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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Demi Moore Tweets Topless Pic

DEMI Moore (pix) has returned to Twitter for the first time since announcing her marriage split.

The 49-year-old actress – who is usually a prolific user of the social networking website – posted her first message since separating from Ashton Kutcher to urge her fans to be more appreciative of people.

Writing on Thanksgiving on Thursday, she posted: "Why do we have only 1 day for giving thanks? Is that why so many people feel unappreciated? Make this 1 of 365 days of Thanksgiving! (sic)"

Meanwhile, Ashton also used the holiday to return to the site.

He posted: "I'm thankful for family, friends, you, & time to reach my potential. What are you thankful for?"

The 'Two and a Half Men' actor last used the site on November 17 – the day Demi announced she was to file for divorce after six years of marriage – to pay tribute to the actress.

Ashton – who was accused of sleeping with Sara Leal in September – wrote: "I will forever cherish the time I spend with Demi. Marriage is one of the most difficult things in the world and unfortunately sometimes they fail. Love and light, AK."

Demi expressed her "great sadness" when she announced her marriage is over but said she is hoping to "move forward" with her life.

She said in a statement: "It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have decided to end my six-year marriage to Ashton. As a woman, a mother and a wife there are certain values and vows that I hold sacred, and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life. This is a trying time for me and my family, and so I would ask for the same compassion and privacy that you would give to anyone going through a similar situation." – Bang Media

National marches back to power in New Zealand

AUCKLAND (Nov 26, 2011): The ruling centre-right National Party was headed for a crushing win in New Zealand's general election on Saturday, with partial returns suggesting it would have an outright majority and not need any coalition partners.

National, led by former foreign exchange dealer John Key, was sitting on 49% share of the vote, which would translate into 61 seats in the 121 seat parliament from its current 58, with around two-thirds of the votes counted.

"We obviously are happy with the numbers we have got but again very cautious about the total count so far and I think we all should be," National's campaign manager Steven Joyce said on TVNZ.

Key campaigned on promises to build on policies of the past three years with an emphasis on sparking economic growth by cutting debt, curbing spending, selling state assets and returning to a budget surplus by 2014/15.

The Labour Party's share of the vote was around 26%, which would see it win 32 seats, down 11 on its current stake.

"We're obviously hoping we'll come up from where we are as the bigger booths come in," said senior Labour MP David Parker.

Under New Zealand's proportional voting system, parties must secure either a local electorate seat, or 5% of the nationwide vote to get into parliament.

The pattern of past elections would suggest the margin will narrow as votes in bigger cities are counted. The urban vote has in the past bolstered Labour's share.

Opinion polls published in the last day of the campaign put the National Party as many as 25 percentage points ahead of Labour.

The affable Key has been one of the most popular leaders in New Zealand history and has been seen as a safe pair of hands as he led the country through earthquakes, a coal mine disaster, and the global economic turmoil.

He has also benefited from closely linking himself with film maker Peter Jackson, who is making two movies based on the Hobbit books, and the country's All Black rugby team, which won the Rugby World Cup on home soil last month.

"But Kiwis also go on personality," said John Parenga, 20, a cafe worker, who cast an advance vote for National.

Commanding opinion poll lead for national

Key, who voted at a school near his Auckland home, ordered in a large number of pizzas as he watched results at home with family and close advisers and said he was taking nothing for granted despite the party's commanding poll lead.

No party has won an outright majority since New Zealand switched to a proportional voting system in 1996.

The surprise of the election was the near 7% showing for the nationalist New Zealand First Party, led by the mercurial veteran Winston Peters, ousted from parliament in 2008 amid a scandal over secret donations.

Of the other parties, the Greens were on track for 13 seats from their current nine, and the Maori Party was looking to retain at least three seats reserved for the indigenous Maori people.

Two small parties that supported National in the outgoing government – free market ACT and centrist United Future – were both in tight struggles to retain their current seats and return to parliament. – Reuters