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Overcrowded koala colony faces cull

A colony of koalas in Cape Otway, southern Australia, may have to be culled for the benefit of the colony as a whole because, according to environmental authorities, their food supply is running out.

  • Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner divorcing

    Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are getting divorced. A source said: "Jen has actually been preparing herself emotionally for this divorce for some time. The couple, whose 10-year anniversary is coming up on 29 June, haven't been seen together in public for a month, and Ben, 42, has been spotted without his wedding ring in Canada while Jennifer celebrated her 43rd birthday on 17 April without him, but with her friends who think the 'Gone Girl' star is a "horrible fit".

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  • Auditor-general probes former SFO boss

    Auditor-General Lyn Provost has launched an inquiry into how Queensland Lakes District Council and its chief executive, former Serious Fraud office boss Adam Feeley, managed his interest in family-owned land being considered by the council for a special housing area. The Office of the Auditor-General had previously said it was comfortable with the steps Mr Feeley proposed to manage any conflicts. The requests raise "issues of trust and confidence" in council processes and issues about how council officers participate in these processes and therefore it decided on a formal inquiry, the audit office said.

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  • Australia's richest person Gina Rinehart loses control of family trust

    Australia's richest person Gina Rinehart was Thursday ordered by a court to relinquish control of a multi-billion dollar family trust to her eldest daughter, culminating a long and bitter feud. The New South Wales Supreme Court appointed Bianca Rinehart as head of the trust, reportedly worth Aus$4.0-5.0 billion (US$3.1-3.8 billion), which was established by her grandfather, the late mining magnate Lang Hancock. It ordered Gina Rinehart to deliver the trust documents and accounts to her daughter.

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  • Lena Dunham: Everyone on Girls has seen my vagina

    Lena Dunham's vagina has been seen by "everyone" who works on 'Girls'. The 29-year-old creator, writer and star of the HBO series has revealed she's scrapped wearing nude patches while filming sex scenes for her hit TV show, meaning her private parts have been exposed to those people who work on the set. Lena said wearing the patch was uncomfortable and so she decided to film her sex scenes without one.

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  • NZ man acquitted of Perth man's death

    New Zealander Patrick Sunill Lilii was chatting with friends outside a Perth nightclub when he felt a man jump on him and wrap arms around his neck. It was Zak Harvey giving him a hug. The 32-year-old was taken to Royal Perth Hospital, but his head injuries were too severe for him to survive and eventually his life support was switched off.

    NZ Newswire
  • Just Look What She Did!

    Walmart Security Cameras Captured The Whole Thing! [30 Photos]

  • Lewis Hamilton smitten with Kendall Jenner

    The 30-year-old Formula One racing driver, who split from Nicole Scherzinger in February after seven years of dating, is reportedly smitten with the 19-year-old model. The brunette beauty is equally attracted to Lewis and enjoyed spending the day with him on his boat. Another source said: "Kendall definitely has a major flirtation going on with Lewis and seems into him.

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  • Why deadlines are pointless when it comes to Greece

    There are now eight days left until June 5, when the country must pay the International Monetary Fund 300 million euros ($328 million). Despite cries from various factions within the Athens government that "we won't, we can't or we shouldn't pay" - Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has said they will pay IMF and that a deal has been signed with creditors. Reports from sources close to the talks suggest a Staff Level Accord (SLA) between the Greek government and its creditors is being crafted today.

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  • Will Qatar lose the World Cup?

    The decision to pick Qatar to host soccer's World Cup in 2022 has always been controversial, but after the arrest of several officials of football's governing body on corruption charges, that win is looking uncertain. Whether Qatar loses the bid will likely depend on just who at the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) were swept up in the investigation, James Dorsey, senior fellow at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, told CNBC. FIFA President Sepp Blatter, who faces a vote to re-elect him to the top job this week, wasn't among the 14 named in the indictment.

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  • 65-year-old mum's quadruplets face big health risks

    Doctors at a Berlin clinic say quadruplets, whose very premature births to a 65-year-old German mother have captured headlines and stirred debate, face big health risks. Eight days after their delivery about 15 weeks early, two of the newborns are receiving help breathing and one has undergone surgery for an intestinal problem, said the medical experts at the prestigious Charite hospital. Teacher Annegret Raunigk, who has already had 13 children, gave birth to the quadruplets by caesarian section in the 26th week of pregnancy, after travelling to Ukraine for fertility treatment with two anonymous donors.

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  • Mystery of holes in Swiss cheese cracked after a century

    Eureka! After about a century of research, Swiss scientists have finally cracked the mystery of the holes in Swiss cheese. Experts from Agroscope, a state centre for agricultural research, said the phenomenon -- which marks famous Swiss cheeses such as Emmental and Appenzell -- was caused by tiny bits of hay present in the milk and not bacteria as previously thought. "It's the disappearance of the traditional bucket" used during milking that caused the difference, said Agroscope spokesman Regis Nyffeler, adding that bits of hay fell into it and then eventually caused the holes.

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  • UPDATE: Bob Jones ejected from Air NZ flight as fellow passengers applaud

    Property magnate Bob Jones was ejected from an Air New Zealand flight after refusing to take instructions from cabin crew. Jones kept reading when the staff member sought to deliver him and other passengers a routine safety briefing and became argumentative when asked to stop reading, again refusing to be instructed on emergency procedures. Told he could be moved to another seat if he was unable or unwilling to assist in an emergency, he refused to be moved and asked to be left alone, according to passengers in the same row, who witnessed the incident.

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  • Accused mule tells of lonely hearts scam

    A New Zealander says he completely loved and trusted a woman he met online and never imagined he was actually falling for a trap that landed him on trial in Bali for drug smuggling. Antony de Malmanche has also told his trial he was institutionalised as a child, and assaulted by an officer who interrogated him on his arrest in December last year. The 53-year-old disability pensioner from Whanganui could face the death penalty after 1.7kg of methamphetamine was found in his backpack at Bali's international airport.

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  • Emilia Clarke reveals why she turned down Fifty Shades Of Grey

    Emilia Clarke rejected a role in Fifty Shades Of Grey because of the "huge amount of nudity" in the movie. The 28-year-old actress - who's best known for her role as Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO series Game of Thrones - has revealed she was in line to play the part of Anastasia Steele in the film adaptation of E.L. James' best-selling novel, but turned it down because she was worried about being typecast.

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  • Racist trolling casts pall over US spelling bee

    Racist trolling on social media is casting an ugly pall over, of all things, the world's foremost spelling bee. For seven years in a row, and for 11 of the past 15 years, the $30,000 Scripps National Spelling Bee championship has been won by American youngsters of Indian heritage. One of them, Vanya Shivashankar, 13, who lives in Kansas, is back for a fifth time -- inspired no doubt by her sister Kavya, the 2009 champion.

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  • New species of human ancestor found in Ethiopia

    In 1974, anthropologists in Ethiopia found the astonishing fossilised remains of a human-like creature who last walked the planet some 3.2 million years ago. Was "Lucy," as the hominid was called, the direct ancestor of Homo sapiens?

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  • In slip of tongue, Greek official uses taboo word 'troika'

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A big taboo has been broken in Athens. Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has let drop the old term for Greece's three bailout creditors, known — and by many Greeks reviled — for five austerity

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  • Everyone could be enrolled in KiwiSaver

    The government is thinking about automatically enrolling everyone in KiwiSaver, now it's scrapped the $1000 kick-start payment. It has previously considered what it calls mass auto-enrolment but with the kick-start payment in place it would have been too expensive. "We're keen on this," Finance Minister Bill English told Radio New Zealand on Friday.

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  • Bride and prejudice: rare ethnic marriages reflect China tensions

    It was not until late on her wedding day that Aygul told her parents she was even in a relationship. Against a backdrop of prejudice and violence, inter-ethnic marriages between Uighurs, a mostly Muslim minority who speak a Turkic language, and China's ethnic majority Han are extremely rare. Uighurs in their home region of Xinjiang have long chafed under Beijing's yoke and say they face restrictions on religion, language and culture, with some yearning for independence.

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  • Frenchwoman jailed for 18 months for 'torturing' boyfriend

    A Frenchwoman who kept her boyfriend as a "domestic slave", forcing him to ingest sponges and window cleaner, was Thursday sentenced to three years in prison, half of which was suspended. Zakia Medkour, 43, was also ordered to pay 200,000 euros ($217,000) in damages to her ex-boyfriend Maxime Gaget, 37, for crimes which the prosecution said went "beyond violence" with a "female torturer and a male victim". The pair met in 2007 on the Internet and seven months later moved into a Parisian studio where Medkour lived with her two children.

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  • Depp finds Australia 'war on terrier' 'quite humorous'

    Johnny Depp found the "war on terrier" storm over his pet dogs Pistol and Boo being turfed out of Australia "quite humorous", his friend Mick Doohan said Wednesday. Doohan also commented on recent reports that the actor had fled Australia to "save his marriage" to wife Amber Heard, when he in fact went to celebrate his daughter Lily-Rose's 16th birthday back in the United States.

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