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Feud that killed Sex and the City

Los Angeles Rumours about rifts between the stars of HBO's Sex and the City have been circling for years but the actresses always managed to keep up appearances. Until now, that is. The tragic death of Kim Cattrall's brother last week has shed light on what really went on behind the scenes of the famous show and confirmed the long-held suspicion...

Oliver’s restaurant empire in huge debt

London Jamie Oliver's Italian restaurant empire has racked up debts of 71.5 million ($NZ138 million) with staff owed 2.2 million ($4.1 million) it has been revealed. Reports have emerged that the tv star begged landlords to cut rents in his remaining restaurants in a move aimed to stop the chain from collapsing entirely after reported losses of 10m last year. High Court...

Academy honours NZ tech wizards

Los Angeles A group of New Zealand tech wizards have scored a jump on Margot Robbie, Daniel Day-Lewis and Meryl Streep a month before the Oscars. Brad Hundell, John Coyle, Vikas Sathaye and Shane Buckham were honoured with 30 other leaders in movie production technology at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Scientific and Technical Awards on Saturday (yesterday...

No Spice Girls tour: Beckham

London Victoria Beckham has ruled out a rumoured Spice Girls reunion tour. The pop star turned fashion designer, 43, rejected reports the much-loved quintet would be playing live across the United Kingdom and United States this northern summer. It comes after the group confirmed plans to work again on new projects following a reunion lunch at Geri Horner's house last week. Beckham told...

Australian lawmakers debate banning sex with staff members

Canberra Australia's Prime Minister has talked down the need for a United States-style ban on legislators having sex with staff, but declined yesterday to say whether he had intervened in his deputy's relationship with a press secretary. The US House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a resolution prohibiting members from engaging in sexual relationships with staff. On the same day, Australian...

Pence pushes tough North Korea stance

Pyeongchang United States Vice President Mike Pence sat just feet apart from the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during the Winter Olympics opening ceremony, but refused to interact. It was in keeping with his determined effort to turn a cold shoulder to what he's called North Korea's "propaganda" around the games in South Korea. Pence, who led the US...

Suspected US drone strikes kill militants

Pakistan A pair of suspected United States missile strikes killed a senior Pakistani Taliban deputy and other militants in the border regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan, officials said overnight. Four Pakistani intelligence officials and three Taliban commanders said that two separate US missile strikes on Wednesday killed the fighters. One of the strikes, they said, killed a Pakistani Taliban commander, Khan Said,...

Swatch of fabric from Hindenburg sells for more than $50,000

Boston A swatch of canvas recovered from the wreckage of the Hindenburg has sold for more than $US36,000 ($49,823) at auction. Boston-based RR Auction says the piece of red cotton canvas was picked up at the disaster site by a teenager whose father was working the dock when the German airship exploded on May 6, 1937, in New Jersey. The auction house...

Internet pioneer, songwriter dies

San Francisco John Perry Barlow, an internet activist and lyricist for the Grateful Dead, has died. The digital-rights group Electronic Frontier Foun-dation said Barlow died early on Wednesday in his sleep at home in San Francisco. He was 70. The cause of death was not known. Barlow had been battling a variety of debilitating illnesses since 2015, according to supporters who organised...

White farmers to get 99-year leases

Harare Zimbabwe will issue 99-year leases to white farmers, according to a government circular, after new President Emmerson Mnangagwa said he would end discrimination along racial lines in agriculture. Fewer than 400 white farmers are still operating in the southern African nation, after former president Robert Mugabe's government evicted over 4000 under an often violent land reform programme. Those who remained were...
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