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Somali pirates hijack Iran cargo ship in Maldives

Somali pirates seized an Iranian-owned cargo ship and its 23-strong crew in the first hijacking within Maldivian territory, a senior security official said. The vessel identified as MV. Eglantine, had been seized off the north-western Hoarafush island in the Indian Ocean atoll nation of the Maldives, the Maldivian National Defence…

Pirate attacks drop but Somali threat remains high

LONDON — Pirate attacks dropped slightly in 2011 for the first time in five years thanks to increased security, but the situation off Somalia is a growing concern, a maritime watchdog said Thursday. Around the globe there were 439 recorded incidents of piracy and armed robbery last year, compared with…

U.S. Navy rescues Iranian fishermen from Somali pirates

WASHINGTON — A US Navy ship has rescued 13 Iranians held hostage by Somali pirates for weeks in the Arabian Sea, the American military said on Friday. The rescue effort came despite days of rising tensions between Iran and the United States, with Tehran issuing threats and warning America not…

Britain urged to rule on lethal force against pirates

Britain’s government must give official guidance on when it is legal to shoot and kill maritime pirates, MPs said on Thursday ahead of a conference in London on the future of Somalia. Parliament’s foreign affairs committee hailed the government’s decision in October to allow British merchant ships in dangerous waters…

Taiwan mulls armed guards on ships against pirates

Taiwan is considering a plan to place armed guards on board local ships that sail in pirate-infested waters, especially off Somalia, officials and media said Tuesday. “The proposal has been under evaluation, but details of how it can be done have not been finalised,” an official at the transportation ministry told AFP, declining…

Somali pirates hijack US yacht

By Jean-Marc Mojon NAIROBI — Somali pirates on Friday hijacked a yacht with four Americans on board in the Indian Ocean, a non-governmental organisation monitoring regional maritime activity said. Ecoterra International said the S/V Quest was seized in the afternoon 240 nautical miles (275 miles) off the coast of Oman.…

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