Pirates release Greek chemical tanker

A spokesman from Greece's Merchant Marine Ministry said on Saturday that pirates had released a Greek-owned chemical tanker that was hijacked in September and that the crew is safe. Spokesman Constantine Gialelis told The Associated Press the MV Genius was on its way to the United Arab Emirates and is about 500 miles (800 kilometers) off Somalia. Gialelis said that the ship was released Friday and that "Its cargo is intact and the crew are safe."