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  • Paddon fourth in Rally Poland

    Hayden Paddon has produced another impressive drive, finishing one spot off the podium in Rally Poland. It follows Paddon's breakthrough second placing in Italy in June, the best result by a New Zealander in an overseas round of the World Rally Championship. The 28-year-old from Geraldine went to Poland with the target of placing in the top five.

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  • Lost tramper saved by Facebook post

    A woman who was cold, wet and lost on a Waikato mountain was saved only after sending a desperate Facebook post to her family.But police have not commended her social media foray, saying the woman would have been rescued much sooner had she used her phone

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  • NZ dollar holds near five-year low

    The New Zealand dollar has traded near a five-year low ahead of a meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande to discuss a possible response to Greece's rejection of austerity measures tied to bailout money. The kiwi traded at 66.70 US cents at 5pm in Wellington, having earlier reached a five-year low of 66.40 cents, from 66.93 cents in New York last Friday. "Overall the trend for the kiwi is lower for many different factors," said Stuart Ive, senior dealer at OMF.

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  • Britain's Princess Charlotte christened in intimate ceremony

    Britain's Princess Charlotte was christened in an intimate ceremony on Sunday, in the royal baby's second public appearance since her birth nine weeks ago to proud parents Prince William and Kate. Just 21 guests attended the low-key baptism held inside the 16th century Church of St Mary Magdalene on the country estate of the baby's great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, as crowds waited outside. Overnight campers and early risers, many wearing Union Jack-printed clothing, had braved wet weather to get a prime spot on the paddock outside the church at Sandringham estate in Norfolk, eastern England, ahead of the 4:30 pm (1530 GMT) service.

    AFP
  • Kourtney Kardashian dumps Scott Disick

    Kourtney Kardashian has "dumped" Scott Disick. Another insider added to E! News: "Kourtney dumped him after she saw the pictures [of Scott getting close to his ex in Monte Carlo] and he hasn't been home after a month-long party binge. 'Kourtney has always taken Scott back and been by his side, but now with three kids it has gotten old.

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  • Titans to move on after Hodko NRL snub

    Despite Trent Hodkinson becoming the latest star to snub Gold Coast, Titans coach Neil Henry claims he's in no rush to find a playmaker for next year's NRL campaign. Hodkinson overlooked an offer from the Titans to sign a three-year deal with Newcastle from 2016. The decision means the Titans still don't have a senior playmaker for next year, with youngster Kane Elgey and Daniel Mortimer their only options in the halves, as five-eighth Aidan Sezer is bound for Canberra at season's end.

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  • Cosby admitted drugging woman for sex: court papers

    Embattled US comedian Bill Cosby admitted having drugged at least one woman with a sedative to have sex with her, court documents show. The 77-year-old was questioned by Dolores Troiani, a lawyer for Andrea Constand, a former women's basketball director at Philadelphia's Temple University where Cosby studied and was a member of the board of trustees. Cosby's lawyers had long sought to block publication of the court transcripts, but they were released Monday on the PACER public court records website.

    AFP
  • S&P sees a growing risk of Grexit

    While there is a "whiff of optimism" that a deal will be struck between Greece and its creditors, S&P sovereign rating managing director Moritz Kramer says time is running out with a 3.5 billion euros loan due to repaid on July 20. "Clearly the money is not there," he told a live webcast on the Greek debt crisis later on Tuesday ahead of a crucial meeting in Europe between finance ministers and Greece.

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  • Deborra-Lee Furness bans Hugh Jackman from starring opposite Angelina Jolie

    Deborra-Lee Furness has banned Hugh Jackman from working with Angelina Jolie.The 59-year-old actress - who tied the knot with the Wolverine star in 1996 - is happy for her husband to star in a movie opposite anyone he likes, but not the Hollywood beauty

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  • Companies rush to protect against kidnapping

    The first line of business usually starts with a hostage insurance broker, whom big companies higher to assess any potential risk to its employees. "That's how we get paid, to think of what could go wrong," hostage insurance broker Michal Gnatek told CNBC. To help finance the risk, Gnatek works with all the major insurance companies, including Travelers (NYSE: TRV), Hiscox, Chubb, and AIG (NYSE: AIG), that offer Kidnap and Ransom (K&R) insurance to clients.

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  • Bad light stops Djokovic after epic fightback

    Holder and top seed Novak Djokovic suffered an almighty scare against South African giant Kevin Anderson before bad light halted play with the score tied at two sets all in their fourth round match at Wimbledon on Monday. No respecter of reputations, 14th seed Anderson out-ran and out-reached the shaken Serb over the first two hours to send shudders of anticipation around Court One as a shock upset loomed.

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  • Germany dismisses Greece bid for bailout after 'No' vote

    Germany on Monday dismissed Greece's bid to swiftly seal a new debt deal after the country delivered a resounding 'No' to more austerity, appearing little moved by the surprise resignation of the Greek finance minister. Yanis Varoufakis, a firebrand who had infuriated European counterparts, announced he was resigning at Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's request in a move to placate creditors. Varoufakis's departure came a day after Greek voters overwhelmingly rejected more austerity required by international creditors under a bailout deal, heightening fears of a "Grexit".

    AFP
  • Honeymoon over for Greek couple

    Newlyweds Valasia Limnioti and Konstantinos Patronis' long-planned "dream trip" to the US ended in New York City, where their three-week honeymoon quickly turned into a nightmare: Their Greek-issued credit and debit cards were suddenly declined and they were left penniless. The couple skipped a few meals before spending their last dollars on dinner at McDonald's. Strangers from two Greek Orthodox churches in the city's Queens borough came to the rescue, giving them survival cash until their flight home to Greece on Friday. Two Greek banks issued them cards before the trip - a Visa credit card and a debit card.

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  • World's oldest man dies at 112 in Japan

    The world's oldest man, Sakari Momoi, has died in Japan at the ripe old age of 112, an official said Tuesday. Momoi, born months before the Wright brothers made their first successful flight, passed away late Sunday, said the official at Saitama City, north of Tokyo, where he had lived for many years. The supercentenarian, recognised as the world's oldest male at the age of 111 last year, died of kidney failure in a care home in Tokyo.

    AFP
  • Clash of cousins for All Black Williams

    Sonny Bill William expects family loyalties to be divided and he just hopes his father is wearing an All Blacks jersey for the historic Test against Samoa. Williams will start at second five-eighth on Wednesday in New Zealand's first match in Apia and in the opposition ranks will be cousin and Chiefs teammate Tim Nanai-Williams. Having been to Samoa several times, the Auckland-born Williams has a fair idea of the reception that awaits the All Blacks when they arrive in the Pacific Island nation on Monday night.

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  • Tiny Akld unit sells for $104k

    An apartment so tiny it can't fit a kitchen or bathroom has fetched $104,000 in Auckland's overheated property market. Despite the drawbacks the apartment attracts annual body corporate fees of $1407. The unit, located in the student accommodation block Mount Terrace Apartments, sold two years ago for $84,000 and has just re-sold for $104,000, far in excess of its 2014 CV of $70,000.

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  • China stocks sink again despite government efforts

    Chinese shares took anothertumble Tuesday, defying government efforts to arrest a precipitous fall that has wiped an estimated $3.2 trillion off markets and threatens the world's number-two economy. The government over the weekend announced a halt to initial public offerings (IPOs) and moves to pour funds into the market to end three weeks of plunging prices. Analysts say the heavy-handed intervention throws into question the pace of China's economic reforms and the ability of the government to deflate what many describe as a stock market bubble.

    AFP
  • Baby Ayla to continue recovery in Canada

    The orphaned baby daughter of All Black Jerry Collins and partner Alana Madill is well enough to return to Canada with her relatives. Three-month-old Ayla survived the car crash in southern France that killed her parents a month ago.

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  • Caitlyn Jenner 'isolated' herself

    Caitlyn Jenner "totally isolated" herself from the transgender community. The 65-year-old former Olympian - who was known as Bruce Jenner before her transition - has a lot of "catching up" to do with the LGBT community and people who have faced the same struggles as she has.

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  • Micronesia urges FIFA help after 46-0 thrashing

    Micronesia were humiliated 46-0 by Vanuatu on Tuesday in one of the most lopsided scores ever seen in football, with the Pacific nation urging FIFA to help them improve. The latest drubbing followed a 38-0 loss to Fiji and a 30-0 scoreline against Tahiti at the multi-event Pacific Games, meaning the Federated States of Micronesia conceded 114 goals in their three group matches. Micronesia's Australian coach Stan Foster admitted it was "boys against men" on the field and called on FIFA officially to recognise the nation and give them a world ranking, which he said would open the door to technical assistance.

    AFP