An oil tanker seized by pirates off the west coast of Africa has been released by the hijackers, the operators of the vessel said.
Pirates traded gunfire with Togo security forces early Tuesday from a hijacked oil tanker off the west coast of Africa, the International Maritime Bureau said.
The crew of an Italian ship seized by pirates on Monday was freed Tuesday thanks to an operation by U.S. and British troops working with the Italian military, the Italian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.
A Combined Maritime Forces warship intercepted a boat thought to be used for pirate activity off the coast of Somalia, the forces' multi-national counter-piracy task force said Tuesday.
CNN's Zain Verjee looks at the emotional and financial costs of piracy on the high seas.
Piracy, mostly in the dangerous waters near Somalia, has surged this year and may be at an all-time high, according to a new report Thursday.
The U.S. Navy has warships in the seven seas to help ensure peaceful passage all over the world. Yet pirates such as the ones who killed four Americans Tuesday are terrorizing an ever-larger number of shipping lanes.
The hijacking of a container ship in the Indian Ocean Friday afternoon is evidence of a "constantly expanding area of pirate activity" off the Africa coast, military officials said.
ITV's Angus Walker talks to Paul Chandler who, along with his wife, are being held captive by pirates.
It has been just over one year since retired couple Paul and Rachel Chandler were snatched from their yacht by pirates while sailing from the Seychelles towards Tanzania.
Pirates have hijacked a Marshall Islands-flagged ship in the southern Red Sea, the European Union Naval Force Somalia said Monday.
For the first time, a submarine will be combating the rising tide of piracy in the seas off the East African coast.
Piracy incidents are dropping worldwide, but the hijackers are expanding their area of operation, the International Maritime Bureau said in a report issued on Wednesday.
Pirates released a Thai-flagged fishing vessel Sunday after a ransom was paid, a European Union anti-piracy force said. It did not say how much money was handed over.
Pirates have released a Greek-owned vessel and its crew of 22, months after hijacking it off Somalia, authorities said.
A British couple kidnapped by Somalian pirates in the Indian Ocean have issued another desperate plea, saying they are being badly treated and need urgent help.
Two Britons held hostage by pirates for three months describe their life in captivity and say they fear they could die.
A British couple held hostage by pirates for more than three months have told of brutal treatment at the hand of their captors who they say are perilously close to killing them.
Somali pirates have seized two vessels, the International Maritime Bureau said Tuesday.
An oil tanker bound for the United States was hijacked off Somalia with a crew of 28 aboard, maritime authorities said.
Sailors who've been hijacked often say they never saw the pirates coming.
A British couple kidnapped from their yacht in October by pirates pleaded for their life in a video broadcast on Britain's Channel 4 Friday, warning that their captors were running out of patience and could kill them if no ransom is paid.
Pirates off Somalia's coast have hijacked a chemical tanker with a North Korean crew, European naval forces reported.
Sailors who've been hijacked often say they never saw the pirates coming.
Somali pirates holding a British couple are asking for money and the release of fellow pirates. ITN's Agnus Walker reports.
Naval forces from several countries were searching Tuesday for a British couple and their missing yacht, which may have been hijacked by pirates off the coast of Africa, military sources told CNN.
Pirates seized control of a cargo vessel near the Seychelles Thursday, one of two attacks that took place within minutes of each other off the coast of east Africa, according to the European Union Naval Force.
The first nine months of this year has seen more pirate attacks than all of last year. And more than half of those attacks were carried out by suspected Somali pirates, an international maritime watchdog group said Wednesday.
China plans to make "every effort to rescue" a merchant ship and crew hijacked in the Indian Ocean, the country's state news agency reported on Tuesday.
Thirty-four fishermen are free four months after the two Egyptian vessels they were on were hijacked off the coast of Somalia, an Egyptian official said Friday.
Pirates released an Italian ship four months after they seized it, Italy's foreign minister announced Sunday.
South Korean and American warships stopped a suspected pirate attack on an Egyptian ship in the Gulf of Aden, capturing 17 suspected pirates, the U.S. Navy announced Thursday.
Russian authorities detained 29 suspected Somali pirates in waters off the Horn of Africa, a Russian state-run news agency reported Wednesday.
A Yemeni oil tanker hijacked in the Gulf of Aden was freed Monday and 11 Somali pirates were arrested, Yemen's official news agency said.
Countries have pledged $213 million at an international conference to boost security in Somalia and halt the country's growing piracy problem.
Both the United States and France pulled off-high profile rescues in the waters off the Horn of Africa in the past week, killing a total of five pirates to free hostages who had been holed up for days.
Two Japanese destroyers set sail Saturday on an anti-piracy mission off Somalia, the Japanese defense ministry said, marking the first policing action for the country's Maritime Self-Defense Force.
The head of a shipping company describes the experience of being hijacked. CNN's Brian Todd reports.
Incident details: "Armed pirates chased, boarded and hijacked a fishing trawler underway" southeast of Mogadishu, Somalia. "Several persons armed with machine guns, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and machetes attempting to climb onboard with use of rope" at Lagos anchorage, Nigeria.
A British-owned cargo ship on Monday became the latest vessel to be seized by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden.
More than 1,000 British tourists on a round-the-world cruise were ushered to safety amid fears their ship was being followed by pirates, a travel company said Thursday.
Piracy off the coast of Somalia rose nearly 200 percent in 2008 compared to the year before, with bolder attacks over greater distances, an international piracy monitor said Friday.
A Russian naval ship rescued a Dutch container vessel under attack by suspected Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden, the head of the International Maritime Bureau said Wednesday.
One of the pirates who held a Saudi oil supertanker off Somalia before releasing it for ransom has told CNN how five in his group drowned when the boat in which they left the ship capsized as they tried to evade rival pirates seeking a cut of the money.
Somalia-based pirates on Tuesday released a Turkish-flagged ship carrying 4,500 tons of chemicals that was seized two months ago off Yemen's coast, the International Maritime Bureau told CNN.
The U.S. Navy has started a force to battle pirates attacking ships in and near the Gulf of Aden off Somalia's coast, the U.S. Fifth Fleet said Thursday.
Japan is considering joining an international effort to protect ships from a growing threat of piracy in the Gulf of Aden near Somalia, a top official told reporters.
More than 260 people will spend Christmas Day held hostage at sea by armed pirates.
A group of Iranian warships steamed into the Gulf of Aden, joining an expanding list of navies sent to protect shipping routes from Somali pirates, state-run media reported Saturday.
The United Nations Security Council passed a resolution on Tuesday aimed at combating piracy along the Horn of Africa by allowing military forces to chase pirates onto land in cases of "hot pursuit."
Suspected Somali pirates were supposed to have their day in court, but didn't. CNN's David McKenzie reports.
The Indian navy captured 23 piracy suspects who tried to take over a merchant vessel in the Gulf of Aden, between the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, Indian officials said.
The trial of eight Somali men accused of piracy in the attempted hijacking of a Danish freighter has been put off until January after a preliminary session Thursday.
Somali pirates captured two Yemeni fishing boats and 22 Yemeni fishermen Wednesday in the Gulf of Aden, Yemen's official news agency SABA said.
The United States is circulating a proposal that could allow military forces to enter Somali territory in "hot pursuit" of pirates, sources on the U.N. Security Council said Wednesday.
The European Union will launch its first naval operation Tuesday, protecting vessels from pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia, EU policy chief Javier Solana announced Monday.
Violent and predatory pirates are "totally out of control" according to experts; but what can be done to solve the problem?
A German cruise liner said Tuesday it plans to fly its passengers over the Gulf of Aden, instead of sailing them through, out of fear of pirate attacks in the region.
A Dutch-operated container ship outran pirates off the coast of Tanzania this weekend, an official with the International Maritime Bureau said Sunday.
Somalis are so desperate to survive that attacks on merchant shipping in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean will not stop, a pirate leader promises.
A Somali pirate gives a rare interview and a glimpse into the life of a pirate. CNN's David McKenzie reports.
Pirates have released a Yemeni cargo ship without receiving a ransom after negotiations with local elders, a Somali official said Wednesday.
A 30,000-ton luxury cruise ship outran pirates off the coast of Yemen this weekend, the ship's owner said Monday.
Three British guards jumped overboard and were rescued from the water after battling in vain to prevent pirates hijacking a chemical tanker off the coast of Somalia.
Fourteen sailors are still missing from a Thai trawler that was sunk last week by the Indian navy as a suspected pirate ship, the vessel's owner said Tuesday.
CNN's Eunice Yoon talks with the CEO of Maersk Line, the world's biggest container shipping line, about the economic slowdown.
Eight yachts competing in the Volvo Ocean Race round-the-world event will be kept closely briefed on piracy threats and monitored by warships as they approach the troubled waters of the Arabian Sea.
Armed pirates have hijacked a Philippines chemical tanker off the coast of Somalia, but Indian forces thwarted an attack on one of its vessels, authorities said Tuesday.
It's been a busy, profitable week for Somali pirates: They hijacked one South Korean bulk carrier Wednesday, released another South Korean cargo ship Thursday and let a hijacked Thai ship go Saturday
Buccaneers seize ships almost daily off the coast of Somalia, but the booty doesn't usually include enough T-72s to equip a tank battalion
French troops rescued two French hostages in a gunfight with Somali pirates that left one of the kidnappers dead, officials said Tuesday.
They adorn movie screens and children's books as popular villains, but, on the high seas modern-day real-life pirates are vicious, deadly and "totally out of control".
Two French citizens have been abducted by pirates from a sailboat off the coast of Somalia, the French foreign ministry announced Wednesday.
Pirates hijacked three ships off the coast of Somalia on Thursday in the "worst number of attacks" in one day in many years, an international maritime watchdog said.
Armed pirates hijacked three ships off the coast of Somalia in a series of attacks Thursday, an international maritime body said, as it urged the U.N. to restore law and order to the notorious African waters
Pirates have released a German cargo ship and its crew of 14 after holding them for nearly six weeks, the vessel's owner said Wednesday.
CNN's David McKenzie reports on efforts by coalition naval forces to fight pirates near Djibouti.
Two cargo ships have been hijacked in the Gulf of Aden between Yemen and Somalia, a Kenyan maritime official said Thursday.
The French military took in six suspected pirates seeking 2 million dollars. CNN's Jim Bittermann reports.
Colin Darch was piloting his slow-moving tugboat out of the Red Sea close to Somalia when heavily armed pirates sped up next to him screaming and firing weapons.
A French yacht. A Japanese tanker. A Spanish fishing boat. After several years of decline, pirates are striking with increasing frequency on the high seas.
As the frequency of piracy on the high seas grows, many ship owners aren't willing to wait for the navy to help them out
French troops are holding six pirates after the 30-member crew of a luxury yacht hijacked a week ago off Somalia's coast were released, officials said Friday.
A French navy vessel is in pursuit of a luxury yacht which pirates seized off the coast of Somalia a day earlier, the French Foreign Ministry said Saturday.
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