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Iran navy rescues 28 Chinese sailors onboard hijacked ship Xianghuamen

Armed Somali pirates carrying out preparations to a skiff in Hobyo, northeastern Somalia, in 2010. The Iranian navy has rescued 28 Chinese crew from their cargo ship less than 24 hours after it was hijacked by Somali pirates off southern Iran, Chinese state media said Saturday.      The Iranian navy has freed 28 Chinese crew members less than a day after their cargo ship was hijacked by Somali pirates off the Islamic republic's south coast, Chinese state media said Saturday. The pirates attacked the ship early Friday in the Gulf of Oman near the Iranian port of

UK hostage Judith Tebbutt freed by Somali pirates after $1m ransom paid

British hostage Judith Tebbutt, 56, is seen in the outskirts of Adado town in central Somalia, March 21, 2012. Photograph by: Stringer , Reuters    A British holidaymaker kidnapped by Somali pirates in September was released Wednesday after her family raised a $1 million ransom. Judith Tebbutt, a 57-year-old social worker said she was hugely relieved to be free and overjoyed to be reunited with her son, Oliver, but said her happiness was tempered by grief for the loss of her husband, David, who was killed during the abduction. Mrs Tebbutt disclosed that she did

1 Taiwanese crew member shot dead by Somali pirates off coast of Nigeria

A Taiwanese crew member was shot by pirates off the coast of West Africa. (File Photo/CNS)   A Taiwanese crew member of a Panama-flagged cargo ship was shot and killed when the vessel was attacked by Somali pirates earlier this month, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Monday. The shooting took place 100 kilometers off the coast of the Nigerian city of Lagos early Feb. 13, the ministry said. The attack also claimed the life of one of the non-Taiwanese crew members working on the ship, which belongs to a Taiwanese company, the ministry

Somali pirates free abducted Italian ship Rosalia D'Amato after getting ransom

AN Italian merchant ship hijacked by Somali pirates in April in the Arabian Sea near Oman with six Italians and 15 Filipinos on board has been freed, Italian news media reported overnight.    The 225-metre Rosalia D'Amato - owned by Naples-based shipper Perseveranza - had been sailing from Brazil to Iran with a cargo of soybeans and came under fire from its attackers when it was taken on April 21.   La Repubblica daily reported that the ship was currently on its way to "a safe area" and said that a ransom had been paid. Pirates had initially demanded $US22

15 captured Somali pirates for hijacking S/V Quest & killing 4 to face trial in US

Jean and Scott Adam were described as adventurers who also distributed bibles at ports of call   A group of 15 suspected pirates captured after the killing of four Americans on a hijacked yacht off Somalia could be sent to the US to face trial, the US military says.   The group is being held aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise.   In the past year, at least six accused Somali pirates have been convicted in US courts.   US agencies are investigating the killings on Tuesday of Phyllis Macay, Bob Riggle, Jean and Scott Adam.   The US

US sailors Phyllis Macay, Bob Riggle, Scott & Jean Adam killed by Somali captors

Scott and Jean Adam first set sail on the 58-foot craft in 2002   Four Americans hijacked by Somali pirates off the coast of Oman have been killed by their captors, US defence officials say. The US military said its forces trailing the vessel had responded to gunfire heard aboard but found all the captives shot when they arrived.   The yacht S/V Quest, hijacked on Friday, was owned and sailed by Scott and Jean Adam of California.   Also killed were two US passengers, Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle.   'Shot by captors'  US Central Command said

7 Somali pirates charged in M'sia for trying to hijack a tanker in the Gulf of Aden

Malaysian prosecutors have filed charges against seven Somali men and boys accused of being pirates.   They were captured by the Malaysian navy last month as they tried to hijack a chemical tanker in the Gulf of Aden.   The seven men were captured by the Malaysian navy All seven are accused of using firearms against the Malaysian armed forces - a charge which carries the death sentence.   But prosecutors said three 15-year-old suspects would not face execution because they were too young.   The Somalis appeared in court on Friday in the

Jimei Uni official Shao Zheping: Gulf of Aden 'most hostile' area for sailors

  Three small speedboats carrying pirates with AK-47s and bazookas skimmed across the sea. For Chinese merchant ships ploughing the waves in the Gulf of Aden, it was another attempted hijacking in the world's most pirate-infested waters. Quickly spotting the threat, a helicopter lifted off from a nearby frigate and fired warning shots at the pirates, who turned and fled at the sight of the oncoming warship. "The Gulf of Aden used to be among the most peaceful and safest waters in the world, but now it is the most hostile region for sailors," said Shao

M'sia commandos foil Somali pirates' hijacking at Gulf of Aden, 23 crew rescued

The seized pirates could be tried in Malaysia   Malaysia says its navy commandos have foiled an attempted hijacking of a ship in the Gulf of Aden, rescuing 23 crew and capturing seven Somali pirates. It says the commandos injured three pirates during a gun battle on board the Malaysian-flagged MT Bung Laurel chemical tanker on Friday. The navy was alerted by a distress signal from the vessel's crew. Kuala Lumpur is now considering whether the pirates should face trial in Malaysia. "We will determine what we should do, whether we are going to bring them

Ransom paid to Somali pirates, Brit couple Rachel & Paul Chandler freed

Released British hostages Rachel and Paul Chandler in Mogadishu.   A British couple held captive for more than a year by Somali pirates said they were "skinny and bony" but otherwise fine today after a substantial ransom was paid to secure their release.   Taken hostage after pirates boarded their yacht during what was meant to be the retirement trip of a lifetime, Paul and Rachel Chandler, 61 and 56, from Tunbridge Wells, landed in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi on a charter flight, and were taken to a "place of safety" by diplomats from the

Somali pirates receive record ransom for Samho Dream & Golden Blessing

The Samho Dream's 24 crew members are said to be in good condition   Somali pirates are reported to have received a total of $12.3m (£7.6m) in ransom money to release two ships. They are believed to have been paid a record $9.5m (£5.8m) for Samho Dream, a South Korean oil tanker, and nearly $2.8m (£1.7m) for the Golden Blessing, a Singaporean flagged ship. "We are now counting our cash," a pirate who gave his name as Hussein told Reuters news agency. "Soon we shall get down from the ship." All crew are believed to be

Somali pirates spread, 3-fold increase in attacks in the South China Sea

Naval patrols are pushing Somali pirates further away from the Somali coast   Ship hijackings hit a five-year high in the first nine months of 2010, with Somali pirates responsible for the majority, says a maritime watchdog. From January to September this year 39 hijackings were reported - up from 34 in the same period of 2009 and 11 in 2006, it said. Somali pirates - who were striking as far away as the Red Sea - were responsible for 35 of the hijackings. It also reported a three-fold increase in attacks in the South China Sea.   "Somali pirates

Hijacked N Korean chemical tanker freed by Somali pirates

A picture taken on January 6 from a Canadian patrol frigate shows the North Korean-crewed, Virgin Islands-owned MV Theresa VIII chemical tanker moored off a beach near Harardhere, Somalia, after it was hijacked on November 16 in the south Somali basin. Somali pirates on Tuesday freed the tanker with 28 North Korean sailors on board, a maritime official said.    NAIROBI, Kenya – Somali pirates freed a North Korean chemical tanker and its 28 crew Tuesday after the owners delivered a ransom, the European Union Naval Force said. The MV Theresa VIII was