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Somali Pirates Hijack Panama-Flagged Ship

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Somali Pirates Hijack Panama-Flagged Ship

Pirates have hijacked a panama-flagged ship that was travelling from the United Arab Emirates to Mogadishu port.  Authorities say the ship had developed mechanical problems when the incident happened.

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A security official in Somalia’s autonomous Puntland region was quoted as saying the ship was attacked at night when the crew was sleeping.

The governor of Gardafu region in Puntland, Musse Salah said six pirates were involved in the attack.

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This is the first piracy incident in the region in several years.  Piracy off the coast of Somalia had reduced significantly in recent years, in part because of extensive international military patrols.

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

Mali’s new interim president Bah Nda`w has been sworn into office today, Friday at a ceremony in the nation`s capital, Bamako.  The former defence minister and retired army colonel was picked by coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held. Colonel Assimi Goita, will serve as deputy president.

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Nda`w said, in his inauguration speech, that he will end militant insurgency in the country’s north and stop organized crime.

The military junta in Mali took over power and forced Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta out of office five weeks ago. ECOWAS leaders have overseen negotiations for a return to democracy.  The appointment of a civilian president was a condition for the west African regional group, ECOWAS, to lift the sanctions it earlier imposed after the coup.

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Mali leaders are hoping ECOWAS will lift sanctions on the country after the inauguration. The new government is expected to be in office for a transition period of 18 months that will lead to an election.

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