Fischer insists on freedomTOKYO: Former chess champion Bobby Fischer demanded yesterday that the Japanese government release him from detention and allow him to travel to Iceland “as soon as possible.''
Fischer, 61, was detained five months ago for trying to board a plane for the Philippines with an invalid US passport.
Iceland, the site of a landmark match between Fischer and Soviet chess champion Boris Spassky in 1972, last week offered the American refuge in recognition of that game. – AP
Taiwan sees ulterior motiveTAIPEI: China's plan to enact an anti-secession law is meant to redefine the status quo in order to justify a possible military invasion of Taiwan, a senior Taiwanese official said yesterday.
As China parliament debates the anti-secession law at a meeting starting today, Taiwanese are closely watching if the legislation would set the legal ground for a possible military move.
The law is viewed as part of Beijing's campaign to pressure Taiwan into uniting with the mainland. – AP
Marriage of old and youngBEIJING: An 82-year-old Nobel Prize-winning physicist married a 28-year-old Chinese graduate student in a civil ceremony yesterday, the official China News Service reported.
Yang Chen Ning wed Weng Fan at the Civil Affairs Bureau in the southern city of Shantou, Guangdong Province, where the bride is from, said CNS. – AP
‘Spiderman’ eyes TaipeiTAIPEI: French “Spiderman” Alain Robert, a daredevil climbing ace, plans to scale the world's tallest skyscraper, Taipei 101, in the Taiwan capital on Christmas Day.
Robert, who has conquered the world's most renowned landmarks with his bare hands including the Empire State Building and the Eiffel Tower, will climb the 101-storey Taipei office tower today to kick off celebrations to mark its opening on Dec 31.
The 42-year-old Frenchman is expected to reach the top of the 508m tower in about two hours, said Taipei 101's management. – Reuters
Suu Kyi’s party member heldYANGON: A former bodyguard of Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi has been arrested, the fifth member of her opposition party detained this month, a party official said yesterday.
Ko Khin Kyaw, a member of the National League for Democracy in Yangon's Sanchaung Township, was detained on Wednesday, said party secretary U Lwin. – Reuters
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