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Oil tanker hijacked by pirates near Togolese capital has been releasedupdated: Thu Aug 30 2012 13:42:00

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 hijack Greek-operated tanker off Togo coastupdated: Tue Aug 28 2012 15:33:00

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.

Surviving a pirate attackupdated: Thu May 24 2012 12:00:00

A third of all seafarers are from the Philippines. Kyung Lah meets hostage survivors who lead a perilous life at sea.

U.S. Navy rescues Iranian sailorsupdated: Mon Jan 09 2012 11:48:00

U.S. Navy sailors from the USS Kidd rescue 13 Iranian sailors from a hijacked fishing boat in the Persian Gulf.

U.S. Navy rescues Iranian sailorsupdated: Mon Jan 09 2012 11:48:00

U.S. sailors from a carrier strike group whose recent presence in the Persian Gulf drew the ire of Iranian military officials have rescued 13 of the Middle Eastern country's sailors from a hijacked fishing boat, a military spokesman said Friday.

Iran welcomes U.S. rescue of Iranian fishermenupdated: Sat Jan 07 2012 11:17:00

Iran on Saturday welcomed the rescue of 13 Iranian sailors by a U.S. Navy ship, calling it a "humanitarian act."

Accused Somali pirates on trial in Franceupdated: Tue Nov 15 2011 14:03:00

Six alleged Somali pirates went on trial Tuesday in Paris for hijacking a yacht and taking a French couple hostage off the coast of Somalia in 2008.

Special forces rescue ship from pirates, Italy saysupdated: Tue Oct 11 2011 11:51:00

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.

2 Somali pirates sentenced to life in killing of U.S. citizensupdated: Tue Aug 23 2011 07:17:00

Two Somali pirates involved in a botched effort to obtain ransom that ended with the murders of four U.S. citizens were sentenced to life in prison Monday.

May: Somali pirates costing tradeupdated: Tue Aug 23 2011 07:17:00

CNN's Zain Verjee looks at the implications that Somali pirates have on the world's shipping industry.

Naval forces disrupt pirate activity off Somali coastupdated: Tue Jul 26 2011 22:45:00

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.

Pirates seize tanker off Somali coastupdated: Mon Jul 18 2011 08:01:00

Pirates have seized a tanker ship in the Indian Ocean and appear to be taking it to Somalia, the European Union Naval Force Somalia said Monday.

After nearly 10 months, hijacked ship and crew are freedupdated: Tue Jun 14 2011 17:32:00

The Somali pirates who hijacked an Egyptian ship nearly 10 months ago have released it and the crew of 23 after receiving an air-dropped ransom of $2.3 million, officials said Tuesday.

Danish Navy frees 16 Iranians from suspected Somali pirate shipupdated: Sun May 15 2011 16:33:00

After a firefight with suspected Somali pirates, Danish sailors freed 16 Iranian hostages on board an alleged mother ship, according to the Danish Royal Navy.

Rare look inside a pirates' prisonupdated: Wed Apr 20 2011 08:09:00

Reporting for CNN, Jane Ferguson offers a rare look inside a prison where dozens of the inmates are convicted pirates.

Life inside Somaliland's pirate prisonupdated: Wed Apr 20 2011 08:09:00

"We want money," say the group of inmates with a smile. Somaliland's highest security prison hasn't dampened the hustling spirit of its pirate prisoners. My government handler rolls his eyes. They do this a lot, he explains.

India captures 61 suspected Somali piratesupdated: Mon Mar 14 2011 08:00:00

Indian naval patrols captured 61 suspected Somali pirates and rescued 13 crew from a hijacked fishing vessel after a crossfire in the Arabian Sea over the weekend, authorities said Monday.

Suspected pirates accused of killing 4 Americans in federal courtupdated: Thu Mar 10 2011 20:40:00

Fourteen suspected pirates appeared Thursday in federal court in Virginia, about 7,000 miles from where they were captured for their alleged role in the February hijacking of a yacht that led to the deaths of four Americans.

2009: Ship fends off piratesupdated: Wed Mar 09 2011 07:45:00

In November 2009, the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama was attacked by pirates for the second time in seven months.

Pirates target the Maersk Alabama againupdated: Wed Mar 09 2011 07:45:00

Pirates targeted the Maersk Alabama, the ship seized in a dramatic operation in the Indian Ocean waters two years ago.

Demystifying modern-day piratesupdated: Tue Mar 01 2011 11:13:00

Piracy expert Candyce Kelshall explains how pirates are thriving and how the West is encouraging them.

Sources say Americans detained pirate negotiatorsupdated: Sun Feb 27 2011 14:59:00

Before two pirate leaders departed the captured yacht where they held four Americans earlier this month, a maritime source says they left instructions: Kill the hostages if we do not come back from negotiations.

Remembering fallen friendsupdated: Thu Feb 24 2011 10:00:00

Four Americans slain when Somali pirates hijacked their yacht are remembered by loved ones.

State: Pirates to be held accountableupdated: Wed Feb 23 2011 09:39:00

State Dept. spokesman P.J. Crowley comments on the killing of four Americans by pirates off the coast of Somalia.

Americans slain by captors on hijacked yacht; pirates killed, arrestedupdated: Wed Feb 23 2011 06:19:00

A round-the-world boating adventure ended tragically Tuesday for four Americans, whom pirates fatally shot after capturing their yacht in the Indian Ocean last week, U.S. officials said.

Hijacked yachters' last momentsupdated: Wed Feb 23 2011 06:19:00

U.S. military is on the scene where pirates killed four Americans off the coast of Africa. CNN's Chris Lawrence reports. Four Americans Captured - and Killed - by Somali Piratesupdated: Tue Feb 22 2011 18:38:00

The victims were sailing around the world handing out Bibles when they were captured in the Arabian Sea

Somali pirates seize yacht with four Americans onboard, military saysupdated: Sun Feb 20 2011 02:30:00

Somali pirates hijacked a yacht with four Americans onboard in the Indian Ocean, U.S. military officials said Saturday.

Somali pirates seize American yachtupdated: Sun Feb 20 2011 02:30:00

CNN's David McKenzie talks to Randi Kaye about four Americans who were taken by Somali pirates off the coast of Oman.

Somali pirate sentenced to nearly 34 years in prisonupdated: Wed Feb 16 2011 14:51:00

A federal court sentenced a Somali man to nearly 34 years in prison Wednesday for acts related to high-seas piracy after he and three other men hijacked a U.S.-flagged ship as it cruised past the Horn of Africa.

Pirate hijacking foiledupdated: Fri Jan 21 2011 12:02:00

South Korea's Navy rescues sailors from a ship hijacked by Somali pirates. CNN's Paula Hancocks reports.

South Koreans pull off daring rescue of pirated shipupdated: Fri Jan 21 2011 12:02:00

It was code-named "Dawn of Gulf of Aden," and when South Korea gave it a green light Friday, its daring execution led to five hours of chilling drama on the high seas.

Hijacking off Tanzania shows expansion of pirate activity, Navy saysupdated: Fri Dec 10 2010 14:04:00

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.

Pirate attacks down, but hijackings up, U.N. reportsupdated: Tue Nov 02 2010 18:39:00

While the number of pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia has dropped since last year, there has been an increase in the number of ships that have been successfully hijacked, the United Nations says.

Pirates hijack ship near Kenyan coastupdated: Sun Oct 24 2010 08:17:00

Somali pirates hijacked a gas vessel with a crew of 17 off the coast of Kenya, the European Union Naval Force Somalia reported Sunday.

Vessel released from pirate control; suspected pirate ship destroyedupdated: Mon Oct 18 2010 10:20:00

A multi-national maritime piracy task force said Monday that the crew of a British Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship boarded, cleared and destroyed a suspected pirate vessel off the coast of Somalia, sending nine piracy suspects rowing back to shore.

Report: Somali pirates hijack South Korean vesselupdated: Sun Oct 17 2010 11:08:00

A South Korean fishing boat was hijacked by Somali pirates off the coast of Africa, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported Sunday, citing the nation's foreign ministry.

Ship hijacked off East Africaupdated: Wed Sep 29 2010 12:03:00

Pirates have hijacked a ship sailing under a Panamanian flag off the coast of East Africa, authorities said Wednesday.

Pirates hijack ship in Gulf of Adenupdated: Mon Aug 02 2010 06:59:00

Pirates hijacked a cargo ship off the coast of Somalia on Monday, a European Union naval task force said.

Somali pirates release 2 shipsupdated: Tue Jul 20 2010 13:26:00

Somali pirates Tuesday released two hijacked ships that have been held for more than four months, the European Union anti-piracy task force announced.

Somali pirates get 5 years in prisonupdated: Thu Jun 17 2010 15:54:00

Five Somali men were convicted in the Netherlands of plotting a hijack at sea and sentenced to five years in prison, CNN affiliate RTL reported Thursday.

Somali pirates sentenced in Dutch courtupdated: Thu Jun 17 2010 15:54:00

Five Somali pirates are sentenced to five years in Dutch prison for hijacking a freighter. CNN's Paula Newton reports.

Pirates get 5 years in prison in first trial in Europeupdated: Thu Jun 17 2010 12:51:00

Five Somali men were convicted of plotting a hijack at sea and sentenced to five years in prison in the Netherlands, in the first trial of pirates in Europe, a prosecution spokesman said Thursday.

Pirates seize cargo ship off Somalia; crew retakes second shipupdated: Wed Jun 02 2010 08:27:00

A Panama-flagged cargo ship was hijacked by pirates early Wednesday off the coast of Somalia, the European Union Naval Force said in a statement.

Five pirates stand trial in the Netherlandsupdated: Wed May 26 2010 03:09:00

Five suspected pirates went on trial Tuesday in the Netherlands in what is thought to be the first trial in Europe of pirate suspects.

Somali pirate pleads guilty in Maersk Alabama hijackingupdated: Tue May 18 2010 22:07:00

A Somali pirate who prosecutors say led the attack on a U.S. vessel off the coast of Africa last year pleaded guilty in New York on Tuesday to charges he hijacked the ship and kidnapped the captain.

Taiwanese boat hijacked in Indian Oceanupdated: Mon May 10 2010 20:45:00

A Taiwanese fishing vessel has been hijacked in the Indian Ocean, the European Union Naval Force Somalia said in a news release.

Russian marines storm hijacked oil tankerupdated: Thu May 06 2010 06:20:00

Russian marines have stormed a tanker hijacked by pirates in the Gulf of Aden, freeing its 23 man crew and cargo of oil reported to be worth up to $50 million, naval officials said Thursday.

11 alleged pirates arrive in U.S. for prosecutionupdated: Fri Apr 23 2010 12:48:00

Eleven suspected pirates have arrived in the United States to face criminal prosecution for alleged attacks on U.S. Navy ships near Somalia, a federal government source said Friday.

Eleven alleged pirates brought to United States for prosecutionupdated: Thu Apr 22 2010 19:40:00

Federal authorities are flying 11 suspected pirates from East Africa to Norfolk, Virginia, to be prosecuted for alleged attacks on U.S. Navy ships near Somalia, according to multiple federal law enforcement sources familiar with the operation.

Report: Piracy incidents down but outlaws' reach spreadsupdated: Wed Apr 21 2010 12:39:00

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.

Warships rescue Indian crew from piratesupdated: Wed Apr 07 2010 15:29:00

U.S. and Omani warships have rescued most of the crew of a hijacked Indian ship in the northern Indian Ocean and captured 10 suspected pirates, but other marauders successfully seized a Turkish cargo ship, allied navies reported Wednesday.

Pirates seize South Korean tankerupdated: Mon Apr 05 2010 13:28:00

A South Korean oil tanker has been hijacked by pirates, the European Union Naval Force Somalia said Monday.

Failed pirate hijackingupdated: Wed Mar 24 2010 08:22:00

A ship heading to Somalia manages to successfully thwart a pirate attack. CNN's David McKenzie reports.

French warship team destroys pirate boatsupdated: Tue Mar 09 2010 10:38:00

Twenty-eight suspected pirates were taken into custody Friday by the European Union Naval Force after a handful of failed attacks on fishing vessels in the Indian Ocean, the EU mission said.

Pirates hijack Saudi tankerupdated: Wed Mar 03 2010 10:50:00

Pirates have hijacked a tanker that sailed under a Saudi flag, authorities said Wednesday.

Pirates release hijacked Greek vesselupdated: Sun Feb 28 2010 08:43:00

A Greek owned vessel that was hijacked months ago was released Sunday, naval officials said.

NATO forces recapture vessel seized by piratesupdated: Fri Feb 05 2010 13:06:00

NATO forces recaptured a ship Friday that had been taken over by armed Somali pirates, a spokesman for the European Union Naval Forces told CNN.

Ethiopian-flagged vessel thwarts pirate attackupdated: Thu Feb 04 2010 11:08:00

An Ethiopian-flagged vessel fought off a pirate attack in the Gulf of Aden earlier this week, the multi-national anti-piracy task force said Thursday.

Pirates seize North Korean-flagged ship off Somaliaupdated: Wed Feb 03 2010 13:14:00

Pirates seized a North Korean-flagged cargo ship Wednesday in the Gulf of Aden, a European Union anti-piracy task force said.

Maersk Alabama suspect charged in two other piracy incidentsupdated: Tue Jan 12 2010 15:40:00

A Somali suspect in the hijacking of the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama in the Indian Ocean last April has been charged with involvement in two additional hijackings, authorities said Tuesday.

Somali pirates hijack fourth vessel in a weekupdated: Sat Jan 02 2010 11:14:00

Pirates off Somalia have hijacked two more vessels in the Gulf of Aden, the European Union naval force said Saturday -- the third and fourth vessels they have captured this week.

Somali pirates seize two shipsupdated: Wed Dec 30 2009 10:45:00

Somali pirates have seized two vessels, the International Maritime Bureau said Tuesday.

U.S.-bound oil tanker hijacked off Somaliaupdated: Mon Nov 30 2009 06:04:00

An oil tanker bound for the United States was hijacked off Somalia with a crew of 28 aboard, maritime authorities said.

Spanish fishing boat repels pirate attackupdated: Sun Nov 29 2009 11:05:00

A Spanish fishing boat repelled an attack by suspected pirates Sunday morning in the Indian Ocean off the African coast, Spain's ministry of defense said.

How to fend off a pirate attackupdated: Fri Nov 27 2009 07:41:00

Sailors who've been hijacked often say they never saw the pirates coming.

Pirates foiled in a second attack on Maersk Alabama cargo shipupdated: Thu Nov 19 2009 08:18:00

A U.S.-flagged ship that played a central role in a bloody hijacking drama last spring was attacked again Wednesday, a busy day for piracy in the dangerous waters off the east coast of Africa.

Pirates free Spanish shipupdated: Wed Nov 18 2009 05:49:00

Somali pirates free hostages who had been held on a Spanish ship. CNN's Al Goodman reports.

Spanish PM: Somali pirates free fishermenupdated: Wed Nov 18 2009 05:49:00

All 36 crew members of a Spanish fishing boat hijacked by Somali pirates more than a month ago have been freed along with their vessel, the Spanish prime minister said Tuesday.

Pirates hijack tanker off Somali coastupdated: Tue Nov 17 2009 08:25:00

Pirates off Somalia's coast have hijacked a chemical tanker with a North Korean crew, European naval forces reported.

Pirates seize Greek ship off Seychellesupdated: Wed Nov 11 2009 09:40:00

Suspected Somali pirates hijacked a Greek-owned bulk carrier Wednesday with 22 crew members aboard, according to the European Union's Naval Force for Somalia.

When pirates attack: What to do if the worst happensupdated: Tue Nov 10 2009 10:02:00

Sailors who've been hijacked often say they never saw the pirates coming.

Pirates demand $7 million for yacht couple, Britain saysupdated: Sat Oct 31 2009 19:24:00

Somali pirates demanded a $7 million ransom for a British couple kidnapped aboard their yacht last week, a British agency said Friday.

UK won't pay piratesupdated: Sat Oct 31 2009 19:24:00

Somali pirates holding a British couple are asking for money and the release of fellow pirates. ITN's Agnus Walker reports.

Pirates may have captured couple, yachtupdated: Tue Oct 27 2009 15:47:00

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 hijack cargo ship near Seychellesupdated: Thu Oct 22 2009 08:16:00

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.

Global pirate attacks on the increaseupdated: Wed Oct 21 2009 07:17:00

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 vows to rescue 25 crew aboard hijacked merchant shipupdated: Tue Oct 20 2009 13:17:00

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.

French military fends off Somalia pirate attackupdated: Tue Oct 13 2009 09:43:00

The French military fended off a pirate attack on two fishing boats, hundreds of miles off the coast of east Africa, a French Defense Ministry spokesman said Tuesday.

5 held as confused pirates attack French shipupdated: Wed Oct 07 2009 11:46:00

Five people were detained off Somalia's coast Wednesday after pirates mistook a French ship involved in an anti-piracy operation for a commercial vessel, the French Defense Ministry said.

Somali pirates fire at U.S. helicopter, Navy saysupdated: Thu Aug 27 2009 12:12:00

Pirates holding a Taiwanese-flagged ship off the coast of Somalia fired on a U.S. Navy helicopter Wednesday as the aircraft monitored the ship, the Navy said.

U.S., Korean warships stop Somali pirate attackupdated: Thu May 14 2009 08:52:00

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.

Navy ship outruns pirates, officials sayupdated: Thu May 07 2009 18:17:00

Pirates off the eastern coast of Somalia picked the wrong target this week when they tried to attack a U.S. Navy ship, the Navy said Thursday.

Pirates hijack German-owned shipupdated: Wed May 06 2009 06:17:00

A German-owned cargo ship was hijacked by pirates in the Gulf of Aden in waters near Somalia that have become notorious for pirate attacks.

Pirates seized after threatening French navy shipupdated: Sun May 03 2009 14:03:00

The French Navy said they seized 11 pirates Sunday after they apparently mistook a French military vessel for a commercial ship and made a run at it.

More than $200M pledged to beat Somali piratesupdated: Fri Apr 24 2009 10:36:00

Countries have pledged $213 million at an international conference to boost security in Somalia and halt the country's growing piracy problem.

Somali PM: Anti-pirate patrols not workingupdated: Thu Apr 23 2009 09:35:00

Somalia's prime minister told CNN Thursday that the international naval patrols in the Gulf of Aden are not solving the problem of piracy in the region.

'Robust action' could curtail piracy, expert saysupdated: Mon Apr 20 2009 18:11:00

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.

French navy seizes 11 suspected piratesupdated: Mon Apr 20 2009 16:25:00

The French Navy captured 11 suspected pirates off the coast of Kenya Wednesday, the French Ministry of Defense announced.

Russian warship apprehends Somali piratesupdated: Mon Apr 20 2009 15:57:00

A Russian heavy missile cruiser stopped three pirate ships off the coast of Somalia, and detained 10 pirates, according to a statement released Friday by Russian Navy headquarters in Moscow.

Japan destroyers set sail on anti-piracy missionupdated: Mon Apr 20 2009 14:28:00

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.

New pirate attack thwarted in Gulf of Adenupdated: Sun Apr 19 2009 12:39:00

NATO forces patrolling the Gulf of Aden foiled a pirate attack on a Norwegian tanker this weekend, a NATO spokesman said.

Maersk crew heading back to U.S.updated: Wed Apr 15 2009 22:30:00

The crew of the Maersk Alabama is returning to the United States, and its captain will soon follow, a company spokesman said Wednesday.

How the Navy deals with piratesupdated: Wed Apr 15 2009 16:33:00

Barbara Starr reports on the tough tactics used by the U.S. Navy in pirate crises.

French capture 11 suspected pirates; Greek ship freedupdated: Wed Apr 15 2009 16:33:00

The French navy on Wednesday captured 11 suspected pirates off the coast of Kenya, Franc'e mnistry of defense announced, while other pirates who had held a Greek vessel for nearly a month let it go. INSIDE STORY: The Dramatic Rescue of Capt. Richard Phillipsupdated: Wed Apr 15 2009 12:11:00

Jittery pirates, a failed escape - and Navy SEALs who dropped from the night sky

Pirates vow to kill U.S., French sailorsupdated: Mon Apr 13 2009 13:48:00

Two pirates in Somalia vowed revenge Monday, after the U.S. military killed three pirates and freed a U.S. ship captain who had been held hostage for several days. American Ship Captain Freed from Somali Piratesupdated: Mon Apr 13 2009 12:52:00

"His courage is a model for all Americans," President Obama says about Capt. Richard P. Phillips

Source: Pirates repel sailors attempting to reach captainupdated: Sun Apr 12 2009 06:54:00

Pirates off the eastern coast of Africa fired on U.S. sailors Saturday as they tried to reach the lifeboat where an American captain is being held, a U.S. official familiar with the situation told CNN.

Maersk news conferenceupdated: Sun Apr 12 2009 06:54:00

The Maersk Line, Ltd. president and CEO talks about the pirate attack of the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama.

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