• Groom tries to drown himself after meeting 'ugly bride'

    A Chinese groom tried to drown himself after meeting his wife to be at the altar and telling her she was ‘too ugly’ before running away. Kang Hu reportedly told his bride Na Sung that she would be 'bad for his image' after he left the ceremony, angering their families and waiting guests. Police officers were called to a lake in the city of Shiyan in the central Hubei province, after receiving reports that a man had been spotted attempting to kill himself by drowning.

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  • Tax system overhaul needed, Government not relying enough on consumption taxes: discussion paper

    A Federal Government discussion paper has suggested Australia relies too heavily on corporate and income taxes and not enough on consumption taxes like the GST. The Re:Think paper found the Federal Government collected about 70 per cent of its revenue from company tax and personal income tax. As inflation and pay increases will see more workers paying the top tax rates, the paper found 56 per cent of the Government's income will come from personal income tax alone within a decade.

    ABC
  • Germanwings crash co-pilot may have had detached retina - newspaper

    The co-pilot suspected of crashing a passenger jet in the Alps may have been suffering from a detached retina but investigators are unsure whether his vision problems had physical or psychological causes, a German newspaper said on Sunday. Bild am Sonntag also reported how the captain of the Germanwings Airbus had screamed "open the damn door!" to the co-pilot as he tried to get back into the locked cockpit before the jet crashed last Tuesday, killing all 150 on board. Another German newspaper, Welt am Sonntag, quoted a senior investigator as saying the 27-year-old co-pilot Andreas Lubitz "was treated by several neurologists and psychiatrists" and that a number of medications had been found in his apartment.

    Reuters
  • Former 007's 'racist' comments spark social media backlash

    Former James Bond star, Roger Moore, has found himself in hot water following an interview he gave to French magazine, Paris Match. The 87-year-old, who portrayed Bond in seven movies from 1973 to 1985, is reported to have said that actor Idris Elba could not play 007 because he is not "English-English". Idris has been tipped to step into Bond's shoes in the long-running franchise when Daniel Craig steps down.

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  • Mercedes hear the wake-up call

    Alarms sounded at Formula One world champions Mercedes on Sunday after Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel beat them fair and square in Malaysia. "It was a wake-up call, it’s going to remind us it’s not an easy ride," Mercedes motorsport head Toto Wolff said after champion Lewis Hamilton and team mate Nico Rosberg finished second and third. Mercedes had arrived in Sepang after a one-two in Australia that had rivals wondering whether the Silver Arrows could be beaten this season.

    Reuters
  • The curious case of 'Baby Savanna'

    The woman unknowingly kidnapped by her mother and raised under a false identity has returned to her birthplace in the US to see her mother sentenced. Samantha Geldenhuys was born Savannah Todd, a household name in her birthplace South Carolina because she disappeared with her mother Dorothy Lee Barnett when she was just nine months old, following a bitter custody battle. Raised in South Africa and Australia under a false identity with Barnett's second husband — who Samantha believed was her father — It was 20 years before she discovered the truth.

    Sunday Night
  • Elton John 'will keep paying his mother's bills'

    Sir Elton John will keep paying his mother's bills despite their ongoing feud. Sheila ­Farebrother, 90, and her son have not spoken in seven years, and although Sir Elton is deeply upset at his mother for recently accusing the singer of saying he "hated" her, he has no intention of stopping the financial support he provides. A friend explained to the Sunday Mirror newspaper: "He is upset and cross, but people should remember that Elton pays all of her bills and that won't stop.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Boys aged 5 and 6 'indecently assaulted girl'

    A five-year-old girl was allegedly indecently assaulted by two boys aged five and six in a central Australia remote community last month, an Alice Springs detective has revealed. It comes after the NT Chief Minister Adam Giles highlighted in Parliament last week the alleged rape of a child at a local town camp in Alice Springs in early March. Detective Superintendent Brent Warren said the girl did not receive hospital treatment following the incident in late February.

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  • Ryan Phillippe's daughter embarrassed

    Ryan Phillippe's daughter gets embarrassed when people think he is her brother. The 40-year-old actor - who has 15-year-old Ava with his former spouse Reese Witherspoon - has admitted he regularly gets mistaken for being much younger than he is. Meanwhile, Ryan - who also has Deacon, 10, from his marriage to the 'Wild' star and two-year-old daughter Kai with former girlfriend Alexis Knapp - previously admitted he felt as though his "greatest achievement" was becoming a father.

    Bang Showbiz
  • 'Co-pilot's personality not the only lead'

    Andreas Lubitz father told the mayor of Prads-Haute-Bléone, a town located close to the crash site, that he carried the weight of the world on his shoulders. Mayor Bernard Bartolini, who met the father at a local vigil held for victims, told French media that the father was a broken man. Meanwhile, investigators say the personality is a "serious lead" in the inquiry but not the only one.

    AFP
  • Cricket World Cup final: Australia eases to seven-wicket victory over New Zealand for fifth World Cup win

    Australia has won the World Cup in a canter, beating New Zealand by seven wickets at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the country's fifth world title. The match was wrapped up in the 34th over after a brilliant innings by retiring skipper Michael Clarke (74), ably supported by Steve Smith (56 not out), saw Australia easily chase down New Zealand's modest total of 183. What a tournament!" Clarke said.

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  • Couple accused of locking teenage girl in basement

    A couple is accused of locking their 13-year-old daughter in a cold basement with no toilet or sink, forcing her to wear diapers and refusing to allow her to sit on furniture in the family home, according to criminal charges filed this week. The 41-year-old woman and 47-year-old man — the girl's mother and stepfather — from Wisconsin, USA are each charged with one count of child neglect.

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  • Grateful Singapore gives Lee Kuan Yew a hero's funeral

    More than 100,000 people lined Singapore's streets to bid farewell to its founding father Lee Kuan Yew on Sunday, officials said as a week of mourning ended in the city-state he led to prosperity. "The light that has guided us all these years has been extinguished," his son, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, told a state funeral attended by 2,200 people including Asia-Pacific leaders at the National University of Singapore.

    AFP
  • Japan whaling ships return home from Antarctic with no catch

    Japanese whaling ships returned home from the Antarctic on Saturday for the first time in nearly 30 years with no catch onboard, after a UN court ordered an end to their annual hunt, local media reported. It was the first return by Japanese whalers without catching any whales since 1987 when the country began the annual "research" hunt in the Antarctic, the Asahi Shimbun said. Tokyo had said this season's excursion would not involve any lethal hunting.

    AFP
  • Girl sneaks out, hops bus in search of 3am slushie

    A four-year-old girl has grabbed her purple raincoat, slipped out of her house at 3am and hopped a bus in Philadelphia, United States, in search of a snack. Bus driver Harlan Jenifer says the girl swung her legs in a seat as she chanted, "All I want is a slushie". The bus driver is a father of three.

    AP
  • $1m win like a dream for quiz king

    Andrew Skarbek has come a long way from winning the weekly trivia night at his local pub. Last night, the 47-year-old walked away with the biggest cash prize in Australian TV history when we he won $1,016,000 on Million Dollar Minute. Over 23 episodes, Mr Skarbek defeated 46 contestants and answered more than 589 questions.

    The West Australian
  • JetBlue pilot who yelled during flight sues airline for $16M

    A JetBlue Airways pilot who scared passengers by yelling about Jesus and al-Qaida during a 2012 trip from New York to Las Vegas sued the airline for more than $16 million Friday, saying it jeopardized the flight by failing to recognize he was ill. Clayton Osbon's lawsuit in Manhattan federal court was filed exactly three years after his March 27, 2012, flight, hours before the statute of limitations would have expired. The lawsuit said Osbon, 52, was a flight standards captain who primarily flew Airbus planes and helped JetBlue develop and maintain safety procedures before he suffered a seizure traced to the effects of a childhood traumatic head injury that damaged his brain.

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  • Run from Cuba, Americans cling to claims for seized property

    "I always heard about Cuba ... and all this money that we lost and 'Maybe one day,' but I didn't understand it," Chester says. Six decades later, that day may finally be nearing for Chester and others like her. After Fidel Castro seized power in 1959, Cuba confiscated property belonging to thousands of American citizens and companies.

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  • Want to know where the dollar's headed? Watch this

    The dollar's recent weakness has been directly tied to the market's view that the Fed will take a longer time to raise interest rates, and that perhaps September is a more likely launching point than June, as some investors had expected. If we get an as expected, 250,000 number, June is still possible," said Alan Ruskin, head of G-10 currency foreign exchange strategy at Deutsche Bank. It gained on improvements in the economy but also on the fact that the U.S. was heading for a higher interest rates while other central banks were maintaining easier policies.

    CNBC
  • Drip leaves Trunfio broken hearted

    Earlier this week Nicole Trunfio was flaunting her post-baby body on social media ready to go on tour with her rocker fiance Gary Clark Jr and their newborn son. "Great," she captioned the photo alongside a broken heart emoticon. The family will head to Australia next week, where Clark Jr will play at Bluesfest at Byron Bay along with a number of dates in Sydney and Melbourne.

    The West Australian