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‘New demands’ from Somali pirates

Pirates who seized a UN-chartered ship carrying tsunami aid to Somalia have issued fresh ransom demands, the owners of the vessel say. The MV Semlow and its crew were due to be returned earlier this week. But a director of the Mombasa-based Mokatu shipping agency, Karim Kudrati, said the hijackers had made new demands, which it could not pay. The ship was captured at the end of June east of the capital, Mogadishu, as it sailed from Mombasa in Kenya. It was carrying food for victims of last year’s Indian Ocean tsunami, near the port of Bossaso. News of a deal emerged last weekend, raising hopes for the safe return of the MV Semlow, its 10-strong crew and the 850 tons of rice it is carrying within days. Full Story

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