• Michael Bublé's sexist selfie

    Michael Bublé has apologised after being branded a "sexist" by outraged fans. The 'Haven't Met You Yet' hitmaker is currently holidaying in Miami, Florida with his wife Luisana Lopilato but has left some of his supporters fuming after he posted a photograph on his Instagram account of a woman wearing short shorts. Aussie comedian Sam Simmons said he'd like to punch him.

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  • Selena Gomez loves her curves

    The 'Spring Breakers' actress showed off her toned thighs, flat stomach and impressive cleavage in the revealing holiday shot, later changing into a hot pink bikini to frolic with her pals in the ocean. The 'Come & Get It' hitmaker - who was in an on-off relationship with singer Justin Bieber for almost five years until October - was clearly enjoying taking time off from her busy schedule after vowing to make 2015 "incredible".

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  • Man killed in Coromandel crash named

    Police have named a man who died in a crash in the Coromandel which also left another man critically injured. Emergency services were called to the two-car crash on State Highway 25 between Woody Hill and Timata Roads shortly before 7am on Thursday, Sergeant Jim Corbett of the Thames-Coromandel strategic traffic unit says. Peter Boyce Hutchings, 65, from Whitianga died at the scene.

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  • Tribute song for Paul Walker hits No. 1 on Billboard chart

    Paul Walker is not only being remembered onscreen, but in music too: The tribute song for him, "See You Again," hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart Thursday. The song from rapper Wiz Khalifa and budding singer Charlie Puth is from the soundtrack for "Furious 7," the latest installment in the "Fast & Furious" film series that featured Walker. As he wrote "See You Again," the singer thought about a friend who died around the same time as Walker.

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  • 'Sea monster' washes up in Otago

    One of the ocean's more unusual fish - a vertical swimming, self-amputating "sea monster" has washed ashore near Dunedin. The oarfish, about 3m long, was found at Aramoana on Thursday. It was one of the most unusual fish the Department of Conservation's David Agnew had ever seen.

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  • Tom Brady 'so proud' of the 'love of his life' Gisele

    Tom Brady is "so proud" of the "love" of his life Gisele Bundchen following her retirement from the catwalk. The NFL quarterback has congratulated his Brazilian wife on her phenomenal career following her final runway walk at Sao Paulo Fashion Week on Wednesday (15.04.15), insisting she "inspires him every day to be a better person". In a Facebook post - accompanied with a photo of her sashaying down the catwalk in a white dress - Tom wrote: "Congratulations Love of my Life.

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  • Physicians want Dr. Oz gone from Columbia medical faculty

    "Dr. Oz has repeatedly shown disdain for science and for evidence-based medicine," said a letter the 10 physicians sent to a Columbia dean earlier this week. Oz first came to public attention as a frequent television guest of Oprah Winfrey. Oz was not reachable Thursday night at his Columbia office number, which played a recorded message explaining how callers could get tickets to his TV show.

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  • Images show rapid Chinese progress on new South China Sea airstrip

    Recent satellite images published on Thursday show China has made rapid progress in building an airstrip suitable for military use in contested territory in the South China Sea's Spratly Islands and may be planning another, moves that have been greeted with concern in the United States and Asia. IHS Jane's Defense Weekly said March 23 images from Airbus Defence and Space showed work on the runway on reclaimed parts of Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly archipelago, which China contests with the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan. The report said other images suggested China was working to extend another airstrip to that length in the Paracel Islands further north in the potentially energy-rich South China Sea, a vital shipping route through which $5 trillion of trade passes every year.

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  • Polish man charged over rape and murder of French nine-year-old

    A 38-year-old Polish man was charged Friday with the kidnapping, rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl in northern France that has shocked the country. Zbigniew Huminski was arrested on Wednesday near the woods where the girl's naked, lifeless body was found, and admitted his guilt soon after. Chloe was playing with a friend when Huminski forced her into his car in the presence of her mother, who burst into panicked screams.

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  • India's die-hard Hindus push to ban beef in blow to poor

    Every morning just before dawn, hundreds of trucks loaded with buffaloes trundle into New Delhi's sprawling slaughterhouse complex where young men rush to unload the bellowing cargo. Despite Hindu beliefs that cows are sacred — and the fact that their slaughter is banned in most of the country — India is the world's fifth-largest consumer and second-largest exporter of beef. The meat, which in India comes from bulls and buffaloes, is widely eaten in some communities, particularly by low-caste Hindus and millions of Muslims and Christians.

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  • Ed Sheeran sends flowers to grieving fan

    Ed Sheeran sent flowers to a grieving fan when he was unable to grant her request to sing at her boyfriend's funeral. The 'Sing' hitmaker was asked by Rachel Murray to perform at the funeral of her partner Lee Foster - who died aged 24 last week following a battle with skin cancer - but was unable to attend the service as he is currently on tour in New Zealand. Instead, Ed paid his respects to Lee and showed his support for Rachel by sending her an enormous bouquet of lilies.

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  • More MH17 remains discovered

    More human remains and personal belongings have been recovered from the site of downed Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 after Dutch investigators gained access to sites that were previously too dangerous to search. Pieter-Jan Aalbersberg, head of the recovery team, said the work focused on three sites that had previously been inaccessible because of fighting in the region between Russian-backed separatists and government forces. In addition to the human remains found by the team, "there was also personal property from the passengers handed over by local residents," including jewellery.

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  • At what age can you really retire?

    A new survey finds 40 percent of baby boomers have nothing saved for retirement and 21 percent have less than $100,000 saved. You don't want to just leave your retirement date to chance. One of the biggest risks to retirement is outliving your money.

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  • Work plan possibly ignored in accident that killed family

    Officials in the Washington city where a concrete slab fell from an overpass and killed a young family in a pickup below say they would've closed the roadway if they had known heavy work was being performed on the structure. John Woodcock, chief engineer for Bonney Lake, told KING-TV (http://is.gd/Clcl28) that the contractor, WHH Nisqually Federal Services, and its subcontractors told the city they would be performing work elsewhere on the site Monday. If crews were going to be cutting or dismantling concrete slabs on the overpass, the city would have insisted on closing the road below, Woodcock said.

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  • Pharmacist sentenced for $150k fraud

    Terence John Osborne, 65, used returned or recycled drugs to fill new scripts, but claimed subsidies as if the scripts were for new drugs. Osborne was sentenced in Auckland District Court on Friday to nine months' home detention for dishonest use of documents. The drugs were dispensed through Osborne's Pharmacy, Airport Pharmacy Ltd, and the now defunct Gulf Harbour Pharmacy Ltd, the Ministry of Health says.

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  • Sydney Woman Stands Up For Muslim Commuter Receiving Abuse On A Train

    A video of a woman defending a Muslim commuter wearing a headscarf has gone viral on Facebook in a real life act of the #IllRideWithYou movement. Stacey Eden, 23 was riding a Sydney CityRail train from Town Hall to the airport at lunchtime on Wednesday when she witnessed a shocking incident of verbal abuse between commuters in her carriage. The woman criticised the Muslim wife for wearing a headscarf and blamed Islam for the Sydney Siege, the mass murder of Christians at a University in Kenya and ISIS.

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  • NZ dollar surges above RBNZ forecast on TWI basis, may prompt 'jawboning'

    The New Zealand dollar trade-weighted index has soared above the Reserve Bank's projections to a nine-month high but traders and strategists say the bank has few options, other than jawboning, to drive the currency lower in the face of stand-out economic growth. The central bank intervened in currency markets last August but may be loathe to use more reserves in another attempt, given the relative weakness of economies such as Australia's and the Euro region. Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler, who has put monetary policy in neutral with a benchmark rate advantage over most major economies, has repeatedly called the kiwi unsustainably and unjustifiably high.

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  • Thousands march at Auschwitz in memory of Holocaust dead

    The site, now a memorial and museum, has become an enduring symbol of Nazi Germany's genocide of European Jews, of whom one million were killed there from 1940 to 1945. "The Shoah remains unique in the sense it was unprecedented.

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  • What Your Man's Beard Says About Him

    "Beards are an ego thing - it's a sign of masculinity," explains Craig Meggs, master barber for QT Hotels's The Barber Shop in Sydney and Canberra. Whether he prefers designer stubble or a bush, here's what your man's facial hair says about him.SEXY STUBBLE

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  • Secrecy shrouds decade-old oil spill in Gulf of Mexico

    A blanket of fog lifts, exposing a band of rainbow sheen that stretches for miles off the coast of Louisiana. From the vantage point of an airplane, it's easy to see gas bubbles in the slick that mark the spot where an oil platform toppled during a 2004 hurricane, triggering what might be the longest-running commercial oil spill ever to pollute the Gulf of Mexico. The company has downplayed the leak's extent and environmental impact, likening it to scores of minor spills and natural seeps the Gulf routinely absorbs.

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