Archive for July, 2015

Top Gear stars drive $380m TV deal : Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond

July 31, 2015 11:00 pm
Top Gear stars drive $380m TV deal : Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond

  Presenters Richard Hammond (left), Jeremy Clarkson and James May are back in business with Amazon. Photo / Supplied Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond have signed a reported 160 million ($379.3 million) deal with Amazon to launch a rival to Top Gear, saying they looked forward to working […]

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Malaysia Airlines flight MH370: Investigators evacuated from Reunion Island

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Malaysia Airlines flight MH370: Investigators evacuated from Reunion Island

  A piece of aeroplane debris known as a flaperon from a Boeing 777 found washed up on the shore of the island of Saint-Andre in La Reunion. Investigators examining a piece of debris suspected to belong to missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have been forced to flee the site, […]

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Gable Tostee could face conflicting bail conditions when released from prison

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Gable Tostee could face conflicting bail conditions when released from prison

  Gable Tostee could face conflicting bail conditions when he is released from prison. Photo / Supplied Accused murderer Gable Tostee could face conflicting bail conditions when he is released from prison. Tostee is set to be released on Saturday after serving a 10-month sentence for leading police on a […]

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Air passenger suing for a back injury ’caused by sitting next to obese man’

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Air passenger suing for a back injury ’caused by sitting next to obese man’

James Andres Bassos said that during an Etihad Airways flight from Sydney to Dubai, he was forced to contort his body for long periods because of the “grossly overweight” person in the next seat. He told a court in Brisbane, Australia, that the man was spilling into his seat, coughing […]

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UK cop’s shocking Kiwi holiday Facebook photo – children in New Zealand holding an assault rifle and a Glock pistol.

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UK cop’s shocking Kiwi holiday Facebook photo – children  in New Zealand holding an assault rifle and a Glock pistol.

  The photo Blair McMaster posted to his Facebook page. It was taken while on he was on holiday in New Zealand. Photo / Facebook An award-winning police officer from the UK has been criticised after he posted on Facebook a photograph of children in New Zealand holding an assault […]

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Afghan Taliban death threat to peace – Mullah Muhammad Omar

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Afghan Taliban death threat to peace –  Mullah Muhammad Omar

  A wanted release put out on Muhammad Omar by Rewards for Justice. Photo / Supplied Confirmation of the death of Mullah Muhammad Omar, the reclusive cleric who founded the Afghan Taliban, is likely to complicate the pursuit for peace in the country. Omar died in Pakistan in April 2013, […]

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‘Light, security and joy’ at UN will have to wait for another day

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‘Light, security and joy’ at UN will have to wait for another day

  Murray McCully’s Security Council chairing yesterday was pre-scripted. Photo / UN From the outside, the Security Council looks like a shed out the back of the United Nations. It presumably has spectacular views of the East River but the windows are permanently covered in heavy drapes and a big […]

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Projects shelved as oil slumps

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Projects shelved as oil slumps

 The plunge in oil prices has seen the deferral of 46 big oil and gas projects. Photo / Bloomberg The world’s big energy groups have shelved US$200 billion ($298 billion) of spending on new projects in an urgent round of cost-cutting to protect dividends as the oil price slumps for […]

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Ultra-Orthodox Jew has stabbed six Gay Pride marchers in Jerusalem

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Ultra-Orthodox Jew has stabbed six Gay Pride marchers in Jerusalem

Israel – An ultra-Orthodox Jew has stabbed six Gay Pride marchers in Jerusalem, in a repeat of a 2005 attack for which he served 10 years behind bars, police and medics said. Yishai Shlissel was released from jail three weeks ago after having served his sentence for the attack a […]

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New Zealand credited for focusing on small island states at UN debate

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New Zealand credited for focusing on small island states at UN debate

  Murray McCully talks to reporters before the debate, with NZ’s permanent representative to the UN, Gerard van Bohemen, and Nicola Garvey, deputy spokesperson in the UN Mission. Photo / Audrey Young Over 70 countries joined a New Zealand-sponsored debate at the Security Council early today (NZ time) on peace […]

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Surfer in Australia bitten by shark

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Surfer in Australia bitten by shark

A man is in a serious condition after being bitten by a shark in northern NSW, Australia during an early morning surf. Emergency services were called to Main Beach at Evans Head at around 6.15am on Friday, to find the man with wounds to his legs and hands. The man, […]

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Panicked 911 caller told by a dispatcher to “deal with it yourself”

July 30, 2015 2:13 am
Panicked 911 caller told by a dispatcher to “deal with it yourself”

    Jaydon Chavez-Silver was shot and killed in June. Photo / Facebook  A teenager who called police but was told by a dispatcher to “deal with it yourself” before being hung up on said she was panicked about a friend being shot but stayed as calm as possible. Seventeen-year-old […]

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MH370: Widow of Kiwi passenger says ‘We’ve had so many red herrings’

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MH370: Widow of Kiwi passenger says ‘We’ve had so many red herrings’

• Wreckage found on island in Indian Ocean could be from MH370• Officials say debris in photos looks like it belongs to Boeing 777• An aviation lawyer said Boeing engineers should be able to identify the wreckage within 24 hours• NZ aviation expert says the most important thing to do […]

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Donald Trump goes on the attack with Scott Walker as his latest target

July 26, 2015 4:22 am
Donald Trump goes on the attack with Scott Walker as his latest target

  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Photo / AP First Donald Trump questioned whether Sen. John McCain was truly a war hero. Then he revealed to a South Carolina crowd the personal phone number of Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.), one of his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination. On […]

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7 Newly-released photographs of Bush and Cheney after 9/11 attacks

July 25, 2015 11:32 pm
7 Newly-released photographs of Bush and Cheney after 9/11 attacks

 President George W Bush stands with his hands in his pockets as vice-president Dick Cheney and Secretary of State Condaleeza Rice have a discussion in one of the newly-released photos. Photo / US National Archives Newly-released photographs taken in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks by then vice-president Dick Cheney’s […]

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Apple reportedly met with BMW for help with its secret car project

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Apple reportedly met with BMW for help with its secret car project

Apple’s potential entry into the electric car market has provoked fevered speculation, with conflicting reports that the company is making some kind of electric minivan, and that it plans on challenging Google and Uber in making a self-driving car. At the very least, it has poached a bunch of auto […]

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China uses ‘stadium diplomacy’ to compete with Obama for Kenya’s affections

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China uses ‘stadium diplomacy’ to compete with Obama for Kenya’s affections

China has promised to spend millions refurbishing the same sports stadium that US president Barack Obama will use to address the Kenyan public this weekend. The timing is probably not a coincidence. Just two days before the president’s much-hailed arrival in Nairobi, Beijing pledged a total of $17 million in […]

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Tourists flee Las Vegas hotel blaze

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Tourists flee Las Vegas hotel blaze

Two people were injured and hundreds of others were forced to flee after a fire broke out at a luxury hotel in Las Vegas on Saturday afternoon. The blaze started at an outside pool area on a 14th-floor deck of The Cosmopolitan and quickly spread, setting pool cabanas and trees […]

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Protests by French farmers and sailors add to Channel chaos

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Protests by French farmers and sailors add to Channel chaos

  Trucks are parked on both sides of the M20 motorway in Kent. Photo / AFP Protests by French farmers and sailors, desperate migrants and traffic chaos is causing major disruptions on both sides of the English Channel. Desperate migrants try to board trucks and trains stalled at the Eurotunnel. […]

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First vitro fertilisation (IVF) parents get blood-covered mail

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First vitro fertilisation (IVF) parents get blood-covered mail

  Ms Brown, who turns 37 today, said: “It was menacing and scary. I would say a completely sick act by some sick minds. Photo / Thinkstock Louise Brown, the world’s first test-tube baby, has spoken for the first time about the blood-splattered hate mail her parents received after her […]

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Arrested Australian nurse claims he was forced to be Isis medic

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Arrested Australian nurse claims he was forced to be Isis medic

  Australian nurse Adam Brookman. An Australian nurse who says he was forced by Islamic State (Isis) militants to work as a medic in Syria was arrested after returning home and faces terrorism-related charges of supporting the movement. Adam Brookman, 39, was arrested at Sydney International Airport on Friday night […]

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Malaysia builds power plant in Vietnam with Chinese capital

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Malaysia builds power plant in Vietnam with Chinese capital

JAKS Resources Berhad from Malaysia will team up with Chinese CPECC Group in a joint venture to build a thermal power plant with capital of $1.87 billion in Vietnam. Vietnam lacks capital to build power plants and has called for foreign investment, which analysts say is not the best solution. […]

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Vietnam hosts international seminar on China’s illegal construction in East Sea

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Vietnam hosts international seminar on China’s illegal construction in East Sea

China’s illegal construction in the East Vietnam Sea and its possible impacts on regional peace, security, economy and trade are in the agenda of an international workshop slated for today, July 25, in Ho Chi Minh City. The event, joint organized by the city’s Law University and the Vietnam Lawyer […]

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Vietnam veteran gives free treatment for the poor for 20 years

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Vietnam veteran gives free treatment for the poor for 20 years

A veteran in Ho Chi Minh City has devoted his life to providing free treatment for poor people coming from across Vietnam during the past 20 years. Vo Van Tam, aka Hai Tam, receives more than ten patients at his home in the outlying district of Hoc Mon every day. […]

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Latest banned drugs can be hard to detect

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Latest banned drugs can be hard to detect

A young man with tattoos on his back is arrested by special police in the capital city after he sped on down a one-way street to escape them. Police believe he is an ATS addict. — Soha.vn Photo The 33-year-old man, who once exercised regularly at the local gym, had […]

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