• NZ pip Australia in World Cup nail-biter

    It was a tale of two collapses as Australia suffered a dramatic one-wicket loss to co-hosts New Zealand in Auckland on Saturday. Australia slipped from 1-80 to 9-106 in the space of 45 minutes and nine scarcely-believable overs. Man of the match Trent Boult was chief destroyer, claiming five wickets in three overs at the cost of one run.

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  • The Dress That Sent The Internet Into Meltdown

    The seemingly innocent design sent the internet into complete meltdown as people argued over whether the dress was in fact blue and black or white and gold. "But on the black background some might see it as white." He even speculated, perhaps jokingly, that the white-gold prejudice favors the idea of seeing the dress under strong daylight.

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  • 6 women accuse hot yoga founder of sex assaults, groping

    A yoga guru who founded a rigorous routine of exercises practiced in steamy rooms around the world is facing lawsuits by six women who claim he sexually assaulted them. The most recent case, filed Feb. 13 in Los Angeles Superior Court, said Bikram Choudhury raped a Canadian woman who had shelled out $10,000 from her college fund for a nine-week class so she could teach the 26-pose technique to others. "Throughout the sexual abuse, defendant Bikram Choudhury offered multiple explanations and justifications for his behavior," the lawsuit said.

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  • S. Africa family reunited with child snatched in 1997

    A baby stolen from her sleeping mother's arms shortly after birth has been found by the family through an astonishing coincidence 17 years later, her biological family and South African police said Friday. A 50-year-old woman has been arrested and charged with kidnapping after pupils noticed a remarkable likeness between the 17-year-old and her younger biological sister who started attending the same school this year. DNA tests have confirmed that the older girl is the daughter of Celeste and Morne Nurse, who was snatched from Groote Schuur hospital as a three-day-old baby named Zephany in April 1997, local media reported.

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  • Russia's Khodorkovsky: Putin is a 'naked king' facing economic ruin

    Former Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky said on Thursday Vladimir Putin was a "naked king" presiding over an economy that will weaken further, eventually provoking a battle between rival clans in Moscow. "Putin with bare chest isn't a mighty leader: He is a naked king," Khodorkovsky, once Russia's richest man who was arrested in 2003 after falling foul of Putin only to be released in 2013, told an audience in London. Khodorkovsky, who once controlled Russia's biggest oil company, YUKOS, said the Russian economy would weaken further and that eventually its weakness would provoke a battle between the powerful clans which dominate Russia.

    Reuters
  • Zelda Williams: 'No Point' Asking Why Robin Williams Took His Own Life

    Six months after Robin Williams took his own life, his daughter Zelda is opening up about what hers is like now that he's gone.

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  • Ko smashes course record to lead NZ Open

    Lydia Ko has put Clearwater Golf Club to the sword to make herself firm favourite to win a second New Zealand Women's Open title. The world No.1 smashed the course record in her second round. Ko is pursuing a second title in two weeks after victory at the Women's Australian Open.

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  • Cabin crew refuse to fly in snowstorm

    Four cabin crew members have been suspended while an investigation is under way into their refusal to work on a flight they felt was unsafe.

    Total Travel
  • Mexico captures most wanted drug kingpin, former teacher 'La Tuta'

    Mexico captured its most wanted drug lord on Friday, former primary school teacher Servando "La Tuta" Gomez, delivering a boost to a government battered by gang violence. The 49-year-old gang boss was the prime target of President Enrique Peña Nieto's effort to regain control of Michoacan, a western state wracked by clashes between Gomez's Knights Templar cartel and armed vigilantes trying to oust them. Peña Nieto has been trying to quell public outrage in Mexico after the late September abduction and apparent massacre of 43 trainee teachers by corrupt police in league with gang members.

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  • Bill Nighy 'got busted' smuggling Marmite

    Bill Nighy "got busted" trying to sneak Marmite through airport security. The 65-year-old actor, who stars alongside Dame Judi Dench in 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel', has revealed his love of Marmite and Yorkshire Tea, both of which he tried to take with him to India when filming the new movie. "The problem is that I'm addicted to Yorkshire Tea, and for me, nothing else can really hit the spot.

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  • Billionaire's 'secret' daughter gets $20 million

    Looks like Olivia Mead will be able to afford her Mexican walking fish and jewelry-encrusted bass guitar-lots of them, in fact. Mead, the "secret daughter" of the late Australian billionaire Michael Wright, became a minor Web sensation in early February after demanding more from her father's estate, worth $3.1 billion Australian dollars ($2.4 billion). "The starting point in reaching that conclusion is the size of the estate," Master Craig Sanderson said in his judgment.

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  • Mazda CX-3 Goes on Sale in Japan

    Mazda CX-3 XD Touring L PackageHiroshima, Japan, Feb 27, 2015 - (JCN Newswire) - Mazda Motor Corporation has launched the all-new Mazda CX-3 compact crossover SUV in Japan. The model goes on sale today at all Mazda, Mazda Anfini and Autozam dealerships nationwide with a manufacturer's suggested retail price ranging from 2,376,000 yen to 3,024,000 yen (tax included). The company expects to sell 3,000 units per month in Japan.

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  • Kendall Jenner Hits The Runway With Model Who Bullied Her

    Kendall Jenner has shown her professionalism by appearing on the runway alongside a model who bullied her.

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  • The dress that broke the Internet

    By some reckonings, Buzzfeed invented "viral," but its deputy news director, Jon Passatino, appeared truly surprised by just how many clicks the dress generated. Neetzan Zimmerman, formerly an editor at another viral content machine, Gawker, and widely considered an expert in virality, tweeted that the dress is a "viral singularity." It appears to have started with a Tumblr post of the photo, headlined "what colors are this dress," and spread from there as those who saw white-and-gold engaged in pitched battles with the blue-and-black camp.

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  • Indonesia's Widodo 'considering position' on death row Australians

    Sydney (AFP) - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Thursday offered a glimmer of hope for two men facing imminent execution in Indonesia after phoning President Joko Widodo, who he said was "carefully considering his position".

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  • Rio Tinto workers fear more job cuts

    Workers fear more jobs are to be cut by mining giant Rio Tinto as it begins a new round of cost cutting by merging its copper and coal divisions. Under the new arrangements, Rio Tinto's operations will be condensed into four groups - iron ore, aluminium, copper and coal, and diamonds and minerals. There was fresh speculation on Friday that several hundred jobs will go from its iron ore division in Western Australia, as plunging commodity prices increase the urgency of cuts cutting.

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  • NZ dollar slips as better-than-expected US data bolsters case for Fed hikes

    The New Zealand dollar fell as the greenback advanced after better-than-expected US data on inflation and business orders bolstered confidence about the outlook for the world's largest economy. The reports strengthened the case for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates this year. "The US economy appears sound under the hood, with rising core inflation an indication that Fed fund hikes are a matter of when and not if," ANZ Bank New Zealand senior FX strategist Sam Tuck and senior economist Mark Smith said in a note. In New Zealand today, building consent data and an ANZ business confidence report are scheduled for release.

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  • NRL can't lose Inglis, says Smith

    NRL boss Dave Smith will speak with Greg Inglis in a bid to keep the South Sydney superstar in rugby league. Despite being off-contract with Souths at the end of 2017, Inglis is the subject of massive money offers from European rugby. Sonny Bill Williams, Sam Burgess and Ben Te'o all defected to the rival code at the end of 2014 and Smith believes the NRL can't afford to let Inglis do likewise.

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  • IS jihadists destroy ancient artefacts in Iraq: video

    Islamic State militants armed with sledgehammers and jackhammers have destroyed priceless ancient artefacts in the Iraqi city of Mosul, a video released by the jihadists shows. Experts and officials confirmed the destruction, which they compared to the 2001 demolition of the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan by the Taliban. The video shows IS militants knocking statues off their plinths and rampaging through the Mosul museum's collection, which includes artefacts from the Assyrian and Hellenistic periods dating back to several centuries BC.

    AFP
  • Stink bugs stopped dead in their tracks

    New Zealand is well protected against a bug considered even worse than the Queensland fruit fly that's been found at the country's borders, say the Ministry for Primary Industries. The reassurance comes after Labour MP Damien O'Connor said 13 brown marmorated stink bugs have been found in New Zealand in the last six months. Labour said there was a risk the pest could be establishing itself here "while the Ministry for Primary Industries is tearing around looking for fruit flies".

    NZ Newswire