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Britney Spears' music thwarts Somali pirates

Mogadishu - British tanker crews based off the coast of Somalia have recently begun blasting the music of pop star Britney Spears as a way to repel Somali pirates.

Photo essay: Vathia, the tower houses of Mani, Greece Special

Deep in the Greek Mani an astonishing village of crumbling tower houses stands atop a barren hill overlooking the sea, a must see Greek treasure. The towers were home to feuding clans of brave Maniots who refused to succumb to Ottoman rule.

Nine suspect pirates transferred for prosecution

Nine suspect pirates have been transported to the Seychelles to face prosecution. The EU Naval Force (NAVFOR) made the announcement in a press release issued on Monday.

Pirates free French tanker seized off Ivory Coast

Abidjan - A French-owned tanker seized by pirates off the Ivorian coast earlier this week has been released and its crew is safe, the vessel’s owner said Wednesday.

French oil tanker reported hijacked off West African coast

A French oil tanker sailing off the coast of Côte d'Ivoire is suspected of having been hijacked by pirates. The tanker had a crew of 17 on board an there has been no contact with the ship since yesterday.

Top pirate leader retires as NATO, EU navies keep up the pressure

Mogadishu - A joint operation by NATO and the EU has captured a total of 20 pirates and with piracy hitting a three-year low, a key pirate leader has announced his retirement.

Pirates kidnap 7 Russian and Estonian crew off Nigeria's coast

Port Harcourt - Pirates have kidnapped seven crew members, six Russians and one Estonian, during an attack on a ship, the Liberty 249, off the coast of Nigeria. The ship is owned by Bourborn, a French company that supplies vessels to the Nigerian offshore oil industry.

Pirates seize oil tanker and 24 hostages in gunfight off Togo

Pirates have seized a Greek oil tanker and 24-crew on board, after a gun battle with a naval patrol boat off the coast of Togo.

Attacks on more Kenyan churches leave at least 15 dead

Garissa - The attacks on Kenyan Christian churches may have their roots in the October, 2011 incursion into Somalia by Kenyan troops.

South African hostages released by pirates

Mogadishu - Two South Africans, Deborah Calitz and Bruno Pelizzari, held hostage since 2010 have been released after spending almost two years in Somali pirate captivity.

EU naval force attackes Somali pirate base

Mogadishu - The European Union’s Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) has carried out an attack using helicopters on an informal pirate base near the central Somali coastal town of Hardhere, a known pirate haven.

Michael Bay sets sail for TV with pirate-adventure series

Beverly Hills - The man responsible for turning ‘Transformers’ into a blockbuster movie franchise is heading for the high seas with a original TV series for Starz.

Video: Russia & China unite in 'Naval Cooperation 2012'

Qingdao - Russian-Chinese naval maneuvers are on the go in Qingdao, a port in southern China. 4 Russian warships are docked at a Chinese naval base to cooperate on anti-piracy measures.

Somali pirates capture fishermen

Pirates in Somalia captured a couple of fishermen last week. The capture took place last week, and occurred 65 miles west of Mahe.

The Plight of Maritime piracy

Many masters and shipowners do not report piracy for fear of delays due to protracted investigations, increased insurance premiums, bad publicity, and stifling red tape.

Pirates hijack oil tanker off east Africa

Pirates in Africa have struck again, this time capturing an oil tanker in east Africa. Before the pirates boarded the tanker, they fired rocket-propelled grenades and guns at it.

Pirates kill four Americans off Oman

Muscat - US military sources have announced that suspected Somali pirates have killed of all four American hostages on the yacht Quest.

Malaysian navy frees crew in second commando raid on pirates

Kuala Lumpur - Reports of a second swift and successful raid against Somali pirates say the Malaysian Navy has liberated 23 crew, wounded three pirates and captured a further 20 in the Gulf of Aden.

South Korean raid rescues pirated ship in 'perfect operation'

Seoul - South Korean commandos have successfully mounted a rare raid against a hijacked ship, the freighter Samho Jewelry, in which 21 sailors have been rescued, with eight pirates killed and another five captured.

Galveston Pirates Go Joint Top After 4 Point Haul Against Tulsa

Galveston - The Pirates are back! After a 4 week lay off, Galveston Pirate Soccer Club got back on the playing field this weekend with back to back matches against unbeaten Tulsa Lobos.

BAE develops laser weapon to protect ships from Somali pirates

An invention developed by scientists at defence giant BAE Systems is set to become the latest weapon against piracy in the waters off the east coast of Africa.

Pirates attack at most southerly point yet on African coast

Beira - Somali pirates have attempted two attacks at the farthest point south so far on the East African coast, closely approaching South Africa. The attacks are reported to have taken place north of the Mozambican city of Beira.

Op-Ed: New York Red Bulls Scout Pirate Captain Hernandez Special

Galveston - It's the eve of hopefully something special for Pirate superstar striker, Roy Hernandez as he awaits the visit of Red Bull head scout for a day that could change his life.

Galveston Pirate Soccer Club Sink Regal FC Challenge Special

Galveston - News in from Courville Stadium, Galveston in the much anticiaptes SPSL derby match with the Regals. Galveston Pirates 2 Regals FC 0.

British warship destroys Somali pirate 'mother-ship' vessel

British forces on patrol off the Somalian waters have destroyed a pirate vessel, according to NATO. The craft, a mother-ship, was spotted by a helicopter from HMS Montrose.

Galveston Pirates Top League With Club America Victory Special

Galveston - Galveston Pirate Soccer Club went top of the Southern Premier Soccer League with a hard fought win against Club America Academy.

Hurricane Hernandez Hits Hat Trick in 5 nil Victory in SPSL Special

Galveston - There's never a dull moment when Galveston Pirate captain and star striker Roy Hernandez is around; Sunday was no exception!

British couple released by pirates in Somalia

British couple Paul and Rachel Chandler, who had been held by Somali pirates for over a year, were released earlier today, it is reported.

South African government refuses to pay ransom for missing couple

Johannesburg - The South African government has announced it will not pay ransom for two South African citizens held hostage since last week by Somali pirates.

Galveston Pirates Set Sail For Club America Showdown Special

Galveston - It's like a scene from Star Wars, Pirate coach Brendan Keyes being the Jedi master, Club America coach Thiago Costa Reis, the apprentice. Not quite sure who yoda is yet though.
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U.S. Navy sailors on watch for pirates in the Gulf of Aden
U.S. Navy sailors on watch for pirates in the Gulf of Aden
DoD photo by MC2 Michael Russell
The French surveillance frigate FS Nivose.
The French surveillance frigate FS Nivose.
Arrest of Somali pirates by the French Protection Brigade  off the coast of Somalia.
Arrest of Somali pirates by the French Protection Brigade, off the coast of Somalia.
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The Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer USS Farragut rides past the smoke from the suspected pirate skiff it had just destroyed.
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The USS Farragut executes a very fast turn.
The USS Farragut executes a very fast turn.
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Wondering what $10,000 in gold looks like?
Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole
Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole
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$10,000 has been buried in one of the five borroughs of New York City, can you be the first to find it and claim it as your own.
A montage of photos of Somali pirates
A montage of photos of Somali pirates
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Embarrassed about throwing Johnny Longbottoms overboard, Captain pretends he doesn't see Crothers, and Crothers pretends he can't see Captain.
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Mulligan celebrates what he thinks is a fine knife throw, by riverdancing.


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