Fri, Jun 20, 2008 - Page 5 News List

World News Quick Take

AGENCIES

■ NORWAY

Smuggler’s wig busted

A British woman’s bulging wig did not fool customs agents in Norway, who realized she wasn’t just having a bad hair day. The wig was concealing 1kg of cocaine glued to her head and customs agents detained her on suspicion of cocaine smuggling, authorities said on Wednesday. The 32-year-old suspect arrived late on Sunday at Vaernes airport near the city of Trondheim on a flight from Copenhagen, Denmark, the customs service said. Norway’s largest newspaper, Verdens Gang, said the cocaine was glued so firmly to the woman’s real hair that police brought her to the local hospital to have it removed.

■ GERMANY

Court rules against phobia

A German court has ruled against a woman who claimed a phobia of official letters in her appeal against a decision to cut off child support. The woman said that “she had already suffered many financial disadvantages” as a result of leaving mail lying around or throwing it out. The court statement added that she sought to justify her actions by saying that “she was and still is petrified of the contents of official letters.” She said she had long considered seeking psychological treatment, but had been too ashamed.

■ GERMANY

Police pursue dognapper

Police searched on Wednesday for a drug smuggler who made off with a sniffer dog in a customs officer’s car after being caught with 200g of heroin. The 37-year-old suspect was handcuffed and placed in the back seat of the vehicle after his arrest on Tuesday evening in Niederkruechten near the Dutch border. While the officers were searching another car, the man hopped into the front seat and sped off toward Holland with sniffer dog Amber in the rear cargo area. The dog was discovered unharmed in the back of the abandoned car in the Dutch town of Weert on Wednesday morning.

■ SOMALIA

More fighting despite truce

Fighting between Islamist-led insurgents and allied Somali-Ethiopian troops has killed at least 17 people, residents said on Wednesday, underlining the lack of impact of a UN-brokered peace agreement. One attack on a troop patrol on Tuesday night prompted return fire toward Mogadishu’s SOS hospital, killing three people outside, witnesses said. Stray bullets from crossfire killed another three in a separate incident about the same time. Mogadishu resident Fatuma Hussein said a mortar landed on her neighbor’s house, also on Tuesday night, killing a woman and two children.

■ PHILIPPINES

Kidnap brokers arrested

An official who helped negotiate the release of a kidnapped TV presenter has been arrested and is to be charged in the abduction, Philippines authorities said yesterday. In a bizarre twist to the nine-day hostage crisis, Alvarez Isnaji and his son Haider Isnaji were detained on Wednesday, one day after ABS-CBN television broadcaster Cecilia Drilon, her cameraman and a local guide emerged from the jungle. The elder Isnaji is the mayor of the Jolo town of Indanan, from where the TV crew was kidnapped on June 8. The elder Isnaji said he had negotiated the group’s release after paying token amounts to kidnappers. But statements gathered from the freed hostages “unraveled the fact that Mayor Alvarez Isnaji is involved in the kidnapping,” national police chief Avelino Razon said.

■ CANADA

Comments will be moderated. Keep comments relevant to the article. Remarks containing abusive and obscene language, personal attacks of any kind or promotion will be removed and the user banned. Final decision will be at the discretion of the Taipei Times.

TOP top