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Violence and lawlessness on high seas: New York Times report

Lawless behavior — including murder, violence and hiding stoways — are common occurrences on the high seas says The New York Times on Friday, in the first part of an investigative series.

Somali pirates release highjacked crew after 4 years in captivity

Their ship is gone, sank to the bottom of the ocean long ago, but only now are they heading home. Eleven sailors from the MV Albedoa, a Malaysian-flagged ship captured in 2010 by Somali pirates off the coast of that country, have finally found freedom.

Arrest, not stardom for Somali pirate nabbed in fake movie sting

Brussels - He thought he was headed for fame and fortune on the silver screen, but when alleged Somali pirate Mohamed "Afweyene" Abdi Hassan arrived at the Brussels airport, he was immediately arrested on kidnapping and hijacking charges.

Review: Tom Hanks excels in ‘Captain Phillips’ Special

‘Captain Phillips’ is the true story of the 2009 hijacking of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates. It was the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

Saudi ship owner paid $2.6 million ransom to Somali pirates

The Saudi owner of an Algerian ship hijacked by Somali pirates in 2011 has admitted paying a ransom of $2.6 million. The crew were released after 10 months when the cash ransom was parachuted to the pirates.

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.

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.

U.S and U.K. Navy capture Somali Pirates

The U.S. and British navy have intercepted a Somali boat in the Indian Ocean. Marines boarded the Somali dhow and captured 13 pirates.

U.S. Navy saves Iranians from Somali pirates in Arabian Sea

The rescue operation occurred just two days after Iran warned the U.S. not to return an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf - or else.

Captured Somali pirates to be put on trial in India

Mumbai - More than two dozen Somali men who fired on Indian Naval and Coast guard ships have been taken into custody and will be tried for attacking the vessels.

Somali pirates capture supertanker carrying $150m of oil

Somali pirates have captured a Greek-registered oil tanker with 25 men on board off the coast of Oman. The supertanker, Irene SL, has lost all communication with its Greek-based shipping company Enesel.

Danish forces free 25 people from pirates

Danish special forces were able to board a ship that had been captured by Somali pirates Friday and freed the crew of 25.

Libyan-owned North Korean cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates

A North Korean cargo ship was hijacked by a group of Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden. It is unknown of the number of crew members on board.

Somali Pirates Threaten to Kill British Couple

The Somali pirates that hijacked and kidnapped a British couple are reportedly going to kill the couple in the next few days.

Somali Pirates Hijacked Another Ship

Captain of the ship reported that Pramoni, a 20,000-tone chemical tanker, was seized by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden on 1 January. The ship was destined for India and is now transported to the Somali coast.

Nicolas Cage visits Kenyan prison to talk to Somali pirates

Hollywood superstar and debt-ridden actor Nicolas Cage visited a Kenyan prison to talk to the Somali pirates to hear their stories and understand their motivation for their crimes.

Somali pirates seize another ship, other ships escape capture

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.

Somali pirates move UK yachting couple further inland

Paul and Rachel Chandler, the British couple that was kidnapped by Somali pirates over a week ago when sailing from the Seychelles to Tanzania, have been moved further inland by their hostage takers.

'Somali pirates seize yacht and take UK couple hostage'

It is feared that the British couple that disappeared while sailing their yacht in the Seychelles last week has been taken hostage by Somali pirates.

Somali pirates hijack Spanish fishing boat

Somalian pirates have added yet another ship to their extensive hijacking-at-sea list. This time, the victim is a Spanish fishing vessel.

Somali Pirate Attacks To Increase After Monsoons End

The commander of a naval counter-piracy force has warned ships plying the Indian Ocean to prepare for an increase in Somali pirate attacks. The attacks dropped off in the monsoon season as the pirate skiffs could not sail in the high seas.

Yemen marines rescue three ships, capture 11 pirates near Aden

Yemeni marines have swooped on three captured ships near Aden, killing two pirates. The Somali pirates who had hijacked the Yemen-owned oil tanker Qana early on Sunday also were captured on Monday morning. Three Yemeni marines were injured.

Somali Pirates Must Work For Share of Loot

A Somali pirate has revealed how they divide up ransoms to a Finnish film crew, the news reports. The report says it all depends on the part the pirate plays in the ship’s capture.

Five arrested Somali pirates in Dutch court

Five suspected Somali pirates are to appear in a Netherlands court over a foiled attack on a ship in the Gulf of Aden, say prosecutors in the Rotterdam law court. The five men were flown in with a military transport after capture by Danish patrols.

Ukrainian weapons ship awaits hot welcome in Kenya

First she was hijacked by Somalian pirates and released for $3,5-mllion ransom, now the MV Faina is facing a hot welcoming committee in Kenya for carrying a huge military consignment which may be destined for war-torn Southern Sudan instead...

Did Pirates Capture Nukes or Did Fox News Walk the Plank?

Did pirates uncover illicit nuclear material being shipped by Iran to Islamic Extremists in Africa? Fox News is reporting the story, but the evidence appears shaky.

Modern Day Pirates Outmanned, Outgunned and Nearly Out of Time

Modern pirates roam the coast of Somalia capturing ships for ransom, but one recent group caught a prize much bigger and more deadly, from a number of perspectives, than they imagined. Facing US and Russian warships, they have vowed to fight to the death.

Somalia pirates free Danish ship after ransom paid

Nairobi - Somali pirates released a Danish ship late Wednesday after a ransom of 1.5 million dollars was paid to them, the head of a maritime organization said Thursday. The Danica White cargo ship was hijacked June 4.

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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
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U.S. Navy rescues Iranian sailors from Somali pirates
U.S. Navy rescues Iranian sailors from Somali pirates
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File photo of Somali pirates
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Team from the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) and U.S. Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforc...
Team from the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) and U.S. Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Team South Detachment 409 capture suspected Somali pirates after responding to a merchant vessel distress signal. Gulf of Aden, 2009
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A montage of photos of Somali pirates
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