News archive from 14 December 2013

Japan promises big money to Southeast Asia

Japan promises big money to Southeast Asia

Japan has pledged $20 billion in aid and loans to Southeast Asia, in its latest bid to wrestle back influence in the region from China.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe offered the money over five years for members of the Association of Southeast Asian...

ABC News, 13:29 in Business
 
Government abandons proposed tax and superannuation measures

Government abandons proposed tax and superannuation measures

The Government will abandon a number of tax changes announced when Labor was in office, blowing out the budget by $3 billion over the next four years.Last week, Treasurer Joe Hockey announced the Government would scrap seven of 92 tax and...

ABC News, 00:57 in Business
 

Snow in Cairo for the first time in 112 years

WHEN you think Cairo you think heat and sand. But something unusual happened there overnight - it snowed! According to local reports it's the first time snow has fallen in the Egyptian capital in 112 years. Incredible pictures show the normally...

 
Famous Lipizzan horses put through paces trotting and 'dancing' at Spanish Riding School

Famous Lipizzan horses put through paces trotting and 'dancing' at Spanish Riding School

ELEGANT and disciplined at all times, they trot, pirouette and capriole with what seems like the greatest of ease, steered by impeccable riders in tailcoat and hat. But it takes years of training to achieve the level of perfection exhibited at...

 

Beyonce cops backlash over X-rated new album

SHE released her latest album by uploading tracks and videos straight to iTunes, claiming she wants to speak 'directly to her fans with no filter'. And it seems that Beyonce has got her wish. Within hours, hundreds of fans slammed the star's record...

 
Why Bruce Jenner is shaving off his Adam's apple

Why Bruce Jenner is shaving off his Adam's apple

IN SOME toe-curling news, Bruce Jenner is reportedly looking to shave off his Adam's apple. The idea makes us weak-at-the-knees and cross-eyed at the thought but it has been reported that Jenner is to undergo a laryngeal shave, which would essentially...

 
Feeling a little bah humbug? These 15 Christmas flicks will put you in the spirit

Feeling a little bah humbug? These 15 Christmas flicks will put you in the spirit

CHRISTMAS is quickly creeping up on us and, if you're like most of us, you're overworked, broke, and not feeling the festive spirit. A blink of the eye and it's all over - Christmas has come and gone yet again, and you're standing there, befuddled,...

 
Taylor Swift's fast rise doesn't leave fans behind

Taylor Swift's fast rise doesn't leave fans behind

JUST four years ago, American country singer Taylor Swift was playing at the intimate Billboard nightclub in Melbourne. Her impressively fast career trajectory saw her upgrade to 47,000 fans at Etihad Stadium last night. The secret to Swift's swift...

 
Castle set to rewrite TV rule book

Castle set to rewrite TV rule book

STANA Katic has finally got her way. For years, Katic had been lobbying Castle creator Andrew W Marlowe to allow main characters Richard Castle and Kate Beckett to become a couple. The first few years of the hit US crime comedy/drama had been filled...

 
Cody Walker, Paul Walker's kid brother, reportedly asked to be stand-in for final scenes of Fast & Furious 7

Cody Walker, Paul Walker's kid brother, reportedly asked to be stand-in for final scenes of Fast & Furious 7

THE younger brother of Fast & Furious star Paul Walker has reportedly been asked to take his place in the final scenes of his last movie. Walker was killed in the burning wreckage of a car crash two weeks ago, before the seventh installment of the...

 
Taylor Swift celebrated birthday in Melbourne with Lorde

Taylor Swift celebrated birthday in Melbourne with Lorde

TAYLOR Swift has taken to social media to gush that her Melbourne-style birthday party, attended by none other than Lorde, was her best yet. The 22 singer, who is now 24, posted a handful of photos to Instagram showing the besties celebrating the big...

 
Julia Roberts reveals she once dropped the F-bomb in front of kids

Julia Roberts reveals she once dropped the F-bomb in front of kids

IN HER latest movie role Julia Roberts goes head-to-head in a swearing match with co-star Meryl Streep. But in real-life Roberts is far more discreet, telling People magazine she has only sworn once in front of her kids - when a bad driver cut her...

 
Emilia Clarke cast as Sarah Connor in Terminator reboot

Emilia Clarke cast as Sarah Connor in Terminator reboot

EMILIA Clarke is set to trade dragons for cyborgs, with the "Game of Thrones" star cast as Sarah Connor in the latest "Terminator" reboot. Clarke is partnering again with director Alan Taylor, with whom she worked on the hit HBO...

 
Elle Macpherson heads to Miami where husband Jeffrey Soffer faces wrongful death law suit

Elle Macpherson heads to Miami where husband Jeffrey Soffer faces wrongful death law suit

IF she was worried about being accused of helping cover up her billionaire husband's role as an alleged pilot in a deadly helicopter crash then Elle Macpherson wasn't giving anything away. The glamour Aussie model yesterday jetted out of Heathrow...

 
What Australia's top chefs eat at Christmas

What Australia's top chefs eat at Christmas

THEY'RE the people we look to for food inspiration all year round, so what are some of Australia's top chefs doing for Christmas? It's a busy time of year, but news.com.au managed to snatch five minutes with Adriano Zumbo, Matt Preston and Manu...

 
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