Cooperation is the key to defeating pirates – here’s why


Pirates are notoriously hard to capture. Their actions occur on the shifting, vast expanse of the open oceans. Perpetrators cannot simply be “arrested” by a conventional police force and, even if they are caught, it’s a challenge to prosecute an offender who by their very nature transcends borders.

There is no single answer to the problem, particularly given pirates’ different guises and motivations. Yet a study of historical anti-piracy operations, both ancient and recent, does reveal one commonality in the repression of piracy: international cooperation.

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Flow of Migrants to Italy Slows, but Nobody Knows Why


LONDON — The main route to Europe is experiencing one of its longest lulls since the migration crisis began in 2014.

Just over 4,000 migrants have reached Italy from Libya since mid-July, about a fifth of the number during each of the equivalent periods of 2014, 2015 and 2016, according to the Italian Interior Ministry.

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Suspected Al-Shabaab Attackers Behead Three in Kenya’s Lamu: Official

MOMBASA, Kenya – Suspected members of Somalia’s al Shabaab Islamist group beheaded at least three men overnight in an attack on a Kenyan village, authorities said on Friday, a month after nine were killed in a similar way nearby.

“They were slaughtered. Their heads were cut off from the rest of their bodies,” said a police source, asking not to be named.

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UK warns of potential commercial ship attacks off coast of Yemen

Commercial ships passing through the Bab al-Mandab strait off the coast of Yemen could face potential attacks, the British government warned.

Vessels travelling along the strategic route should remain vigilant of remote-controlled booby-trapped boats or rocket launchers, the government said, after two commercial carriers were attacked near the Yemeni isle of Perim.

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Oil Theft and Maritime Insecurity

The National Assembly should strengthen the laws relating to oil theft and maritime insecurity

At a period when oil theft and maritime insecurity have become issues of global concern, statistics revealed that rather than the problem abating, they are actually increasing in Nigeria. According to a recent statement by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, Nigeria is losing about N7tn annually to maritime insecurity and other revenue leakages arising from oil theft. Dogara noted further that to arrest leakages and insecurity, the country must strengthen its maritime sector by addressing the issues of lack of capacity and weak laws.

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Analysis: Maritime insecurity

by ​Neil Thompson

New offshore oil and gas finds off Africa’s coastline are drawing closer attention to the state of the continent’s maritime security, particularly off West Africa, where a jump in the number of incidents of piracy and armed robbery at sea were recorded in 2016.

Africa remains one of the last frontiers for oil and gas, with significant discoveries there leading to some expectation that the continent’s importance as an energy producer is set to grow well into the 21st century.

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Saudi Arabia installing cranes at Yemen ports to boost aid delivery

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia said on Thursday it was installing four cranes at three ports in Yemen to help boost humanitarian aid deliveries and was ready to assist with installing cranes at the key port of Hodeidah once it was under control of a neutral party.

The Saudi mission to the United Nations said in a statement that the cranes were being installed at the ports of Aden, Mukalla and Al-Mokha – which are all under the control of a Saudi-led military coalition fighting in Yemen.

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Sea curfew to stay for now: IGP

Kota Kinabalu: There are no immediate plans to end the long-standing sea curfew imposed off seven districts in the east coast of Sabah as a result of the spate of kidnappings by cross-border criminals.

“There is no time frame, we will continue to impose the curfew order as long as there are threats in the east coast,” said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

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Libyans ‘threatened’ Med migrant aid boat Golfo Azzurro

A Spanish migrant aid group is deciding whether to continue its Mediterranean rescue mission after it said its boat was targeted by Libya’s coastguard.

Proactiva Open Arms, one of three groups still operating off Libya, said its boat was in international waters when it was told to head to port in Libya or come under fire.

Libyan officials did not confirm the incident.

However, the navy last week told NGOs to stay away from the Libyan coast.

Since the EU struck a deal last year with Turkey to seal off the migrant route into Greece, the Libyan route to Italy has become a focal point for migrants and people smugglers. Some 97,000 migrants have reached Italy so far this year.

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Ecuador detains Chinese boat with endangered sharks

Authorities in Ecuador have detained the crew of a Chinese fishing boat suspected to have caught endangered sharks in the Galapagos Islands.

The Fu Yuan Yu Leng 999 was found on Sunday in the archipelago, which is a marine reserve, carrying 300 tonnes of fish.

Most of the catch was sharks, including protected species such as hammerheads.

About 20 crew members face up to three years in prison if found guilty of trafficking protected species.

The Galapagos archipelago is an UNESCO world heritage site because of the rich bio-diversity found in the area.

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