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New Zealand to BAN foreign homebuyers: Residents ‘need protection from global capitalism’

Average house prices soared 5.8 percent £290,000 last year while in Auckland, the country’s most expensive city, they rose 1.8 percent to £458,000. The country’s new Labour-led government blames foreigners for the runaway prices and wants non-residents barred from buying houses, apartments and farms. Trade minister David Parker said: “I am trying to protect New Zealanders against some of the excesses of global capitalism. “We think that some of the difficulties that are arising in politics around the world are driven by an insecurity of middle class citizens in their…

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Anna Friel talks about the dark subject matter of ITV’s Marcella

GETTY Anna Friel has courted a controversial yet successful career, here she talks about it Sipping  a cup of lemon and honey throughout our chat and occasionally pausing for a mini-coughing fit, she soldiers on nevertheless, eager to promote the long-awaited second series of Marcella, the ITV cop drama written by Hans Rosenfeldt, the man behind the Scandinavian smash hit The Bridge. It’s a role that petite Anna admits takes its toll on her. She consulted her brother, Michael, a doctor, about why she was feeling low during shooting. “It…

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Yoghurt STOPS strokes? Weekly dose can cut risk of heart attack by up to 30 PER CENT

GETTY-STOCK Eating two yoghurts a week could significantly reduce the chances of having a heart attack The best types to eat are plain ones which contain probiotics – known as “good bacteria”. Dietitian Julia Zumpano, of the Cleveland Clinic in the US, said: “Choose either original or Greek styles.  “Both are excellent sources of protein, natural probiotics and calcium.  “If you are managing your weight, try Greek yoghurt.  “It has more protein, which can help you feel fuller longer.”   Related articles Our results provide important new…

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Accused Florida gunman confessed to school shooting

The young man charged with killing 17 people at his former Florida high school worried some of his classmates, talking about his guns and sharing pictures of small animals he had shot. He had a “very disturbing” social media presence and had been expelled from school, officials said, supplying new details on the life of accused shooter, Nikolas Cruz. Cruz, 19, has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder in the attack Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which he was expelled from last year…

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Spice Girls WILL tour: The girls have ‘SIGNED contracts’ but what about Posh?

Will five become four? (Again.) The extraordinary build up to the Spice Girls’ 20th Anniversary has been as dramatic and confusing as their final years as a band. The dates actually fell in 2006, but endless rumours and reports of recording studio meetings, album and tour plans failed to materialise. Now that the cat is out of the bag and the reunion is public knowledge, the big question is whether they will tour and whether Posh will agree to it or not. Despite her public denial, a new report says…

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Florida shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz had ‘very, very disturbing’ online presence

Instagram/Nikolas Cruz Disturbing images have emerged from Nikolas Cruz’s social media accounts The 19-year-old suspect, Nikolas Cruz, had been expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for “disciplinary reasons”, said Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. Victoria Olvera, a 17-year-old student, said Cruz was expelled last school year after a fight with his ex’s new boyfriend.  She said Cruz had been abusive to his girlfriend. School officials said Cruz was attending another school in Broward County after his expulsion. Broward County Mayor Beam Furr said Cruz had treatment at a mental…

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Royal wedding dresses through the years in pictures: Queen Elizabeth II to Kate Middleton

PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle will be the first of two royal couples to tie the knot in 2018, with Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank to follow later in the year. Both royal couples are set to Marry at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor. Prince Harry and Meghan will marry on 19 May 2018 and the Queen’s granddaughter, Prince Eugenie will say “I do” in the autumn, on 12 October.   As we patiently await further news of Meghan Markle’s wedding dress, we take a look at royal brides of the…

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Meghan Markle’s meetings with Victoria Beckham for style tips from the designer revealed

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will marry on May 19, and now details of Harry and Meghan’s wedding have been revealed by Kensington Palace.  It has also been reported that the 36-year-old Suits has met with a friend of the royals for style tips. The actress has been meeting with Victoria Beckham, 43, for fashion advice before her public appearances. The couple are said to have become friends over their love of fashion. A friend of Victoria Beckham’s told Vanity Fair: “They get along well and have been in touch…

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Spice Girls REUNION in doubt? Victoria Beckham: ‘We’re NOT touring, we’re brainstorming’

It looked like it was all coming together when the five Spice Girls met up last week. Fans have been waiting in eager expectation for Mel B, Mel C, Geri Horner, Emma Bunton and Victoria Beckham to make an official announcement. And while waiting TMZ sources claimed they were planning a 2018 world tour to kick off this summer, but with not with any new music. Now Beckham has spoken out on what’s going on and it doesn’t look like a tour is on the cards just yet. On Monday…

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Readers write: Effects of Victoria’s matchmaking, Finland-Russia relations, complex situation in complex world, America’s government

Effects of Victoria’s matchmaking I’m pleased to have read the Q-and-A with the author of “Queen Victoria’s Matchmaking” (Jan. 1 & 8), which details the effects of Victoria’s efforts to arrange advantageous royal marriages for her family members. The book satisfies my long-held wish to know more about the outcomes of Vicky’s efforts. It’s fascinating history told most perceptively.  I recall the opinion of one of my Boston University professors (a former reporter) that we journalism students should measure newspaper excellence by The Christian Science Monitor’s standards. That was true…

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