Chennai Six Found Not Guilty

(TheGuardian) Six former British soldiers jailed on weapons charges in India have been found not guilty on appeal, according to supporters. The men, who were working on the AdvanFort anti-piracy ship MV Seaman Guard Ohio, are: Nick Dunn from Ashington, Northumberland Billy Irving from Connel, Argyll Ray Tindall from Chester Paul Towers from … [Read more...]

Libya Captures Two Oil Tankers After Firefight

By Ahmed Elumami (Reuters) Libyan naval forces captured two vessels suspected of smuggling oil from the North African country after gun battles lasting several hours west of the capital Tripoli, a spokesman for the service said on Friday. Libyan forces frequently capture vessels smuggling oil and arms off the coast and the North African state has become a haven for … [Read more...]

Saudi Arabia Asks U.N. to Supervise Yemen Port

by William Maclean (Reuters) A Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen called on Sunday for the United Nations to place a strategic port under its supervision after a helicopter attack on a boatload of Somali refugees left 42 dead.   The refugees had departed from the western port city of Hodeidah en route to Sudan when the gunship opened fire on Friday, the United … [Read more...]

Somali Piracy Risk Still High, Warns UN

The hijacking of a tanker off Somalia’s coast shows the threat pirates still pose to one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, a risk that may also hamper the Horn of African country’s efforts to explore for offshore oil and gas, a United Nations official said. “This is absolutely a return of piracy,” Alan Cole, head of the UN’s Global Maritime Crime Programme, … [Read more...]

Somali Pirates Release Hijacked Tanker

(Reuters) Somali pirates who seized a Comoros-flagged oil tanker have released the ship and its eight Sri Lankan crew, bringing the first hijacking since 2012 to an unusually swift conclusion without the payment of a ransom. The release followed a gunfight earlier on Thursday between the pirates and the marine force, and then intensive negotiations between the marine force, … [Read more...]