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Uzbek film blocked over lack of Morgan Freeman

KALAHAN DENG The release of an Uzbek action movie has been blocked for using images of US actor Morgan Freeman in its advertising, even though he doesn’t appear in the film. The movie, called Daydi (Rogue), was due to be shown in cinemas this week until Uzbekistan’s film licensing body stepped in. It says that while Freeman features prominently on ...

US police threaten to punish drink drivers with Justin Bieber

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG A Minnesota police force has threatened to punish drink drivers with Justin Bieber’s dance moves if they get behind the wheel while intoxicated. Police in Wyoming, Minnesota, tweeted on Sunday that drink drivers would be forced to watch Bieber’s Super Bowl advert “the entire way to jail”. The pop star is seen performing celebratory end zone ...

Film highlights Fiji’s baffling rate of albinism

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Fiji is a popular destination for travellers in search of tropical beaches and sunshine, but many visitors would be unaware the country struggles with an unusually high rate of albinism. A new film has highlighted the issue, writes Ben Collins. Christine Nestel called Fiji’s largest television station to ask if she could use footage from a ...

Junaid Jamshed: Pakistan’s pop icon turned preacher

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG The story of Junaid Jamshed’s public life begins with one air crash and ends with another. The August 1988 air crash in Bahawalpur that killed Pakistan’s military ruler Gen Ziaul Haq was widely hailed in Pakistan as the end of an era when religious obscurantism reigned supreme. Though the roots of obscurantism turned out to be ...

Wole Soyinka, Nigerian Nobel prize winner, gives up green card over Trump

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Africa’s first Nobel Prize winner for Literature, Wole Soyinka, has spoken for the first time since he said in October that he would cut up his green card if Donald Trump was elected president of the United States. While the writer and poet would not elaborate on whether or not he had torn up his green ...

The 81-year-old woman pimping BMW’s rides

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG There aren’t many people like Esther Mahlangu. Collaborating with BMW would be a dream for any designer, but for the 81 year old South African Ndebele artist it’s all in a days work. Twenty five years ago, Mahlangu created an iconic BMW Art car, and now she’s teamed up with the German car giants again for ...

Adele’s Australian tour: tickets offered by resale sites for $5,000 as they go on official sale

Tickets for Adele’s shows in Australia were immediately being resold for more than $5,000 after they were released on Monday. Tickets for the singer’s show at Perth’s Domain Stadium were on sale for $5,645.18 through Viagogo – more than 18 times the maximum ticket price of $308.77, with no guarantee of the seat number. Reselling sites were offering tickets for ...

Arts diary – November 11: What’s on in Canberra’s art scene

VISUAL: Bungendore Fine Art: As I See It. A contemporary and modern body of works in oil pastels, mixed media and acrylic by artist Roz Dibley. Until November 30. Open daily, 10am-4.30pm. 42b Ellendon Street, Bungendore. See: bungendorefineart.com.au. Form Studio and Gallery: The Nature of Things – Still Life Paintings. Three artists bring strongly individual perspectives to their portrayals of intriguing objects using the medium of oil paint. ...

The porn star who went to Iran for a nose job

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG Iranians are struggling to understand how a well-known British porn star was allowed into their country for cosmetic surgery on her nose. Candy Charms’ visit became public knowledge only after she had returned home from Iran, and posted the above picture on her Instagram account. The photo shows her wearing a black headscarf which complies with ...

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