A good week for ...

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 18 December, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 18 December, 2011, 12:00am


Kevin Lunsman

The 14-year-old American teenager escaped from suspected al-Qaeda-linked militants and wandered shoeless for two days through forests in the southern Philippines after five months in captivity. An army spokesman said the kidnappers were believed to be led by the Abu Sayyaf militant Puruji Indama, who is notorious for ransom kidnappings and beheadings.

Brian Kan

Despite receiving a 14-week jail sentence for trying to bribe a village representative, the champion race horse trainer was freed, at least temporarily, after being granted bail pending an appeal against his conviction. Kan had been in custody since his conviction in Fanling Court late last month for engaging in corrupt conduct at an election.

Mark Pincus

The founder of Zynga had a billion reasons to be happy. Just over four years after founding the wildly popular maker of mobile and social games like FarmVille, Pincus' brainchild raised US$1 billion, pricing the shares at the top of the marketed range on Nasdaq. Named after a bulldog that Pincus once owned, the company uses a bulldog as its logo. It has more than 260 million monthly users playing everything from Indiana Jones Adventure World, FarmVille and Words With Friends, the popular Scrabble-like app that got Alec Baldwin tossed off a plane.