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Anti-war activists stage a rally against the South Korean government's decision to send troops to Hormuz Strait, near the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. South Korean government on Tuesday said in a press release that the government had decided to send troops to Hormuz Strait to protect South Korean citizens and guarantee the freedom of navigation in the region. The sign reads

S. Korea naval unit to expand operations to Strait of Hormuz

Jan. 21, 2020 1:53 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean anti-piracy unit has temporarily expanded its mission to the Strait of Hormuz, a vital global oil route at the center of soaring tensions between Iran and the United States. South Korea’s Defense Ministry announced the expansion Tuesday, saying it was meant...

Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea off Africa led world in 2019

Jan. 15, 2020 8:09 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea off West Africa jumped by more than 50% last year as the area off oil-rich Nigeria continues to be the world's most dangerous for ship crews, the International Maritime Bureau says in a new report. The rise in crew kidnappings in the Gulf of Guinea was...

1 killed, 4 Chinese abducted as pirates attack ship in Gabon

Dec. 23, 2019 7:20 AM EST

LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Authorities searched Monday for four Chinese crew members who were taken hostage by pirates in speedboats off Gabon's capital over the weekend. Government spokesman Edgard Anicet Mboumbou Miyakou confirmed Sunday that four vessels anchored in the bay off Libreville were targeted in...

3 of 4 men kidnapped from oil tanker off Africa released

Dec. 13, 2019 1:56 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Three of four crew members who were kidnapped by pirates from a Greek-flagged oil tanker off the coast of Togo last month have been released, while the fourth has died, the vessel's managing company said Friday. European Products Carriers Ltd. said in a statement that the three...

Dutch judge orders Nigerian piracy suspect held for 2 weeks

Dec. 6, 2019 10:39 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Nigerian man suspected of hijacking a Dutch-flagged freight ship has been handed over to Dutch authorities by South Africa and ordered jailed for two weeks while investigations continue, prosecutors said Friday. The 29-year-old, whose identity was not released, is suspected...

Pirates attack ship off Nigeria, take 19 of crew hostage

Dec. 5, 2019 8:30 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Pirates boarded a Greek-owned oil tanker off Nigeria and kidnapped 19 Indian and Turkish crew members in what have become the world’s most dangerous waters for such attacks. A statement Wednesday by the owner and Hong Kong-based managers said the Nave Constellation ship was...