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  • Comedian Anne Meara, mother of actor Ben Stiller, dies at 85

    Meara, the mother of actor Ben Stiller, died on Saturday, her family said in a statement through a representative, but provided no details about the circumstances of her death. "She is survived by her husband and partner in life Jerry Stiller," the statement said. Meara was born on Sept. 20, 1929 and started her career in so-called summer stock theater.

    Reuters
  • Police identify body after 29 years

    The family of a man who vanished nearly three decades ago say the finding of his body brings long-awaited closure. Police on Monday identified the body of John Holmes Smith, who disappeared on March 20, 1986 during a regular walk in Wellington's Ngaio. Despite the extensive police search that followed, his body was only discovered by a passer-by in a bushy gully in February 2015.

    NZ Newswire 47 mins ago
  • Sir Michael Caine not worried about nude scenes

    The 'Youth' star says ageing has meant he has been able to ditch his "ego" when it comes to his body. At 82, no one expects you to look like Brad Pitt. Michael also recalled a particularly funny scene, which provides the image for the film's poster, where Michael and his co-star Harvey Keitel are sitting in the spa when they are joined by Miss Universe.

    Bang Showbiz
  • NZ woman fights for right to die

    Lecretia Seales, a 42-year-old policy adviser at the NZ Law Commission, has begun her application in the High Court at Wellington. Ms Seales was diagnosed with an untreatable brain tumour in 2011 and is now paralysed on the left side of her body. Lawyer Andrew Butler read Ms Seales' affidavit to the court.

    NZ Newswire
  • Spark is grumpy about the budget levy

    One of New Zealand's biggest telecommunications companies is so grumpy about a levy in the budget it's going to highlight it separately on its bills. The government raises $50 million a year from a telecommunications development levy but was supposed to reduce it to $10m by 2016. In Thursday's budget the levy was kept at $50m, annoying telecommunications companies, including Spark New Zealand, the former Telecom New Zealand.

    NZ Newswire
  • Waratahs Latu and Skelton cited

    NSW Waratahs forwards Tolu Latu and Will Skelton and one of their potential Super Rugby opponents next week, have all been hit with alleged foul play citings after being involved in lifting tackles. Hooker Latu and lock Skelton were both cited for their involvement in a tackle on Crusaders lock Sam Whitelock in the 17th minute of Saturday's match at ANZ Stadium. Latu was given a yellow card at the time and Skelton went unpunished, but upon review the citing commissioner deemed that the alleged action of both men met the red card threshold for foul play.

    AAP
  • German grandmother gives birth to quadruplets at age 65

    A 65-year-old German grandmother gave birth to quadruplets at a Berlin hospital this week, with the three boys and a girl born prematurely at 26 weeks being in good health and having a good chance of survival, German TV network RTL reported on Saturday. The network, which had covered the pregnancy, said Annegret Raunigk already had 13 children and seven grandchildren. Raunigk, an English and Russian teacher in Berlin, had received fertility treatment in Ukraine and is the oldest woman in the world to have had quadruplets, RTL said, although other women of her age and older have given birth.

    Reuters
  • Iraq claws back land from IS near Ramadi

    Iraqi forces retook territory from the Islamic State group east of Ramadi Saturday, commanders said, in their first counterattack since the jihadists' capture of the Anbar provincial capital last week. In Iraq, a mosaic of anti-IS forces have massed in the Euphrates Valley to ready for an offensive aimed at turning the tide on the rampant jihadists. The May 17 takeover of Ramadi was Baghdad's worst defeat in almost a year, while the capture three days later of the historic Syrian city of Palmyra has put its archaeological treasures in peril and positioned IS for a possible drive on Damascus.

    AFP
  • One-sided death toll in Mexico gunfight raises questions

    Puddles of blood and bullet shells are some of the remnants of an intense gunfight on a western Mexico ranch that killed 42 criminal suspects and one police officer. The authorities say superior training and equipment explains the one-sided death toll in one of the bloodiest battles in Mexico's nearly decade-long drug war. The gunfight with suspected henchmen of the Jalisco New Generation drug cartel occurred in a region considered a bastion of the gang, which has killed 28 police officers and soldiers since March.

    AFP
  • Rosberg celebrates after Hamilton pit stop fiasco

    Nico Rosberg took full advantage of one of Formula One?s greatest tactical errors on Sunday to land an unexpected victory and become only the fourth man to claim a hat-trick of consecutive wins in the Monaco Grand Prix. The 29-year-old German -- who was winning his second successive race this season -- came home in his Mercedes ahead of compatriot Sebastian Vettel in a Ferrari with long-time leader and Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton third. Rosberg, who reduced the gap between himself and Hamilton in the world championship standings to 10 points after six races, trailed his team-mate for 63 laps until an accident prompted a Safety Car intervention that, in turn, led the team to call the Briton in for an unexpected and unnecessary pit-stop.

    AFP
  • Watch Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's First Dance!

    Kanye West and Kim Kardashian celebrated their first year of marriage on May 24. Kris Jenner shared never-before-seen footage of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West at their wedding on Sunday, marking the couple's first anniversary. John Legend performed his song All of Me at the lavish wedding on May 24, 2014, while Kim, 34, and Kanye, 37, took their first dance as man and wife.

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  • KiwiSaver providing poor value for money, needs rewrite, Treasury says

    The Treasury recommended a wider review of the KiwiSaver scheme than just axing the $1,000 kick-start payment, arguing it represents poor value for money for the government and has vague aims, according to its regulatory impact statement on the post-budget law change needed to drop the incentive. Reducing incentives would improve the scheme's value for money as wage and salary earners were likely to join anyway because of employer-subsidised schemes and didn't need the kick-start to join, said the Treasury's financial markets manager, James Beard.

    BusinessDesk
  • French adventurer seeks Pacific record with 'flying' boat

    Skimming across the surface of the vast Pacific, Alain Thebault scans the horizon with his blue Breton eyes. "It's like a magic carpet," Thebault said aboard the cutting-edge "Hydroptere" sailboat, which he hopes to pilot halfway across the Pacific from Los Angeles to Honolulu in record time. Off the California coast under azur-blue skies, Thebault accelerated the hydrofoil supercraft to 30 knots as the 18-meter (60-foot) boat stands on three foils that claw the waves, lifting the hull fully out of the water.

    AFP
  • Stokes and Cook tons make New Zealand toil

    Ben Stokes scored the fastest-ever Test hundred at Lord's, while England captain Alastair Cook weighed in with a less spectacular but equally valuable century of his own as the hosts fought back against New Zealand on Sunday. England were 429 for six in their second innings at stumps on the fourth day, a lead of 295 runs, despite having been outplayed for much of this match, the first of a two-Test series. Cook was 153 not out -- his fourth and highest Test century at Lord's -- after Stokes had struck a truly thrilling hundred against the country of his birth in just 85 balls, including 15 fours and three sixes.

    AFP
  • Niall Horan left embarrassed

    Niall Horan went "white as a sheet" when he angered a crowd of One Direction fans. It is not just Niall who has made the faux pas as bandmate Liam Payne revealed he, too, had made a similar mistake before. Meanwhile, the band have recently been rocked by the departure of Zayn Malik from the group but the 22-year-old singer's close pal Naughty Boy has insisted there is no "bad blood" between Zayn and the four remaining members - Niall, Liam, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles.

    Bang Showbiz
  • 'Beautiful Mind' mathematician John Nash killed in US car crash

    Nobel Prize-winning US mathematician John Nash, who inspired the film "A Beautiful Mind," was killed with his wife in a New Jersey car crash. Nash, 86, and his 82-year-old wife Alicia were riding in a taxi on Saturday when the accident took place, State Police Sergeant Gregory Williams told AFP. The Princeton University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) mathematician is best known for his contribution to game theory -- the study of decision-making -- which won him the Nobel economics prize in 1994.

    AFP
  • PM: Greece will not accept 'humiliating' bailout terms

    Greece is ready to accept a "viable and long-lasting" deal with lenders but not on "humiliating terms," Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told his ruling Syriza party on Saturday. Syriza's first four months in power have been dominated by negotiations with the heavily indebted country's creditors, including the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. Although he said negotiations had entered a final stretch, Tsipras hinted there was much ground still to be covered and said the Greek people cannot take more austerity.

    Associated Press
  • I want an apology: Teina Pora

    Teina Pora says his compensation claim isn't about money, but an apology. Mr Pora, now 39, spent more than 21 years in prison for the rape and murder of Auckland woman Susan Burdett in 1992, before his conviction was quashed this year by the Privy Council in London. Mr Pora in April put in a claim for compensation for wrongful conviction and imprisonment and could be claiming more than $2 million.

    NZ Newswire
  • Fleetwood bags rare albatross at Wentworth

    England's Tommy Fleetwood had Wentworth rocking with his first ever albatross and only the third in the history of the European PGA Championship in the third round on Saturday. It was the the 92nd albatross on the European Tour and Fleetwood insisted: "I hit a really good drive, then we had 198 to the pin with little down breeze and a little off the right.

    AFP
  • Australia to introduce counter-terrorism citizenship changes

    Australia is set to introduce new counter-terrorism laws, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Sunday, with the package expected to include stripping dual nationals who are linked to terrorism of their citizenship. There has also been speculation that the plan to amend citizenship laws, which was disclosed in February, could affect second-generation Australians who carry only one passport. "It's long been the case that if you have served with the armed forces of a country at war with Australia, you automatically lose your citizenship," Abbott told reporters.

    AFP