Tuesday, 3 November 2009 London Lite World at a glance PiratesbattleIslamistsin clashoverkidnappedBrits THE British couple kidnapped by Somali pirates have been at the centre of violent clashes after one faction of the gang wanted to hand them over to Islamist extremists. Paul and Rachel Chandler are not believed to have been injured but fears were today growing for their safety. Pirate commander Mohamed Osman said: Im afraid new clashes could lead to the hostages being in danger. The couple, of Tunbridge Wells, were seized on 23 October as they sailed from the Seychelles towards Tanzania. Hussein Mohamed Kahiye, a clan leader in the Somali village of Bahdo, said his people had taken up arms with a moderate Islamist group to prevent the pair falling into the hands of extremists. Mr Chandler, 59, and his 55-year-old wife were thought to have been held off the eastern coast of Somalia. But Mr Kahiye said they had been moved ashore. Another pirate commander, Mohamed Shakir, said: We heard Islamists with battle-wagons are on the way. Last week, the pirates issued a 4.2million ransom demand. Fears: Paul Chandler MandiesafterelephantX-raysnub A 36-STOnE German man died after he refused to be X-rayed under a machine designed for elephants -- because he was too fat to be scanned with normal machinery. Thomas Lessmann, 51, found the thought of being X-rayed at Hamburg Zoo too humiliating -- but then died 13 days later. He had been suffering from dizziness and tiredness. His wife Petra, 41, said: He felt so ashamed when they said he would have to go to the zoo to be X-rayed. He simply refused. Druglordburned$2mtowarmup COLOMBIAn drug lord Pablo Escobar burnt wads of notes worth $2m to keep his daughter warm during a night on the run, his son has claimed. 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