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S. Korean troops rescue 11 foreign sailors in Gulf of Aden

SEOUL, Aug. 5 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean Navy's anti-piracy unit in Somalia has rescued 11 foreign sailors who were drifting near the Gulf of Aden, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) here said Monday. The sailors were rescued by the Korean troops at around 3:40 p.m. on Sunday (local time) off the coast of Somalia, while drifting on a lifeboat for five days, the JCS said. The sailors -- eight Indians, two Yemenis and one Nepalese -- had abandoned their ship after it had caught fire at sea, it said.

US jury gives life sentence to Somali pirates

Three convicted Somali pirates dodged the death penalty Friday when a US jury sentenced them to life in prison for the high-seas murder of four Americans on a yacht in the Indian Ocean. Federal prosecutors had sought the death penalty for Ahmed Muse Salad, Abukar Osman Beyle and Shani Nurani Shiekh Abrar for the February 2011 shooting deaths aboard the 58-foot (17.7-meter) sloop Quest. Its owners Scott Adam, 70, and Jean Adam, 66, both retirees from the Los Angeles suburb of Marina del Rey, had set off from New Zealand to fulfill a lifelong dream of sailing around the world.

US jury sentences Somali pirates to life

Three convicted Somali pirates avoided the death penalty Friday when a US jury sentenced them to life in prison for the high-seas murder of four Americans in the Indian Ocean. Federal prosecutors had sought the death penalty for Ahmed Muse Salad, Abukar Osman Beyle and Shani Nurani Shiekh Abrar for the February 2011 shooting deaths aboard a 58-foot (17.7-meter) yacht. The boat's owners Scott Adam, 70, and Jean Adam, 66, both retirees from the Los Angeles suburb of Marina del Rey, had set off from New Zealand to fulfill a lifelong dream of sailing around the world.

Hostages alive from Somali pirate-held boat that sank

At least three, and perhaps all, of the 15-man crew of a merchant vessel that sank last week while being held by Somali pirates are alive, their families said Saturday. The Malaysian-flagged MV Albedo container ship, seized by Somali pirates in November 2010, sank last week in rough seas a short distance offshore from the pirate-held town of Hobyo, on central Somalia's Indian Ocean coast. While initially the crew were feared drowned, three have since been allowed to call their families, saying that 11 in total of the crew are alive, while four more are unaccounted for.

Thousands demand secession for south Yemen

Thousands of people rallied in south Yemen on Sunday's 19th anniversary of the civil war that was won by the north to demand secession for the south. "No union and no federation -- no to the occupation!" the crowds chanted in the Hadramawt provincial capital of Mukalla, an AFP correspondent said. They waved the flag of the former South Yemen and portraits of Hassan Baoum, head of the Southern Movement's supreme council. In a statement, the protest organisers reaffirmed their rejection of a national dialogue under way in the capital Sanaa.

Four people shot outside North Carolina law firm, Walmart: police

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (Reuters) - A man armed with a shotgun opened fire outside a law firm and a Walmart store in Greenville, North Carolina, on Friday, shooting four people before police shot him, the city's police chief said. Greenville Police Chief Hassan Aden said he did not know the conditions of the suspect or shooting victims.

'A Hijacking' Review: Drama Counts the Cost of Somali Piracy

By Leah Rozen LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - This tense drama is an accomplished contemporary take on adventure at the high seas, but rather than Errol Flynn brandishing a sword and yelling, "Ahoy, matey!," "A Hijacking" follows what happens when Somali pirates take over a cargo ship in the Indian Ocean.

Protesters rally for south Yemen independence

Thousands gathered in Yemen's main southern city of Aden on Tuesday to call for renewed independence for the south 23 years after it united with the north. Waving the flag of the former People's Democratic Republic of Yemen and portraits of exiled southern leader Ali Salem al-Baid, the protesters gathered at a square in the Khor Maksar district of Aden, an AFP correspondent reported. "We have vowed that Sanaa will no longer rule us. Get out," they chanted. "Independence is our goal," read their banners.

Saudi ship owner paid pirates $2.6 mn ransom

The Saudi owner of an Algerian cargo ship whose crew were held by Somali pirates for 10 months admitted paying $2.6 million to free them in November 2011, an Algerian paper reported Tuesday. The MV Blida, carrying 17 Algerians, six Ukrainians, two Filipinos, one Jordanian and one Indonesian, was captured by a gang of heavily armed pirates on January 1, 2011, on its way from Oman to Tanzania. Two of hostages were released for health reasons in October that year, with the rest freed the following month when a bag full of cash was parachuted from a plane.

Pirates free Danish ship crew held two years in Somalia

Pirates have freed six sailors who were abducted from a Danish cargo ship off Oman and held for more than two years in Somalia, after receiving a ransom, the crew's employer said Tuesday. Shipping company Shipcraft said it had paid the hijackers "considerable millions, substantially more than previous kidnappings where Danish citizens have been involved". It declined to reveal the amount "considering possible future kidnapping situations".
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