Pirates

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY JEAN-MARC MOJON A Somali, part armed militia, part pirate, carries his high-caliber weapon on a beach in the central Somali town of Hobyo on August 20, 2010. Hobyo has no schools, no clinics and bad drinking water sources. Fighting a losing battle against the sand that has already completely covered the old Italian port, Hobyo's scattering of rundown houses and shacks looks anything but the nerve centre of an activity threatening global shipping.   AFP PHOTO / ROBERTO SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

Somalia’s Pirates Are Back in Business

Lawlessness onshore is fueling a resurgence of crime on the high seas.

People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers wear the sky-blue United Nations (UN) patch signifying membership in a Chinese peacekeeping unit destined for Darfur in the Sudan along with the Chinese flag on their uniforms, at their base in China's central Henan province 15 September 2007. A 315-member engineering unit is shipping out next month in China's latest attempt to play down accusations it is worsening Darfur's agony by supporting the Khartoum regime. The unit will build bridges and roads, dig wells and perform other tasks as they showed they mean business at the military training facility.  AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

China Eyes Ending Western Grip on Top U.N. Jobs With Greater Control Over Blue Helmets

As China steps up its commitment to U.N. peacekeeping, Beijing is said to be eyeing a leadership role — with potentially troubling human rights implications.

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Hamas’s Main Man From Turkey to Tehran

One of Hamas's most dangerous operatives seems to have found a comfortable new home in Turkey.

Photo: MOHAMED DAHIR/AFP/Getty Images

Puntland Is for Pirates

Why are convicted high-seas bandits being sent to the Somali region that profits from their crimes?

U.S. Navy /Specialist 2nd Class Jason R. Zalasky

SEALed and Delivered in Libya

President Obama takes a big risk and scores a win for democracy -- and no one gives a damn.

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Same As It Ever Was

Once again, Malaysia's ruling party turns to outdated sodomy laws to discredit the opposition.

Yasser al-Zayyat - AFP - Getty

Oil Pirates and the Mystery Ship

Forget Somalia, the world's new epicenter of piracy is on the other side of Africa.

PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images

The Ferocious Pirates of Greenpeace

Russia's decision to charge environmental activists with piracy sets an ominous precedent.

©Somalia Report - Jason Florio

The Wild West in East Africa

What do a handful of South African mercenaries do for an encore in Somalia, once all the pirates are gone?

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Pirates of the Guinean

How West Africa is replacing Somalia as the new pirate lair.

MOHAMED DAHIR/AFP/Getty Images

Hijacked

How the U.N. saved the Somali pirates from the brink of extinction.

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