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  1. Somali Piracy Drops to Six-Year Low

    While Captain Phillips is racking up award nominations, the chaos that inspired it seems to be subsiding. Piracy at sea has hit its lowest level in six years, largely thanks to a reduction in incidents off the Horn of Africa. In 2013, there were 15 cases of piracy off Somalia, compared to a peak of 237 in 2011. The change is attributed to increased international navy patrols and armed guards on ships, as well as to the increased stability provided by Somalia’s government. Indonesian waters had the highest levels of piracy in 2013, accounting for more than 50 percent of the cases.

    Source: BBC

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