International Maritime Bureau

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  • Briefly: Mandela released from hospital after treatment

    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.

  • 4 foreign sailors kidnapped off Nigerian coast

    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.

  • **FILE** This photo released by the French Navy shows pirates holding their hands up to soldiers (left) of the French vessel La Somme early Oct. 7, 2009, off the Somalia coast. Somali pirates in two skiffs fired on a French navy vessel after apparently mistaking it for a commercial boat, the French military said. The French ship gave chase and captured five suspected pirates. (Associated Press/Olivier Amalvict/ECPAD/French Navy)

    Piracy increasing near West Africa, declining near East Africa

    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.

  • Somali raiders cause increase in global piracy

    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.

  • Briefly

    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.

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