Pirate suspect to be tried as adult

Pirate suspect to be tried as adult Washington  - A suspected pirate in the hijacking earlier this month of a US-flagged ship off the coast of Somalia will be tried as an adult, a federal judge in New York ruled Tuesday, according to broadcaster CNN.

The alleged pirate was taken Monday night to New York by US law enforcement agents to go before a judge about his alleged role in the hijacking of the Maersk Alabama on April 8 in the Indian Ocean.

Case of Craigslist killer captivates America

Case of Craigslist killer captivates America San Francisco  - A medical student who allegedly targeted women advertising erotic services on Craigslist was ordered held without bail Tuesday on charges of murder and kidnapping in a case that has captivated America.

Yemen police arrest kidnapper of Dutch couple

Yemen policeSana'a, Yemen  - Yemeni police arrested on Tuesday one of the kidnappers who took a Dutch couple hostage for two weeks in a mountainous area east of the capital Sana'a, the Interior Ministry reported.

The ministry said in a statement that the kidnapper was among four men listed on an arrest warrant issued by police after the release of the hostages.

Jan Hogendoorn, 54, and his wife Heleen Janszen, 49, were taken captive at gunpoint by armed tribesmen as they were driving in a southern Sana'a suburb on March 31. They were released unharmed on April 13.

London taxi driver sent to jail for raping female passengers

London taxi driver sent to jail for raping female passengersLondon - A London taxi driver who drugged and sexually assaulted at least a dozen of his female passengers was Tuesday given an indefinite jail sentence but will have to serve at least eight years.

Croydon Crown Court sentenced John Worboys, 51, after convicting him of one rape, five sexual assaults, one attempted assault and
12 drugging charges committed in the London area between July, 2007 and February, 2008.

At least 24 killed in Kenya gang clashes

At least 24 killed in Kenya gang clashes Nairobi - At least 24 people have been killed in clashes between members of the public and the banned Mungiki sect in Central Kenya, police said Tuesday.

Police spokesman Eric Kiraithe told the German Press Agency dpa that fighting broke out on Monday evening in and around the town of Karatina, around 100 kilometres north of the capital Nairobi.

The police arrested 34 people on Tuesday night then discovered the bodies early Tuesday morning, Kiraithe said.

It was not clear how many of the dead were members of the banned sect and how many were members of the public.

Toes lead to arrest of Thai train thief

Toes lead to arrest of Thai train thiefBangkok  - Thai police have arrested a suspected thief who left his toes at the scene of the crime, media reports said Tuesday.

Atthapol Maenkrathok, 42, was arrested over the weekend at a hospital in Uttaradit province where he was being treated for a severed foot.

Police said Atthapol was charged with robbing a woman of her cash and a 1,000-dollar gold necklace on the overnight train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok on April 7, the Bangkok Post reported.