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Pirates strike again off Somali coast

AP Video - Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at 9:06 EST

There have been two more pirate attacks in Somali waters off the coast of Africa, bringing the number of attacks to eight in the past 12 days.

Reuters

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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