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October 5, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A ship carrying United Nations aid to tsunami victims in Somalia has finally reached port after being freed by pirates who held it for nearly 100 days at sea. The Semlow, which had been captured by gunmen in speedboats on June 27 off lawless Somalia, was towed Monday night into El Maan with the 10-member crew exhausted but safe, its owner and the U.N. said. The pirates left the Semlow on Sunday without taking its cargo of 850 tons of rice, donated by Japan and Germany.
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May 3, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Somali pirates hijacked a Greek and a Ukrainian ship, and a NATO warship briefly detained 19 pirates armed with explosives after foiling an attack on a Norwegian tanker in the Gulf of Aden. Pirates said they were taking the Ukrainian ship, hijacked in the Indian Ocean with a cargo that includes United Nations' vehicles, to the Somali coastal town of Harardhere. "We have hijacked a ship carrying industrial equipment including white cars with the U.N. logo; our friends are on board it," a pirate who said his name was Hussein told Reuters news agency by telephone from Harardhere.
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March 19, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Two U.S. Navy warships returned fire on suspected pirates off the coast of Somalia, killing one suspect, wounding five and igniting a fire on one vessel, the Navy said. Seven other suspects were taken into custody after the early-morning shootout, said Lt. Cmdr. Charlie Brown, spokesman for the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet. No sailors were wounded in the battle, which occurred about 5:40 a.m. about 25 nautical miles off the Somalian coast in international waters.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2009 | Associated Press
Barely a day after the daring rescue of an American sea captain, cable TV's Spike announced a deal Monday to produce a show about U.S. Navy pirate hunters. Two crews for 44 Blue Productions hope to be on board Navy vessels patrolling in the pirate-infested waters off the coast of Africa within two weeks. The company is aiming to have a series ready to put on the air by September, said Rasha Drachkovitch, 44 Blue's president and founder. He'd been talking to the Navy about the idea for three months, but it was finished late last week while the standoff with pirates who had taken Capt.
WORLD
September 29, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The captain of a Ukrainian ship hijacked off Somalia said that one crew member had died and that he could see a U.S. ship about a mile from his freighter. Viktor Nikolsky said via a satellite phone that a Russian sailor died because of hypertension. One of the pirates who seized the Faina, which carries Russian tanks, handed the phone to Nikolsky so he could speak to a reporter. He said other crew members were fine. Pirates have demanded millions of dollars to free the ship and crew.
WORLD
December 11, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
The United States is seeking international authorization to hunt Somali pirates on land with the cooperation of Somalia's weak U.N.-backed government. A U.S. draft resolution circulating among U.N. Security Council members proposes that all nations and regional groups cooperating with Somalia's government in the fight against piracy and armed robbery also "may take all necessary measures ashore in Somalia," including its airspace. Presumably that could involve the U.S. military, which withdrew from Somalia after the killing of 18 U.S. troops there in 1993.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2009 | Associated Press
Barely a day after the daring rescue of an American sea captain, cable TV's Spike announced a deal Monday to produce a show about U.S. Navy pirate hunters. Two crews for 44 Blue Productions hope to be on board Navy vessels patrolling in the pirate-infested waters off the coast of Africa within two weeks. The company is aiming to have a series ready to put on the air by September, said Rasha Drachkovitch, 44 Blue's president and founder. He'd been talking to the Navy about the idea for three months, but it was finished late last week while the standoff with pirates who had taken Capt.
WORLD
January 22, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
U.S. Navy vessels pursued a suspected pirate ship in the Indian Ocean off Somalia and fired warning shots to capture its crew, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command said. The guided-missile destroyer Winston S. Churchill and other U.S. naval forces located the vessel after receiving a report of an attempted act of piracy, but the ship failed to respond to orders to stop. The crew members were seized and U.S. sailors who boarded the vessel discovered small arms on board, the statement said.
NEWS
July 6, 2006 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
JOHNNY DEPP has never played it safe as an actor. One of his biggest gambles was turning his Capt. Jack Sparrow character into a seafaring Keith Richards in the 2003 blockbuster "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl." His outlandishly funny, quirky and sometimes even effeminate performance was a risk worth taking: It brought him the Screen Actors Guild Award and his first best actor Oscar nomination.
WORLD
December 10, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
A German cruise ship plans to evacuate passengers in Yemen and fly them to the next port of call today to avoid any possible encounter with pirates off Somalia. Several other cruise operators said they were also shifting or canceling tours that would have taken clients past Somalia, as nations and companies around the world debate how to confront piracy in the Gulf of Aden. A European Union mission plans to guard cargo ships, but not cruise ships.
WORLD
December 17, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
On the same day Somali gunmen seized two more ships, the U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to authorize nations to conduct land and air attacks on pirate bases on the coast of the Horn of Africa country. The Security Council authorized nations to use "all necessary measures that are appropriate in Somalia" to stop anyone from using Somali territory to plan or carry out piracy in the nearby waters, which are traversed each year by thousands of cargo ships sailing between Asia and the Suez Canal.
WORLD
December 11, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
The United States is seeking international authorization to hunt Somali pirates on land with the cooperation of Somalia's weak U.N.-backed government. A U.S. draft resolution circulating among U.N. Security Council members proposes that all nations and regional groups cooperating with Somalia's government in the fight against piracy and armed robbery also "may take all necessary measures ashore in Somalia," including its airspace. Presumably that could involve the U.S. military, which withdrew from Somalia after the killing of 18 U.S. troops there in 1993.
WORLD
December 10, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
A German cruise ship plans to evacuate passengers in Yemen and fly them to the next port of call today to avoid any possible encounter with pirates off Somalia. Several other cruise operators said they were also shifting or canceling tours that would have taken clients past Somalia, as nations and companies around the world debate how to confront piracy in the Gulf of Aden. A European Union mission plans to guard cargo ships, but not cruise ships.
WORLD
September 29, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The captain of a Ukrainian ship hijacked off Somalia said that one crew member had died and that he could see a U.S. ship about a mile from his freighter. Viktor Nikolsky said via a satellite phone that a Russian sailor died because of hypertension. One of the pirates who seized the Faina, which carries Russian tanks, handed the phone to Nikolsky so he could speak to a reporter. He said other crew members were fine. Pirates have demanded millions of dollars to free the ship and crew.
NEWS
July 6, 2006 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
JOHNNY DEPP has never played it safe as an actor. One of his biggest gambles was turning his Capt. Jack Sparrow character into a seafaring Keith Richards in the 2003 blockbuster "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl." His outlandishly funny, quirky and sometimes even effeminate performance was a risk worth taking: It brought him the Screen Actors Guild Award and his first best actor Oscar nomination.
WORLD
March 19, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Two U.S. Navy warships returned fire on suspected pirates off the coast of Somalia, killing one suspect, wounding five and igniting a fire on one vessel, the Navy said. Seven other suspects were taken into custody after the early-morning shootout, said Lt. Cmdr. Charlie Brown, spokesman for the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet. No sailors were wounded in the battle, which occurred about 5:40 a.m. about 25 nautical miles off the Somalian coast in international waters.
WORLD
December 17, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
On the same day Somali gunmen seized two more ships, the U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to authorize nations to conduct land and air attacks on pirate bases on the coast of the Horn of Africa country. The Security Council authorized nations to use "all necessary measures that are appropriate in Somalia" to stop anyone from using Somali territory to plan or carry out piracy in the nearby waters, which are traversed each year by thousands of cargo ships sailing between Asia and the Suez Canal.
WORLD
May 3, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Somali pirates hijacked a Greek and a Ukrainian ship, and a NATO warship briefly detained 19 pirates armed with explosives after foiling an attack on a Norwegian tanker in the Gulf of Aden. Pirates said they were taking the Ukrainian ship, hijacked in the Indian Ocean with a cargo that includes United Nations' vehicles, to the Somali coastal town of Harardhere. "We have hijacked a ship carrying industrial equipment including white cars with the U.N. logo; our friends are on board it," a pirate who said his name was Hussein told Reuters news agency by telephone from Harardhere.
WORLD
January 22, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
U.S. Navy vessels pursued a suspected pirate ship in the Indian Ocean off Somalia and fired warning shots to capture its crew, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command said. The guided-missile destroyer Winston S. Churchill and other U.S. naval forces located the vessel after receiving a report of an attempted act of piracy, but the ship failed to respond to orders to stop. The crew members were seized and U.S. sailors who boarded the vessel discovered small arms on board, the statement said.
WORLD
October 5, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A ship carrying United Nations aid to tsunami victims in Somalia has finally reached port after being freed by pirates who held it for nearly 100 days at sea. The Semlow, which had been captured by gunmen in speedboats on June 27 off lawless Somalia, was towed Monday night into El Maan with the 10-member crew exhausted but safe, its owner and the U.N. said. The pirates left the Semlow on Sunday without taking its cargo of 850 tons of rice, donated by Japan and Germany.
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