Jackie Chan: US ‘most corrupt’ country in the world

Updated 12 January 2013
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Jackie Chan: US ‘most corrupt’ country in the world

HONG KONG: Hong Kong action hero Jackie Chan has once again provoked criticism, this time from an American blogger, after suggesting on Chinese television that the US is the “most corrupt” country in the world. “When you talk about corruption — the whole world, is there corruption in the United States?
The most corrupt in the world!” the Rush Hour star, who has made headlines recently for his controversial views, told Phoenix TV last month. Chan reaffirmed his view after the show’s host questioned him — “Of course! Where did the great breakdown come from?
The world, the United States started it,” Chan said, referring to the financial crisis and gesticulating as he spoke.


‘Mini-Me’ actor Verne Troyer dead at 49

Updated 32 min 10 sec ago
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‘Mini-Me’ actor Verne Troyer dead at 49

LOS ANGELES: Verne Troyer, best known for his role as Mini-Me in the “Austin Powers” movies, died Saturday. He was 49.

While no cause of death was given, a statement on the actor’s social media accounts said he had gone through a “recent time of adversity” and alluded to suicide and depression as “serious issues.”

“Over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much,” it added.

Troyer, who lived in Los Angeles, was taken to hospital early this month for unspecified treatment. The actor spoke about his alcohol addiction during another hospital stay a year ago.

One of the world’s shortest men at just two feet eight inches (81 centimeters) due to achondroplasia dwarfism, according to reports, Troyer was born in 1969 in Sturgis, Michigan.