■ Hong Kong
Father busted for child abuse
A Hong Kong man was convicted on Tuesday for forcing his nine-year-old son to walk naked in the streets as punishment for failing to finish his homework, a judiciary spokeswoman said. Chan Kwok-yim (陳國炎), 45, was charged with ill-treatment of his son and bound over for the sum of HK$1,000 (US$128) for two years on good behavior with conditions. Local media said that the magistrate gave Chan a light sentence because she believed he had good intentions and loved his son, although he was hot-tempered and used the wrong method to teach him.
Crocs stored in the luggage
A Filipino flying home from Cambodia said he was carrying live fish in his carry-on luggage, until a check of his bag at Manila airport revealed three half-meter crocodiles, officials said yesterday. The crocodiles are on an endangered species list and their importation is prohibited. Charges are being readied against the man. The man had earlier sought a permit to import the animals but his application was denied. Airport authorities had been on a lookout for him since last week, when the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau alerted them that he might try to sneak in the crocodiles.
Camel ice cream a big sell
Selling low-calorie camel's milk ice cream is part of a plan to help Rajasthan's camel breeders. A two-year project aims to revive the industry by marketing camel milk to hotels and tourists visiting historic palaces and desert towns. "The response to camel milk as a health drink and to an ice cream made from the milk has been very encouraging," the project coordinator said, with hotels already signing up for the products. The ice cream is being made in saffron-pistachio and strawberry-vanilla. The Food and Agriculture Organization says camel milk is very nutritious and has a vitamin C content three times higher than cow milk.
Police charged with murder
Two police officers were charged yesterday with the murder of a Mongolian model. Azilah Hadri and Sirul Azhar Umar were charged in Kuala Lumpur with the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu. Police have not given details of her death but local media say she was shot dead and her body destroyed with explosives. Interest in the case has been heightened by the fact that a leading political analyst has also been detained by police for questioning. Last week, the prime minister called for a thorough investigation, saying no one was above the law. Shaariibuu had gone to Malaysia to seek financial assistance from her lover to help her sick child.
Don't say the `B' word
A 65-year-old Australian man was fined S$10,000 (US$6,423) for uttering the word "bomb" on a flight to Indonesia, the Straits Times reported yesterday. Riccardo Paulin, a retiree, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to having asked a flight attendant "Where do you keep the bomb?" on a flight operated by SilkAir from Singapore to the Indonesian city of Surabaya, the newspaper said. He made the remark after trying to find space in the overhead lockers. Paulin was charged under the UN anti-terrorism regulations, which carry a maximum fine of S$100,000 or up to five years in jail or both. He apologized to the court for his remark, saying it was meant as a joke.
Huge haul of fakes seized
Customs officers have seized what they said could be the world's largest haul of counterfeit goods, including nearly 1 million pairs of knockoff Nike sneakers. The customs department in the northern port of Hamburg said it had confiscated a total of 117 shipping containers filled with fake goods since the end of August. The equivalent amount of genuine branded goods would be worth about 383 million euros (US$490 million), it said in a statement.