Flights canceled due to drills
Flights in Guangdong Province have been canceled due to military exercises being held in the area, the China Daily reported yesterday. The paper said 176 flights had been canceled so far this week, but it wasn't clear how long the disruptions would last. The paper gave no details on the exercises, but cited a Hong Kong daily as saying they were being held near Yangjiang.
Anti-terror law mulled
Beijing is preparing an anti-terrorism law which will seek to tackle the threat from terror groups by cutting them off from funding and other means, state media reported on Thursday. "Relevant departments have finished drafting the anti-terrorism law outline, with anti-money laundering as an important component part," Xiang Junbo, a central bank vice governor, was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency. Xinhua did not cite Xiang, speaking at a symposium in Beijing, as giving more specific details about the contents of the new legislation. He said China was aiming to speed up the legislative procedure to get the law passed as soon as possible, but was not quoted as indicating when it might happen.
■ Hong Kong
Academic swims to Macau
Beijing Sport University teacher Zhang Jian, 41, has become the first person to swim the 35km-long stretch from the territory to Macau, the South China Morning Post said yesterday. Zhang jumped into the water off Lantau Island on Thursday morning and emerged 10-and-a-half hours later on Coloane island, the daily said. He swam the English Channel in 2001 and in 2000 swam 109km across the Bohai Gulf, the daily said.
■ Hong Kong
Nagging drove man to ogling
A 76-year-old Peeping Tom told a Hong Kong court he went out spying on women as a way of escaping his nagging wife at home, a news report said yesterday. Mok Kong's lawyer said his client "found it hard to stay at home" because he was constantly henpecked and nagged by his 71-year-old wife, the South China Morning Post reported. He went out and spent some of his time spying on women and filming them in changing rooms and public toilets with his video camera, Hong Kong's Eastern Court was told. Mok was caught when a man coming into a changing room on a public beach saw him holding his video camera up near the ceiling of the women's shower next door.
Anwar demands apology
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim demanded an apology yesterday from former prime minister Mahathir Mohamed and sought damages of 100 million ringgit (US$27 million), saying Mahathir had called him a gay. If it reaches the courts, the action could prove a major test for Malaysia's judiciary, which has already come down on Anwar's side in two rulings, first freeing him from jail and then awarding him damages against the author of a defamatory book. Anwar's legal team say Mahathir described his former deputy as gay in comments made to reporters on Sept. 9.
Three reported for shoot
Islamic hardliners have reported an actor, model and photographer to Indonesian authorities for allegedly posing in the nude for a photograph depiction of Adam and Eve, local news reports said yesterday. The hardline group, Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) alleged that actor Anjasmara, model Isabella and photographer Davy Linggar had insulted Islam by portraying Adam and Eve in the nude in a photograph displayed at the Bank Indonesia Museum in Central Jakarta. "The pictures display the classical story of Adam and Eve in Eden an FPI spokesman was quoted as saying by the Jakarta Post. "How could they depict a prophet in the nude like that?"