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    A Marvel film will feature an LGBT character "in the next decade or sooner". Kevin Feige, the President of Marvel Studios, has claimed that while there are no concrete plans in place to include such a character in a scheduled film, it is something that will definitely happen at some stage. Winter Soldier, I think, was around that time.

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  • NZ dollar bounces from five-year low as deteriorating economy, Greece stoke volatility

    The New Zealand dollar rose from a five-year low after Greece missed its debt repayment deadline, while a deteriorating local economic outlook stokes expectations for steeper interest rate cuts. Greece fell into arrears after missing a 1.6 billion euro repayment to the International Monetary Fund, and can only receive funding once that debt is cleared. Greece's debt ructions, which may see the Mediterranean nation turfed out of the euro-zone, have been stoking volatility in finance markets, and will continue to dominate headlines in the lead-up to a public referendum on Sunday as to whether Greece should agree to the bail-out conditions that would accompany a rescue package.

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  • Aussie Arnie look-alike claims Mr Universe title

    "What I like are the old classic physiques. Quality over quantity". Instagram.What has 21-inch biceps, a 50-inch chest and 27-inch legs?One and a half silverback gorillas, probably. Also, Australian Calum von Moger.Drawing more than a passing resemblance

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  • 2 Cheap Cars to import new cars

    2 Cheap Cars, which has built a nationwide chain of auto yards selling used imports since starting four years ago, plans to enter the market for new cars by parallel importing of Toyota, Honda and Mazda vehicles. Chief executive and 50 per cent shareholder Eugene Williams says his company will be able to undercut the official dealerships by as much as $10,000 on the price of a new car and he is targeting 10 per cent of the new car Japanese market in New Zealand within three years. Mr Williams told BusinessDesk his company will buy the cars from dealerships in Japan rather than from the manufacturers but that they will still be able to be sold as new in New Zealand because they won't have been registered in Japan.

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  • Caitlyn Jenner 'begged' by designers

    Caitlyn Jenner is being "begged" by designers to wear their clothes. The 65-year-old former Olympian - who was known as Bruce Jenner before undergoing a gender transition - is reportedly being offered all sorts of outfits for when she walks the red carpet at the ESPY Awards next month. A source said: "Caitlyn has not decided on which designer to pick but every designer imaginable wants to dress her.

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  • The Queen told Lewis Hamilton off for bad manners

    Britain's Queen Elizabeth told Lewis Hamilton off for his bad table manners. Lewis said: "I got invited to a lunch and was sitting next to The Queen. Despite this telling off, Lewis went on to say that The Queen is "really cool".

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  • Amber Heard: I have to 'fight' for movie roles because I'm bisexual

    Amber Heard has to "fight" for film roles because of her sexuality. The 29-year-old actress came out as bisexual at an event hosted by Gay & Lesbian Alliance against Defamation in 2010 and - before she met her husband Johnny Depp in 2012 - dated female artist and photographer Tasya van Ree between 2008 to 2011, but has insisted she doesn't want to "be defined by it". Amber said: "I don't want to have to deny my sexuality in order to be me.

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  • 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".

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  • China passes national security law

    China passed a wide-ranging new national security law Wednesday, expanding its legal reach over the Internet and even outer space as concerns grow about ever-tighter limits on rights. The rubber-stamp National People's Congress standing committee passed the legislation by 154 votes to nil with one abstention, officials said at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Since President Xi Jinping came to power, the ruling Communist Party has overseen a wide-ranging crackdown on activists, while unrest related to the mainly Muslim region of Xinjiang has worsened and spread.

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  • Princess Charlotte's christening details announced

    Britain's Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will hold Princess Charlotte's christening at the weekend. Prince William and Kate Middleton, along with Prince George and Charlotte, will appear in public for the first time as a family of four on Sunday (05.07.15) at the ceremony, set to take place in Norfolk, and be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, who will also give an address. The public will be allowed into the paddock outside the church to get a glimpse of the royal family, something that William and Kate are "delighted" about.

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  • F1 tyre size a deal-breaker for Michelin

    Michelin has no interest in supplying tyres to Formula One unless the sport agrees to make them bigger, a change motorsport head Pascal Couasnon feels sure will happen eventually. The French company and current suppliers Pirelli are the only bidders for the three-year contract from 2017, when rule changes could be introduced to make the cars quicker and harder to handle. Michelin have stressed that their bid depends on a change of tyre specification from 13 inch to at least 18.

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  • Berlusconi 'paid' Bunga Bunga dancer millions for silence

    Silvio Berlusconi paid an exotic dancer and other young women some ten million euros for their silence over what went on at his Bunga Bunga sex parties, says a prosecutor. Milan prosecutor Tiziana Siciliano told a press conference she had no doubt the former prime minister and billionaire media tycoon had engaged in an orchestrated attempt to pervert the course of justice. The effort came while he was being investigated and tried for paying for sex with dancer Karima El-Mahroug, better known as Ruby the heart stealer, when she was under 18.

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  • New All Blacks jersey cheaper than in 2011

    Another Rugby World Cup year and another dedicated All Blacks jersey for the fans to pay for. This year's replicas of the All Blacks kit were revealed on Wednesday, with the most expensive, the "RWC performance jersey", costing $200 in New Zealand. In 2011, Adidas released a $220 version of the jersey but became bogged down in a public relations crisis when it was revealed it could be bought online from the US or Britain for $100 less.

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  • Swedish woman gets $18M in sex harassment suit against boss

    A young Swedish woman who sued her former Wall Street executive boss over lurid allegations of sexual conquest, betrayal and stalking was awarded $18 million by a federal jury Monday. Hanna Bouveng, 25, accused Benjamin Wey in an $850 million lawsuit of using his power as owner of New York Global Group to coerce her into four sexual encounters before firing her after discovering she had a boyfriend. The jury in federal court in Manhattan awarded her $2 million in compensatory damages plus $16 million in punitive damages on sexual harassment, retaliation and defamation claims.

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  • South Sudan army raped then burnt girls alive: UN

    South Sudan's army raped then torched girls alive inside their homes during a recent campaign marked by "new brutality and intensity", a UN rights report said Tuesday. The military, the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA), launched a major offensive against rebel forces in April, with fierce fighting in Unity state's northern Mayom district, once a key oil producing area. "Survivors of these attacks reported that SPLA and allied militias from Mayom county carried out a campaign against the local population that killed civilians, looted and destroyed villages and displaced over 100,000 people," the UN said.

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  • Kylie Jenner Moves into $2.7 Million House

    Sharing a snap of her and half-sister Khloe Kardashian at her new 4,900 square foot mansion in Calabasas, she wrote, "Don't you wish your move-in crew looked like mine? Kylie Jenner takes her first selfie with sister Khloe Kardashian in her new house. The insider said, "Kylie is super excited about it.

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  • Greeks struggle with daily grind as foreigners head to beach

    With cash withdrawals cut to 60 euros ($67) per day, many Greeks aren't spending in restaurants for fear that they will run out of cash they would need if a family member got ill or another serious problem developed. On the streets of the Greek capital, resplendent in the early days of summer, there's still a veneer of normalcy — at least for foreigners, who aren't affected by the draconian rules imposed on Greeks.

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  • 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".

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  • Law changes affect nearly everyone

    A raft of law changes has come into force, affecting nearly everyone. The changes with the most impact are free doctor visits and prescriptions for under-13s, and lower vehicle licence fees. Until now, free doctor visits and prescriptions were for under-6s.

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  • Du Preez latest casualty as Springboks injury list grows

    Coach Heyneke Meyer put on a brave face but admitted the injuries could disrupt his meticulous planning. “I’m very excited to get going – it’s been a long few months since our last match, but we’ve worked incredibly hard behind the scenes and done an unbelievable amount of research and planning,” Meyer said in a statement from SARU on Monday. “It would’ve been great to hit the ground running with a fit squad, but because of the situation we’re in, we will have to use our next five matches before the Rugby World Cup to experiment with our depth and see where we need cover, which could mean players outside the current squad can still force their way in.

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