• World champion Kwiatkowski wins Amstel Gold Race

    World champion Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland claimed his first one-day victory of the year in winning the first of three Ardennes Classics, the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday. Kwiatkowski finished the 258km race from Maastricht to Valkenburg ahead of Alejandro Valverde of Spain and Australia's Michael Matthews. It was the 24-year-old's first win in a major Spring Classic race, this the first of three Ardennes Classics in the space of a single week.

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  • Japan lesbian couple 'wed' amid calls for same-sex marriage

    A lesbian couple held a symbolic wedding ceremony in Tokyo on Sunday, as calls grow for Japan to legalise same-sex marriage. While their marriage will not be recognised under law, actresses Ayaka Ichinose, 34, and Akane Sugimori, 28 -- both dressed in white -- tied the knot in front of some 80 relatives and friends. "We held the wedding ceremony so that it might become easier for others to do the same in the future," Sugimori told press afterwards.

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  • David and Victoria Beckham fallen 'in love' with Madonna's LA mansion

    David and Victoria Beckham have fallen "in love" with Madonna's £18 million mansion. "David kept winking at Victoria and the way they kept smiling was like they were already picturing their future there.

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  • Simon Cowell bemoans 'unworthy' reality show winners

    Simon Cowell has admitted "nothing happens" with a lot of reality TV show winners. The 55-year-old music mogul has joined forces with pop star Ricky Martin to find the ultimate Latin boy band in a show called 'La Banda' and has revealed he's determined to unearth an act that achieves something concrete with their career. Meanwhile, Simon recently confessed he was "about to jump off a cliff" when he learnt Zayn Malik was quitting One Direction.

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  • Hamilton wins, Raikkonen steals second from Rosberg

    Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton made light of brake problems and a seamless switch from champagne to rose water on Sunday after winning the Bahrain Grand Prix to extend his lead in this year?s title race. It was a measure of Hamilton's success that after a flawless drive to his third win in four races this year he remained in control after opening up a 27-points lead ahead of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg. Starting from the 42nd pole position of his career, Hamilton led from lights to flag apart from two spells around the pit-stops to claim the 36th win of his career.

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  • Police bust drug ring, seize assets

    Police have busted a drug ring in Wellington and seized a jet ski, speed boats, a Harley-Davidson motorbike, two houses and money belonging to the alleged criminals. Three men and one woman aged between 24 to 26 years have been arrested and face charges relating to the importation and supply of class C drugs, Detective Senior Sergeant Brent Murray says. Overseas, it is known as flakka, but in New Zealand is called niff or bath salts.

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  • South Africa attacks on foreigners spark anger abroad

    Countries neighbouring South Africa on Friday prepared to evacuate their citizens from South Africa as the UN raised the alarm over deadly xenophobic attacks which have displaced thousands. The anti-foreigner violence, which erupted in the eastern port city of Durban, has left at least six people dead and spread to the economic hub, Johannesburg. "In South Africa, xenophobic attacks over the last three weeks have... displaced over 5,000 foreign nationals," the UN refugee agency said, adding it was "extremely concerned".

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  • Group wants to bring back Native Hawaiian burial traditions

    A group of Native Hawaiians wants to bring back a centuries-old island burial practice that it says is more environmentally friendly than some modern interment methods. "We have a lot of elders who are concerned about having enough capacity to bury their families when it's time to go," said Mahealani Cypher, who represents the Koolau Foundation, which is pushing the state to update its burial laws. Several bills in the Legislature seek to change state law to encourage traditional Hawaiian burials.

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  • Sam Smith 'happier than ever'

    Sam Smith is feeling "happier than ever" following his dramatic weight loss. The 'Like I Can' hitmaker has been documenting his journey on Instagram as he ditches the pounds and has revealed he is nearly at his goal weight. Sam has also been working with nutritional therapist Amelia Freer and previously boasted he had lost a stone in two weeks.

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  • Rupert Murdoch's penthouse on sale for $72 million

    For a hefty $72 million, Rupert Murdoch 's three-story penthouse at One Madison in Manhattan is on the market, The Wall Street Journal reported. The News Corp (NWSA) executive chairman bought the triplex and a three-bedroom apartment in the same building for $57.25 million in February 2014, WSJ reports. The 6,850-square-foot penthouse, situated on floors 58, 59 and 60, has a circling terrace and views of the Empire State Building, the World Trade Center and the Hudson and East rivers.

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  • India's bidi workers suffer for 1,000-a-day habit

    Zainab Begum Alvi and her band of young helpers hunch over baskets filled with tobacco flakes and dried leaves, trying to roll a thousand dirt-cheap cigarettes a day at the behest of India's powerful bidi barons. "There is no other work than this, so if I don't do it, I can't do anything else," added Alvi, a tiny and gaunt woman from the impoverished northern state of Uttar Pradesh who says she is in her 50s. Around 70 million Indians smoke the hand-rolled bidis, which are nimbly bound together by workers such as Alvi and her young relatives with khaki-coloured tendu leaves and cotton thread.

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  • Al Pacino doesn't shop

    Al Pacino hasn't done his own grocery shopping for 50 years. The 74-year-old screen legend - who has a grown-up daughter, Julie Marie, with an ex-partner and 14-year-old twins Anton and Olivia with former girlfriend Beverly D'Angelo - admits he hasn't been able to lead a normal life since finding fame several decades ago. The 'Danny Collins' star will support his children if they decide to follow in his footsteps because he thinks they are already showing signs of talent.

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  • Man gets 100-year term in murder of teacher in oil boom town

    Michael Keith Spell, 25, of Parachute, Colorado, was sentenced following a hearing before state District Judge Richard Simonton in Sidney. Spell, who is mentally disabled and described by the defense as functionally illiterate, pleaded guilty in October to killing Sherry Arnold, 43, after attempting to abduct the popular math teacher as she was jogging near her home in 2012. Co-defendant Lester Van Waters Jr. was sentenced in December to 80 years in prison on a charge of deliberate homicide by accountability.

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  • Family wins back seized gold coins that could be worth $80M

    A family was awarded the rights to 10 rare gold coins possibly worth $80 million or more on Friday after a U.S. appeals court overturned a jury verdict. U.S. Department of the Treasury officials insist the $20 Double Eagles were stolen from the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia before the 1933 series was melted down when the country went off the gold standard. Langbord's father, jeweler Israel Switt, had dealings with the Mint in the 1930s and was twice investigated over his coin holdings.

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  • Olivia Wilde 'shocked' by reaction to breastfeeding picture

    Olivia Wilde was "shocked" by the reaction to images of her breastfeeding her son. The 31-year-old actress, whose partner is Jason Sudeikis, was pictured breastfeeding her son Otis in a magazine in September and thinks the reaction it caused was completely disproportionate. The star - whose son celebrates his first birthday on Monday (20.04.15) - told Huff Post Parents: "I was shocked that there were still people who find it inappropriate because they think it's a sexual thing.

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  • Philanthropist, shopping mall developer Taubman dies at 91

    A. Alfred Taubman, the self-made Michigan billionaire whose philanthropy and business success — including weaving the enclosed shopping mall into American culture — was clouded by a criminal conviction late in his career, has died. Taubman, who donated hundreds of millions of dollars to universities, hospitals and museums, died Friday night at his home of a heart attack, according to son Robert S. Taubman, president and CEO of Taubman Centers, Inc. "This company and all that you stand for were among the greatest joys of his life," Robert S. Taubman wrote in a message to the company's employees.

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  • 'Mysterious' disease kills 18 in Nigeria: official

    "Twenty-three people (were affected) and 18 deaths were recorded," the Ondo state health commissioner, Dayo Adeyanju, told AFP. The government spokesman for the state, Kayode Akinmade, earlier gave a toll of 17 dead. "Seventeen people have died of the mysterious disease since it broke out early this week in Ode-Irele town," Akinmade told AFP by telephone.

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  • Russia's Putin says ready to work with United States - TV

    Russia has key interests in common with the United States and needs to work with it on a common agenda, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday in a television interview. In his comments to the state-run Rossiya channel, Putin appeared to soften his anti-American rhetoric after being highly critical. Relations between Moscow and Washington and other Western powers have soured over the conflict in Russia's neighbour Ukraine, sinking to an all-time low.

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  • Felix the Cat found after two weeks spent wandering JFK Airport

    Felix disappeared when his airline-approved carrier was crushed while being unloaded from an Etihad Airways flight coming from Abu Dhabi to the U.S. The pet’s owners, Jennifer Stewart and Joe Naaman, were flying home after living in Abu Dhabi for three years. Bonnie Folz, who leads a volunteer group that assists find lost and stolen pets, helped find and identify the cat.

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  • Kendall Jenner bombards Kylie Jenner with texts

    Kendall Jenner says she is obsessed with Kylie Jenner. The 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' star, 19, insists there is no rivalry between her and her younger sister, 17, and she bombards her sibling with text messages every day. Asked about their relationship, the top model said: "If you really want the truth, I text Kylie so many times and I look like a desperate girlfriend or something because she does not respond to me.

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