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“After nearly 13 months held hostage by Somali pirates, Paul and Rachel Chandler finally taste freedom. Their 388 day nightmare ended after a ransom payment was reportedly paid to their kidnappers.”
Paul and Rachel Chandler were originally kidnapped in October of 2009, while sailing to Tanzania and held for an original ransom of $7 million. Local Somali elders say the pirates were paid about $750,000 for the release of the British couple. The BBC explains how that ransom was paid.*******www.bbc******/news/uk-11755351
“Several hundred thousand dollars were handed over to the pirates in different trenches. One amount was handed over in June. At that point the Chandlers thought they were going to be set free. That was supposed to be roughly 400,000 thousand dollars. Then it seems more money was paid.”
Questions have been raised as to who exactly paid the remaining ransom money and the Chandler family refuses to comment. But at least part of the remaining ransom was raised by the Somali community angered by the negative image piracy brings to their county.
“So we ask you for forgiveness and tell your government the Somali people are innocent people who are helpless, cannot defend themselves. Surrounded by religious fascists, surrounded by thugs, surrounded by criminal pirates.”
Somalia’s transitional government also contributed to the ransom, raising questions as to whether British money was involved. A reporter for CNN explains Britain doesn’t typically make concessions in hostage situations.
"That’s the public face of the policy. We know that the British government works behind the scenes. In its words, it does everything it possible can without saying publicly very much at all. It prefers to act in a discrete low key way to knock down or to suppress any and all publicity of these sort of hostage takings so they can work most effectively.”
Regardless who paid the ransom, a writer for the Herald Scotland says paying pirate ransoms only encourages pirates to continue kidnapping.
“It is easy to understand the desperation of the Chandlers’ supporters to get them home safely but their actions endanger the lives of others, especially other yachtsmen...”
And a reporter for CNN agrees but says ransom was probably the only way to free the Chandlers.
“You don’t want to incentivize this kind of activity, but in this case there is such a precedent of paying ransoms for hostages in Somali, that it would have been almost impossible to get the Chandlers out without some kind of monetary compensation for the pirates.”
According to the Telegraph, Somali pirates are currently holding 400 people hostage. So what do you think? Bad precedent for piracy? Or -- do what works?
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On Monday, Tijuana citizens celebrated Monday as sixth-grader Leslie Carolina Garcia became the first person to register for Mexico’s new identification card. Mexico is the first country to use these new IDs -- complete with iris scans, all 10 fingerprints, a signature and a photo. It’s a move Mexican authorities say will help reduce illegal activities like kidnapping and child prostitution. But Mexican civilian Maria Ramires told Univision she isn’t so sure the new system will help.
Newsy Translation: “They said that it is to eliminate kidnapping and that they’ll be safer, but truth is, I have my doubts because the gangs are more powerful than the government.”
According to The Telegraph, others are also concerned the government will be able to access too much information.
“Critics, including the National Human Rights Commission, have criticised the system, expressing concern that compiling personal data could violate individual rights.”
And, on top of that, adding this new technology isn’t cheap.
“The first two-year stage is set to cost $25 million dollars and aim to reach 28 million minors. By 2013, though, authorities will move on to issuing the cards to those over the age of 18.”
So will this new ID system be helpful in decreasing illegal activity or will the gangs continue to run Mexico?
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In October 2005, five young people were kidnapped in the Highlands of Scotland by the militant Real Animal League. Stripped and abandoned in the wilderness, never for one moment did the friends know what was coming to them. What followed was a harrowing game of cat and mouse as their weekend retreat became a deadly case of live or die. Combining dramatic reconstruction, real footage from the Real Animal League's archives and compelling interviews with the survivors of the ordeal, BLOODED finally tells the true story behind one of the most extreme internet virals of modern times.
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Five young people were kidnapped in the Highlands of Scotland, stripped, left in the wilderness and forced into a deadly game, where the hunters have become the hunted... if you hunt...you're fair game.
Yuval tal, once an honor decorated soldier, interviews for Fox News in the subject of the Israel Apache helicopter crash on Israel-Lebanon border.
Yuval tal also talks about the Israeli soldiers kidnapping and raises important questions.
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In world news — a kidnapped Italian peace activist has been found murdered in the Gaza Strip. A Muslim extremist group is initially believed to be responsible, but Hamas is blaming Israel. Al Jazeera reports.
“Hamas has confirmed that an Italian activist, Vittorio Arrigoni has been killed in Gaza. He was kidnapped on Thursday, and the video later appeared on YouTube, showing Arrigoni blindfolded. Arrigoni was very well known as an activist. He worked for the International Solidarity Movement and he was very active in supporting and trying to protect Palestinians, particularly inside Gaza’s buffer zone.”
Still in world news — Presidents Barack Obama, Nicolas Sarkozy and U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron have signed a joint declaration saying letting Muammar Gaddafi stay in power would be a ‘betrayal’ to the Libyan people. This, as NATO is urged to step up its air strikes.
“Diplomacy to persuade Gaddafi to step aside appears to have failed, so the three weeks of air strikes look set to continue for the foreseeable future. (FLASH) Smoke hung over Tripoli again yesterday following the latest attacks, but the rebels are pleading for more as Gaddafi remains unbowed and confident enough to parade in his capital’s streets.” (Video: euronews)
In U.S. news -- Severe storms tore through the Midwest and rocked a Southeastern county in Oklahoma. Four reported tornadoes ripped apart houses and schools last night, KPNX has more.
“Deadly storms ripped through Oklahoma, killing at least two people. The bulk of the damage is tied to a twister in Southeastern Oklahoma. Some of that storm and the funnel cloud were caught on camera. Neighbors say it felt like a bomb went off in their tiny town. Today those severe storms are a possibility across Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee too.”
In business news — Is it a Google FAIL? The company’s first quarter reports show profits have fallen short of expectations. Bloomberg explains why.
“The numbers here’s saying it all. Two billion bucks. That is how much it costs Larry Page to get and keep engineers over the past quarter. Google’s seen its biggest jump in operating expenses because of those hiring. In three years it hired 2,000 people. Also, heavily invested in R & D. A move that some analysts say, is just fine with them.”
In the tech world -- reviews of Blackberry’s Playbook tablet are in -- and critics want to leave it on the bench. Tech reporter Ed Baig explains to KXTV, the tablet lacks some essential elements.
“There is no native e-mail program or calendar or some other things on the playbook. You can bring those to the playbook, again, through this blackberry bridge, through your smartphone. But if you don't have a blackberry smartphone, some people are going to miss the lack of a calendar and e-mail program that is native to the Playbook tablet."
ComputerWorld suggests the Playbook is trying to please “two masters” -- one found in the the iPad dominating consumer world and the other in corporate enterprises that rely on Blackberry’s “vaunted security protections.”
Stay with Newsy**** for more analysis on news throughout the day. For Newsy Now, I’m Jim Flink -- highlighting the top headlines making you smarter, faster.
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In the stunningly unique and gripping crime drama, Gerrity's Law, petty criminal Martin Gerrity kills a child in cold blood after a botched kidnapping. Cornered by the police, Gerrity puts his gun in his mouth, thinking it will be the end. In fact, it is just the beginning.
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Salman Khan who has kept himself away from Twitter for quite a long, today came in support of her leading lady in his home production film 'Mental'. Sana Khan has an arrest warrant issued against her by the Navi Mumbai police in connection with kidnapping of a minor girl.
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Former La Voz Mexico contestant Gibran Martiz has been found dead after he was reported missing on January 7th. Police discovered Gibran's body along with a second victim at the scene of a shootout between the police and the suspects. Gibran and the unidentified victim were taken from their apartment in Xalapa by armed men wearing police uniforms and reportedly kidnapped. The aspiring singer had just recently finished his time on La Voz Mexico, where he was mentored by Wisin y Yandel. Our condolences go out to Gibran's family and friends.
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