'There's a bomb in my pants': Passenger held at Beijing airport over hoax

Beijing's international airport. The hoax sparked a security alert. Photo: Reuters

A man has been put in detention for five days after he told officers at a security checkpoint at Beijing’s international airport that he had hidden a bomb in his rectum.

Wednesday, 19 March, 2014, 4:37pm 3 comments

Anti-terrorism measures ‘in place’ ahead of Beijing Apec summit

Police carry out security checks in Tiananmen Square during a session of the National People's Congress. Photo: EPA

Beijing has adopted anti-terrorism measures ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) financial summit to be held in the capital in September, according to a newspaper report.

10 Mar 2014 - 5:58pm

US panel urges sanctions against China for cyberspying

Global concern over cyberespionage is growing as US pushes for action against China. Photo: Reuters

A US panel on Wednesday called for tougher action against China, including possible sanctions to stop cyberspying, warning that Beijing has yet to be persuaded to end rampant espionage.

21 Nov 2013 - 11:06am 9 comments

China can speak with one voice on security via new council, Xi says

China's President Xi Jinping. Photo: EPA

China’s new national security commission will enable the government to speak with a single voice when it comes to dealing with crises at home and abroad, state media cited President Xi Jinping as saying.

16 Nov 2013 - 3:04pm 1 comment

Lawyers challenge detention of Greenwald’s partner in London's High Court

US journalist Glenn Greenwald walks with his partner David Miranda in Rio de Janeiro's International Airport. Photo: Reuters

In London’s High Court on Wednesday, lawyers challenged the legality of the temporary detention of David Michael Miranda, the partner of Glenn Greenwald, a journalist who has been writing about the secret documents taken by a former analyst for the US National Security Agency, Edward Snowden.

7 Nov 2013 - 8:13pm

Protesters march in Washington against NSA surveillance

Demonstrators march through Washington on Saturday to demand an investigation into NSA mass surveillance programmes. Photo: AP

Protesters marched on Capitol Hill in Washington on Saturday to protest against the US government’s online surveillance programmes, whose vast scope was revealed this year by former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden.

27 Oct 2013 - 4:28pm

National Security Agency doing its job

Collecting logs from any possible source is a perfectly legitimate programme of self-defence. Photo: AFP

Your editorial ("US surveillance policy shows it cannot be trusted", June 12) manages to confuse the aggressive and often overreaching promotion of democracy and human rights by US governments with a perfectly legitimate programme of self-defence.

17 Jun 2013 - 4:23am 7 comments

The US security state laid bare

The US security state laid bare

Sales of George Orwell's works are said to be enjoying a small boom ever since the National Security Agency spy story broke, suggesting that, in confusing times, people still find solace in aphorisms and essays, fiction and fantasy, seeking to get a better grip on the uncharted and unclear dangers of the present.

17 Jun 2013 - 4:23am 2 comments

US security agencies swap data with thousands of companies

Illustration: Henry Wong

Thousands of technology, finance and manufacturing companies are working with US national security agencies, providing sensitive information and in return receiving benefits that include access to classified intelligence, said four people familiar with the process.

16 Jun 2013 - 6:51am

How they see it

Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden is a very modern spy - neither gun-blazingly dashing nor cat-strokingly sinister. He is young, tech-savvy, articulate and intensely interested in human rights.

16 Jun 2013 - 2:25am 1 comment

Greenwald's passionate opinions become part of story

Illustration: Craig Stephens

Edward Snowden brought his information to Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian instead of to The Washington Post, with which he had briefly corresponded. The case illustrates the passion an opinion-driven journalist can bring to a breaking news story; at the same time it raises questions about fairness.

16 Jun 2013 - 8:59am

Hongkongers don't want Snowden handed over to the US, according to poll

Passengers watch news of Snowden on a train in Hong Kong. Photo: Reuters

Half of Hong Kong people believe that cyberspying whistle-blower Edward Snowden should not be handed over if Washington makes a formal request for his return, according to an exclusive opinion poll commissioned by the Sunday Morning Post.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

New Apple mobile software will sport anti-theft feature

Smartphone thieves are set to have a harder time after Apple introduces an “activation lock” feature in its new mobile software, a move that comes amid pressure from authorities and consumers for companies to do more to stem a tide of smartphone theft.

11 Jun 2013 - 11:26am

Tourists with stun guns caught unaware at airport

Seizures of stun guns at the airport have risen. Photo: Edward Wong

The number of people arrested for carrying electric stunning devices at Chek Lap Kok airport jumped more than sixfold in the first quarter of the year compared with the same period last year, according to police figures.

3 Jun 2013 - 7:14am

'Unstable' suspect attacks Cannes studio with blanks and fake grenade

A man is detained by police after incident at film festival.

A man was arrested at the Cannes Film Festival after he attacked a TV studio with a gun loaded with blanks and a dummy grenade, police and witnesses said. There were no casualties in the incident, and the TV channel, France's Canal+, resumed broadcasts after a break of several minutes.

19 May 2013 - 8:27am