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US Rescues Iranians Held Hostage By Pirates

Posted January 6th, 2012 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.S. navy ship has rescued 13 Iranians being held hostage by pirates in the Arabian Sea. The U.S. Navy announced Friday that it encountered the pirates’ skiff and the Iranian fishing vessel, the Al Molai, on Thursday after receiving a distress call from the Iranian vessel. In a statement, the navy said a team […]

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Pirates Seize Italian Tanker Off Coast of Oman

Posted December 27th, 2011 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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Pirates have hijacked an Italian cargo ship with 18 crew members off the coast of Oman. The Naples-based ship owner, Marnarvi, says pirates boarded and seized the ship Enrico Ievoli early Tuesday morning in the Arabian Sea. The company said the crew included six Italians, five Ukrainians and seven Indians. The vessel was carrying nearly […]

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Somali Pirates Release Italian Ship After 11 Months

Posted December 21st, 2011 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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Somali pirates have released an Italian oil tanker and its crew after nearly 11 months in captivity. An Italian government statement Wednesday said Prime Minister Mario Monti expressed deep satisfaction with the release of the Italian-owned Savina Caylyn and its crew. The statement gave no details about the ship’s release, or whether a ransom was […]

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Somali Pirates Face Sentencing in US Court

Posted December 16th, 2011 at 9:25 am (UTC-5)
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Two Somali pirates are expected to be sentenced to life in prison Friday for their roles in a hijacking that led to the death of four Americans. Said Fooley and Abdi Aqid will appear in U.S. District Court in the eastern city of Norfolk, where two other Somalis involved in the attack received life sentences […]

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British Navy Arrests 7 Suspected Pirates off Somali Coast

Posted December 2nd, 2011 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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British authorities said Thursday they have arrested seven suspected pirates following a helicopter-led pursuit by the British Navy in the Indian Ocean. The chase began off the coast of Somalia when Royal Marines aboard the RFA Fort Victoria were alerted to two vessels allegedly attempting an act of piracy against a Spanish ship that supplies […]

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Somali Pirates Release Singaporean Tanker, Keep 4 Hostages

Posted December 1st, 2011 at 1:05 am (UTC-5)
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Somali pirates have released a Singapore-owned hijacked chemical tanker, but continue to hold four South Korean sailors as hostages. The Singapore-based firm Glory Ship Management, which owns the ship, said Thursday that the pirates had promised to release all 25 crew members, but instead took the remaining four “ashore at the last moment.” The company […]

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French Court Sentences 5 Somali Pirates for 2008 Hijacking

Posted November 30th, 2011 at 6:45 pm (UTC-5)
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A French court Wednesday sentenced five Somali pirates to between four and eight years in prison for hijacking a yacht in 2008 and holding a French couple hostage. The defendants pleaded with the court for leniency, saying they were desperately poor and noted that their hostages were not harmed. They also apologized to the French […]

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Somali Pirates Capturing Fewer Ships

Posted November 15th, 2011 at 12:50 pm (UTC-5)
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International piracy monitors say Somali pirates have seized fewer ships this year, despite a record number of attempted hijackings. The European Union’s anti-piracy force said Tuesday that pirate attacks are up about 15 percent this year, but the number of ships actually seized is down by half. The International Maritime Bureau, which tracks pirate attacks, […]

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Pirates Sieze Oil Tanker off Nigeria

Posted November 3rd, 2011 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Pirates have hijacked an oil tanker off the coast of Nigeria, in the Gulf of Guinea. Initial reports on the hijacking are sketchy, but agree the tanker, the MT Halifax, was seized in waters near Port Harcourt, Nigeria. It was not immediately clear how many crew members are on board. The Malta-flagged tanker is managed […]

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West Africa Pirates Free Tanker, 20 Crew Members

Posted October 14th, 2011 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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Pirates have released an oil tanker and its 20 Eastern European crew members seized last week off Nigeria’s coast. Shipping industry officials say all the crew members of the Marshall Islands-flagged ship were freed unharmed early Friday. It is not clear if a ransom was paid to secure their release. The company that manages the […]

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