BEIJING: Chinese police have arrested a man who allegedly made bomb threats which caused flight delays or diversions to Shanghai, reports said yesterday. Eleven flights were affected, though the suspect is not alleged to be behind all threats. The planes were travelling from Beijing, Chongqing, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, the Beijing News reported. One flight from Guangzhou on Friday had to be diverted to Fuzhou following an anonymous call to airports after take-off. A suspect surnamed Ji was arrested and had confessed, Chinese civil aviation information site Carno.com said. Five flights operated by three Chinese airlines were hit by bomb threats on Wednesday.
Quake strikes off Japan coast
TOKYO: A strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the northern coast of Japan’s main Honshu island yesterday, seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of damage. The quake hit at 2.48pm in the Pacific, some 50km from Namie town near the tsunami-ravaged Fukushima Daiichi plant, the US Geological Survey said.
3 workers end lives in China
BEIJING: Three Foxconn workers have committed suicide in a factory in China in the past three weeks, the New York-based China Labour Watch said. They jumped to their deaths at a plant in the central city of Zhengzhou, run by the Taiwanese electronics giant. A man, 30, killed himself on Tuesday after a woman, 23, committed suicide on April 27 and a man, 24, three days earlier. The reasons for these jumpings were not immediately clear.
New US forces chief in S Korea
WASHINGTON: A US Army officer who served at the top echelon in the Afghanistan war and at the Pentagon has been picked to lead US forces in South Korea, officials said on Friday. Lieutenant General Curtis “Mike” Scaparrotti, if confirmed by the Senate, will take over at a delicate moment after North Korea toned down weeks of bellicose rhetoric that saw tensions soar and US forces reinforced in the region. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said President Barack Obama will nominate Scaparrotti to succeed General James Thurman
‘Tainted alcohol’ kills Briton
JAKARTA: A British backpacker has died while trekking through the Indonesian jungle after she drank suspected tainted alcohol, police said yesterday. Cheznye Emmons, 23, was travelling with fellow Briton Joseph Cook, 21, through lush rainforest on Sumatra island. The pair, accompanied by a third tourist, drank four bottles of local whisky called Mansion on April 20. Police said they were investigating if the alcohol was laced with methanol.
Electric taxis hit HK roads
Hong Kong: Hong Kong saw its first electric taxis hit the roads yesterday to reduce roadside pollution. The 45 bright red cars were launched by electric vehicle producer BYD, partly backed by Buffett. The BYD e6, the five-door crossover sedans, are powered by iron phosphate batteries and take two hours to charge and can then travel for 300km. AGENCIES