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February 21, 2012
Denmark hands suspected Somali pirates to Kenya for trial
Mombasa, Kenya (AFP) Feb 18, 2012
Kenya accepted Saturday to try four suspected pirates from neighbouring war-torn Somalia captured by a Danish warship in the Indian Ocean, officials said. The four Somalis, who were taken aboard the Danish naval vessel patrolling the pirate-infested waters off the coast of the anarchic Horn of African nation on January 7, arrived by airplane in Kenya's port city Mombasa. "We are happy the Kenyan government has agreed to try the suspected pirates on their soil," Danish foreign ministry official T ... read more

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Pirates kill captain, engineer in attack off Nigeria: IMB
Pirates fired on a cargo vessel off the coast of Nigeria on Monday killing the captain and chief engineer, a maritime watchdog body said as it warned shipping to stay clear of the area. ... more
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CEOs targeted by anti-piracy campaign
World business leaders are being encouraged to add their support to a fast-growing international anti-piracy initiative backed by twenty-eight of the world's largest shipping organisations. Sa ... more
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Five Somalis detained in Spain after alleged navy attack
A group of Somali suspected pirates were in jail in Spain Saturday pending trial following an attack on a Spanish warship, authorities said. ... more
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NATO warship assists Iranian vessel
A NATO warship went to the rescue this weekend of an Iranian-flagged vessel whose engine broke down just days after its rescue from pirates by another NATO ship, the alliance said Monday. ... more
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Dutch marines ward off pirate attack
Dutch marines guarding a merchant ship have warded off an attack by pirates after it was accosted in the Arabian Sea south of Yemen, the Dutch defence ministry said Tuesday. ... more
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China says shots fired at cargo boat on Mekong
Unidentified attackers fired on a Chinese cargo boat on the Mekong River in Laos, China's police said Sunday, less than two months after Beijing began joint patrols to protect shipping. ... more
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Spanish navy repels pirate attack in Indian ocean: ministry
A Spanish navy ship fought off a gun attack by pirates on the Somali coast Thursday, then chased and captured six of the attackers while one was reported killed, authorities said. ... more
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US rescues six more Iranians despite tensions
A US ship on Tuesday rescued six Iranian mariners in the Gulf after their boat broke down, the Pentagon said, in the latest such gesture despite soaring tensions between Washington and Tehran. ... more
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Iran welcomes US rescue of nationals from pirates
The Iranian government on Saturday welcomed a US navy rescue of 13 of its nationals from pirates near the entrance to the Gulf, in a rare respite from months of rising tensions between Tehran and Washington. ... more
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Indonesian navy rescues hijacked tug boat
The Indonesian navy has rescued a tug boat and its nine crew members hijacked in the Straits of Singapore, the International Maritime Bureau said. ... more
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China starts Mekong patrols
Chinese boats have begun joint anti-smuggling patrols with Laos, Myanmar and Thailand along the Mekong River. ... more
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China deploys patrol boats on Mekong: state media
China has deployed more than 300 armed police to patrol the Mekong river in boats in collaboration with Myanmar, Thailand and Laos after a deadly attack in October, state-run media said on Saturday. ... more
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Seychelles invites China to set up anti-piracy base
The Seychelles on Friday invited Beijing to set up a military base on the archipelago to beef up the fight against piracy there, Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Paul Adam said. ... more
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Britain detains seven suspected pirates in Seychelles
The British navy has detained seven suspected pirates in the Seychelles, using a team of police dogs to detect the presence of firearms or explosives on their ship, officials said. ... more
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China to launch Mekong patrols next month: report
China will next month launch joint patrols with three other countries on the Mekong River, a key waterway where 13 Chinese sailors were killed in an October attack, state media said. ... more
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EU short on anti-piracy ships due to budget cuts
The EU anti-piracy mission off the coast of Somalia is facing a shortage of ships as budget cuts are limiting the ability to deploy military assets, the EU's top military officer said Wednesday. ... more
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Piracy exists since men built boats. It will probably never cease since the seas are vast, inhospitable at times and a lonely ship apparently makes quite a tempting target. Modern maritime piracy ha ... more
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China to send armed patrols on Mekong: report
China and several neighbouring countries will provide armed escorts to ships navigating the Mekong River, state media said Wednesday, after 13 Chinese sailors were killed on the key waterway last month. ... more
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Somali pirate attacks hit record level
Attacks on shipping by increasingly sophisticated Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean reached record levels in the first nine months of the year, the International Maritime Bureau says. ... more
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S.Africa navy chief warns pirates could head south
African nations need to pool efforts to fight maritime security threats and to prevent pirates from other parts of the continent from heading south, South Africa's navy chief said Thursday. ... more
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Kenya to pursue kidnappers into Somalia: minister
Kenyan forces will pursue gunmen accused of a spate of kidnappings of foreigners across the two nations' border, the internal security minister said Saturday. ... more
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China urges investigation of Mekong attack
China's foreign ministry said it is working with Thailand, Myanmar and Laos to find a missing Chinese sailor after a deadly pirate attack on the Mekong River. ... more
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China summons diplomats after deadly Mekong boat raid
China said Thursday it had summoned diplomatic envoys from Thailand, Laos and Myanmar and asked them to speed up a probe into a raid on two Chinese cargo boats on the Mekong that killed 13 people. ... more
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13 bodies found after China boat raid: Thai official
Thai authorities on Tuesday said the bodies of 13 people had been recovered after a raid last week on two Chinese cargo boats on the Mekong thought to have been carried out by a notorious drug gang. ... more
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