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1,000 rockers win over Foo Fighters with viral video

A video of 1,000 musicians rocking the Foo Fighter's "Learn to Fly" has gone viral, clocking up over five million views in just 48 hours and getting the thumbs up from the American band.

  • Britain's Prince George's beach birthday

    Britain's Prince George spent the morning of his second birthday on a beach with grandmother Carole Middleton. New pictures have emerged of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's two-year-old son and Duchess Catherine's mother playing and walking along a beach in Norfolk, England on Wednesday (22.07.15). Prince George spent most of his time building sandcastles as his grandmother took photographs.

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  • Bell steers England to victory, hosts take 2-1 Ashes lead

    Ian Bell guided England to an eight-wicket victory over Australia in the third test at Edgbaston on Friday to put the hosts 2-1 up in the series with two matches to play. Bell (65 not out) and Joe Root, with an unbeaten 38, anchored the chase after England were set to 121 to win on the third day at Edgbaston where a dominant performance banished memories of a heavy defeat at Lord's. England lost Alastair Cook (7) and Adam Lyth (12) to set a few nerves on edge but Bell, dropped on 20 by Australia captain Michael Clarke, made his second 50 of the match to spark raucous celebrations after Root hit the winning runs.

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  • Man who called dollar rally sees catastrophe ahead

    Back in November 2014, Pal, who is currently the publisher of the Global Macro Investor newsletter and the founder of Real Vision TV, said the U.S. dollar index (Intercontinental Exchange US: @DX.1) was poised to make a move the likes of which hadn't been seen in "many, many years." Now, after the dollar index surged 10 percent, Pal is out with a new prediction, and it could spell trouble for global equities.

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  • Woody Allen on marriage: 'I was paternal - it worked'

    Acclaimed American film director Woody Allen has given a rare interview and made even rarer remarks about his controversial marriage to the adopted daughter of his former girlfriend. "I'm 35 years older and somehow, through no fault of mine or hers, the dynamic worked," he told National Public Radio of his wife Soon-Yi, calling him "paternal" in their relationship. "I started the relationship with her and I thought it would just be a fling," he said.

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  • Meth ringleader 'stunned' by 17yr sentence

    The ringleader of a Wellington meth ring run out of an upscale apartment is "pretty stunned" after being jailed for up to 17 years. Kevin Chea was sentenced in the High Court at Wellington on Friday to 17 years in jail with a minimum non parole period of eight and a half years for importing, possessing and supplying a Class A drug. Chea's lawyer Tony Rickard-Simms told NZ Newswire the sentence was "significantly higher" than they'd expected.

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  • Debris brings MH370 mystery 'closer' than ever to answers

    Saint-André (France) (AFP) - Plane debris that washed up on an Indian Ocean island is from a Boeing 777, Malaysian authorities said Friday, making it almost certainly the first piece of wreckage recovered from missing flight MH370. If confirmed by analysis of the wing part -- which was being flown to Paris on Friday night from the French island of La Reunion -- the discovery would mark the first breakthrough in a case that has baffled aviation experts for 16 months. This could be the convincing evidence that MH370 went down in the Indian Ocean," Malaysia's deputy transport minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi told AFP.

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  • TPP is a done deal

    ANALYSIS: The government will sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement "if it is in New Zealand's best interests". Prime Minister John Key chooses his words carefully when he says this, NZ Newswire political columnist Peter Wilson writes. Sometimes, when he's being asked about particularly thorny issues like dairying or drugs, it becomes "overall if it is in New Zealand's best interests".

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  • California says water use fell by 27 percent in June

    California's unprecedented system of mandatory conservation imposed on cities got off to a strong start with water use plunging 27 percent in June, regulators said Thursday. Data released by the State Water Resources Control Board showed 265 of 411 local agencies in California hit or nearly reached savings targets. The governor ordered cities to reduce water use by 25 percent to prepare in case California's four-year drought persists.

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  • Fiat accused of tax evasion by former CEO

    The former Australian head of Fiat Chrysler has thrown the automobile giant under the proverbial bus while responding to allegations he misused $30 million of company funds. Clyde Campbell says his previous employer engages in the illegal tax-avoidance practice of transfer pricing, which is when company profits are sent overseas to subsidiaries in countries with lower tax. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Australian net profit is calculated "after tax and transfer pricing adjustments", according to documents Mr Campbell filed with the Federal Court in Melbourne.

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  • Get ready to relive the 2008 crisis: Albert Edwards

    Central banks in the Western world have set the scene for an "even bigger version" of the 2007-2008 global financial crisis, Societe Generale's bearish strategist Albert Edwards has claimed. In a research note on Thursday, Edwards said that China's intervention to stabilize its volatile stock market was part of a larger global story, in which "rock bottom" interest rates and large fiscal deficits in the western world were pushing the global economy towards a fall. "QE (quantitative easing) will be stepped up to such a pace that you will hear the roar of the printing presses from Mars," Edwards said.

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  • The country's youngest killers

    NEW ZEALAND'S YOUNGEST KILLERS:1991: A 13-year-old Wellington schoolboy who has permanent name suppression was convicted of murdering nurse Rachel Bennett, who was stabbed 16 times.1994: Anthony Alfred Afu, 14, beat John Wahanui to death with a piece

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  • SANZAR appeals Hooper rugby ban

    SANZAR has appealed the severity of a one-game ban handed down to Wallabies flanker Michael Hooper, who is at risk of being rubbed out of Saturday week's Rugby Championship decider against the All Blacks in Sydney. The announcement by SANZAR late on Friday came a day after Hooper's initial two-match ban was halved by the governing body at a judicial hearing because of his clean record and he was to serve the suspension by missing Manly's Sydney club semi-final on Saturday against Randwick. Hooper was found guilty of striking Argentine five-eighth Nicolas Sanchez in an off-the-ball incident during Australia's 34-9 weekend win over Argentina in Mendoza.

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  • Britain's Prince Charles nearly hit by eagle

    Britain's Prince Charles almost fell over when an eagle flapped in his face. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall looked in shock as a Bald Eagle at Sandringham Flower Show in Norfolk, England flapped its wings almost causing Charles to stumble over, on Thursday (29.07.15). The bird named Zephyr - who is the mascot of the 677 Squadron Army Air Corps - spread her wings to their full length and almost caused an accident.

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  • Kylie Jenner Says Her New Curves Are Results of Lotions

    Recent photos have shown Kylie Jenner looking curvier, which has prompted speculation that the 17-year-old star has undergone plastic surgery. Well the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star is here to set the record straight on where her newfound curves have come from - and no, she didn't get it from her mama. According to Kylie, her fuller butt and breasts are the result of Pure Leef's butt enhancement cream and breast plumping lotion.

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  • Microsoft says 14 million computers now running Windows 10

    Microsoft says its' new Windows 10 operating system is now running on more than 14 million computers, two days after the software was released as a free download. Microsoft says it's releasing the software in waves to make sure downloads go smoothly. In a blog post late Thursday, Microsoft said it has not yet delivered Windows 10 to everyone who requested a free upgrade for computers running older Windows versions.

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  • Petrol prices set to fall in coming months

    Petrol prices are expected to fall over the remainder of the year from recent highs driven by a shortage of supply in Asia. Westpac senior economist Justin Smirk said there is some truth in suggestions the Singapore refining market has been surprised by a jump in demand for specific standards of gasoline required in the Australian market. Mr Smirk said Asian gasoline supply would increase in the coming months and Australian petrol prices will again be driven by crude oil prices, the value of the Australian dollar and refining margins.

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  • Kimberly Stewart's intimate tattoo regret

    The socialite - and the daughter of Rod Stewart - has admitted she wishes she hadn't got an inking near her "vajayjay" when she was younger. Speaking of getting body art at a young age, she said: "All my other friends were getting tattoos and I don't really know why that was the tattoo I decided to get but, for some reason, that's what I got.

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  • Julia Roberts’ marriage ‘on the rocks’

    Julia Roberts’ relationship is reportedly on the rocks.The 47-year-old beauty has been married to cinematographer Daniel Moder since 2002 but he is said to have “had enough” of the star.A source told US’ OK! magazine: “Danny just doesn’t feel like they

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  • Facebook says drone ready for real-world testing later this year

    Facebook Inc announced on Thursday it has completed building its first full-scale drone, which has the wingspan of a Boeing 737 and will provide Internet access to the most remote parts of the world. The plane will weigh about 880 pounds (400 kg), said Yael Maguire, the company's engineering director of connectivity. "Our mission is to connect everybody in the world," said Jay Parikh, vice president of engineering.

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  • In a Yemen hospital, malnutrition menaces young lives

    Born just before the outbreak of Yemen's devastating war, Ali Mohammed al-Tawaari may well not survive it. Damaged by a lack of skilled medical care at a critical moment in his early weeks, the six-month-old infant struggles for life in a hospital in the bomb-damaged capital Sanaa. Ali suffers malnourishment and complications from a botched circumcision performed by an unqualified practitioner.

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