Crocodile eats phone, then it starts ringing
KIEV, Ukraine — Workers at a Ukrainian aquarium didn’t believe it when a visitor said a crocodile swallowed her phone. Then the reptile started ringing.
The accident in the eastern city of Dnipropetrovsk sounds a bit like ‘‘Peter Pan,’’ in which a crocodile happily went ‘‘tick-tock’’ after gulping down an alarm clock.
But Gena, the 14-year-old croc who swallowed the phone, has hardly been living a fairy tale: He hasn’t eaten or had a bowel movement in four weeks and appears depressed and in pain.
Gena noshed on the Nokia phone after Rimma Golovko dropped it in the water.
S. Korean raid frees hostages from pirates
SEOUL, South Korea — At dawn Friday, South Korean commandos steered their boat to a hijacked freighter in the Arabian Sea. Under covering fire from a destroyer and a Lynx helicopter, they scrambled up a ladder onto the ship, where Somali pirates were armed with assault rifles and anti-tank missiles.
Five hours after the risky rescue began, it was over.
All 21 hostages were freed from the gunfire-scarred freighter. Eight pirates were killed and five were captured in what President Lee Myung-bak called a ‘‘perfect operation.’’
400 missing in Brazil slides; Toll hits 767
SAO PAULO — Brazilian officials said about 400 people are registered as missing after mudslides last week that killed 767 people.
The Rio de Janeiro public prosecutor’s office is tallying the list.
The death toll from slides triggered by deluges in mountain towns just north of Rio ticked up Friday as recovery teams reached isolated areas and slowly dug out victims.
Tod’s founder to restore Colosseum
ROME — The founder of Tod’s luxury leather goods and shoes announced Friday that he will foot the $34 million to restore the Colosseum.
The ancient Roman arena is blackened by pollution and rocked by vibrations from a nearby subway line.
Officials accepted Diego Della Valle’s offer to sponsor the restoration. But Della Valle said he expected other entrepreneurs to also help out.