• Australia's final Cricket World Cup sledge ends with apology

    Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has offered an unusual half-apology after his final World Cup sledging of New Zealand, suggesting that liquid celebrations may have fuelled his frank comments during a radio interview. The arch sledger had been at the forefront of big "send-offs" for Kiwi batsmen Martin Guptill and Grant Elliott as well as spinner Daniel Vettori after their key dismissals in Sunday's final in Melbourne, where Australia thrashed their traditional rivals. "They were that nice to us in New Zealand (when Australia lost a pool match) and we were that uncomfortable.

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  • 'Silver porn' shows fifty shades of greying Japan

    Dressed in a kimono and kneeling silently on a tatami mat floor, 61-year-old Yasue Tomita looks as if she might be about to perform a Japanese tea ceremony -- instead she's debuting as a porn actress. Fluttering her eyelashes demurely as the cameras prepare to roll, Tomita is proof that in Japan's greying society you're never too old to chase your dreams, however racy or unorthodox. Love, too, is not confined to the young, say Japan's growing army of pensioners exploring their desires in more conventional ways, with dating agencies for the elderly reporting increasingly brisk business.

    AFP
  • Playboy Mansion hid tunnels to celebrity homes

    It should come as no surprise to anyone to find the Playboy Mansion holds more than a few dark secrets. “So, according [to] this blueprint, tunnels were built to the homes of “Mr. J. Nicholson,” “Mr. W. Beatty,” “Mr. K. Douglas” and “Mr. J. Caan,”” the magazine wrote. “We’ll go ahead and assume they’re talking about Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty, Kirk Douglas and James Caan – all of whom lived near the Playboy Mansion during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

    Yahoo Entertainment
  • American farmer among the winners in sanctions-hit Russia

    Kansas-born farmer Justus Walker is prospering in Russia — one year after the U.S. and European Union began imposing sanctions against his adopted country over its aggression in Ukraine. The clip went viral across Russia, turning the American farmer into an Internet meme, even though he opposes sanctions and says his remarks were taken out of context. Here is a look at Russia one year after the Western sanctions kicked in hours before Russia's March annexation of Crimea.

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  • ICC president quits over World Cup trophy snub

    Mustafa Kamal resigned as president of the International Cricket Council on Wednesday with an outspoken attack on the world governing body after he was prevented from presenting the World Cup trophy. Kamal accused the ICC of behaving "unlawfully" after he was barred from making the presentation. The Bangladeshi national had said after his country's World Cup quarter-final defeat by India that there was "no quality in the umpiring" and suggested the result had been "pre-arranged".

    AFP
  • Oil heir Andrew Getty found dead at Hollywood Hills home

    Andrew Getty, the 47-year-old grandson of the late oil billionaire J. Paul Getty and one of the heirs to the fortune of one of the wealthiest and best-known families in American history, was found dead Tuesday in his Hollywood Hills home, police and family members said. A woman calling to report that someone had died sent officers to the gated home on Montcalm Avenue shortly after 2:15 p.m. They found the man dead in a bathroom, police spokesman Jack Richter said. Police didn't identify the man, but a statement from Andrew Getty's parents, Ann and Gordon Getty, confirmed it was him.

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  • Our Three Favourite April Fool's Day Jokes

    Photo: YouTubeIt's been a bumper day for big companies breaking out the funny and attempting to pull the wool over our eyes (and, yes we admit it, kind-of nearly succeeding).Here's our pick of the three funniest April Fool's Days jokes of 2015.Google

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  • Kim Kardashian Denied Membership to Soho House

    Kim Kardashian won't be celebrating at LA's elite Soho House club any time soon! Photo: Kim Kardashian is a big deal in Hollywood - she can even get a plus one for her 21-month-old daughter North West at fashion week. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 34-year-old star has tried to gain membership to the private hot spot time and time again, only to be turned away. Former membership director Tim Geary has revealed the mum-of-one has "unsuccessfully tried numerous times" to buy her way into the club.

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  • Pacific islands brace for possible super typhoon

    Meteorologists warned on Tuesday that a storm reported to have left several casualties and severe damage in Micronesia was building into a super-typhoon as it swept across the central Pacific towards the Yap group of islands. The island of Chuuk, part of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), received a direct hit late on Sunday from Typhoon Maysak and the Yap group was next in its path. "Chuuk was devastated," lawyer Kembo Mida said in an email to the Ayuda Foundation relief organisation which is based in Guam about 1,000 kilometres away.

    AFP
  • Report of plane passenger video overshadows executive visit to crash site

    BERLIN/LE VERNET, France (Reuters) - A video of the final seconds aboard the Germanwings plane that crashed in France last week has been discovered, reports said on Wednesday, just hours before executives visiting the crash site dodged questions about the mental health of the pilot. The video was found on a mobile phone belonging to one of the passengers killed on the plane which investigators say German pilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately flew into a mountain in the French Alps, Bild newspaper reported. The scenes seen on the video were chaotic and very wobbly, said Bild, adding screams and shouts of "My God" could be heard, indicating the passengers knew what was happening.

    Reuters
  • Anne Frank died earlier than thought, new study says

    Jewish teenager Anne Frank died in a Nazi concentration camp at least a month earlier than her official date of death, a new study said on Tuesday. "New research... has shed fresh light on the last days of Anne Frank and her sister Margot," the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam said on Tuesday, until now her official death date. The deaths of Anne Frank and her younger sister Margot in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in northern Germany were noted as between 1-31 March by the Red Cross at the time.

    AFP
  • Peters takes on Key in parliament

    Winston Peters has walked into parliament as the new MP for Northland. "Yes," Mr Key replied. The promise to upgrade the bridges backfired because it was seen as an election bribe, and may have helped Mr Peters win the by-election.

    NZ Newswire
  • Pensions up as entitlement changes kick in

    A raft of changes to entitlements ranging from national super to paid parental leave are in force. The minimum wage has increased and first home buyers are getting more help from the government's HomeStart scheme with bigger grants for newly built homes.

    NZ Newswire
  • Lion jumps in car and mauls man on safari

    Australian tourist Brendan Smith got a lot more up close and personal with the wildlife than he expected while on safari in Johannesburg, South Africa. Just a day and a half after arriving in Joburg, Smith was on a safari when a lion jumped through the window of his car and started mauling his legs.

    Total Travel
  • John Cleese has paid ex-wife $20 million

    John Cleese has paid his third ex-wife almost $20 million. The 75-year-old actor, who split from American psychotherapist Alyce Faye Eichelberger in 2008 after 16 years of marriage, claims he has "been working for seven years" to pay for their divorce settlement and she is much "better off" than him now.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Hearing about Chinese drywall damage scheduled for April 28

    With a hearing scheduled to decide how much money thousands of people are owed for Chinese drywall damage to their homes, the manufacturer has made payments required to participate, including $3.2 million to seven homeowners in Virginia. The April 28 hearing will determine damages to as many as 4,000 homes built or repaired in Virginia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas with drywall made by Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd.

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  • Bloody noses after plane loses altitude

    Passengers were left terrified and reeling when their Orient Thai Airlines flight from Thailand to China suddenly lost altitude. The plane apparently suffered an engine failure and plunged abruptly in the skies over China. Many of the people on board suffered ear congestion or nose bleeds, or fainted due to the sudden loss of altitude.

    Total Travel
  • Bruce Jenner 'Underwent Breast Implant Surgery Weeks Ago'

    Bruce Jenner has reportedly already undergone major surgeries in his gender transformation. Photo: Bruce Jenner has undergone breast implant surgery in his transition into becoming a woman, according to a new report. "Bruce had silicone breast implants put in a few weeks ago," reveals the source.

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  • Meet Your 2015 Men's Health Man

    The MH team looked at one another in disbelief. Some shook their heads. “He can’t be serious,” seemed to be the collective sentiment rolling around the office. The source of our slack-jawed amazement? Damien Rider had just been told he’d be participating

    Men's Health
  • Jamie Oliver regrets heating up Gordon Ramsay food feud

    British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver said Tuesday he regretted saying rival cook Gordon Ramsay was jealous of his success and brushed off their simmering food feud as "no big deal". Both are successful celebrity television chefs and have traded barbs before - with Ramsay recently chiding the younger Oliver for not attending the launch of his own Hong Kong eatery, Jamie's Italian. Oliver, in Australia as part of his "revolution" to champion food education in schools, hit back on Sunday.

    AFP