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Pink Star diamond sells for $102m

Hong Kong A 59.60-carat pink diamond sold for a record $US71.2 million ($102.05 million) in Hong Kong overnight to local jewellers Chow Tai Fook after a five-minute bidding war between three phone bidders. The "Pink Star", the largest internally flawless fancy vivid pink diamond so far graded by the Gemological Institute of America according to Sotheby's, set "a new record for...

Kylie Minogue honoured for Anglo-Australian relations

London The Duke of Edinburgh has met pop star Kylie Minogue during a private audience in Windsor Castle. Prince Philip, 95, welcomed the much-loved Aussie star to the Queen's Berkshire residence where he presented her with an award honouring her contribution to Anglo-Australian relations. The royal patriarch chatted to the singer in the castle's grand White Drawing Room as he handed over the...

Panthers drop trio, curfew broken

Sydney Penrith captain Matt Moylan has been axed and sent to play reserve grade after breaking team curfew following Saturday's NRL loss in Melbourne. Moylan is one of three players cut from the side for Friday's clash with South Sydney following a "breach of team protocol", along with outside backs Peta Hiku and Waqa Blake. It is understood the players were caught...

Woman, 87, refused loo break on plane

London British Airways staff have been criticised for stopping an 87-year-old woman from using the toilet on a flight, leaving her sitting in soaking clothes. Kocharik Tsamouzian was bound for London from Los Angeles but realised she needed to use the bathroom shortly after boarding the plane. As the flight was delayed on the runway she was repeatedly told she was not...

Orwell’s 1984 back in theatres

New York Nearly 200 independent movie theatres across the United States today will screen the film of George Orwell's 1984 novel about a dystopian future in what organisers say is a stand against US President Donald Trump's administration. The 1949 book, which returned to the US best-seller list in January, features a "Big Brother" government that spies on its citizens and...

Erdogan to keep up Nazi insults

Ankara Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is vowing to continue calling European countries "Nazi remnants and fascists" if they maintain their "current attitude against Turkey", despite repeated condemnation from European capitals. "They don't let my ministers make speeches in Europe . . . Once the referendum on April 16 is over, we will consider, everything has a price," Erdogan told a referendum...

NZ mum died ‘holding her child’ in river tragedy

Sydney A New Zealand mother who died in a river tragedy was found "holding a child" in the submerged vehicle, police say. New Zealander Stephanie King, 43, of Bilambil, died trying to save her children, seven-year-old son Jacob and her 11-year-old daughter Ella-Jane after their car careered off the road into the flooded Tweed River yesterday. Tweed Byron LAC Chief Inspector Mick...

Spider bite costs legs

Melbourne A man has had his legs amputated and may lose an arm after a suspected white-tailed spider bite in north-west Victoria. Filipino tourist Terry Pareja was visiting relatives in Birchip when he is thought to have been bitten in the last week of February but took days to seek medical attention. By the time the local doctor opened on the following...

Divers search for Caligula’s royal barge

Rome Italian divers are to search for the long-lost remains of a ceremonial barge built for Emperor Caligula 2000 years ago. Caligula, notorious as one of Rome's most eccentric and sadistic rulers, had enormous vessels built for his pleasure cruises on Lake Nemi, 30km outside the capital. The remains of two similar barges were found between 1928 and 1932 when the lake...

Butter or margarine? One of them may boost risk of death

London Saturated fat found in butter, meat or cream is unlikely to kill you, but margarine just might, new research suggests. Although traditionally dietitians have advised people to cut down on animal fats, the biggest ever study has shown that it does not increase the risk of stroke, heart disease or diabetes. However trans-fats, found in processed foods like margarine raises the...
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