By Trisha Sertori DENPASAR Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesian police on Friday formally designated an American couple prisoners in connection with the death of a Chicago-based woman whose body was found in a bloodied suitcase on the resort island of Bali. No charges have been pressed over the murder of Sheila von Wiese-Mack, 62, whose battered body was found by a taxi driver outside the St. Regis luxury hotel in Nusa Dua, Bali, on Tuesday. Her daughter, Heather Mack, 19, and boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, 21, were arrested on Wednesday and detained as suspects. Police designated the two prisoners after they were held for more than 48 hours, as is the practice in Indonesia, their lawyer said.
Al Qaeda told the family of a U.S. hostage kidnapped three years ago in Pakistan to press their government to exchange him for prisoners held by the United States, in a message posted on the Internet on Friday. Warren Weinstein, who was kidnapped in 2011 in Lahore where he worked for a U.S. consulting company, was last seen in a video recording released in December. In the latest message, al Qaeda said it had been demanding to exchange Weinstein for members of the group held by the United States for "no guilt except that they acted in defense of the Muslim ummah (nation)" - an apparent reference to inmates held at the U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. "Your government wants Warren Weinstein to die in prison so that it may absolve itself of responsibility regarding his case," the message said.
County police in riot gear and armored tanks gave way to state troopers walking side-by-side with thousands of protesters as the St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black teen was shot by a city police officer avoided violence Thursday.