Cocaine found in underwear
Authorities said yesterday they had arrested a suspected drugs smuggler at the airport with cocaine stuffed in his specially adapted underpants. The 63-year-old, who was not identified, was arrested after arriving from Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Tuesday, the Customs and Excise Department said in a statement. He was found to be carrying nearly 2kg of the drugs in his “specially made underpants and a pair of shoes,” it added. The haul was worth an estimated HK$2.2 million (US$284,000), according to the department, adding that the man would appear in court today to face drugs-trafficking charges. He faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a fine of HK$5 million if convicted.
Twitter account teaches twits
A six-week-old Twitter account is making apparent progress in its mission to get people to stop tweeting pictures of their bank cards, often with full numbers visible. It is unclear who set up @NeedADebitCard, but several of the Instagram and Twitpic images of debit cards that it has found and retweeted on the microblogging Web site have been pulled down. “Please quit posting pictures of your debit cards, people,” it nevertheless implored alongside an avatar of a blank generic card. However, on its Consumerist.com blog, the Consumers’ Union advocacy group said on Tuesday there was little a criminal could do with a debit card without the three-digit CVV code imprinted on the back as an extra security measure.
Ally shoots NATO troops
A man in an Afghan army uniform shot and wounded a number of coalition troops in an eastern province, the US-led NATO coalition said yesterday. In a statement, it said that the service members were being treated at a medical facility. It did not say how many were wounded or provide any other details about the attack — which occurred on Tuesday in Wardak Province’s Sayed Abad district. The coalition maintains a large base there, but NATO did not say where in the district the attack took place.
Crews search for boat
Rescue crews were hunting for a boat in distress and crowded with asylum seekers off the coast of Indonesia yesterday, one day after the leaders of Canberra and Jakarta agreed to strengthen maritime ties as part of a bid to combat people smuggling. The boat issued a distress call early yesterday morning, and was believed to have up to 180 people on board, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said. The navy ship HMAS Wollongong was searching where the boat was believed to be — about 110km south of Indonesia — but had not located it as of late morning, Defense Minister Stephen Smith said.
Raul Castro visits Beijing
Cuban President Raul Castro is visiting Beijing for talks with President Hu Jintao (胡錦濤) and other leaders in Beijing. Castro arrived yesterday to begin a four-day visit. Cuban state media said he was accompanied by Cuban Vice President Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz and Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez. Neither side has said what issues are to be discussed. Castro visited Vietnam and China while defense minister, a post he occupied from 1959 until he replaced his elder brother Fidel as president in 2008. During a 1997 trip to Beijing, he spoke approvingly of the Asian giant’s mixture of socialism and market liberalizations.