News archive from 27 December 2013

Australian shares rise in quiet post-Christmas trade

Australian shares rise in quiet post-Christmas trade

The Australian share market is posting moderate gains, but trading volumes are very light following a two-day break.The All Ordinaries index was up 0.3 per cent at 5,340 shortly after midday (AEDT), while the ASX 200 was up 16 points to 5,343....

ABC News, 12:39 in Business
 
Australian share market fizzles in lacklustre day of trade

Australian share market fizzles in lacklustre day of trade

It was a quiet day on the Australian share market as trade resumed after a two-day holiday for Christmas.Stocks jumped at the open after another record-breaking close for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, but lost steam through the session. It was the...

ABC News, 17:24 in Business
 
Apple asks US court to ban Samsung phones, tablets

Apple asks US court to ban Samsung phones, tablets

Apple has asked a federal judge to bar US sales of Samsung smartphones and tablet computers in the blockbuster patent case involving the two electronics giants.In a court filing in California, Apple said the smartphones and tablets were found to have...

ABC News, 03:28 in Business
 
NSA's phone surveillance program is legal, US judge rules

NSA's phone surveillance program is legal, US judge rules

A US judge has ruled that controversial telephone surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA) is lawful, calling it a "counter-punch" to terrorism that does not violate Americans' privacy rights.The ruling from comes just 10 days...

ABC News, 07:14 in Business
 
Python kills security guard Ambar Arianto Mulyo outside Bali Hyatt hotel

Python kills security guard Ambar Arianto Mulyo outside Bali Hyatt hotel

A SECURITY guard has been killed by a python near a luxury hotel in Bali. The incident happened as the 4.5-metre long python was crossing a road near the Bali Hyatt hotel, when the 59-year-old security guard at a nearby restaurant offered to help...

 
Thai bus plunges off bridge, kills 29 in Lom Sak district, Phetchabun

Thai bus plunges off bridge, kills 29 in Lom Sak district, Phetchabun

AT LEAST 29 people have died in a bus that plunged off one of Thailand's highest bridges. The accident occurred around midnight on Friday in Lom Sak district, Phetchabun province, as the bus with 40 passengers headed for the northern province of...

 
Spirit, Southwest airlines make plane seats smaller, restict reclining

Spirit, Southwest airlines make plane seats smaller, restict reclining

RECLINING plane seats could be a thing of the past, as airlines attempt to squeeze more profit out of their already cramped cabins. According to the New York Times, US carriers Spirit and Southwest are leading a new push to stuff even more seats on...

 

TV moments that made us go WTF in 2013

OK, SO it's true that we often make fun of TV shows, and often deservedly so. But we also take great delight in talking about those shows that genuinely surprise us with plot twists - whether unexpected or contrived. So, in that vein, here's the New...

 

Kanye West has promised he'll stop with his angry rants next year

KANYE West has promised to shut up in 2014. The future Mr Kardashian told concertgoers in Toronto on December 23 that his angry rants are a thing of the past ... well ... for at least six months anyway. "Everything I'm saying that's not allowed,...

 

The best news bloopers from 2013

THE news is on TV every night, in every city, in every country in the world. Sometimes, things are bound to go wrong, and when it does, it's awesome. Whether it be a presenter accidentally saying a naughty word, or an overexcited member of the public...

 

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug film tops Australia's Boxing Day box office

HOBBITS may be little creatures, but there's nothing bigger when it comes to Boxing Day at Australian cinemas. The second movie in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug , opened with $5.465 million, the second-highest...

 

Game Of Thrones and Breaking Bad top the list Of 2013′s most pirated TV shows in the US

GAME of Thrones was the most illegally-downloaded TV show for the second year in a row - with 5.9 million downloads via BitTorrent, according to piracy site TorrentFreak. That means more viewers watched the HBO fantasy drama's season three finale on...

 

The biggest pop culture moments from 2013 - aka the year of Miley Cyrus

A YEAR ago, Miley Cyrus was no stranger to us, of course. But who could have guessed how her star would rise - or rather, explode - in 2013, making this former pre-teen idol one of the most watched people on the planet? And so it seems only right to...

 
Picked a winner! The five best movie comebacks of 2013

Picked a winner! The five best movie comebacks of 2013

MOVIE stars who have been in the public eye for years are constantly trying to reinvent themselves to stay in the game as new talent comes along. Here are the five best comebacks of 2013: Tom Hanks: Captain Phillips Hardly anybody saw Hanks' last...

 
Joel Edgerton channels Yul Brynner in Ridley Scott's biblical film Exodus

Joel Edgerton channels Yul Brynner in Ridley Scott's biblical film Exodus

FIRST The Great Gatsby's Tom Buchanan. Now the Egyptian pharaoh Rameses. Joel Edgerton seems to have cornered a niche market in aristocratic villains. Better known, until recently, for playing working class heroes, the Blacktown boy is barely...

 
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