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In Brief: Ballet banned over costumes

MALAYSIA has denied a permit for a Singapore dance troupe to perform The Nutcracker and other ballet works due to concerns about "indecent" costumes, media in both countries reported.

Ballet Illuminations was supposed to run for three shows this weekend but the Singapore Dance Theatre was told that an agency of the Information, Communication and Culture Ministry withheld permission.

Bilqis Hijjas, president of the MyDance Alliance in Kuala Lumpur, said the decision was "deplorable" and would damage Malaysia's reputation as an arts host.

Titanic ignored superstitions

PASSENGERS and crew of the Titanic ignored a number of maritime superstitions when the ship made its ill-fated maiden voyage.

Sailing myths, including the presence of women, priests and barbers on board, were ignored, according to family history website findmypast.co.uk.

Website historian Debra Chatfield said: "The records indicate sailor superstitions were wholly ignored on the Titanic's doomed departure from Southampton."

Facebook case 'no questions'

A MAN who claims he and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg made a deal that entitles him to half-ownership of the social networking giant won't be allowed to question Zuckerberg or search his computers, a judge has ruled.

But Paul Ceglia's lawyers will get the chance to grill Facebook's experts about their findings that Ceglia's lawsuit is based on a fake document.

A judge issued the ruling following the latest round of legal arguments in a case with billions of dollars at stake.

Webb is new face of Disney

PEEP Show star Robert Webb said he is delighted that reading stories to his children is now also his job after signing up to front a new Disney TV show.

The 39-year-old father-of-two has been unveiled as the storyteller for new Disney series Tales Of Friendship With Winnie The Pooh.

"I had my daughter Esme in mind while I was being the storyteller, it just seemed like a nice way of going to work," he said.