26 Oct 2012

African ‘migrants’ drown as boat sails to Spain

“At least 14 people have drowned after a boat believed to be carrying African migrants started sinking off the coast of Morocco, Spanish officials said.” Source: BBC News – African ‘migrants’ drown as boat sails to Spain

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25 Oct 2012

Pirate killed off Somali coast, says Nato

“A pirate was killed on Wednesday in an exchange of fire with a Dutch warship off the Somali coast.” Source: Pirate killed off Somali coast, says Nato | News24

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22 Oct 2012

Somali pirate attacks show sharp fall

“The number of ships attacked by Somali pirates has fallen sharply this year, the International Maritime Bureau says.” Source: BBC News – Somali pirate attacks show sharp fall

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20 Oct 2012

Israel navy stops Gaza-bound boat

“The Israeli navy has intercepted a boat of pro-Palestinian activists trying to break the blockade of the Gaza Strip.” Source: BBC News – Estelle intercepted: Israel navy stops Gaza-bound boat

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18 Oct 2012

Nigeria pirates kidnap six Russians, one Estonian

“Pirates off the coast of Nigeria kidnapped six Russians and an Estonian during an attack on their ship on Monday, the French company operating the vessel said on Wednesday.” Source: Nigeria pirates kidnap six Russians, one Estonian | Reuters

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14 Oct 2012

Somali pirates free Greek-owned ship, say ransom was $5.7 mln

“Somali pirates have released the Greek-owned bulk carrier Free Goddess and its 21 Filipino crew members after holding the vessel for more than eight months, the secretary general of the Seafarers Union of Kenya said on Friday.” Source: Somali pirates free Greek-owned ship, say ransom was $5.7 mln | Reuters

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08 Oct 2012

Greek-operated tanker goes missing in Gulf of Guinea

“The Greek manager of a Bahamas-flagged tanker carrying more than 32,000 metric tonnes of gasoline reported the vessel missing on Monday after it left Abidjan in the Ivory Coast unexpectedly in the early hours of Saturday.” Source: Greek-operated tanker goes missing in Gulf of Guinea | Reuters

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25 Sep 2012

China’s first aircraft carrier enters service

“China’s first aircraft carrier has entered into service, the defence ministry says. The 300m (990ft) Liaoning – named after the province where it was refitted – is a refurbished Soviet ship purchased from Ukraine. “ Source: BBC News – China’s first aircraft carrier enters service

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10 Sep 2012

Venezuela drops arms trafficking charges against U.S. ship crew

“The crew of a U.S.-flagged cargo ship, held more than a week and accused of arms trafficking, is expected to set sail Monday or Tuesday from Venezuela after authorities dropped charges against them.” Source: Venezuela drops arms trafficking charges against U.S. ship crew – CNN.com

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10 Sep 2012

Japan confirms disputed islands purchase plan

“Japan has confirmed that it intends to purchase disputed islands also claimed by China from private owners, amid tension between the two countries.” Source: BBC News – Japan confirms disputed islands purchase plan

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