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Malaysia calls release of crews of the abducted tanker in Somalia

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian foreign minister Rais Yatim said the government was taking steps to secure the release of the crewmen -- with Filipinos among them --  taken hostage on two Malaysian tankers in the Gulf of Aden, reports said Monday. Rais said the piracy menace in the area was under the United Nations' Convention on the Law of the Sea...

479 Somali refugees arrive Yemen

Yemen: Security sources said on Monday that about 479 Somali refugees, including 88 children and women, had arrived in the provinces of Shabwa, Abyan and Hadramout during the last three days. According to the sources, ten Somali refugees sank while they were trying to arrive in Yemeni beaches. "Eight bodies were found in Shabwa province and...

WFP aid worker under gun attack in Somalia

Somalia: Unidentified Somali gunmen have injured a UN World Food Program worker after penning fire on his vehicle in the southern port city of Merka. The victim was on his way home when he came under attack on Sunday, a local UN official said on condition of anonymity, local reports said. A witness said the victim sped up and fled the scene as the...

Somali migrants heading for Malta rescued

Malta: A group of 28 Somali illegal immigrants were brought into Birzebbuga on Sunday night, after they were spotted some 17 miles off Delimara by a local sailing yacht. The Andrew Valletta spotted the migrants in a black fiberglass boat in the afternoon heading for Marsaxlokk. Malta has been targeted as a destination by Somalis since the...

Indians among the hijacked ship off Somalia

Mumbai: Three Indians on board a hijacked ship on the Red Sea are reported to be safe, the Directorate General of Shipping said. The hijacked ship, MV Iran Deyanat, has been taken to an undisclosed location off Somalia, DG Shipping said in a statement on Friday. "No demands have been made so far by the hijackers," it said. The three...

Abducted UNHCR boss freed by Somali insurgents

Somalia: Insurgents release the local head of the UN refugee agency in Somalia as more soldiers escape from army to join anti-government forces. On Wednesday, gunmen released Hassan Mohamed Ali Keynan who was kidnapped from his home near the Somali capital Mogadishu. UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said it was 'pleased' with the release...

One more Malaysian tanker hijcked off Somalia coast

Somalia: Heavily armed Somali pirates have seized another Malaysian tanker in the latest such attack in the waters off the Horn of Africa country, a maritime official said on Saturday. "We believe it's a Malaysian bulk carrier and it was hijacked last night," Andrew Mwangura, head of the Kenya-based East Africa Seafarers' Assistance...

Joint Navy warships start patrols off Somali coasts

USA: The US Naval Central Command has ordered Coalition naval forces to establish a 'Maritime Security Patrol Area' in the Gulf of Aden to protect merchant shipping. Navy warships will patrol the area with aircraft support, under the command of Commodore Bob Davidson of the Canadian Navy. The move comes following last week's spate of hijackings...

Australia police begins hunt for journalist in Somalia

Australia: Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Foreign Affairs staff have arrived in Nairobi to help consulate staff trying to free Australian photojournalist Nigel Brennan, who was kidnapped in Somalia on Saturday. A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) said the Australian government was pursuing all appropriate...

Philippines plans to ban seaman's movement in prone areas

Manila: The Philippines is looking into the possibility of banning Filipino seafarers from boarding ships that will pass through "pirate-prone" areas, the country's foreign secretary said on Tuesday. The Department of Foreign Affairs might review the contracts of seamen who board on vessels that are vulnerable to sea robberies, Secretary...

Somali president vows to free foreign journalists

Addis Ababa: Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed said Tuesday all steps were being taken to free two foreign journalists and their local fixer seized in the war-riven country at the weekend. "We are undertaking every possible measure for their release, including negotiations. We are confident that they will be released very soon,"...

Piracy off Somalia coast difficult to stop: DFA

Philippine: A ranking official of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) admitted Monday that the abduction of Filipino seamen in Somalia is difficult to stop but the Philippine government is now looking for ways to avoid kidnappings. The admission came amid reports that one of the Filipino seamen aboard a Malaysian vessel hijacked last week off...

Somali pirates funding rebels

Nairobi: An explosion of piracy this month off the coast of Somalia is funding a growing insurgency onshore as the hijackers funnel hefty ransom payments to Islamist rebels, a maritime official said on Sunday. A record four ships were seized in 48 hours last week off the anarchic Horn of Africa nation, meaning Somali pirates are currently holding...

Somalis name foreign journalists hijacked by pirates

Somalia: Somalia's journalists' union identified two Western reporters kidnapped near Mogadishu and said on Sunday it believed they were being held hostage by gunmen in the capital. The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) named them as Amanda Lindhout, a Canadian reporter based in Baghdad but freelancing for French television and Canada's...

Islamic rebels seize key Somali port

Somalia: Islamist rebels in Somalia have captured the strategic town of Kismayu after intense fighting on Friday that has left dozens dead and scores injured. The Islamist group has been fighting to sieze the port from the Sade clan, which has controlled it for more than a year.According to residents, Al-Shabaab forces, who are now in full control...