Authorities investigating the still-unexplained disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 say their search for debris floating in the Indian Ocean is ending and efforts will shift to the seabed.
Indian Ocean (Nearing Seychelles) - A small (295-foot) French fishing ship is currently towing the disabled Costa Allegra Cruise ship towards the island of Seychelles (population 86,000,) and not expected to arrive until Thursday.
A pirated ship, the MV Marida Marguerite, was freed today. Details were given in a press release from the European Union Naval Force Somalia. It was also announced that the MV EMS River was pirated yesterday.
It's been six weeks since Cyclone Phet hit the city of Karachi in Pakistan. Since the storm ended many thousands of mollusks per day have washed ashore onto the popular tourist beach of Karachi and the smell is keeping everyone inside, away from the sea.
With the end of the monsoon season in October, Somali pirates are stepping up their attacks on shipping. They succeeded in seizing one ship today, Wednesday, while two days earlier pirates made their longest range attack off the Somali coast ever.
In an attempt to draw attention to the climate change issue the cabinet of the Maldives, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, held a meeting on Saturday, which lasted some 25-30 minutes, whilst underwater.
An Italian cruise ship with 1,500 people onboard thwarted an attack by Somali pirates about 330 kilometres from Victoria in the Seychelles islands along Africa's East coast. Private Israeli guards fired back and the pirates fled.
A scientific research to predict the droughts has been widely welcomed by the farmers of Australia. The research has reportedly made a breakthrough in relating the temperatures in Indian Ocean and the rainfall in southern Australia.
A South African lifeguard was killed in an attack by a tiger shark at the popular holiday resort of Port St. Johns This is only the second shark attack in this area - ever. A local historian warns that the heavy sewage runoff attracts the sharks.
Fourteen fishermen have drowned in a 120km-an-hour gale which lashed the rugged East Cape coastline of South Africa with 20-metre swells. It destroyed two shopping centres and forced campers to flee to higher ground in the Tsitsikamma forest reserve.
The Boeing 777 jetliner that would become Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is seen at OR Tambo International Airport in South Africa in 2011.
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Zanzibar street scene
The Australian Navy vessel Ocean Shield has been outfitted with a high-tech listening device to detect locator signals from the black boxes aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
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U.S. Navy air crewman Clayton Wirth brings up a life jacket found in the Indian Ocean in March during the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
The US Navy's towed pinger locator and other ocean search and recovery equipment wait in a cargo plane at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on March 24 before being sent to the Indian Ocean to help search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.