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Piracy

West African traffickers — worthy of American fear
There is a bloody war along the US border. Concerns are growing that the cocaine trade in West Africa could give cartels the strength to push their violence across to American soil and expand their networks.

July 30, 2009 18:50

Cashing in on piracy
Since early 2009, pirates have carried out over 100 attacks off the Somalian coast. Two thirds have resulted in the hijacking of vessels. While the region’s waters remain menacing, insurance companies are cashing in.

July 28, 2009 09:01

Captured sailors released
Six sailors, including a Russian captain and mechanic kidnapped in Nigeria on July 4, have been released.

July 22, 2009 11:20

Pirates take first woman hostage
A Turkish woman-mariner, Aysun Akbay, seems to have made history. She has become the first female taken hostage by Somali pirates, Sovfracht Maritime Bulletin reports.

July 14, 2009 14:39

Combat against web piracy spreads to Russia
The Russian offices of major record labels including Universal Music and Sony Music as well as music selling companies have teamed up in the fight against web piracy.

June 25, 2009 10:51

Have US Marines murdered in Beirut been forgotten?
Some in the US and the West have painted Iran’s opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi as a beacon for democracy, but he has a darker page in his biography, marked with the blood of Americans.

December 20, 2009 01:41

Milos Forman deems online piracy “communism”
Oscar-winning Hollywood filmmaker Milos Forman, who directed such movies as “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest” and “Amadeus” has likened web pirates to communists, saying they are “promoting a communist ideology.”

September 16, 2010 03:57

International helping hand for Somalia
An international forum on tackling piracy off the coast of Somalia has opened in Rome. Aside from talking about measures to prevent hijackings, participants will discuss ways to bring peace to Somalia.

June 09, 2009 15:58

To the tune of a million dollars
Global recording companies are suing a U.S. student for allegedly downloading 7 songs from a file-sharing website. The music lover could end up paying a high price for his passion - US$1.5 million

June 08, 2009 16:19

Russia hands over Somali pirates to Middle East states
It has been revealed that Russia released 29 pirates held off the Somali coast to Iran and Pakistan three weeks ago, saying there was no legal basis to try them in Russia.

February 07, 2010 03:25

Somali pirates torturing captured Ukrainian sailors
Relatives of the Ukrainian sailors from the bulk cargo ship Ariana, captured by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean, state that their relatives held hostage are being tortured, informs Itar-Tass news agency.

May 28, 2009 07:03

Pirates could face UN court
Russia’s Prosecutor General’s office has called on the UN to create an international court to try Somali pirates.

May 12, 2009 23:24

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