Thursday 21 September 2017

World news in brief: Jordan - I was a racist

Basketball legend Michael Jordan said he 'was against all white people'. Photo: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images
Basketball legend Michael Jordan said he 'was against all white people'. Photo: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Basketball legend Michael Jordan says in a new book that he considered himself a racist growing up.

In a new book entitled 'Michael Jordan: The Life' by author Roland Lazenby, the five-time National Basketball Association most valuable player and current owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, says that as a teenager he was "against all white people".

Peruvian parachute miracle

A Peruvian air force officer whose parachute malfunctioned during a training exercise survived a 5,000-feet fall without breaking a bone.

"It's a miracle he's alive," Guillermo Pacheco, a doctor, said. "It was the will of God he survived."

Dancing frogs found

Scientists have discovered 14 new species of so-called dancing frogs in the jungle mountains of southern India.

Only the males dance – it's actually a unique breeding behaviour called foot-flagging. They stretch, extend and whip their legs out to the side to draw the attention of females and also use those leg extensions to smack away rivals – an important feature considering the sex ratio for the amphibians is usually around 100 males to one female.

Nintendo gay snub

Nintendo will not allow gamers to play as gay in an upcoming life simulator game.

The publisher of such gaming franchises as 'The Legend of Zelda' and 'Mario Bros' said it would not bow to pressure to allow players to engage in romantic activities with characters of the same sex in English editions of 'Tomodachi Life'.

Smuggler (90) jailed

A 90-year-old man in the US who hauled more than a tonne of cocaine into Michigan for a Mexican drug cartel has been sentenced to three years in prison on his birthday.

Leo Sharp says he's "really heartbroken" over his crimes. Detroit federal judge Nancy Edmunds says age and World War II service were not enough to keep Sharp out of prison.

Crater in Canada

A giant meteor struck Canada within the last 70 million years, creating a crater five miles wide, scientists believe. The force of the blast in southern Alberta would have been powerful enough to destroy present-day Calgary.

Seismic surveys have revealed a ring-like structure in the Earth's surface at the impact site near the hamlet of Bow City.

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