In the violent world of piracy, Mohammad Saaili Shibin was a multilingual negotiator based in lawless Somalia, working his cellphone to negotiate multimillion-dollar ransoms for merchant ships and sailors that dared to venture into pirate-infested international waters off Africa. Full story
ABUJA (Reuters) - Pirates have released five Polish and Russian crew members they kidnapped from a cargo ship off the coast of Nigeria last month, the vessel's management company said. Full story
Right after Nina Dobrev tweeted a photo of her kissing a puppy, the same picture showed up on Weibo, China's twitter-like service, with its caption translated into Chinese. "I wish I were the doggy," one micro-blogger commented on the photo, which was already reposted more than 300 times on Weibo. Full story
A women's group in England invites Captain Colin Darch to come speak on piracy, and they show up dressed up like fictonal, swashbuckling pirates—only to about Captain Darch's pirate-filled backstory; a Reddit user points us to an animated film of a 65-year-old mother trying to explain the plot of "T
Masked Somali pirate Hassan stands near a Taiwanese fishing vessel that washed up on shore after the pirates were paid a ransom and released the crew, in the once-bustling pirate den of Hobyo, Somalia, on Sept. 23, 2012.
Unidentified Syrian hostages walk after they were released by pirates at the airport in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, January 12, 2013. Somali pirates have released three Syrian hostages held in captivity since 2010 without payment of any ransom, government officials said on Saturday. The three were
Mohamed Aden Tiicey, president of the government of the Adado region, talks to the media after three Syrian hostages were released by pirates at the airport in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, January 12, 2013. Somali pirates have released three Syrian hostages held in captivity since 2010 without payme