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In brief: Halt sex plea to All Blacks fans

New Zealand rugby fans are being urged to abstain from sex to help the All Blacks national team break its 24-year World Cup drought on home soil.

Telecom Corp of New Zealand Ltd, through the All Blacks' official BackingBlack fan club it sponsors, is planning an advertising campaign calling on supporters to Abstain For The Game.

The campaign is designed as a humorous take on the "mythology" that abstaining from sexual activity improves sporting prowess.



Over 20 lost as boat capsizes

At least 20 people are missing after an overcrowded boat they were travelling in capsized in a rain-swollen river in Nepal.

Police said the exact number of missing is unknown.

The boat was carrying at least 35 people and only a dozen have been accounted for.

The boat was old and overcrowded and the river was flooded by monsoon rains. The search is continuing.



Obama rival in Elvis blunder

US Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann got her Elvis Presley dates all shook up during a campaign stop in South Carolina.

The congresswoman from Minnesota played the Elvis tune Promised Land at a restaurant and told the crowd she wanted to say happy birthday to the king of rock 'n' roll.

But August 16 is the anniversary of Presley's death, in 1977, and someone in the crowd shouted back: "He died today."

Elvis was born on January 8, 1935.



Wossy gagged for TV advert

His mouth has often landed him in trouble -- now ITV bosses have gagged Jonathan Ross in an ad for his television comeback.

The talkative presenter is seen with gaffer tape over his mouth in a new promo for his forthcoming series -- The Jonathan Ross Show -- which begins next month.

Ross left the BBC last year after his contract ended in the wake of the Sachsgate scandal, but he has since signed a deal to front a show for ITV1.


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