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Jury set to decide sentence of Somali pirates

A Virginia jury will deliberate the sentence of three Somali pirates convicted in the 2011 shooting deaths of four Americans off the coast of Africa. Full story

Facebook rebuffs UN team request on Somali pirates

United Nations investigators hoped they would get some help from Facebook when they asked to see information on suspected pirates operating in Somalia. Full story

Sentencing hearing begins for 3 Somali pirates

A sentencing hearing for three Somali pirates who could face the death penalty got underway in Virginia on Monday. Full story

Pirates release oil tanker hijacked off Gabon

Turkey's ambassador to Gabon says pirates have released an oil tanker hijacked last week off the West African country's coast, leaving its 24-member Indian crew unharmed. Full story

US admiral cites rise in piracy in Gulf of Oman

The U.S. Navy's top admiral says he's concerned by a recent rise in piracy in waters east of the Persian Gulf. Full story

Pirates raid chemical tanker off Togo, injure crew

ABUJA (Reuters) - Pirates looted a chemical tanker and injured some of its crew off the coast of Togo this week, its government and a maritime agency said on Thursday, underscoring increasing threats to shipping in West African waters. Full story

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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.
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.

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.

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, in September 2012.

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Somali pirate

Photo made on January 7, 2010 shows an armed Somali pirate along the coastline while the Greek cargo ship, MV Filitsa, is seen anchored just off the shores of Hobyo town in northeastern Somalia where its being held by pirates. One of Somalia's most notorious pirate leaders who terrorised vast area