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  • Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner divorcing because of Jennifer Lopez

    Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, 43, split up because of Jennifer Lopez. The Hollywood couple - known as Bennifer - announced their divorce on Tuesday (30.06.15) - just a day after their tenth wedding anniversary, and, according to friends, one of the reasons for the break-up was the 42-year-old actor's continued friendship with his ex-fiancée J-Lo, 45. A friend said: "Everyone is talking about J-Lo and Ben and saying it's inevitable they will get together again at some point.

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  • Mystery surrounds deaths in Canterbury

    The bodies of a woman and three children have been found at a Canterbury house with police unable to confirm how they died. The relatives who found the bodies are co-operating with police. Police have been unable to confirm the cause of death, but a team of 30 officers, forensic experts and detectives are continuing to investigate.

    NZ Newswire
  • NZ dollar touches fresh lows as weakening economy stokes calls for interest rate cuts

    The New Zealand dollar touched its lowest level in more than five years against the greenback and the pound, and its lowest against the Australian dollar in a year and a half, after signs the economy is slowing stoked expectations the Reserve Bank would make further interest rate cuts. New Zealand's economy is showing further signs of weakening, after business confidence turned pessimistic for the first time in four years, while growth in building consents stalled, and farmer confidence slumped to the lowest level in a decade amid low dairy prices. Traders are pricing in an 84 percent chance that Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler will reduce the benchmark interest rate at this month's meeting, according to the overnight index swap curve, and Deutsche Bank said a further two cuts were likely in September and October, taking the benchmark to 2.5 percent.

    BusinessDesk
  • Taiwan pilot shut off engine before air crash: report

    The pilot of a passenger plane that crashed in Taiwan killing 43 people shut down the aircraft's only working engine, exclaiming: "Wow, pulled back wrong throttle," seconds before the disaster, investigators said Thursday. TransAsia Airways Flight GE235 clipped a bridge and plunged into a river shortly after take-off from Taipei's Songshan airport in February with 53 passengers and five crew on board. Disturbing cockpit transcripts released by Taiwan's Aviation Safety Council revealed the pilots trying to deal with an engine that had lost power, but then reducing the thrust of the other, functioning engine.

    AFP
  • Robot kills man at Volkswagen plant

    A robot has killed a contractor at one of Volkswagen's production plants in Germany, the car manufacturer says. The man died on Monday at the plant in Baunatal, about 100km north of Frankfurt, VW spokesman Heiko Hillwig said. Hillwig said initial conclusions indicate that human error was to blame, rather than a problem with the robot, which can be programmed to perform various tasks in the assembly process.

    AAP
  • Special Report - How Greece went bust

    The Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras sat on one side, along with a translator and Angela Merkel, the German chancellor. In this modest Brussels setting last Friday morning, key players in the great Greek debt drama tried to avert a meltdown that could threaten the future of the euro and even the European Union (EU). Merkel and Hollande made a final offer of billions of euros in aid for bankrupt Greece – if Tsipras would sign up to economic reforms demanded by his country's creditors.

    Reuters
  • Big three cruise as Halep, Bouchard wilt at Wimbledon

    Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray swept into the Wimbledon second round Tuesday but women's third seed Simona Halep and 2014 runner-up Eugenie Bouchard slumped to defeat in sweltering London. Second-seeded Federer, bidding to become the first man to win eight Wimbledon titles and take his majors tally to 18, enjoyed a 67-minute, 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 win over Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia, the world number 88 he beat at the French Open last month. Federer will face Sam Querrey of the United States for a place in the last 32.

    AFP
  • Myanmar fisherman goes home after 22 years as a slave

    Thailand earns $7 billion a year from a seafood industry that runs on labor from the poorest parts of the country, along with Cambodia, Laos and especially Myanmar, otherwise known as Burma. As overfishing decimates stocks near Thailand's shores, trawlers have been forced to venture farther and farther into more plentiful foreign waters. After easily skirting police at the border with Thailand and being held in a small shed with little food for more than a month, Myint was shoved onto a boat.

    Associated Press
  • Tesla Owners Frustrated by Recharge Waits

    AMSTERDAM—Matthijs van Seventer won’t take his Model S electric sedan to the Tesla charging station in the southeast part of the city if he is in a hurry. “It’s barely viable,” he said standing near a row of superchargers, which for Tesla owners are the equivalent of gas pumps to quickly recharge their battery-powered vehicles. Mr. van Seventer’s frustration reflects a rare rift in what has typically been a cozy relationship between Tesla Motors Inc. and its thousands of owners around the world.

    The Wall Street Journal
  • Auckland property boom spreads wider

    New Zealand property values have risen at their fastest pace in more than a year, as a shortage of homes in Auckland prompted house-hunters to cast their net wider to surrounding areas. National property values accelerated 9.3 per cent in the 12 months through June to an average $520,585, matching the pace in February last year. Values in the Auckland region surged 17 per cent to $840,165, the fastest pace since 2004, according to state-owned agency Quotable Value.

    NZ Newswire
  • Jennifer Lawrence splits from Chris Martin again

    Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin have reportedly split up for the second time. Chris, 38, recently sparked rumours he is dating Kylie Minogue after they were spotted strolling around London in the early hours of the morning, but a spokesperson for the Australian beauty insisted they are simply good friends. Meanwhile, Jennifer has been spending more time with her ex-boyfriend and 'X-Men: Apocalypse' co-star Nicholas Hoult, whom she dated for four years until early 2014.

    Bang Showbiz
  • 10 Tips to make groceries last longer and save cash

    Saving on groceries is not just about smart shopping. If you are throwing food away you are wasting cash and all the tips you’ve used to save money at the grocery store will be for nothing. Below are some tips for making your groceries last longer.

    Yahoo Finance
  • Why LeBron James is about to get a lot richer

    LeBron James will hit the NBA free agent market Wednesday after reportedly opting out of his contract for the second-straight year. James and other basketball superstars have increasingly agreed to deals that allow them to choose whether to stay on their contract or become a free agent to control when they will next negotiate. Players are more willing to take the calculated risk of less security through a short-term deal for the bigger payday down the road," said Courtney Brunious, associate director of the University of Southern California Sports Business Institute.

    CNBC
  • Bodyboarder fights for life after Australia shark attack

    A bodyboarder was fighting for his life on Thursday after being attacked by a shark on Australia's east coast, close to where a Japanese surfer was killed earlier this year, rescue officials said. The attack was in the same area where Japanese surfer Tadashi Nakahara, 41, died after his legs were torn off by a shark in February. The scene of the latest attack, Lighthouse Beach, was where Peter Edmonds, 16, was killed by a shark while bodyboarding in 2008, national radio reported.

    AFP
  • Islamic State threatens to topple Hamas in Gaza

    Islamic State insurgents threatened on Tuesday to turn the Gaza Strip into another of their Middle East fiefdoms, accusing Hamas, the organisation that rules the Palestinian territory, of being insufficiently stringent about religious enforcement. The video statement, issued from an Islamic State stronghold in Syria, was a rare public challenge to Hamas, which has been cracking down on jihadis in Gaza who oppose its truces with Israel and reconciliation with the U.S.-backed rival Palestinian faction Fatah. "We will uproot the state of the Jews (Israel) and you and Fatah, and all of the secularists are nothing and you will be over-run by our creeping multitudes," said a masked Islamic State member in the message addressed to the "tyrants of Hamas".

    Reuters
  • Supertramp co-founder relishes role in 'service industry'

    Roger Hodgson no longer packs stadiums and doesn't even use the name of his old band, Supertramp, but that doesn't bother him. Music, he says, should be seen as a service industry. As his estranged former co-frontman Rick Davies keeps playing as Supertramp, Hodgson has been touring consistently, but more quietly, for the past 15 years and says he feels more comfortable on the smaller stages.

    AFP
  • In first, IS beheads two Syria women for 'sorcery': NGO

    Islamic State jihadists have beheaded two women in Syria for "witchcraft and sorcery", a monitor said on Tuesday, in the group's first known decapitation of female civilians. Meanwhile, IS re-entered the town of Tal Abyad on the Turkish border, seized from it by Kurdish forces two weeks ago, and took back one district, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights added. Rami Abdel Rahman, the Britain-based watchdog's chief, said IS "executed two women by beheading them in Deir Ezzor province... the first time the Observatory has documented women being killed by the group in this manner".

    AFP
  • America's most-loved fast food joint is...

    Chick-fil-A has received backlash over the years for its stance on issues like gay marriage , but the restaurant seems to have it all together when it comes to customer satisfaction. In its first appearance on the list, Chick-fil-A outpaced its peers with the highest level of customer satisfaction ever recorded by a fast food restaurant. Read More Fast food stocks have soared...but is it a bubble?

    CNBC
  • Singer caught in property dispute between nuns, archdiocese

    Katy Perry is caught in a property dispute between a group of elderly nuns and the Los Angeles Archdiocese over who owns a hilltop convent overlooking Hollywood. The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary say the building is theirs, and they've sold it to a local restaurateur, Dana Hollister, who has already moved in. In a June 19 lawsuit, the archdiocese claims it is responsible for selling the property, and plans a $14.5 million deal with another buyer.

    Associated Press
  • 12 Things you need to know about buying an apartment as an investment (part one)

    Apartments can be a great option for property investors. The body corporate fee includes a professional building manager who often lives onsite and whose duties are the daily management of the complex. Essentially anything to do with the building, other than what’s inside your apartment, the body corporate fee takes care of.

    Yahoo Finance