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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East Libyan elite forces snub ICC over warrant for commander

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – An elite forces unit linked to the army that controls much of eastern Libya has snubbed international efforts to bring to justice one of its senior officers for allegedly executing dozens of prisoners.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday for Mahmoud al-Werfalli, a commander in the Special Forces of Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA).

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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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Red Cross to send test shipment of rice to stricken Yemen

GENEVA/HODEIDAH, Yemen (Reuters) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) plans to send a test shipment of rice to Yemen this month in its first attempt since February to deliver food aid via the port of Hodeidah, which is held by Houthi fighters allied to Iran.

The port has been repeatedly hit by air strikes from a Saudi-led coalition, which has been fighting in Yemen since 2015 to try to restore the internationally recognized President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power. It normally handles some 80 percent of Yemen’s food supplies as well as humanitarian aid.

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Swedish soldiers to fend off pirates near Somalia

Thirty-four Swedish soldiers are heading to east Africa as part of international efforts to prevent attacks from Somali pirates.

The soldiers, from Gothenburg, will be stationed off the coast of Somalia as part of Sweden’s fifth mission to the region.

Two small Swedish combined transport and war ships will be on board the Dutch HNLMS Rotterdam, an amphibious warfare ship of the Royal Netherlands Navy.

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Gerry Northwood at MAST – Designer Security for Superyachts

Gerry is the Chief Operating Officer of MAST. Since leaving the Royal Navy, where he reached the rank of Captain, he has enjoyed success in applying his hard won operations experience and skills to the commercial sector. During his naval career he commanded operations against Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean and narcotics smugglers in the Caribbean. He played a key role in the creation of the European Union Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) and Maritime Security Centre Horn of Africa (MSCHOA) and for this he was awarded an OBE.

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Protestors drag Shell Niger Delta oil facility shutdown into fifth day

Protesters still numbered around 800 people, praying and cooking under canopies set up at the Belema Flow Station in Rivers state as security personnel watched.

AKUKU-TORU, Nigeria – Protesters on Tuesday dragged the shutdown of a Shell (RDSa.L) crude oil facility in the Niger Delta into its fifth day, after storming the flow station demanding jobs and infrastructure development last week.

Echoing a common complaint in the impoverished swampland that produces most of Nigeria’s oil, the protesters said they were not benefiting from the region’s oil wealth and wanted an end to the oil pollution that has ruined much of the land.

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Migrant traffickers taking Black Sea route to evade detection

People traffickers are shifting their routes into Europe in a bid to outpace efforts to catch them, the Romanian authorities have warned, citing a case in which 69 Iraqi migrants were arrested trying to reach the country by sea.

The group, who were travelling in a Turkish-flagged motorised yacht, were intercepted by the Romanian border force ten miles from the Black Sea port city of Mangalia. They included ten women and 29 children, while the suspected smugglers, who were steering the yacht, were Bulgarian and Cypriot nationals.

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Pakistan Inaugurates Construction of Maritime Counter Terrorism Centre

The Pakistan Navy has inaugurated the construction of a new Maritime Counter Terrorism Centre (MCTC) in Karachi on Wednesday, August 15.

According to a report by the state-owned Associated Press of Pakistan, the MCTC will provide training to “special operations forces (SOF) and special wings of [local and foreign] law enforcement agencies (LEA) in (sic) Maritime Counter Terrorism (MCT) domain.”

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Police Nab Three Sea Pirates In Rivers

By Akujobi Amadi

Operatives of the Commissioner of Police Crack Squad (CP’s Cracks Squad) of the Marine Police Section of the Rivers State Command, have arrested a three-man sea pirate gang who were alleged to have been responsible for several high profile hijack and kidnapping across waterways in the state, especially, within the Kalabari axis.

The suspects were arrested on the 28th of July this year  in a combined operation by the CP’s crack squad and men of the marine police.

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