Weapons stolen from police armory
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia
Twenty-one handguns were stolen from a police camp in northeastern Malaysia, an official and news reports said yesterday.
The theft was discovered Saturday when a policeman made a routine inspection of the armory in the Kubang Badak police camp near Kuala Terengganu, about 160 kilometers from the Thai border, the New Sunday Times said.
An opening was cut in the fence around the armory and the thieves escaped with 19 revolvers, two pistols and about 500 bullets, the report said.
It was not clear how the thieves got into the camp. The newspaper said police were not ruling out an inside job. The national news agency Bernama said police were searching for the weapons and had set up roadblocks on all roads leading out of Terengganu state.
Veterans of the U.S. boat that destroyed a Japanese submarine off the Oahu coast on December 7, 1941 met at Pearl Harbor to revisit the day when the first shot of the Pacific war was fired.
Almost an hour after the USS Ward attacked the midget sub, 40 Japanese torpedo bombers made their first successful and unhindered run on Pearl Harbor\'s Battleship Row.
Veterans, their families and government and military officials are remembering the Ward this weekend in anticipation for Wednesday\'s observance of the 64th anniversary of the attack, which pushed the country into World War II.
The Ward, then a newly recommissioned World War I destroyer, shot the Japanese vessel in the harbor\'s defensive area, where submarines were required to sail above water.
Hong Kong blacklist
Hong Kong has blacklisted up to 300 \"militant\" protesters and will stop them entering the territory during the World Trade Organization ministerial meeting later this month, a newspaper reported yesterday.
The list contains names of \"key troublemakers,\" including many South Koreans, the South China Morning Post quoted unidentified security sources as saying.
Blacklisted protesters who fly into Hong Kong during the December 13-18 WTO talks will be deported as soon as they land, the sources told the Post. The meeting is expected to draw at least 10,000 activists.
Those who Hong Kong is unable to immediately deport will be detained in the territory\'s Victoria Prison, the report said.
Rebels join troops
Muslim guerrillas and government troops took part in a rare joint assault and successfully rescued two kidnapped teachers yesterday in the southern Philippines, military officials and rebels said.
Philippine marines and hundreds of Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebels fanned out in search of schoolteachers Felipe Lacunies and his wife, Helen, after their abduction Friday. A group of guerrillas found them abandoned in a hut in Piagapo town in Lanao del Sur province, Marine Brig. Gen. Ben Dolorfino said.
The rebels turned the teachers over to the marines, who surrounded the hilly area with other guerrillas, Dolorfino said.
The abductors, who had demanded a ransom for the couple, fled because of the overwhelming military and rebel presence, he said.