In Brief

PUBLISHED : Monday, 18 August, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 18 August, 2008, 12:00am

Shaanxi man held over threat to bomb Tiananmen on August 8

Shaanxi police arrested a 28-year-old man last week on charges of threatening to launch a suicide bomb attack in Tiananmen Square on August 8, the opening day of the Olympics, the Sanqian Daily reports. Police said the suspect, an employee of a Guangxi software company, told 50 netizens to 'wait for the news' as he planned to take several hundred lives in the blast. The suspect also claimed he would hide another 5kg of explosives somewhere in the capital and steal money to give to his family before killing himself. Kelly Chan

Viewers illegally watched opening gala online

More than 1,600 cases of illegal online viewing of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony were detected globally within three days of the gala show, the Legal Daily reports. According to statistics given by the International Olympic Committee and the Beijing Organising Committee for the Olympic Games on Saturday, 85 per cent of the cases took place in developed countries, while more than 100 occurred in China. A copyright bureau official said it took down most of the videos within two hours but that it did not have the right to take action against sites with overseas servers. Kelly Chan

Beijing's population grows in lead-up to Games

Beijing's permanent population has increased by 2.1 million over the past seven years, said Wang Yiming , deputy head of the Macroeconomic Research Institute of the National Development and Reform Commission. Mr Wang said that more people had moved to the capital for the long term during the lead-up to the Olympics and that he expected the country's comparatively low urbanisation rate to increase 1 per cent annually over the next 10 years. He also expressed optimism on the development of property investment in the country. Kelly Chan

Fugitive who returned home to watch TV is arrested

A fugitive in Hubei province was arrested after he sneaked back home to watch the Olympics on television, local media reported. The man, who was on the wanted list for theft, hid in the countryside for days. Police on Saturday received a tip-off that he had returned to his home. When they raided his flat, they found him on the sofa watching the Games. He told police he wanted to watch the Olympics and thought security would be relaxed during the Games. 'I thought most police officers would have gone home to watch the Olympics too,' the man said. Kelly Chan

Samples will be kept for 8 years

Samples taken for stimulant testing during the Olympics will be kept for eight years, longer than for previous Games, with the International Olympic Committee having access to them for investigation as needed, Xinhuanet reports. The head of the test department, Chen Zhiyu , said yesterday that his department had followed the IOC's policy of labelling the samples with numbers only for security. Kelly Chan