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Egypt releases weapons ship after investigation - sources

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian authorities released a ship loaded with heavy weapons and its crew three days after they were seized for entering Egyptian territorial waters in the Red Sea, two security sources told Reuters on Sunday. The Togolese-flagged ship named COMR, with a crew of 14, was escorted into the port of Safaga, 569 km (356 miles) south of Cairo, on Wednesday after straying into Egyptian waters off the Sinai Peninsula. Authorities found weapons and ammunition, and detained the crew members for investigation.

One shot dead as south Yemen protests

A passer-by was killed and three others were wounded when police opened fire to disperse protesters in the southern Yemeni city of Aden on Saturday, witnesses and medical sources said. The witnesses said police intervened to clear the roads in the flashpoint Crater district of the port city where dozens of southern activists had set up roadblocks as part of a "civil disobedience" campaign. Medical sources confirmed the casualty toll, naming the dead man as Hisham al-Nunu from the city of Taez north of Aden.

Prison guard killed as south Yemen protests

A prison guard was killed and a colleague wounded in a gun attack in the port city of Aden, police said on Saturday, as southern Yemen observed a "civil disobedience" campaign called by separatists. The overnight attack came as several district of the main southern city, including Mansura, Sheikh Othman and Crater, were brought to a virtual standstill by the protest action. Police said the shooting took place when a police vehicle from Mansura prison arrived at the local hospital carrying a sick inmate. The assailants fled the scene.

Police kill protester in Yemen anti-dialogue demo: activist

Police shot dead a protester in the historic southeastern Yemeni city of Tarim during a demonstration Monday against a national dialogue that opened in the capital, an activist said. The protester was killed "by police gunfire during clashes with demonstrators protesting against the dialogue," Southern Movement activist Fuad Rashid told AFP. Another activist was wounded while police arrested four others in the town located in the southeastern Hadramawt province, said Rashid.

South Yemen radicals stage strike in Aden, call protests

Hardline southern separatists staged a general strike in the port city of Aden on Sunday and called for protests later in the day against a national dialogue that they are boycotting, activists said. A six-hour general strike, mostly in schools and universities across Aden, paralysed the capital of the formerly independent South Yemen.

South Yemen radicals stage strike in Aden, call protests

Hardline southern separatists staged a general strike in the port city of Aden on Sunday and called for protests later in the day against a national dialogue that they are boycotting, activists said. A six-hour general strike, mostly in schools and universities across Aden, paralysed the capital of the formerly independent South Yemen.

South Yemen radicals stage strike in Aden, call protests

Hardline southern separatists staged a general strike in the port city of Aden on Sunday and called for protests later in the day against a national dialogue that they are boycotting, activists said. A six-hour general strike, mostly in schools and universities across Aden, paralysed the capital of the formerly independent South Yemen.

Aden strikes in protest at Yemen national dialogue

Residents of the port of Aden staged a general strike on Saturday after a call by southern separatists in protest at the start of a national dialogue aimed at ending Yemen's political crisis. Businesses, offices and public services all shut down for six hours between 0300 and 0900 GMT after a call by a radical faction led by the exiled former president of South Yemen, Ali Salem al-Baid, an AFP correspondent said. His movement wants full independence for the south -- an independent state until 1990 -- and is boycotting the talks that are to start on Monday.

Anger in India at Italy refusal to return marines

Anger erupted in India Tuesday over Italy's refusal to return two marines facing trial for the killing of two fishermen, with politicians saying Rome is treating India like a "banana republic". The marines are accused of shooting dead the Indian fishermen off the country's southwestern coast in February last year, when their fishing boat came close to the Italian oil tanker they were guarding. The marines said that they mistook the fishermen near the port of Kochi for pirates.

UPDATE 1-Somali pirates free chemical tanker hijacked a year ago

(Adds details from EU Navfor statement, paragraphs 4-7) By Abdiqani Hassan BOSASSO, Somalia, March 9 (Reuters) - Somali pirates have released a chemical tanker they hijacked a year ago with about 20 crew on board after receiving a ransom, the pirates and a minister from the semi-autonomous Puntland region said on Saturday.
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