UNITED NATIONS — Piracy experts said Thursday that most of the hijacked ships off the coast of Somalia had ignored safety precautions, and at least 25 percent of the commercial ships that pass through the Gulf of Aden continue to do so.
An informal band of nations and organizations fighting piracy along Somalia's vast and lawless coastline vowed to try to persuade more merchant vessels to follow precautions adopted by the world's leading shipping, cargo and insurance organizations.
These self-protective measures, ranging from increased lookouts to zigzag maneuvers to the use of razor wire and fire pumps, are based on recommendations by the European Union's maritime security center for the Horn of Africa.
Machu Picchu air lift helped by weather
MACHU PICCHU PUEBLO, Peru — Skies cleared over the fabled Machu Picchu citadel Thursday, speeding the evacuation of stranded tourists, many of whom were left to eat from communal pots and sleep outdoors after weekend flooding and mudslides cut access to the area.
By nightfall, helicopters ferried 1,402 people out of the remote village, the closest to the ancient Inca ruins 8,000 feet up in the Andes mountains. Tourism Minister Martin Perez told Lima's RPP radio that only 800 tourists remained in town.
Perez said helicopters had evacuated a total of 2,542 tourists since Monday. More than 3,000 travelers were trapped in the town for days, strapping resources and testing travelers' patience.