• Hundreds attend little girl's birthday after no one RSVPs

    Hundreds of people flocked to a ten-year-old girl’s birthday party after finding out her classmates were not going to attend. Minnesota girl Mackenzie Moretter has Sotos Syndrome, which means she has trouble socialising and her general development is delayed, the Daily Mail reported. More than 700 people joined the Facebook event ‘Mackenzie’s birthday’ and up to 300 guests reportedly turned up to help her celebrate.

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  • Hundreds drown off Libya, EU leaders forced to reconsider migrant crisis

    As many as 700 migrants were feared dead on Sunday after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean, raising pressure on Europe to face down anti-immigrant bias and find money for support as turmoil in Libya and the Middle East worsens the crisis. If the death toll is confirmed, it will bring to 1,500 the total number of people who died this year seeking to reach Europe - a swelling exodus that prompted Europe to downsize its seek and rescue border protection programme in a bid to deter them. After news of Sunday's disaster several government leaders called for emergency talks and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said foreign ministers would discuss the immigration crisis at a meeting in Luxembourg on Monday.

    Reuters
  • Japan lesbian couple 'wed' amid calls for same-sex marriage

    A lesbian couple held a symbolic wedding ceremony in Tokyo on Sunday, as calls grow for Japan to legalise same-sex marriage. While their marriage will not be recognised under law, actresses Ayaka Ichinose, 34, and Akane Sugimori, 28 -- both dressed in white -- tied the knot in front of some 80 relatives and friends. "We held the wedding ceremony so that it might become easier for others to do the same in the future," Sugimori told press afterwards.

    AFP
  • Blue Mountains blood trail mystery solved

    A trail of blood that prompted police to establish a crime scene in the NSW Blue Mountains is not as sinister as first thought. Local Area Command Duty Officer Inspector Sonya Tabor says they have spoken to a man who was travelling to Queensland.

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  • Hamilton wins, Raikkonen steals second from Rosberg

    Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton made light of brake problems and a seamless switch from champagne to rose water on Sunday after winning the Bahrain Grand Prix to extend his lead in this year?s title race. It was a measure of Hamilton's success that after a flawless drive to his third win in four races this year he remained in control after opening up a 27-points lead ahead of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg. Starting from the 42nd pole position of his career, Hamilton led from lights to flag apart from two spells around the pit-stops to claim the 36th win of his career.

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  • India's bidi workers suffer for 1,000-a-day habit

    Zainab Begum Alvi and her band of young helpers hunch over baskets filled with tobacco flakes and dried leaves, trying to roll a thousand dirt-cheap cigarettes a day at the behest of India's powerful bidi barons. "There is no other work than this, so if I don't do it, I can't do anything else," added Alvi, a tiny and gaunt woman from the impoverished northern state of Uttar Pradesh who says she is in her 50s. Around 70 million Indians smoke the hand-rolled bidis, which are nimbly bound together by workers such as Alvi and her young relatives with khaki-coloured tendu leaves and cotton thread.

    AFP
  • Rossi wins dramatic Grand Prix of Argentina

    Termas de Río Hondo (Argentina) (AFP) - Valentino Rossi survived a late battle with defending world champion Marc Marquez, who crashed with two laps to go, before the Italian icon went on to win a dramatic Grand Prix of Argentina on Sunday. Marquez led the race from the start and opened up a lead of over four seconds before tyre problems allowed the veteran Rossi to reel him in and finally take the lead on the penultimate lap. Spanish rider Marquez, who won a record 13 races last season, then clipped Rossi's back wheel and crashed out as Rossi raced on to victory from eighth on the grid.

    AFP 28 mins ago
  • Woman discovers co-worker is her birth mother

    An adopted US woman discovered she was working in the same office as her birth mother. The Ohio woman was reunited with her birth mother last week after 38 years apart. La-Sonya Mitchell-Clark, 38, began her search for her birth mother in March after officials released birth records.

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  • Tesla struggling to electrify China car market

    Serial entrepreneur Elon Musk has launched spacecraft into orbit, but popularising his Tesla electric cars in China is proving to be tougher than rocket science. PayPal billionaire Musk -- co-founder and chief executive officer of Tesla as well as chief of rocket maker SpaceX -- visited China last month, and admitted sales in the world's largest auto market were below expectations. "China is the only place on Earth that we have excess inventory," Musk told Chinese media, blaming "speculators" for ordering cars amid the early media hype and then not taking delivery.

    AFP
  • Olivia Wilde 'shocked' by reaction to breastfeeding picture

    Olivia Wilde was "shocked" by the reaction to images of her breastfeeding her son. The 31-year-old actress, whose partner is Jason Sudeikis, was pictured breastfeeding her son Otis in a magazine in September and thinks the reaction it caused was completely disproportionate. The star - whose son celebrates his first birthday on Monday (20.04.15) - told Huff Post Parents: "I was shocked that there were still people who find it inappropriate because they think it's a sexual thing.

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  • EU considers emergency summit on migrant crisis: spokesman

    EU president Donald Tusk is considering holding an emergency summit on illegal immigration, after the latest migrant boat tragedy in the Mediterranean in which up to 700 people are feared to have died. Tusk said on Twitter he had spoken to Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and "will continue talks w/ EU leaders, Commission & EEAS on how to alleviate situation".

    AFP 58 mins ago
  • Contraceptive Pills May Be Changing Your Brain

    A new study has revealed that the contraceptive Pill may change women's brains. Neuroscientists have revealed that the synthetic hormones found in popular birth control pills can affect the function of the brain. In a recent study of 90 women (44 were taking the Pill), researchers at UCLA found that two key areas of the brain were thinner in women taking the contraceptive pill than those who were not.

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  • Facebook saves baby's life

    Facebook is often a subject of controversy, but the site recently scored a win by helping to save a little girl’s life. Arizona mother Joanna Murphy was scrolling through her Facebook feed when she spotted an article about a woman who, after seeing an unusual photo of her niece, helped diagnose a serious eye condition in the girl. The story made Ms Murphy pause — she had also seen something odd in photos of her infant daughter Elizabeth.

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  • Al Pacino doesn't shop

    Al Pacino hasn't done his own grocery shopping for 50 years. The 74-year-old screen legend - who has a grown-up daughter, Julie Marie, with an ex-partner and 14-year-old twins Anton and Olivia with former girlfriend Beverly D'Angelo - admits he hasn't been able to lead a normal life since finding fame several decades ago. The 'Danny Collins' star will support his children if they decide to follow in his footsteps because he thinks they are already showing signs of talent.

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  • Hicks steps down from role with SES

    Broome SES unit manager Laurie Hicks has decided to hang up his fluoro jacket and helmet and step down after almost seven years in the post. Mr Hicks moved to Broome in 2006 after being a member of the Bayswater SES for more than six years. Two years later, he took over the SES local manager position in Broome.

    The West Australian
  • Toddler cryogenically frozen by parents after death

    A toddler who died from a brain tumour has become the youngest person to be cryogenically frozen in the hope she will one day be revived. Tests revealed a 11cm tumour in the left side of her brain, Motherboard's Brian Merchant reports. Matheryn fell into a coma and endured 12 rounds of brain surgery, 20 chemotherapy treatments, and 20 radiation therapy sessions.

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  • Rupert Murdoch's penthouse on sale for $72 million

    For a hefty $72 million, Rupert Murdoch 's three-story penthouse at One Madison in Manhattan is on the market, The Wall Street Journal reported. The News Corp (NWSA) executive chairman bought the triplex and a three-bedroom apartment in the same building for $57.25 million in February 2014, WSJ reports. The 6,850-square-foot penthouse, situated on floors 58, 59 and 60, has a circling terrace and views of the Empire State Building, the World Trade Center and the Hudson and East rivers.

    CNBC
  • Scientists' site seek snaps of sharks

    Scientists have finally created an outlet for everyone's pictures of the resident hammerhead shark in Dampier. Shark researchers from the University of WA have developed a new citizen scientist initiative for the public to submit their shark sightings and help collate data about the sea creatures from all over the world. Lead researcher Dr Ryan Kempster said many hours had been spent to find and study sharks, but the money and time for such research was limited.

    The West Australian
  • Chavez Jr suffers stoppage loss

    Andrzej Fonfara knocked down Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in the ninth round and won after the bell when the referee stopped it. Fonfara (26-4, 15 KOs) landed big shots all night at the outdoor StubHub Center ring, and his left hand in the ninth knocked down Chavez (48-2) for the first time in the boxing scion’s career. The referee ended the bout on advice from Chavez’s trainer, Joe Goossen.

    The West Australian
  • Prince Harry gets airborne and into Australia's Outback

    Prince Harry completes the first two weeks of a stint with the Australian Army on Sunday, training in bush survival skills, spending time on helicopter duties and playing wheelchair Aussie Rules football. Captain Wales, as he is known in the British Army, is on a month-long attachment with his Australian Army counterparts ahead of retiring from the forces. "Captain Wales undertook flight simulation training, before heading out with members of the 1st Aviation Regiment on an ARH Tiger reconnaissance flight from Robertson Barracks, Darwin," the Australian Defence Force said.

    AFP