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  1. Piracy on the Rise in Strategic Southeast Asian Waters

    An oil tanker traveling through the Malacca Straits near Malaysia was attacked by pirates on Tuesday. Three Indonesian crew members were taken hostage and millions of liters of fuel were stolen. This latest attack demonstrates that pirate activity in Southeast Asia is, worryingly, bucking the global trend. In 2013, global acts of piracy were down 41 percent from their 2011 peak. But in Southeast Asia, the figures are reversed, with pirate attacks steadily creeping upwards, particularly in the Malacca Straits, a primary shipping channel to and from China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. 

    Sources: Quartz, BBC

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