World Ardern 'humbled' by Elton John's professed admiration
Elton John claims the Queen slapped her nephew in 'playful' moment
She's known as the royal and demure Your Highness, Queen Elizabeth II, but Elton John has revealed a new side of the monarch in his latest memoir. The Grammy Award-winning singer has shared details of a playful encounter with the Queen and her nephew, Viscount Linley. In an abstract published in Sunday Times of London, the 72-year-old recalled a party where Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones had retired because she was feeling unwell.© AP Queen Elizabeth II is said to be 'hilarious' in private, despite her public profile.
The Prime Minister was asked how she felt when Sir John revealed over the weekend that if he could be any woman alive, it would be her.
"You don't often hear someone of his standing and his role wanting to be a politician... There's very few that I ever hear putting their hand up for that," Ardern said.
ALP national executive to hear Setka case
The Labor Party's national executive has set a hearing date for the bid to expel construction union boss John Setka from its ranks.Labor's national executive has received the charges from Mark Dreyfus that Mr Setka's behaviour is in breach of the Victorian ALP's code of conduct for members.
"I was genuinely humbled and flattered and more than a little surprised... I was very humbled by it."
Sir John, known for hits like 'Rocket Man', revealed his admiration for Ardern when he was asked a number of random questions in an A-lister Q&A, ahead of the release of his autobiography Me.
Among the celebrities to put a question to Sir John was Suicide Squad actor and model Cara Delevigne, who asked him: "If you could be one woman alive and one woman from the past, who would you be?"
Sir John said while it was difficult to choose someone today with "so many candidates", he chose Ardern because she's "one of the few politicians that I respect and love".
He described the Prime Minister as "humane" with "dignity", and said she's "doing a brilliant job".
Pope to elevate British convert Newman to sainthood
Pope Francis creates five new saints on Sunday, including Britain's Cardinal John Henry Newman -- one of the Catholic Church's most renowned converts -- and a nun dubbed the "Mother Teresa of Brazil".Heads of state from across the world are expected at the Vatican ceremony, which will also raise a Swiss laywoman, an Indian nun and an Italian nun to the highest position within the centuries-old institution.
In a nod to Sir John's award-winning soundtrack for the 1994 animated film The Lion King, which featured a song called 'Can You Feel the Love Tonight', Ardern was asked by a member of the Press Gallery: "Can you feel the love tonight?"
She replied: "You will not be getting a bar from me."
Sir John is among a list of high-profile global celebrities - including, and - to commend Ardern for her leadership following the Christchurch terror attack.
Ardern said she's not ruling out attending an Elton John concert when he plays in Auckland and Dunedin in February next year.
8chan founder seeks to stop current owner's bid for Philippines citizenship .
The creator of the 8chan website - used by the 15 March gunman to promote the video of the atrocity - is locked in a bitter battle with its current owner. After the Christchurch mosque attacks, 8chan founder Fredrick Brennan called for it to be shut down and cut all his ties with the forum. The website's current owner, Jim Watkins, wants to be a citizen of the Philippines, where he's lived on a pig farm for the past 10 years.Mr Brennan said he feared this would make accountability even more difficult and is trying to block Mr Watkins' application.