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UN Assembly opens amid 'shifting sands' in an uneasy world

UN Assembly opens amid 'shifting sands' in an uneasy world

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Amid the arrival of presidents, prime ministers and kings, the 66th annual session of the UN General Assembly debate will open in New York, Sept. 21. But the session hardly starts in a celebratory mood as much as a reflection and reappraisal of a series of serious geopolitical, […]

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5 Somali pirates go on trial in S. Korean court

5 Somali pirates go on trial in S. Korean court

SEOUL, South Korea – A South Korean court has begun a trial for five Somali pirates captured during a raid on a hijacked ship in the Arabian Sea. The five were arrested in January after a team of South Korean commandos raided the seized South Korean-operated cargo ship and killed eight other pirates. The commandos […]

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Somali pirates are winning in 'race' with international community

Somali pirates are winning in 'race' with international community

By John J. Metzler  UNITED NATIONS — Armed attacks on merchant vessels and piracy off the Somali coast increased by ten percent last year with some 445 attacks and 49 ship hijackings. And despite international defensive efforts taken by a score of navies off East Africa, “piracy is gradually becoming a organized industry,” costing shippers […]

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What to do with captured pirates? Hang them or let them hang out with Sean Penn?

What to do with captured pirates? Hang them or let them hang out with Sean Penn?

By Ed Koch “From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli” …. There aren’t many Americans who have never heard those words, which come from the United States Marine Corps Hymn. The words refer to the heroic role of the Marines in putting an end to pillaging and piracy by the Barbary pirates […]

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Sounds of convening General Assembly: Bombast, peace talk, hammers

Sounds of convening General Assembly: Bombast, peace talk, hammers

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Amid the arrival of presidents, prime ministers and kings, the UN General Assembly has opened in New York.   The 65th annual session of the UN’s main membership body will debate issues ranging from battling global poverty to promoting human rights and international security. Yet the setting will be […]

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Somalia to open 2nd front against Islamist insurgents

Somalia to open 2nd front against Islamist insurgents

MOGADISHU, Somalia – Several thousand Somali forces trained in neighboring Ethiopia and Kenya will open a second front against Islamist insurgents by year-end in Somalia’s south and central regions, the prime minister said Sunday. The forces will try to capture key towns including the port of Kismayo, which is believed to generate a substantial amount […]

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U.S. Marines storm pirate-held ship off Somalia

U.S. Marines storm pirate-held ship off Somalia

Helicopters from the USS Dubuque provide aerial watch as U.S. Marines from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Maritime Raid Force, embarked on Dubuque, center-right, boarded and seized control of the Antigua and Barbuda flagged and German-owned vessel Magellan Star, left, at sea off the coast of Somalia, Sept. 9 / AP /U.S. Navy, Cryptologic Technician […]