WORLD IN BRIEF: Police charge man with killing sister, niece

Police charge man with killing sister, niece

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands -- Police in the U.S. Virgin Islands have arrested a man for allegedly shooting his sister and a teenage niece to death after an argument.

Police spokeswoman Melody Rames said Saturday that 48-year-old Miles David has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder. It is unclear what led to the fight.

It was not immediately known if David had a lawyer.

Police said an officer on patrol heard shots in a St. Croix neighborhood Friday and discovered the bodies of two women, ages 40 and 19. Rames said the shooting occurred in front of a house.

Three dead in chopper crash

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Three airmen are dead and a fourth seriously hurt after a New Zealand military helicopter en route to a military memorial flyover crashed on farmland north of the capital, Wellington, emergency services said Sunday.

Earlier, three Vietnam-era Iroquois military helicopters failed to appear at a scheduled fly past at a dawn service in the capital to commemorate the 95th anniversary of the landing of New Zealand and Australian troops at Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I.

Defense Force communications director, Commander Phil Bradshaw, said in a statement there would be no official comment until the force had established what happened.

Security convoy ambushed

MORELIA, Mexico -- Gunmen armed with assault rifles and grenades attacked a convoy carrying the top security official of the western state of Michoacan on Saturday, killing four and wounding 10 in Mexico's second brazen ambush in as many days.

Public Safety Secretary Minerva Bautista was among the wounded but was recovering from non-life-threatening injuries, said an official at the state attorney general's office who was not authorized to be quoted by name. Bautista was traveling in a bullet-resistant sport utility vehicle.

The dead included two of her bodyguards and two bystanders. Of the other nine people wounded, five were bystanders -- including two girls ages 2 and 12 -- and four were part of Bautista's security detail.

There was no immediate information on the identity of the attackers or on a possible motive. Drug violence is common in Michoacan.