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'At 20 lashes I lost count'

A British man given 50 lashes reveals the horrific pain awaiting a frail grandfather whose family fear he will not survive the punishment.

Rugby World Cup

Sense of fear welcomed by All Blacks

The missing ingredient for the All Blacks at this World Cup has been a genuine sense of fear. They had a little bit of it in their opening game against Argentina and…



Does this pic prove Alcatraz escape?

It has gone down in history as the ultimate fortress: a rock in the middle of San Francisco Bay, from which no one could escape and live to tell the tale.


'Dirty cars dump' Down Under?

Australians have expressed fear that Volkswagen may turn to dumping their dirty diesels Down Under, but New Zealanders needn't…


Helen Kelly: Beware of the bullies

In her last major speech, outgoing unions boss says New Zealanders need to be aware of push to belittle those that dare speak out against official wisdom.

Life & Style



Five times stars hated their own movies

Daniel Craig was told to shut up by Sony executives after he said he'd rather slash his wrists than star in another Bond film. Here are five other times stars have hated…




How rugby is destroying bodies

After a huge increase in player withdrawals at the World Cup, a leading sports surgeon has warned big hits from big players are making rugby too dangerous.


Golf Gaffe in front of McIlroy

It's lucky Ireland back Luke Fitzgerald has a pretty decent day job as a rugby player - because he's had an embarrassing experience with a flying golf club in front…

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