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Danish hostages ‘detained in Somali village’

COPENHAGEN — A group of seven Danes, including three adolescents, who were captured by pirates in the Indian Ocean over a week ago are now being detained in a village in northeast Somalia, a report said Sunday. The Johansen family … read more »

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‘Silly mistake’ in pirates’ hijack attempt

NAIROBI, Kenya – These Somali pirates picked the wrong ship to hijack. Troops aboard the Dutch warship HNLMS Tromp fired warning shots Wednesday off the coast of East Africa as suspected Somali pirates in two small skiffs raced toward their … read more »

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Japan ‘can fire’ on Somali pirates

 Yasukazu Hamada, Japan’s defence minister, issued an order on Friday to prepare for “an immediate and appropriate implementation” of the navy’s new mission after the law takes effect in late July, the AFP news agency reported. The law will also allow Japanese … read more »

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Interpol Chief Seeks Police Alliance to Fight Piracy Off Somalia

PARIS — While warships pursue pirates around the Horn of Africa, the secretary general of Interpol, Ron Noble, is pressing for a global alliance of criminal investigators to hunt the bandits by examining the money trail of million-dollar ransoms. On … read more »

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EU poses as Somalia’s white knight… …but hides its own dirty hands

Radio Netherlands — A meeting billed as a donor conference for Somalia has tried to punch high above its weight by promising to help the new government end poverty and insecurity. But the EU’s efforts are largely driven by its … read more »

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WHO DUNNIT? Somali pirates not to be solely blamed for growing crisis on the Horn of Africa

By Peter O’Neil, Europe Correspondent, Canwest News Service PARIS — Somali pirates plundering one of the world’s most lucrative shipping routes, while leading navies from Canada and 16 other countries on costly and often fruitless chases, shouldn’t be taking the … read more »

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Pirates and the Law

By ROBERT BECKMAN and TOMMY KOH SINGAPORE — The world heaved a sigh of relief when Captain Richard Philips of the U.S. flagged ship, Maersk Alabama, was rescued by the U.S. destroyer Bainbridge. By a coincidence of history, Bainbridge was … read more »

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Somali Teenager In New York To Face Piracy Charge but who has the jurisdiction to try this boy?

Omar Jamal gave a good interview on Rick Sanchez. Also The guardian wrote: Muse’s father, Abdiqadir Muse, told Associated Press his son had been tricked by older pirates into going along with them. “He just went with them without knowing … read more »

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Somali pirates have seized a cargo ship with 20 American crew on board off the Horn of Africa.

AFP – The 17,000-tonne vessel was attacked in the Indian Ocean, 400 miles from the Somali capital Mogadishu. The vessel is owned by the Copenhagen-based container shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk. In a statement, the company later confirmed that the US-flagged … read more »

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Canadian navy helps boat ward off suspected pirates off Somali coast

The Canadian navy helped ward off suspected pirates from possibly hijacking a commercial vessel around the northern coast of Somalia, a commander said Sunday. The HMCS Winnipeg dispatched its Sea King helicopter on Saturday after three small boats chased the … read more »

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Somali pirates seize British ship amid surge in hijackings

By Mike Pflanz in Nairobi The 32,000-tonne Malaspina Castle was taken early on Monday and was believed to be heading towards Somalia’s pirate-infested coast. The British shipmaster’s union, Nautilus issued a call for better protection of the busy shipping lanes … read more »

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Somali pirates hijack French yacht in Indian Ocean

NAIROBI (AFP) — Somali pirates have hijacked a French-flagged yacht with four crew members in the Indian Ocean, Ecoterra International, an organisation monitoring piracy in the region, said Monday. Ecoterra International said in a statement that the attack took place … read more »

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Video: Somali pirates seize German container ship

Pirates have captured a German-owned ship 720 km off Somalia. The container vessel Hansa Stavanger has a crew of 24 and reports suggest that some of those held may be Russian.

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