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Former South African President Nelson Mandela was released Wednesday from a hospital after being treated for a lung infection and having gallstones removed, a government spokesman said. But the 94-year-old anti-apartheid icon will continue to receive medical care at home.
Gunmen attacked a supply tugboat off the coast of Nigeria's oil-rich southern delta and kidnapped foreign sailors, including Italians, in the latest attack in the West African region that increasingly is dangerous for shippers and oil companies, officials said Monday.
Criminal gangs have stepped up attacks on ships off Africa's west coast, even as similar incidents involving Somali pirates off the continent's east coast have declined sharply, according to the International Maritime Bureau.
Piracy has risen to record levels this year, with Somalia's 21st-century buccaneers responsible more than half of it, according to new figures from the International Maritime Bureau.
The recent kidnapping of a handicapped French woman from a Kenyan resort, initially attributed to Somali pirates, was the second such kidnapping in a month. Kenyan authorities now blame al-Shabab, the Somali terrorist group affiliated with al Qaeda.
Armed pirates raided a tanker off the West African coast and kidnapped 23 sailors Wednesday, sailing off with the vessel in waters increasingly at risk of piracy, an international monitoring group said.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Global shipping officials warned yesterday that pirate attacks off Somalia"s coast have spiraled to terrifying levels, with U.S. and international navies failing to protect seafarers from being kidnapped.