World Briefs: Stolen semiconductors: US charges 3 Chinese

Stolen semiconductors: US charges 3 Chinese

WASHINGTON • Three Chinese nationals have been charged with scheming to obtain and export semiconductors stolen from the United States military, federal prosecutors said.

Zhang Daofu, 50, Jiang Guanghou "Ben" Yan, 33, and Zuo Xianfeng, 37, were arrested on Thursday in Connecticut while trying to take delivery of chips from an undercover agent, prosecutors said.


Aussie court bans rally to mark 2005 race riots

LONDON • A court in Australia has banned a rally to mark the 10th year since race riots in a Sydney suburb.

The police had sought to stop the gathering today, organised by the far-right Party for Freedom, on grounds that it could inflame tensions, the BBC reported. The mostly white area of Cronulla saw riots in 2005 after two lifeguards were beaten by men described as having a "Middle Eastern appearance".

K-pop band mistaken for sex workers held in US

SEOUL • All eight members of a new girl K-pop girl band that travelled to the United States were detained at Los Angeles airport on suspicion they might be sex workers, its agency said.

Oh My Girl were held for 15 hours on Thursday before being released. "Probably because of their young age, they seem to have mistaken them as sex workers," a statement from their agency WM Entertainment said.


Phone hacking: No more action against UK papers

LONDON • Prosecutors have ended one of the biggest scandals in British journalism, saying they would take no more action over phone hacking charges against two of Britain's largest newspaper groups.

They said in a statement yesterday they would not pursue a charge against Mr Rupert Murdoch's News UK and charges against 10 people at Mirror Group Newspapers.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 12, 2015, with the headline 'World Briefs: Stolen semiconductors: US charges 3 Chinese'. Print Edition | Subscribe