Nervous Bolt prepares for football debut

Usain Bolt is set to get a first taste of competitive football tomorrow in a much-hyped game, but the sprint superstar admits he is nervous with his fitness levels not up to scratch. The Jamaican is likely to be handed a 10 or 15 minute run-out for Australia’s Central Coast Mariners in a friendly against an amateur side as he works towards his dream of earning a playing contract and becoming a professional footballer. Continue Reading

Pregnant mom on pole even before 2 hours of contraction

A mum ignored her family’s advice to stop pole dancing while pregnant and was even on the pole hours before her contractions began. Christina Spirig, a pole dancing instructor from Switzerland, continued her sport up until her last trimester. Continue Reading

Malaysian court postpones caning of lesbian couple

A Malaysian Islamic court postponed the caning today of two women convicted of lesbian sex as activists hoped it would give them time to stop the punishment being carried out. Continue Reading

Japan holds N Korea as serious and imminent threat

North Korea still poses a “serious and imminent threat,” Japan said today in its first annual defence review since tensions eased on the Korean peninsula. Continue Reading

Facebook bans Myanmar army chief over rights abuses

Facebook banned Myanmar’s army chief and removed other pages tied to the country’s military today after a UN probe called for him to be prosecuted for genocide over a crackdown on Rohingya Muslims. Continue Reading

Mahathir bans foreigners from buying in planned Malaysian city

Foreigners will be barred from buying properties in a planned USD 100-billion Malaysian city, the country’s leader said today, after the huge development aimed at mainland Chinese buyers sparked widespread criticism. Continue Reading

Nirav Modi’s firms are ‘not mere victims’ but, ‘active participants’ in fraud: PNB

Punjab National Bank has told a US bankruptcy court that it suspects Nirav Modi controlled US firms Firestar Diamond, Fantasy and A Jaffe are not mere victims of circumstance but instead ‘active participants’ in the massive billion-dollar fraud perpetrated over seven years by Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi. Continue Reading