World briefs: ''Zorro' detained at LA airport

'Zorro' detained at LA airport

LOS ANGELES • Part of Los Angeles International Airport was briefly closed late Sunday after loud noises were heard that sounded like gunfire, possibly caused by a man dressed in a black Zorro outfit who was later detained by the police.

Passengers who fled in panic after hearing the noises slowly filtered back to the busy airport, as the departure and arrival areas of the central terminal that were closed for a police sweep were reopened. The central terminal's arrival and departures areas as well as all other terminals reopened after about two hours.


Megaupload founder's appeal

WELLINGTON • An appeal by German tech entrepreneur Kim Dotcom over a decision to extradite him to the United States began in New Zealand yesterday, with the Megaupload founder's legal team arguing the hearing should be live-streamed on YouTube.

The High Court hearing opened in Auckland nine months after a lower court ruled Dotcom could be sent to the US to face copyright infringement and money-laundering charges over the operation of file-sharing website Megaupload.


Clinton aide separating from Weiner

NEW YORK • A top aide of US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Ms Huma Abedin, announced yesterday that she was separating from her husband, former Representative Anthony Weiner, after a report said he had been involved in another sexting scandal. Mr Weiner resigned in 2011 after it was revealed he had been sending lewd messages and photos to random women online.


Big drug haul from cruise ship

SYDNEY • Australian Customs officers seized a record 95kg of cocaine from a cruise ship docked in Sydney Harbour following a joint operation at the weekend, leading to the arrest of three Canadians, they said yesterday.

It was the biggest drug seizure at an airport or a cruise ship in Australia, Mr Tim Fitzgerald, a regional commander at the Australian Border Force, said. Customs officers boarded the vessel and searched cabins with the help of sniffer dogs, they said in a statement.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 30, 2016, with the headline 'World briefs'. Subscribe