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Somali pirates up ante

AFP Video - Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at 10:00 EST

Canadian peacekeepers try to assist food shipments to Somalia even as piracy takes more daring turns, such as the hijacking of a massive supertanker Monday


MOGADISHU — One of the world's biggest shipping firms said on Thursday it will no longer send part of its huge merchant fleet through the Suez Canal because of rampant piracy off Somalia's coast.

Danish shipper A.P. Moller-Maersk is routing some of its 50 oil tankers around the Cape of Good Hope instead.

Norway's Frontline, which ferries much of the Middle East's oil to world markets, said it was considering a similar step.

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