Six migrants die in Mediterranean, 300 rescued

ROME (Reuters) – Rescuers saved around 300 migrants from rubber and wooden boats in the Mediterranean on Wednesday but recovered six dead bodies during the operations, the Italian coastguard said.

Coastguard and naval ships as well as two privately owned tugs rescued the people from four boats in the central Mediterranean, the coastguard said in a statement.

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Source: metro.us

Al Shabaab captures election delegates in central Somalia

ADADO, Somalia – Al Qaida-linked Al Shabaab group has announced it had captured 10 traditional elders who participated in the Lower House ballots to elect new Federal MPs from Galmudug region, Garowe Online reports.

The detained elders were paraded in Barire district in Lower Shabelle region, as they renounced to cooperate again with the Somali government or regional states in the country, according to a statement and pictures posted on the group-affiliated media outlet.

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Two Filipino gunmen, boat skipper still missing, Esscom assures continued search

BY OLIVIA MIWIL

KOTA KINABALU: The effort to locate two militants and a boat skipper who went missing after a gunfight with police in Semporna waters on Dec 8 is still ongoing.

Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) Datuk Wan Abdul Bari Wan Abdul Khalid said although authorities had called off the search and rescue operation on the fifth day, assets from Esscom and agencies such as the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) are still combing at sea for traces of the missing persons.

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Militants abduct four fishing boat crewmen

By Manolo B. Jara

MANILA: Heavily-armed men believed to be members of the Al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf terror group abducted the skipper of a fishing boat and his three crewmen off Sulu in restive Mindanao, the military reported on Wednesday.

Major Filemon Tan, the spokesman of the military’s Western Mindanao Command, said armed men aboard a pump boat stopped the FB Ramona 2 while fishing on the Celebes Sea off Sulu and abducted the boat captain, identified as Noel Besconde, and his three crewmen at dawn on Tuesday.

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Russian sailors seized by pirates off the coast of Benin in late November, released

Russian sailors from the ship Saronic Breeze, captured by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea off the coast of the West African state of Benin in late November, were released on the evening of December 20, reported the RF Embassy in Nigeria, on his page on Twitter .

“In connection with the rescue Russian sailors Russian embassy in Nigeria is grateful to everyone who took part in their release”, – he said in another statement the embassy.

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Source: newsru.com

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Fourth navy fleet to boost security

Elton Gomes

KOTA KINABALU: The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) will strengthen security in East and Peninsular Malaysia following plans to create a new navy fleet in Sarawak.

Chief of Navy Admiral Tan Sri Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin said the new navy fleet or naval region would be based in Bintulu, expected to be set up by April 2017.

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Source: theborneopost.com

MSA, customs seize 100kg of crystal meth in major drug haul

Pakistan’s Maritime Security Agency (MSA) and Customs Intelligence seized 100 kilograms of a deadly drug off the Karachi coast on Tuesday, officials said.

MSA and customs officials conducted a joint raid close to Pakistan’s western territorial waters and seized 100 kilograms of crystal meth – one of the most powerful illegal drugs – and detained 12 smugglers, said an MSA spokesman.

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Source: henews.com.pk

U.S. Coastguards in Nigeria to strengthen implementation of ISPS Code

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) was recently in the country to carry out a pre-assessment report of port and terminal facilities in Nigeria, in line with the implementation of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code.

The ISPS Code is an amendment to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention (1974/1988) on minimum security arrangements for ships, ports and government agencies. It came into force in 2004 and prescribes responsibilities to governments, shipping companies, shipboard personnel, and port/facility personnel to “detect security threats and take preventative measures against security incidents affecting ships or port facilities used in international trade.

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NOC confirms reopening of Rayayna oil pipeline in western Libya

The National Oil Corporation confirmed Tuesday the reopening of the two oil pipelines that connect Al-Sharara oilfield to Al-Zawiya oil refinery and Al-Feel oilfield to Mellita oil facility.

The Chairman of the NOC, Mustafa Sanallah said in a statement Tuesday that he welcomes the western Petroleum Facilities Guard’s statement in which it announced the reopening of all of the closed oil pipelines, adding that he hails all those who helped in making this happen.

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