• The country's youngest killers

    NEW ZEALAND'S YOUNGEST KILLERS:1991: A 13-year-old Wellington schoolboy who has permanent name suppression was convicted of murdering nurse Rachel Bennett, who was stabbed 16 times.1994: Anthony Alfred Afu, 14, beat John Wahanui to death with a piece

    NZ Newswire
  • Al Pacino urges daughter to drop surname

    Al Pacino wants his daughter to change her surname. The 'Scarface' actor also has 14-year-old twins Anton James and Olivia Rose with actress Beverly D'Angelo, but the pair have been given their mother's family name.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Kylie Jenner Says Her New Curves Are Results of Lotions

    Recent photos have shown Kylie Jenner looking curvier, which has prompted speculation that the 17-year-old star has undergone plastic surgery. Well the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star is here to set the record straight on where her newfound curves have come from - and no, she didn't get it from her mama. According to Kylie, her fuller butt and breasts are the result of Pure Leef's butt enhancement cream and breast plumping lotion.

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  • Woody Allen on marriage: 'I was paternal - it worked'

    Acclaimed American film director Woody Allen has given a rare interview and made even rarer remarks about his controversial marriage to the adopted daughter of his former girlfriend. "I'm 35 years older and somehow, through no fault of mine or hers, the dynamic worked," he told National Public Radio of his wife Soon-Yi, calling him "paternal" in their relationship. "I started the relationship with her and I thought it would just be a fling," he said.

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  • Joseph Parker adds weight for Tupou fight

    Exciting New Zealand heavyweight Joseph Parker has added some bulk for his title fight against Bowie Tupou but the Australian will well and truly trump him for size. Unbeaten Parker chases the 15th win of his professional career on Saturday while Tongan-born Sydneysider Tupou seeks to improve a 10-year record which reads 25 wins from 28 fights. Tupou, 32, is nine years older than the quick-moving Kiwi and at 1.89m is fractionally shorter.

    NZ Newswire
  • Get ready to relive the 2008 crisis: Albert Edwards

    Central banks in the Western world have set the scene for an "even bigger version" of the 2007-2008 global financial crisis, Societe Generale's bearish strategist Albert Edwards has claimed. In a research note on Thursday, Edwards said that China's intervention to stabilize its volatile stock market was part of a larger global story, in which "rock bottom" interest rates and large fiscal deficits in the western world were pushing the global economy towards a fall. "QE (quantitative easing) will be stepped up to such a pace that you will hear the roar of the printing presses from Mars," Edwards said.

    CNBC
  • Lehmann opens up about Haddin sacking

    Coach Darren Lehmann has lashed reports he disregarded Cricket Australia's family-first approach by not selecting Brad Haddin in the third Ashes Test. Haddin was set to play the second Test, but withdrew for family reasons. Peter Nevill scored 45 and snared seven catches at Lord's, convincing selectors Rod Marsh and Lehmann he should stay in the XI ahead of an out-of-sorts Haddin.

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  • TPP is a done deal

    ANALYSIS: The government will sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement "if it is in New Zealand's best interests". Prime Minister John Key chooses his words carefully when he says this, NZ Newswire political columnist Peter Wilson writes. Sometimes, when he's being asked about particularly thorny issues like dairying or drugs, it becomes "overall if it is in New Zealand's best interests".

    NZ Newswire
  • Debris brings MH370 mystery 'closer' than ever to answers

    Saint-André (France) (AFP) - Plane debris that washed up on an Indian Ocean island is from a Boeing 777, Malaysian authorities said Friday, making it almost certainly the first piece of wreckage recovered from missing flight MH370. If confirmed by analysis of the wing part -- which was being flown to Paris on Friday night from the French island of La Reunion -- the discovery would mark the first breakthrough in a case that has baffled aviation experts for 16 months. This could be the convincing evidence that MH370 went down in the Indian Ocean," Malaysia's deputy transport minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi told AFP.

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  • Man who called dollar rally sees catastrophe ahead

    Back in November 2014, Pal, who is currently the publisher of the Global Macro Investor newsletter and the founder of Real Vision TV, said the U.S. dollar index (Intercontinental Exchange US: @DX.1) was poised to make a move the likes of which hadn't been seen in "many, many years." Now, after the dollar index surged 10 percent, Pal is out with a new prediction, and it could spell trouble for global equities.

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  • Meth ringleader 'stunned' by 17yr sentence

    The ringleader of a Wellington meth ring run out of an upscale apartment is "pretty stunned" after being jailed for up to 17 years. Kevin Chea was sentenced in the High Court at Wellington on Friday to 17 years in jail with a minimum non parole period of eight and a half years for importing, possessing and supplying a Class A drug. Chea's lawyer Tony Rickard-Simms told NZ Newswire the sentence was "significantly higher" than they'd expected.

    NZ Newswire
  • Perth housing and unit prices slump

    Perth's median house price has fallen by $20,000 in the June quarter - the largest drop in two years. The Real Estate Institute of Western Australia said the metropolitan median house price dropped from $550,000 to $530,000 while the cost of units, apartments, villas and townhouses fell from $440,000 to $420,000. REIWA president David Airey said it was a similar story in the regions with the median house price dropping by $10,000 to $380,000 and the median apartment price dipping by about $4500 to $325,000.

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  • Trump's call for mass deportations runs into messy realities

    In one of his first forays into policy as a presidential candidate, Republican Donald Trump calls for the deportation of all 11 million people estimated to be living in the country illegally while allowing the "really good people" to return. Such an effort may be more difficult than Trump realizes because deporting so many people means finding them first. Locating immigrants who don't have a legal immigration status has stymied officials for decades.

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  • Microsoft says 14 million computers now running Windows 10

    Microsoft says its' new Windows 10 operating system is now running on more than 14 million computers, two days after the software was released as a free download. Microsoft says it's releasing the software in waves to make sure downloads go smoothly. In a blog post late Thursday, Microsoft said it has not yet delivered Windows 10 to everyone who requested a free upgrade for computers running older Windows versions.

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  • Britain's Prince George and Princess Charlotte love Shaun The Sheep?

    Britain's Duchess of Cornwall has revealed her grandchildren's favourite film is 'Shaun The Sheep'. While Camilla - who has step-grandchildren Prince George and Princess Charlotte - attended Sandringham Flower Show in Norfolk on Thursday (29.07.15) where she bought a toy sheep and when she handed over the money shared that she "has to watch the children's "favourite" movie "all the time with my grandchildren". As reported by The Western Daily News, she said: "He's adorable isn't he [the toy].

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  • 'Cliffy' back to add heft to Wallabies pack

    Wycliff Palu returned to the Wallabies squad after a month's rest this week, refreshed and ready to add his characteristic physicality to the Australia pack for back-to-back tests against New Zealand over the next three weeks. "Oh, just old man problems," Palu grinned on Friday when asked why he had been rested for wins over South Africa and Argentina that set up next week's Rugby Championship decider against the All Blacks in Sydney. It was a typically self-deprecating comment from a man whose powerful 115kg frame reflects his Tongan heritage but inaccurate in as much Palu's rest was planned and all about getting him right for some tough contests that lie ahead.

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  • Executive, daughter on college trip killed in plane crash

    The victims of a fiery plane crash in Milwaukee were identified Thursday as a top executive at a Boston capital investment firm and his teenage daughter who were traveling to the Midwest for a college visit. Joseph Trustey, a former Army captain, and his 18-year-old daughter, Anna, died when their small single-engine plane crashed and erupted in flames Wednesday evening at Timmerman Airport, according to Summit Partners, where Trustey was an executive. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating, and there was no immediate word on what caused the crash.

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  • Auckland property listing prices fall

    Asking prices for properties in Auckland dropped slightly in July but it's likely to be temporary, realestate.co.nz says. The property listing website says asking prices nationwide stabilised in July, with an increase of only 0.1 per cent recorded. Asking prices in Auckland, Canterbury, Wellington and Hawke's Bay have all fallen marginally, with Waikato the only major population centre to show an increase.

    NZ Newswire
  • Head Hunters pay tribute to Connor Morris

    A convoy of motorcycles has driven through Auckland to pay tribute to Connor Morris a year after he died in a fight outside a party. Morris was the partner of Millie Elder-Holmes, the adopted daughter of the late Sir Paul Holmes. The club was used for Morris' funeral service last year and was earlier this week raided by police.

    NZ Newswire
  • Surfer punches shark to escape attack in Australia

    A surfer punched a shark after being attacked on Australia's east coast Friday, suffering bite wounds to his legs and hands in what a witness said was like "a Mick Fanning replay". The incident occurred near a popular tourist spot north of Sydney, close to where a bodyboarder was mauled this month, and recalled dramatic images weeks earlier from South Africa when Australian three-time world champion surfer Fanning fought off a shark. The impact of the attack knocked the man off his board," police said in a statement.

    AFP