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Havana Ferry Hijackers Demand Fuel at High Sea

A hijacked Cuban ferry boat with 50 people aboard was drifting in choppy international waters off Cuba and its armed hijackers were demanding fuel to get to the United States, the Cuban government said on Wednesday. In the second hijacking in two days, Cubans armed with three handguns and a knife commandeered a Havana Bay ferry at 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday and sailed out into the Florida Straits toward the United States, Cuban and U.S. authorities said. The hijackers threatened to throw hostages overboard if their demands were not met, the Havana statement said. The sudden spate of hijackings comes as tensions between the United States and Cuba have worsened due to U.S. support for dissidents on the island. When tensions have risen in the past, Cubans have seized the opportunity to try to leave. Full Story

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