmed on Tuesday the government had spent $11.5 million equipping Al Ali Al Khalaf's Saudi Arabian farm as settlement.

    NZ Newswire