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Somali Pirates Hijack UAE Tanker in Indian Ocean

© Roberto Schmidt/Agence France-PresseA Somali pirate carries his high-caliber weapon on a beach in the central Somali town of Hobyo in 2010.
Pirates have hijacked a petrol tanker belonging to the United Arab Emirates in the Indian Ocean and are sailing it to the Somali coast, the EU's anti-piracy body announced on Monday.

"Late on the morning of July 16, it was reported by the owners that the MV Jubba 20, a laden tanker, had been pirated in the northern Indian Ocean, on her regular route from the United Arab Emirates to the port of Berbera" in the breakaway state of Somaliland, said the European Union Naval Force Somalia.

The Jubba 20 is an oil tanker owned and flagged by the UAE with a deadweight of 4,831 tonnes, said a statement from the Brussels-based force.

Marine patrols found the ship on July 17 some 100 nautical miles north-west of Socotra Island, off the coast of Yemen, on its way to the northern Somali coast. Nine Somali pirates are reportedly on board.

There is no information yet on the condition of the 16-strong crew who include four Somalis as well as five Indians and nationals of Bangladesh, Sudan, Myanmar and Kenya.

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The Murderer Got Released? US: Things are Mysterious after Casey Anthony Released from Jail

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This is what freedom looks like for Casey Anthony: $537.68 from her jail account, no job, estranged parents, a criminal record, lawsuits pending against her and the scorn of multitudes who think she got away with murder.

She quickly gave reporters the slip after walking out of jail Sunday, but whatever life she manages to build for herself will be lived under a media microscope and the shadow of countless threats.

"Right now we are just moving forward and trying to start putting the pieces back together for Casey's life," her attorney, Jose Baez, told Geraldo Rivera by phone on Fox News Channel late Sunday.

Experts who have helped other notorious defendants through rough times say she will have opportunities as well, but it won't be easy for the 25-year-old, who was found not guilty of killing her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, but convicted of lying to investigators.

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US, Oklahoma: Authorities make 3rd search for remains after discovery of old bones in Comanche County

Comanche County Sheriff's Department investigators have made their third search for additional human remains after the discovery of old bones in a rugged wilderness area north of Saddle Mountain.

The detectives searched Saturday morning as they work to identify the remains. Sheriff Kenny Stradley tells the Lawton Constitution two of his detectives are working with the state Medical Examiner's office and the Oklahoma Crime Scene Archaeology Recovery Group on the project.

A 55-year-old woman clearing tree limbs found a partial skull in June 2010. A second search last December turned up numerous bone fragments near where the skull was found.

Stradley says he's been told the bones might have been at that location for a decade. His office is analyzing details from area missing-person cases from the past 30 years.

Source: The Associated Press


Thailand: Gunmen Open Fire in Temple Killing 5-Year-Old Girl and Official

A five-year-old girl and a local government official were shot dead and 11 people were injured in southern Thailand when gunmen burst into a Buddhist temple during an annual fair.

Police said a group of assailants opened fire inside the temple in Surat Thani province on Sunday, killing 52-year-old Songwuth Noppakun in an apparent targeted assassination.

''According to witnesses, four to six gunmen followed the officer into the temple's annual fair and shot him. Then there was gunfight in which innocent people died and were injured,'' Police Colonel Jumnoch Kaewkhao said.

Songwuth was the brother of an unsuccessful election candidate for Puea Thai - the party allied to former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra that won overall in the recent poll - but police believed his death was not political.

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At Least Four Dead in Attack on Police in China's Xinjiang

At least four people died when a mob attacked a police station in western China's restive Xinjiang region, taking hostages and setting it on fire, state media said on Monday.

Two hostages, a paramilitary policeman and a guard died in the attack, as well as several of the attackers, it reported. Six hostages were freed.

The situation has now been bought "under control", it said, and a team from the state anti-terrorism office was on its way to the scene. The attack took place in the city of Hotan, state television said.

The Xinjiang government was not immediately available for comment.

Beijing often blames what it calls violent separatist groups in Xinjiang for attacks on police or other government targets, saying they work with al Qaeda or Central Asian militants to bring about an independent state called East Turkestan.


US, Arizona: Some Support Woman Who Assaulted TSA Agent

Some people are applauding a Colorado woman for grabbing a TSA agent's breast during the security screening.

Thursday, 61-year-old Yukari Mihamae was arrested after allegedly grabbing and squeezing the left breast of a female TSA agent at Terminal 4 in Phoenix's Sky Harbor Airport.

"The female became argumentative and refused to be screened by TSA staff. During the argument the suspect grabbed the breast of the TSA employee. The suspect admitted to grabbing the TSA agent and continued being argumentative," stated Phoenix Police.

The self-employed businesswoman is now facing a single count of felony sex abuse. She was released from jail on Friday morning.

According to a statement by the TSA: "On July 14 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport at approximately 5:32 PM EDT, local law enforcement arrested a passenger for assaulting a TSA officer during the screening process. TSA officers work every day to protect the traveling public, and the agency will not tolerate assaults against its workforce."

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US, California: Millionaire's six-year-old son dies after mysterious accident at mansion where his father's lover was found hanging naked

The six-year-old son of a pharmaceutical executive who fell down the stairs at a historic mansion two days before his father's girlfriend was found dead hanging nude from a balcony has died.

Max Shacknai died at Rady's Children's Hospital in San Diego yesterday, one week after the fall, Medicis Pharmaceuticals chairman and chief executive Jonah Shacknai said.

On Monday, Max fell down the stairs at the Spreckels mansion in Coronado in what police called a tragic accident. He was not breathing and did not have a pulse when paramedics found him.
© The Associated PressTragedy: Six-year-old Max Shacknai died one week after he fell down the stairs of his millionaire father's mansion

On Wednesday, officials said Mr Shacknai's 32-year-old girlfriend, Rebecca Nalepa, was found dead hanging nude from a balcony at the mansion, her hands and feet bound.

Mr Shacknai's brother, Adam, who was staying in the mansion guesthouse, called to report Nalepa appeared to be dead, police said. Jonah Shacknai was not at home.

Sheriff's Captain Tim Curran has called the death 'very bizarre.'

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Romania: Scrap Metal Thieves May Have Stolen Warhead Parts

© APThe shipment, bound for a factory in Bulgaria, was under police guard
A train transporting defense gear from Romania to Bulgaria was broken into and military equipment went missing, Romanian military prosecutors said in a statement on Sunday.

Railway staff in the southern town of Giurgiu, near Romania's border with Bulgaria, noticed on Saturday that the seal on one of the train's carriages was broken, the door was open and four boxes full of military equipment had disappeared, the statement said.

Each box contained 16 warhead components, which were part of a defense gear export from Romania to Bulgaria, local daily paper Evenimentul Zilei reported on its Web site, quoting sources in the Romanian gendarmerie.


Venezuela: Chavez Heads to Cuba, Says Chemo to 'Attack Hard'

© The Associated PressVenezuela's President Hugo Chavez waves as his daughter Rosa Virginia stands next to him before his departure to Cuba from Simon Bolivar international airport in Maiquetia on the outskirts of Caracas, on Saturday.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez left home Saturday for Cuba to begin chemotherapy, vowing to win his fight against cancer and calling for his political allies to stay united in his absence.

Before boarding his plane at Caracas' international airport, Chavez said: "It's not time to die. It's time to live."

He stood alongside one of his daughters, Rosa, on the runway while the national anthem played and soldiers stood at attention.

"I'm saying good-bye for some days," Chavez said. He has not said how long he expects to stay in Havana.

"Tomorrow I begin chemotherapy treatment, and we're going to give it everything we've got," Chavez said in a televised speech earlier at the presidential palace. He said the treatment would ensure cancer cells have not reappeared since he underwent surgery last month to remove a tumor.

After thorough medical checks, "no malignant cell has been detected in any other part of my body," Chavez said to the applause of aides and allies at the presidential palace. He added, "There is always the risk of some cells escaping or tending to reproduce, and therefore there's a need to attack hard through chemotherapy."