• Australia's final Cricket World Cup sledge ends with apology

    Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has offered an unusual half-apology after his final World Cup sledging of New Zealand, suggesting that liquid celebrations may have fuelled his frank comments during a radio interview. The arch sledger had been at the forefront of big "send-offs" for Kiwi batsmen Martin Guptill and Grant Elliott as well as spinner Daniel Vettori after their key dismissals in Sunday's final in Melbourne, where Australia thrashed their traditional rivals. "They were that nice to us in New Zealand (when Australia lost a pool match) and we were that uncomfortable.

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  • 'Silver porn' shows fifty shades of greying Japan

    Dressed in a kimono and kneeling silently on a tatami mat floor, 61-year-old Yasue Tomita looks as if she might be about to perform a Japanese tea ceremony -- instead she's debuting as a porn actress. Fluttering her eyelashes demurely as the cameras prepare to roll, Tomita is proof that in Japan's greying society you're never too old to chase your dreams, however racy or unorthodox. Love, too, is not confined to the young, say Japan's growing army of pensioners exploring their desires in more conventional ways, with dating agencies for the elderly reporting increasingly brisk business.

    AFP
  • Playboy Mansion hid tunnels to celebrity homes

    It should come as no surprise to anyone to find the Playboy Mansion holds more than a few dark secrets. “So, according [to] this blueprint, tunnels were built to the homes of “Mr. J. Nicholson,” “Mr. W. Beatty,” “Mr. K. Douglas” and “Mr. J. Caan,”” the magazine wrote. “We’ll go ahead and assume they’re talking about Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty, Kirk Douglas and James Caan – all of whom lived near the Playboy Mansion during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

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  • ICC president quits over World Cup trophy snub

    Mustafa Kamal resigned as president of the International Cricket Council on Wednesday with an outspoken attack on the world governing body after he was prevented from presenting the World Cup trophy. Kamal accused the ICC of behaving "unlawfully" after he was barred from making the presentation. The Bangladeshi national had said after his country's World Cup quarter-final defeat by India that there was "no quality in the umpiring" and suggested the result had been "pre-arranged".

    AFP
  • Our Three Favourite April Fool's Day Jokes

    Photo: YouTubeIt's been a bumper day for big companies breaking out the funny and attempting to pull the wool over our eyes (and, yes we admit it, kind-of nearly succeeding).Here's our pick of the three funniest April Fool's Days jokes of 2015.Google

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  • Giuliana Rancic defends slim frame

    Giuliana Rancic's "disgustingly skinny" figure is a result of cancer-suppressing medication. The 40-year-old presenter - who underwent a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 - has seen her slender frame be the subject of much scrutiny in recent months, but she insists there is "nothing" she can do after her oncologist admitted side-effects of a drug she takes include weight loss and altered metabolism. Giuliana - who has two-year-old son Duke with husband Bill Rancic - admits the changes to her body are hard to accept.

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  • Anne Frank died earlier than thought, new study says

    Jewish teenager Anne Frank died in a Nazi concentration camp at least a month earlier than her official date of death, a new study said on Tuesday. "New research... has shed fresh light on the last days of Anne Frank and her sister Margot," the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam said on Tuesday, until now her official death date. The deaths of Anne Frank and her younger sister Margot in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in northern Germany were noted as between 1-31 March by the Red Cross at the time.

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  • Report of plane passenger video overshadows executive visit to crash site

    BERLIN/LE VERNET, France (Reuters) - A video of the final seconds aboard the Germanwings plane that crashed in France last week has been discovered, reports said on Wednesday, just hours before executives visiting the crash site dodged questions about the mental health of the pilot. The video was found on a mobile phone belonging to one of the passengers killed on the plane which investigators say German pilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately flew into a mountain in the French Alps, Bild newspaper reported. The scenes seen on the video were chaotic and very wobbly, said Bild, adding screams and shouts of "My God" could be heard, indicating the passengers knew what was happening.

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  • Oil heir Andrew Getty found dead at Hollywood Hills home

    Andrew Getty, the 47-year-old grandson of the late oil billionaire J. Paul Getty and one of the heirs to the fortune of one of the wealthiest and best-known families in American history, was found dead Tuesday in his Hollywood Hills home, police and family members said. A woman calling to report that someone had died sent officers to the gated home on Montcalm Avenue shortly after 2:15 p.m. They found the man dead in a bathroom, police spokesman Jack Richter said. Police didn't identify the man, but a statement from Andrew Getty's parents, Ann and Gordon Getty, confirmed it was him.

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  • Robin Williams restricted exploitation of his image for 25 years after death

    Unfortunately, the dispute overshadows one of the more innovative aspects of Robin Williams’ estate planning, which just might become a model for other celebrities preparing for their demise. After all, one thing his wife Susan and children Zachary, Zelda andCody won’t be discussing in court is intangible property like the late actor’s right of publicity. According to a review of the Robin Williams Trust — filed as an exhibit last Wednesday — Williams bequeathed rights to his name, signature, photograph and likeness to the Windfall Foundation, a charitable organization set up by Williams’ legal reps at the law firm of Manatt, Phelps.

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  • IS 'executes at least 37 civilians'

    The Islamic State jihadist group has executed at least 37 civilians, including two children, in a raid on a regime-held village in Hama province of central Syria, a monitor said. IS "executed at least 37 people, including women and children, by burning, beheading, and firing on them" in the village of Mabujeh, said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Mabujeh, east of the provincial capital Hama, has a population of Sunni Muslims as well as Alawites and Ismailis, minority sects that are offshoots of Shiite Islam.

    AFP
  • Rotorua trout poachers sentenced

    Trout poaching impinges not only on New Zealand's tourism industry but Maori too, Judge David Ongley has said. The first to appear was David Norman who the prosecutor said had been with two others in the headwaters of Rotorua's Utuhina Stream where they were spotted. Two of the men had been holding a gill net wide open while the third was further upstream splashing the water to attract trout into the net.

    NZ Newswire
  • John Cleese has paid ex-wife $20 million

    John Cleese has paid his third ex-wife almost $20 million. The 75-year-old actor, who split from American psychotherapist Alyce Faye Eichelberger in 2008 after 16 years of marriage, claims he has "been working for seven years" to pay for their divorce settlement and she is much "better off" than him now.

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  • Pensions up as entitlement changes kick in

    A raft of changes to entitlements ranging from national super to paid parental leave are in force. The minimum wage has increased and first home buyers are getting more help from the government's HomeStart scheme with bigger grants for newly built homes.

    NZ Newswire
  • Peters takes on Key in parliament

    Winston Peters has walked into parliament as the new MP for Northland. "Yes," Mr Key replied. The promise to upgrade the bridges backfired because it was seen as an election bribe, and may have helped Mr Peters win the by-election.

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  • Bruce Jenner 'Underwent Breast Implant Surgery Weeks Ago'

    Bruce Jenner has reportedly already undergone major surgeries in his gender transformation. Photo: Bruce Jenner has undergone breast implant surgery in his transition into becoming a woman, according to a new report. "Bruce had silicone breast implants put in a few weeks ago," reveals the source.

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  • NZ dollar hits new high against Aussie

    The New Zealand dollar rose to a record against the Australian dollar on speculation the Reserve Bank of Australia will cut interest rates again as soon as next week, while the price of iron ore continues to slide. Australian media reports cite the prospect of a rate cut after the central bank's April 7 board meeting, potentially pushing the cash rate down a quarter point to a new record low 2 per cent. "As the market has moved to factor in greater prospect of an RBA rate cut next week, the NZD/AUD cross has pushed up to new highs," said BNZ's Kymberly Martin.

    NZ Newswire
  • Meet Your 2015 Men's Health Man

    The MH team looked at one another in disbelief. Some shook their heads. “He can’t be serious,” seemed to be the collective sentiment rolling around the office. The source of our slack-jawed amazement? Damien Rider had just been told he’d be participating

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  • Is Russia Greece's last hope of survival?

    As Greece's reserves run low and its relations with the rest of Europe look increasingly strained, Russia is starting to look like it might be the country's last hope for financial survival. A meeting between Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled for April 8 and speculation is mounting that an offer of aid from Russia could be back on the table. Russia has said it was willing to offer Greece money before but Greece has so far stuck with aid from its fellow euro zone countries and the International Monetary Fund -- but that was before the country had badly burned its bridges and flirted with defaulting on its debt.

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  • Parents ditch schoolboy rowers' legal bid

    The parents of two schoolboy rowers who took legal action so they could compete at the Maadi Cup regatta have dropped the case. The pair, Jordan Kennedy, 17, and Jack Bell, 16, rode on a baggage carousel through a restricted security area at Auckland Airport. The legal counsel for the Christchurch Catholic school's board of trustees said the boys' parents would not proceed with a substantive claim.

    NZ Newswire