Sun, Feb 18, 2007 - Page 4 News List

World News Quick Take


■ Japan
Raptors arrive on Okinawa

Two US F-22 stealth fighter planes arrived yesterday on Okinawa in their first deployment overseas. Two Raptors, the US Air Force's most advanced fighters and said to be the most expensive fighter planes ever built, arrived at US Kadena Air Base, wire agency photographers said. The US Air Force said 10 other F22 Raptors were expected to land today, a week later than originally scheduled. The Air Force first cited "operational reasons" as the cause of the delay of the three-month deployment, then said it was because of software problems. The planes will be on Okinawa for a three to four month deployment.

■ China

Nuclear controls boosted

Beijing said it would strengthen controls on the export of nuclear equipment, state press reported yesterday. Prime Minister Wen Jiabao (溫家寶) signed a decree banning the use of Chinese nuclear goods and technology to carry out atomic explosions without prior agreement, the reports said. Importers of Chinese goods will also be barred from using them for nuclear proliferation, except under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The Xinhua news agency said existing Chinese regulations on the control of exports had not been tough enough to prevent proliferation.

■ Japan

Missing crewman found

A crew member who has been missing since a whaling ship caught fire off Antarctica has been found dead on Wednesday, Kyodo News agency reported yesterday. Kazutaka Makita went missing after fire broke out below deck on the Nisshin Maru. Fisheries officials have said they may have to cut short the season's whale hunt due to the ship's damage. Kyodo said Makita was found dead inside a whale processing plant on board, where the fire is believed to have started. The Nisshin Maru is the mother ship for five other Japanese vessels that hunt whales in annual hunts that Japan says are for research. The fleet planned to hunt up to 945 whales from mid-December to next month.

■ Singapore

Motorist busts wardens

Two traffic wardens got a taste of their own medicine when they were captured having breakfast -- with their motorbikes parked illegally nearby -- after "busting" a rush hour motorist. The unidentified motorist used his camera phone to film the pair after being annoyed when he spotted them taking pictures of his car in a bus lane, the Straits Times reported yesterday. He posted the video clip on YouTube (, the paper said. In the two-minute video, the man is heard asking the wardens why their own vehicles were illegally parked -- to which one of the wardens replies they were just "doing our job" before brushing him off. Wardens cannot issue fines, but they can submit photographs of errant motorists to police for further action.

■ Russia

H5N1 kills poultry

The H5N1 strain of bird flu has killed poultry in the Moscow region for the first time, the chief sanitary expert and head of a consumer watchdog was quoted by RIA news agency as saying on Friday. "The pathogenicity of this virus for people has not been confirmed. Vets have detected it, they confirm it is the H5N1 strain," Gennady Onishchenko said.

■ United States
Remote inventor dies

Hit the mute button for a moment of silence: The co-inventor of the TV remote, Robert Adler, has died. Adler, who won an Emmy Award along with fellow engineer Eugene Polley for the device, died on Thursday of heart failure at a Boise nursing home at 93, Zenith Electronics Corp said on Friday. In his six-decade career with Zenith, Adler was a prolific inventor, earning more than 180 US patents. He was best known for his 1956 Zenith Space Command remote control, which helped make TV a truly sedentary pastime.

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