Pirate: Captive Danes will die if rescue tried
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) Any attempt to rescue a Danish family captured by pirates in the Indian Ocean will result their deaths just like the four American sailors slain by their captors last week, a Somali pirate said Tuesday.
Maritime experts said the Danes a couple with three children aged 12 to 16 placed themselves in grave danger by sailing into pirate-infested waters off Somalias lawless coast despite warnings from naval forces struggling to police the area.
The family was captured Thursday by pirates along with two Danish adult crew members after sending a distress signal from their sailboat, the Danish government said, adding it was doing everything in our power to help them.
Iran uses tear gas to disperse protesters
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) Police used tear gas and batons Tuesday to disperse resurgent anti-government protesters demanding the release of opposition leaders in the biggest clashes in Irans capital since demonstrators stormed the streets two weeks ago, witnesses and opposition websites said.
The recent return of skirmishes in the heart of Tehran absent for more than a year after relentless crackdowns borrow some raw inspiration from uprisings in the neighboring Arab world. But it also reflects a possible miscalculation by authorities who sought to silence opposition leaders but instead gave their supporters a new rallying point.
New Zealand quake toll rises to 159, many missing
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) The bodies of some victims of New Zealands devastating earthquake may never be recovered because they were pulverized by the buildings that collapsed around them, police said Wednesday.
Police Superintendent Dave Cliff said four more bodies had been pulled from rubble by recovery teams in the shattered city of Christchurch overnight Tuesday, taking the total death toll to 159.
Many more people remain missing, and Cliff has said the final tally is likely to be around 240.
More than 900 urban disaster specialists are working at sites across the southern city picking through the remains of wrecked buildings and clearing away debris, as the massive operation moved into its second week.