• 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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  • Paris Jackson 'smitten' with Chester Castellaw

    Paris Jackson is "smitten" with Chester Castellaw. The 17-year-old star, who is the daughter of the late Michael Jackson and his ex-wife Debbie Rowe, "has never been happier" after recently confirming she is dating the 18-year-old soccer player. A source said: "She's smitten with Chester.

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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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  • Antonio Banderas 'still loves' ex-wife Melanie Griffith

    The pair were married for 19 years before Melanie filed for divorce in 2014, citing irreconcilable differences. To help move on with his life following the split, Antonio is planning on moving to London to study fashion at St Martin's University.

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  • Govt `has just realised how stupid it was'

    It's taken the government a long time to wake up to the fact that something needs to be done about obesity, Labour says. Health spokeswoman Annette King says Friday's launch of a new campaign is too little, too late. The $40 million programme has been designed to persuade people to eat healthy food and exercise more.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Kiwi businesses praised for Anzac respect

    Retailers are being praised for respecting the use of the word Anzac this year. There's only been one reported case of the term Anzac being illegally used for commercial purposes this year, a gym that was advertising Anzac boot camp classes. Anzac is legally protected and it can't be used for trading or commercial purposes in New Zealand.

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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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  • 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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  • Zayn Malik thanks One Direction

    Zayn Malik thanked his "amazing" One Direction bandmates at the Asian Awards 2015. RELATED: Is This Zayn's First Song As A Solo Artist? Collecting the award, Zayn - who showed off his newly shaved head - told the audience he was "not really a guy of many words" and said his bandmates - Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles and Liam Payne - were usually the ones to make these type of speeches at such events.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • After Alps crash, Turkish Air CEO urges pilots to marry

    ISTANBUL (AP) -- Turkish Airlines' CEO has one possible solution to avoid another case like last month's Germanwings crash: have pilots get married. Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz had suffered from depression

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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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  • Dairy farmers urged to prepare for milk price drop

    Dairy farmers are being urged to prepare for the reality of the drop in milk prices as a tough season looms ahead. Chief executive Tim Mackle says that could result in some increased term debt in the sector and less spending in the regions. Mackle acknowledges group mentality is one of the defining features of New Zealand's dairy industry.

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  • Force fumes over shabby rugby fixturing

    Western Force coach Michael Foley has lashed out at SANZAR's "farcical" Super Rugby fixturing, saying he's mystified at his team's poor treatment. The Force have been dealt one of the hardest draws in the competition this season, and they will be put to the ultimate test in Friday night's clash with the Chiefs in New Zealand. As if the 5366km trip and four-hour time difference weren't challenging enough, the six-day turnaround means the Force will only be able to squeeze in one full-throttle training session before facing one of Super Rugby's premier sides.

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  • China's Zhu expects China and U.S. to exchange negative list offers soon

    China's vice finance minister Zhu Guangyao said on Friday he expects China and the United States to exchange 'negative list' offers in the next month or so. Negative lists, which refer to sectors closed to foreign investment, have been a sticking point in trade relations between China and the United States. Last month, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said it was "critical" that China's negative list be short.

    Reuters