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December 31, 2018 11:43 AM Auckland NYE fireworks 2019: Watch Auckland fireworks as New Zealand welcomes in New Year

HAPPY New Year! Auckland welcomes in the New Year with a stunning firework display, as millions of people around the world celebrate the beginning of a new year, as we step into 2019. Auckland has officially welcomed in the New Year with a bang, hosting a dazzling firework display at Harbour Bridge. Impressive footage shows celebrations beginning in New Zealand 94

December 31, 2018 11:00 AM Severn Bridge shuts after drone flown from the top

A main route between England and Wales was closed after a man climbed a bridge and flew a drone from the top. Traffic was stopped on the M48 - the older of two Severn crossings - after a "concern for welfare," police said. The man in his 20s came down "voluntarily" from the 47m (154ft) bridge tower and was arrested on suspicion of causing a public nuisance 51

December 31, 2018 9:59 AM Brisbane International: Britain's Harriet Dart wins to reach second round

British number four Harriet Dart came from behind to beat Australian wildcard Priscilla Hon and reach the second round of the Brisbane International. The 22-year-old, who progressed from the qualifying rounds, won 1-6 6-3 6-4. Dart will play Latvian eighth seed Anastasija Sevastova or Australia's Daria Gavrilova next. "I'm really pleased to get the win. Priscilla 72

December 30, 2018 11:03 AM Cameron Bancroft makes two on Big Bash return after ban for ball-tampering

Cameron Bancroft made only two on his return from a nine-month ban for ball-tampering as Perth Scorchers lost to Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash. The 26-year-old Australia batsman, whose ban ended on Saturday, lasted only three deliveries in the Scorchers' 107-8 in Launceston. Bancroft was caught using sandpaper to alter the condition of the ball against 63

December 28, 2018 1:07 AM Michelle Obama takes 'most admired woman' title from Hillary Clinton

Former US first lady Michelle Obama has ended Hillary Clinton's 17-year run as America's most admired woman. Mrs Clinton, ex-presidential candidate, secretary of state and first lady, came third in the annual Gallup poll, with talk-show host Oprah Winfrey in second. Former President Barack Obama was most admired man for the 11th year in a row. President 75

December 27, 2018 3:13 PM Lewis Hamilton Instagram: F1 driver opens up on 'toughest' experience of his life

LEWIS HAMILTON, who secured his fifth world title earlier this year, has spilled to his Instagram fans about one of the “toughest” experiences of his life. Lewis Hamilton, 33, uploaded pictures of himself visiting India to his Instagram page to his nine million followers. The Formula One star could be seen wearing a Save the Children top as he met children 66

December 27, 2018 9:15 AM Venezuela earthquake: Carabobo ROCKED by 5.6 quake

VENEZUELA has been rocked by a 5.6 magnitude earthquake, with residents in the region of Carabobo reporting strong shaking. The 5.6 quake struck at 4.59am local time (8.59am GMT), at a depth of 6.2 miles. Residents left witness reports on earthquake-tracking website CSEM-EMSC. One said: “Very strong in Valencia, Carabobo.” Another said: “It was so strong 70

December 26, 2018 7:39 PM Shoppers FLEE London's Westfield after 'loud noise' as police arrest knife suspect

TERRIFIED Boxing Day shoppers fled London’s Westfield shopping centre as police arrested a male suspect armed with a knife. But police say bargain hunters scrambled for Westfield's exits when the noise of a first-floor counter top being smashed sent shoppers into a panic while the suspect was arrested. Officers swooped to detain the armed man at the east London 80

December 25, 2018 12:01 AM Meghan Markle wins Queen’s heart as she appears in top spot of monarch’s pictures

MEGHAN Markle takes centre stage in the Queen’s collection of pictures as the monarch recorded her Christmas Day message. Prince Charles’s 70th birthday picture, which features the Duchess of Sussex, was set on the Queen’s desk for her Christmas broadcast. The stunning picture of Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, his children, their wives and his grandchildren 79

December 24, 2018 5:49 PM Donald Trump compares Federal Reserve to bad golfer as US stocks dive in shutdown chaos

PRESIDENT Donald Trump has blasted America’s independent central bank and compared the Federal Reserve to a “powerful golfer who can’t score”. The president is annoyed over the Fed’s decision to raise its short-term rate four times this year in a bid to prevent the economy from overheating. President Trump wrote on Twitter: “The only problem our economy 115