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S. Korea taking initiative in global anti-piracy campaign

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, Dec. 24 (Yonhap) -- The U.S. government on Tuesday noted South Korea's role in global efforts to counter piracy in waters off Somalia. South Korea is among more than 80 member states of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia, a voluntary ad hoc forum created in 2009 under a U.N. Security Council resolution. The Contact Group has five working groups aimed at drawing on a wide range of international expertise and taking a problem-solving approach to piracy in cooperation with Somali officials.

S. Korea taking initiative in global anti-piracy campaign

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, Dec. 24 (Yonhap) -- The U.S. government on Tuesday noted South Korea's role in global efforts to counter piracy in waters off Somalia. South Korea is among more than 80 member states of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia, a voluntary ad hoc forum created in 2009 under a U.N. Security Council resolution. The Contact Group has five working groups aimed at drawing on a wide range of international expertise and taking a problem-solving approach to piracy in cooperation with Somali officials.

Vienna Philharmonic revokes honors to Nazis

By Georgina Prodhan VIENNA (Reuters) - The famed Vienna Philharmonic orchestra has revoked awards it made during Hitler's rule to six leading Nazis, as it quietly responds to criticism of the way it has dealt with its past. The symbolic move, decided in October but not publicly announced, follows the Philharmonic's publication earlier this year of details of its conduct during the Nazi era, which it revealed for the first time.

Pirates abduct Greek, Ukrainian from ship off Nigeria

ATHENS/ABUJA (Reuters) - Pirates have attacked an oil products tanker off the coast of Nigeria and kidnapped its Ukrainian captain and a Greek engineer, Greek coast guard officials said on Tuesday. The 6,500 ton Marshall Islands-flaggged MT ALTHEA with 18 crew on board was attacked by a group of 10 pirates, the officials said. The ship's manager, Piraeus-based Medtankers Management, confirmed the attack.

U.S. Holocaust museum gets long lost diary from top Hitler aide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The long-lost diary kept by a top aide to Adolf Hitler as he oversaw the genocide against Jews and others during World War Two, a key piece of evidence during the Nuremberg trials, was handed over on Tuesday to the U.S. Holocaust Museum. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents found and seized the 400-page diary in Wilmington, Delaware this year, ending a nearly 70-year hunt for the diary which disappeared after the Nuremberg trials in 1946.

Bosnia cuts two war crimes sentences after EU court ruling

Two brothers who fought in the Bosnian Serb army had their sentences for war crimes reduced by a Sarajevo court on Friday, following a landmark European ruling. Goran Damjanovic was in 2007 sentenced to 11 years in jail and his brother Zoran to 10-and-a-half years for having participated in the torture of Muslims and Croats. But their retrial saw Goran's sentence reduced to six-and-a-half years and his sibling to six years, Bosnian war crimes court judge Enida Hadziomerovic said while reading the verdict.

Uganda captures 19 Lord's Resistance Army rebels

Uganda troops have captured 19 Lord's Resistance Army rebels in Central African Republic (CAR), the African Union said, a sizeable victory in the hunt for the elusive jungle insurgents. The Ugandan army is leading a US-backed African Union force tasked with capturing the LRA's leaders, several of whom are wanted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Kenya says piracy incidents down due to joint patrol

Kenya says piracy incidents down due to joint patrol NAIROBI, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- The Kenyan government said the establishment Anti-Piracy Unit (APU) has significantly reduced piracy incidents along the Indian Ocean coastline. The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keriako Tobiko also attributed the drop in piracy off the coast of Somalia to the deployment of the foreign and Kenyan navy forces along the Indian Ocean coastline.

US military to fly AU troops to C. Africa

The US military will help fly African Union peacekeeping troops to the Central African Republic as part of a French-led effort to restore security there, US officials said Monday. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, in Qatar on a tour of the region, has ordered American forces "to begin transporting forces from Burundi to the Central African Republic, in coordination with France," his spokesman said in a statement.

US military to fly AU troops to C. Africa

The US military will help fly African Union peacekeeping troops to the Central African Republic as part of a French-led effort to restore security there, US officials said Monday. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who was in Qatar on a tour of the region, has ordered American forces "to begin transporting forces from Burundi to the Central African Republic, in coordination with France," his spokesman said in a statement.
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