Mourinho takes a swipe at Chelsea

INTER Milan boss Jose Mourinho couldn’t resist taking a swipe at his former club Chelsea despite trying his best to insist he won’t be motivated by revenge in Tuesday’s Champions League showdown.

Mourinho is back at Stamford Bridge for the first time since being sacked in Sept 2007 after losing a power struggle with owner Roman Abramovich and his host of advisors.


US-Indonesia military deal uncertain

THE United States said on Monday it could not predict when it would resume full military ties with Indonesia, as it laid out the details of President Barack Obama’s trip to Jakarta and Bali next week.

President Obama spent four years as a boy in Indonesia with his late mother, but the trip is more geared to business, focusing on trade, security and diplomacy rather than his biography or his childhood haunts.

Disaster declared in Fiji

FIJI declared a state of disaster in the cyclone-hit north and east on Tuesday as reports of storm damage rose sharply, authorities said.

The National Disaster Council, led by military leader Voreqe Bainimarama, met on Tuesday as the category four Cyclone Tomas continued to batter the South Pacific nation.

Rudd’s popularity at new low

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s popularity has hit a record low over his radical health and climate policies, but his government would still win elections expected this year, an opinion poll showed on Tuesday.

Mr Rudd’s Labor party remains ahead of the conservative opposition, 52 per cent to 48, on a two-party basis in the closely watched Newspoll published in the Australian newspaper.

Djokovic, Nadal advance

SECOND-SEEDED Novak Djokovic survived a scare, but it was smooth sailing for defending champion Rafael Nadal Monday as both moved into the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open.

Serbia’s Djokovic saved three match points en route to a 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7/3) victory over Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber and said he’d have to do better to add a second Indian Wells title to the one he captured in 2008.

Foyce makes police report

LOCAL actress-singer Foyce Le Xuan, 25, followed up on her public threat and made a two-part police report on Monday – one against film-maker Jack Neo for his text messages and the other over telephone threats, The New Paper reported on Tuesday.

She told TNP that a man had called her handphone last Tuesday warning her to ‘shut up’ or ‘you will get it from me’, and another phone call from a male voice threatening to ‘disfigure her’ if she steps out of her house.