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Fisherman's giant manta ray catch

Weighing in at one tonne, this beastly sea creature wasn't an easy catch.

  • Joko rejects last-minute pleas

    Bali Nine ringleaders Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran could have less than 24 hours to live after President Joko Widodo's again ignored international pleas to abandon Indonesia's latest round of executions. Despite new claims that the presiding judges asked for $130,000 bribes to give Chan and Sukumaran 20 years jail rather than the death sentence, the pair are expected to be shot by firing squad, along with seven others, early tomorrow. There was briefly hope of a reprieve last night, when the pair's lawyer said that the Constitutional Court would hear another challenge on May 12.

    The West Australian
  • Shock moment monkey attacks man for giving middle finger

    The moral of this story is, much like smiling at a proverbial crocodile, you should never give the middle finger to a monkey. CCTV footage has captured the moment a young man underestimated a staunch little Simian monkey's ability to read hand gestures.

    Yahoo7 News
  • Spice Girls Boycott Geri Halliwell's Wedding

    Geri Halliwell and Christian Horner are set to tie the knot in the next few weeks in West London. Geri Halliwell may be marrying the man of her dreams in the next few weeks, but it looks like all her former Spice Girls bandmates won't be there to join the celebrations. Sources have confirmed that Mel C. will be busy working on Asia's Got Talent, while Victoria Beckham will be overseas with work commitments.

  • Chile volcano eruption costs region $600 mn: official

    Last week's spectacular twin eruptions of the Calbuco volcano will cost southern Chile's Los Lagos region, a tourism and agriculture hub, up to $600 million, a local business leader said Monday. The region is struggling to clean up some 210 million cubic meters (7.4 billion cubic feet) of ash spewed by the volcano, which contaminated rivers, lakes and vast stretches of prairie. With large swathes of farmland blanketed in the thick gray ash and debris, "the agriculture and livestock industry will probably be the hardest hit," said Emir Jadue, head of the Chamber of Commerce in the town of Puerto Varas, near the volcano.

  • Natalie Barr: Celebrating 20 years on air!

    Over 13 years ago, a relatively unknown TV journalist named Natalie Barr slinked into TV’s night of nights – the Logie Awards – wearing a Collette Dinnigan dress she bought herself. 'Years ago, the [Channel Seven] wardrobe department wasn't established.

    New Idea
  • At just over $60, this fake Apple Watch offers features the real one lacks

    In Shenzhen's famous Huaqiangbei electronics shopping district, you won't need to stand in any lines or make an appointment for these smartwatches. At 299 yuan—that's just over $60—you can pick up a smartwatch that looks quite similar to Apple's own creation, complete with replica Digital Crown and touch screen. What this no-name watch provides that Apple doesn't is phone calls right from the watch—without the need to connect to your smartphone—through a built-in microphone and surprisingly clear speaker.

    Yahoo7 Finance
  • We should let Greece go bankrupt: Ifo's Sinn

    Europe needs to allow for bankruptcy within its borders and keeping Greece in the euro zone could be riskier than letting it go, the president of the influential Ifo Institute for Economic Research in Germany told CNBC Monday. But, according to the Ifo's Hans Werner-Sinn, that could be the best possible outcome for the country, following yet another round of inconclusive talks over reforms between Greece and its lenders this weekend. "I would say, in the end, a (Greek exit) is also desirable, because if one accompanies this exit with the help of the European community, with the promise to keep the gate open for Greece to return at a later point in time, this may well be a chance to regain the competitiveness of the country by devaluation," he told CNBC Europe's "Squawk Box" Monday.

  • IS doctor a 'sexually manipulative fraud': Reports

    The Australian doctor hailed as the face of Islamic State’s health service has been described as a “fraud” and a “creep” who slept with his patients, according to reports. Tareq Kamleh, 23, featured in the terror group's latest propaganda video urging medical professionals to join IS and help launch a healthcare service in Syria. Kamleh, who called himself Abu Yusuf in the video, said he had travelled from Australia to offer his services as part of his ‘jihad for islam’.

    Yahoo7 and Agencies
  • US sailor jumps from 10th floor

    A 22-year-old sailor from USS Carl Vinson jumped from the 10th storey of a Perth hotel after a row early this morning. The man was with a woman, also from the US aircraft carrier, at the Parmelia Hilton Perth on Mill Street about 1.15am. A WA police spokeswoman said it was believed the man and woman were involved allegedly in an altercation early this morning which led the man to jump from a balcony into a hotel pool.

    The West Australian
  • Internet rejoices after teenager helps elderly customer walk home

    A young supermarket employee has become an internet sensation after he helped an elderly customer walk home. Samantha-Jayne Brady took a photo of 18-year-old Christian Trouesdale as he held the man's hand and carried his shopping from an Aldi supermarket in the United Kingdom. “I asked my manager if it was OK to walk him home and he said it was the right thing to do, so I did,” he told The Bolton News.

    Yahoo7 News
  • Antonia Kidman's ex-husband Angus Hawley dies suddenly at 46

    Reports suggest that Hawley, 46, died of a heart attack while on a business trip in New York. Angus's brother Phillip released the following statement last night on behalf of the Hawley family. "We confirm that Angus Hawley has suddenly and very unexpectedly died of a suspected heart attack whilst in New York attending a conference.

    New Idea
  • $246m on offer for nanny payments

    Taxpayers will subsidise nannies for the first time in a limited trial costing $246 million. Families earning less than $250,000 a year can apply to be part of a two-year program, which will be especially aimed at helping those in rural and regional areas. Shift workers such as nurses, police officers and other emergency services personnel often had trouble finding child care that suited their circumstances, Social Services Minister Scott Morrison said on Tuesday.

  • Hemsworth 'spent months' becoming Thor

    Chris Hemsworth spent "four or five months" preparing to become Thor. The 31-year-old hunk, who stars as the comic book hero in 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron', has revealed the lengths he goes to in order to fulfil the iconic role. Chris - who's reunited with the likes of Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Mark Ruffalo for the new movie - explained: "[Preparing] is a good four or five months of all the boring activities, lifting weights and eating lots and lots of protein.

    The West Australian
  • If Greece falls, no one wants their prints on the murder weapon

    The game of chicken between Greece and its international creditors is turning into a vicious blame game as Athens lurches closer to bankruptcy with no cash-for-reform agreement in sight. Europe's political leaders and central bankers and Greek politicians agree on only one thing: if Greece goes down, they don't want their fingerprints on the murder weapon. If Athens runs out of cash and defaults in the coming weeks, as seems increasingly possible, no one wants to be accused of having pushed it over the edge or failed to try to save it.

  • Sophia Bush's Ex-Boyfriend Confirmed Dead in Nepal Earthquake

    The death toll has risen to more than 1,300 in Nepal after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake destroyed the capital of Katmandu early Saturday, according to the New York Times. Dan Fredinburg, a Google executive in California, had spent the last three weeks scaling the daunting mountain before succumbing to the avalanche on Saturday, according to NBC News. Fredinburg's death was announced by the expedition team he was traveling with, U.K.-based Jagged Edge, via their website.

  • Perth cyclists in electric revolution

    New regulations that will bring WA into line with other States - and most other bike-friendly countries - came into force yesterday, allowing bikes to operate with a maximum power output of 250 watts, up from 200 watts. Sales are now expected to boom in WA because of the new laws. During a recent visit to Perth, Dutch cycling expert Arie Vijfhuizen said the new laws would change the face of WA cycling.

    The West Australian
  • Anastasia and Tim back on The Block

    Anastasia and Tim have returned to The Block Triple Threat after quitting for just one day, with a promise to donate their winnings to charity. Anastasia was clearly still upset when she returned to The Block, giving Deanne the cold shoulder when she welcomed her back. “She got exactly what she has been giving me for the last ten weeks - nothing,” Anastasia told a camera operator.

    The West Australian
  • The Paris of the South knocks Drasko and Bianca south of the competition

    Bonsoir! Teams head back to the Paris of the South to dine at Ash and Camilla's French themed Ultimate Instant Restaurant. On driving to begin their grocery shop, it suddenly dawns on Ash that cooking French food for a French chef is a bit ballsy, but she thinks their menu has a certain je ne sais quoi. Camilla rushes back leaving Ash in the kitchen alone, with a touching realization that she seems to need Camilla to function at capacity.

    My Kitchen Rules
  • Hundreds of German cinemas refuse to show 'Avengers' film

    Several hundred movie theaters in Germany have refused to screen the new "Avengers" film in a dispute over rental fees with Disney. It said the dispute was over a decision to raise the rental fee for the movie to 53 percent of ticket sales rather than the 47.7 percent usually charged to small-town theaters. Karl-Heinz Meier of I.G. Nord, a group representing cinema operators in northern Germany, said it would have been prepared to go as far as a 50 percent fee.

    Associated Press
  • Ivan Milat's brother tells of killer's first victim

    The brother of Australia's most notorious killer Ivan Milat has broken a five-decade-long silence to reveal the murderer's first victim - a taxi driver he shot and paralysed in his first attempted "thrill kill". Boris Milat, who for decades tried to escape the Milat notoriety by changing his name and living quietly in country NSW, identified his brother's first victim on national television last night - and in doing so, made himself an enemy of the rest of the Milat clan. In his words, Boris has gone against the "Milat code" by speaking out against his serial killer brother, who the rest of the family maintain is innocent and the victim of a conspiracy.

    The West Australian