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Asian sailors freed by Somali pirates arrive in Kenya for flights...

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26 Asian sailors freed after more than four years of captivity in a small fishing village in Somalia arrived in the Kenyan...

Somali pirates on trial in Paris for 2011 hijacking of yacht...

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Seven Somali men accused of hijacking a French yacht in an assault in which its owner was killed and his wife abducted...

Somali pirates hijack Iranian fishing vessel with 15 crew, says official

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Somali pirates have hijacked an Iranian fishing vessel with 15 crew members, a Somali official and a maritime expert said on Monday...

Survey finds warships are a primary deterrent to pirates

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The presence of warships has been cited by imprisoned Somali pirates as a deterrent during a survey conducted by the UN Office...

Chinese anti-piracy patrol returns home

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The Chinese navy's 19th escort group has returned home after spending 221 days patrolling for pirates off the East African coast and...

Four long-held Thai hostages released by Somali pirates

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Somali pirates have freed four Thai nationals seized from a fishing vessel at sea in 2010, ending the longest-running hostage drama in...

Has Somali Piracy ended?

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The sharp drop in piracy in the Somali Basin is puzzling security experts, who have been surprised by recent developments. While they...

Maritime guns for hire adapt to changes in sea piracy

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Cash-strapped maritime security firms are being forced to use fewer costly elite guards and to diversify into other businesses such as cyber...

Somali pirates free Indian sailors after 4 years in captivity

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Somali pirates have freed seven Indian sailors detained for close to four years in exchange for an undisclosed ransom, Somali officials and...

Solving Somali piracy requires effective state governance – UN

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While noting the progress made to combat piracy off the coast of Somalia, the United Nations political chief has said that a...

Italian Air Force Predators supporting Somali anti-piracy ops

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Italian Air Force Predator unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been flying anti-piracy patrols from Djibouti for the last two weeks after a...

Pirates still active in West Africa, Asia

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Although Somali piracy has almost disappeared, pirates are increasingly active in other regions of the world, especially West Africa and Southeast Asia,...

Chinese submarine on its way to Somalia for anti-piracy patrols

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China is for the first time sending a submarine to the coast of East Africa to take part in anti-piracy patrols and...

Global piracy continues to decline

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Piracy and maritime crime continues to fall across the globe, from the Horn of Africa to Southeast Asia, according to statistics compiled...

One German naval vessel departs Atalanta, another arrives

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With one German naval vessel having just departed the EU Navfor anti-piracy fleet, another is on its way and will take over...

ISS: Fewer pirates, different risks – Africa needs to rethink its...

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With incidents of maritime piracy declining and greater awareness of new maritime security threats, the shape and governance of various counter-piracy initiatives...

EU Naval Force transfers pirate suspects to the Seychelles

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The European Union Naval Force warship FS Siroco on Wednesday transferred five suspected Somali pirates to the Seychelles, where they will be...

Kenya jails 24 Somalis for attacking an Iranian ship

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A Kenyan court sentenced 24 Somalis to seven years each in prison on Thursday for attempting to hijack an Iranian merchant vessel,...

EU Navfor catches pirates that launched first attack of 2014

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The European Union Naval Force (EU Navfor) in cooperation with Japanese forces has apprehended five suspected pirates thought to be responsible for...

First ship to be attacked in 2014 escapes from pirates

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Somali pirates on Friday launched their first attack of the year against a merchant vessel south of Oman, but were repelled by...

Pirate money promotes global criminal activity

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Pirates hijacking ships off the Horn of Africa and Somalia from 2005 to 2012 garnered well over a quarter of a billion...

Somali pirates sentenced to seven years in prison

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Four Somali pirates were sentenced to seven years each in prison on Wednesday by a Kenyan court that found them guilty of...

Exclusive: South African-led operation frees hostages from Somali pirates

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In December 2012 the Puntland Maritime Police Force rescued 22 sailors who had been held hostage on board the Panama-registered ship Iceberg...

Somali pirates free Greek-owned ship, say ransom was $5.7 million

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Somali pirates have released the Greek-owned bulk carrier Free Goddess and its 21 Filipino crew members after holding the vessel for more...

Somali pirates hijack MV Free Goddess

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Somali pirates have hijacked the MV Free Goddess bulk carrier in the Indian Ocean. Neptune Maritime Security said it had received credible information...

Five Somali pirates sentenced to jail in France

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Five Somali pirates captured by French commandos in 2008 were sentenced to between four to eight years in jail by a Paris...

French trial of Somali pirates opens in Paris

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Six Somali pirates captured by French commandos in 2008 went on trial in Paris for their role in the hijacking of a...

Italy to use military to guard merchant ships against pirates

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Italy is to station military forces on its merchant vessels to guard against attacks by Somali pirates, shipping sources said the day...

Tanzania arrests 7 pirates after attack on oil vessel

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Tanzania has arrested seven suspected Somali pirates after an attack on an oil and gas exploration ship operated by Brazilian petroleum company...

Somalis get life in prison over pirating US vessel

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A US judge sentenced two Somali pirates to spend the rest of their lives in a federal prison for their roles in...

Ship insurers backing armed guards as piracy grows

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More ship insurers are backing the use of private armed guards on merchant vessels at sea to combat Somali piracy as attacks...

Chinese naval escort returns from pirate patrol

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China's eighth naval escort flotilla has returned home after a 189-day mission in the Gulf of Aden and Somali waters. The flotilla...

Somali pirates free hijacked MT Polar oil tanker

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Somali pirates on Friday freed a Greek-operated oil products tanker and its crew after holding them hostage for nearly 10 months, the...

Red Sea pirates now operating in packs

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It appears that pirates in the Red Sea have adopted the practice of attacking ships in large groups, a maritime security group...

Somali pirates free Maltese bulk carrier

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Somali pirates have freed a Maltese owned and registered bulk carrier after the payment of a ransom by its owners, said the...

Italy paid US$18 million for release of pirated tug Buccaneer –...

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According to a diplomatic cable released by Wikileaks, the release of the pirated Italian flagged tug Buccaneer may have been due to...

Somali pirates release Chinese-owned cargo vessel

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Somali pirates have freed a Chinese-owned cargo vessel they had held for nearly seven months off the lawless Horn of Africa country,...

Pirated ship rescued in Arabian Sea

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A cargo ship in the Arabian Sea that was hijacked yesterday was freed by combined US, Turkish and Indian forces today. The Panama-flagged,...

Singapore tanker “seized by pirates” off Somalia

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A Singapore-registered ship with 19 Chinese sailors onboard was hijacked on yesterday in the Gulf of Aden, where Somali pirates have menaced...

Kenya launches special anti-piracy court

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Kenya has opened a special court to try suspected pirates arrested by foreign navies patrolling the coast of Somalia and the busy...

Germany lauds efforts by Kenya to fight piracy

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The German government lauded efforts by Kenya to fight piracy in the Indian Ocean. The German ambassador to Kenya, Margit Hellwig-Boette said that...

Russia resumes ant-piracy mission off Somali coast

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Russian Defense Ministry officials said Russia will resume its anti-piracy mission near Somalia in early July, APA learned from local media in...

A Dutch submarine to fight piracy

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The Netherlands has agreed to a NATO request for a submarine to help fight piracy in the Indian Ocean, outgoing Defence Minister...

Dutch court convicts five Somalis of piracy

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A Dutch court convicted five Somalis of piracy yesterday and sentenced them to five years in prison for trying to hijack a...

Hi-tech navies take on Somalia’s pirates

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How do you tell the difference between a Somali pirate in a small boat and a largely identical but innocent fisherman? It...

Donors to spend $9.3m to prosecute pirates

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Donors will spend $9.3 million to help Kenya and Seychelles prosecute suspected Somali pirates and improve those countries' criminal justice systems, a...

Mauritius ready to try, imprison pirates

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Mauritius is ready to try and jail suspected pirates, Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam said, joining three other countries in the region that...

Somali pirates free UK-flagged ship after ransom

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Somali pirates have released a British-flagged ship they seized on Jan. 1, the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry said and the European Union Naval...

EU to extend anti-piracy operation for one year

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European Union foreign ministers are expected to extend the bloc's anti-piracy mission off the coast of Somalia for another year next week...

USS San Jacinto disrupts piracy off Somalia coast, again

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USS San Jacinto (CG 56) disrupted nine Somali pirates from attacking a Maltese-flagged motor vessel May 31, bringing the cruiser's weekly total...