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Germany Responds To Somali Piracy Problem

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Friday, December 31, 2010

The German government plans talks with the shipping industry in January to address the problem of piracy in shipping lanes off the East African coast after a number of German vessels were targetted recently. Read Full Story


US Judge Dismisses Charges Against Somali Pirates

by Mike Godfrey,, Washington

Friday, August 27, 2010

Six men have been acquitted of piracy charges despite exchanging fire with US Navy vessel, USS Ashland off the coast of Somalia on April 10. Presiding, a Federal Judge based in Virginia, Raymond Jackson, dismissed the piracy charges, which was brought against the accused under a 200-year old statute that allows the imposition of life sentences. Read Full Story


China Cuts Import Tariffs For African Countries

by Lorys Charalambous,, Cyprus

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

China’s Ministry of Commerce has announced that, following an exchange of letters, 60% of imports from 26 of Africa’s least developed countries are duty free with effect from July 1, 2010. Read Full Story


EC Agrees Anti-Piracy Measures

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Friday, March 12, 2010

The European Commission has adopted a recommendation addressed to the member states to ensure the effective application of measures for self-protection and for preventing acts of piracy and armed attacks against ships. Read Full Story



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