September 20, 2007 |
Four Cuban soldiers and a civilian were spared the death penalty for killing a soldier and an officer in a rampage that ended with a botched attempt to hijack a plane to the United States, a leading rights activist said. Sgts. Yoan Torres and Leandro Cerezo got life sentences, and Sgt. Karel de Miranda Rubio, was sentenced to 30 years by a secret military tribunal. Capt. Alain Forbus received a 25-year prison term, and a civilian, Ridel Leseaylle Veloz, was sentenced to 15 years.
October 13, 2008 |
Somali forces raided one of the many ships hijacked off the country's coast as a deadline loomed over another hijacked vessel that is laden with arms. Troops in the northern semiautonomous Puntland region unsuccessfully tried to take back a ship that was hijacked by pirates, said Ali Abdi Aware, Puntland's foreign minister. He said two pirates were killed. The vessel, which is carrying cement, is believed to have Syrian and Somali crew on board. Pirates on a Ukrainian vessel that is carrying 33 tanks and other heavy weapons have threatened to destroy it if a multimillion-dollar ransom is not paid.
October 12, 2008 |
Armed pirates hijacked a massive tanker as world powers headed toward the Somali coast to end a two-week standoff aboard a ship laden with tanks and weapons, officials said. The latest ship to be seized, a Greek vessel flying a Panamanian flag, was traveling from Southeast Asia to Europe, said Noel Choong, head of the International Maritime Bureau's piracy reporting center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. There were no further details on the ship, which was seized Friday. Pirates who have been holding the Ukrainian vessel Faina for two weeks have threatened to destroy it unless a ransom is paid.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2001
If all citizens of all countries were required to present passports when checking in for both domestic and international flights, "watch lists" would inherently be part of this system and known terrorists could be ferreted out. I love my country with all the liberties and freedoms it offers, but I will happily subject myself to the extra time and inconvenience of passport screening--greatly different from racial profiling--if that would help keep such...
December 15, 2004 |
Police surrounded a bus carrying 26 passengers that was seized by two armed hijackers along a highway from an Athens suburb. They said gunshots had been heard, but they were not sure of the identities of the gunmen. Police suspected that the hijackers of the Marathon-Athens bus were Albanians. A bus company official said they apparently wanted to go to the Athens airport and leave the country. Negotiators, police snipers and special forces arrived on the scene.
March 21, 2003 |
Six men were charged with hijacking a Cuban airliner at knifepoint and diverting it to the Florida Keys to seek asylum in the United States. Investigators believe the hijackers, all Cubans, took control of the plane without telling the 25 passengers and six crew members about their asylum plans, said a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office in Miami. The crew and passengers were taken to a federal detention center near Miami, the FBI said.