Fugitive to be released
Chinese fugitive Lai Changxing (賴昌星) will soon be free again after being jailed for breaching his bail while awaiting deportation, his lawyers said on Friday. Lai is wanted by China to face charges of smuggling US$ 6 billion worth of goods out of Fujian Province. He was arrested last month as he attended a birthday party. His detention coincided with Chinese President Hu Jintao's (胡錦濤) visit to Canada this month. Lai fled to Canada in 1999, but his repeated bids to remain in have been turned down.
Diplomat warned in row
China has summoned a top Indonesian diplomat to protest over the Indonesian navy's deadly firing on a Chinese fishing boat. The incident happened last Monday in the Arafura Sea when the navy fired on the vessel which was fishing illegally. One crewmen was killed, and two injured. Ten crew members, including the wounded, are detained in Indonesia. The Indonesian embassy's charge d'affaires was summoned to recieve the protest, said a statement on the Chinese foreign ministry's Web site.
Web slang crackdown
Language police in Shanghai plan to ban Internet slang terms from classrooms, official documents, and publications produced in the city, newspapers reported Friday. Internet chat and instant messaging are hugely popular with China's youth, who employ an ad-hoc vocabulary of invented, abbreviated and borrowed terms such as "MM," meaning girl, "PK," or player killer, for one's competitor, "konglong" or dinosaur for an unattractive woman.
Woman dies scuba diving
A Japanese woman died while scuba diving off the east coast, police said yesterday. The woman, aged about 30, was not breathing when she surfaced from a dive off Lady Elliot Island in Queensland state. Efforts to revive her were unsuccessful. The woman, whose identity was not immediately released, was diving with four other people. Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef that is popular as a dive and snorkeling spot.
Three arrested for murders
Security forces have arrested three people for the brutal murders of two Thai marines in the insurgency plagued Muslim south, Defense Minister Thammarak Isarangkura na Ayudhya said yesterday. "We have evidence of bloodstained shirts and tip-offs from other villagers," he said three days after the plainclothes marines were killed on suspicion of being government hitmen. Officials said 11 arrest warrants had been issued for people who bludgeoned and stabbed the marines to death after they were detained by villagers in Narathiwat province soon after one person was killed and four wounded in a shooting there.
Surfer sorts out shark
This was a shark attack with a difference. An Australian surfer said yesterday he fought off a 1-meter shark by punching it in the face. Brad Satchell, 44, said he was surfing off Scarborough Beach near the western city of Perth on Friday when the shark, probably a bronze whaler, swam up to him.
After initially thinking it was a seal, Satchell hid behind his surf board and lashed out. "I lifted my body out of the water and I just got my fists and ... I just started punching and I connected with its head," he said. Satchell was unhurt. The shark's condition was not known.
`Stay away from birds'