Ramaphosa approves Op Copper extension

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has approved the extension of the anti-piracy Operation Copper in the Mozambique Channel for another year. In a letter dated 28 March 2018 and sent to the Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, Ramaphosa informed members of the Council of the extension of the employment of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) “for service in …

Nigerians can’t afford another 4 years poverty ridden administration, ex militants tell Buhari

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EX-AGITATORS , under the aegis of National Assembly of Ex-militants, NAE, have frowned at the declaration of interest by President Muhammadu Buhari to run for second term in office, saying Nigerians could not afford another four years of poverty ridden administration. The group which claimed to have worked for Buhari in the 2015 elections, said it has withdrawn support for …

China’s Belt And Road Initiative: Ambition And Opportunity – Analysis

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For centuries, the Silk Road’s web of trading routes connected major civilizations in East Asia with the Middle East and the European continent. It facilitated not only commerce, but also the exchange of communication and thereby determined the development of the ancient world. In 2013, Chinese President Xi Jingping proposed to revive the Silk Road by developing a transportation network …

Al-Qaeda Raids in Somalia Scuttle Africa’s Plan to Withdraw

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Al-Qaeda Raids in Somalia Scuttle Africa’s Plan to Withdraw By Samuel Gebre and Nizar Manek 18 April 2018, 02:00 EEST Updated on 18 April 2018, 18:51 EEST African troops battling an al-Qaeda affiliate in Somalia for the past decade stand little chance of withdrawing by their deadline in two years as the government remains fragile and a spike in militant violence …

We’re watching anytime, anywhere, everytime: Indian Navy’s cheeky message to China

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Around 50 Indian Navy vessels are currently deployed in sea lanes, including in areas of India’s maritime interest and in anti-piracy operations. New Delhi: In a cheeky warning to China, the Navy taking to its official Twitter handle said that India was watching the Indian Ocean region and was keeping a 24×7 vigil in the area. “From Persian Gulf to …

China praises Pakistan Navy’s efforts for maritime security

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RAWALPINDI: Chief of the Navy Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi met his Chinese counterpart Shen Jinlong and Deputy Administrator of State Administration for Science, Technology & Industry (SASTIND) Xu Zhanbin in Beijing on Tuesday. Admiral Abbasi highlighted Pakistan’s commitment and contributions in fight against terrorism including participation of Pakistan Navy in multinational Task Forces against piracy and maritime terrorism, according …

Angola wants complementary strategies for maritime security

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The information was provided on Monday in Luanda by Angolan Foreign Minister Manuel Augusto at the official opening of the 1st postgraduate course in Law of the Sea, designed to train Angolan cadres on issues related to the maritime domain, in the economic, legal, political, technological security, among others. According to the official, effective cooperation, the sharing of information and …

Tuna fishing companies halt operations for fear of pirate attacks

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Fourteen tuna fishing companies have halted their operations in the country’s waters for fear of pirate attacks. The development has come about as a result of increased attacks on vessels by pirates in the country’s territorial waters since March this year. The attacks peaked on March 26 with the kidnapping of three Korean sailors on board a Ghanaian-flagged fishing vessel, …

Aftermath of Attack on Bahri’s VLCC: What We Know So Far

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A fully-laden very large crude carrier was shot by a projectile while underway in the southern Red Sea. The oil tanker was targeted by Houthi fighters while the ship was south-west of the port of Al Hudaydah in Yemen, on Tuesday, April 3. Following the incident, the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) confirmed the attacked vessel was its 302,977 dwt oil …

Philippines intensifies operations to rescue sailors; Asia piracy ebbs – ReCAAP

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Singapore (Platts)–13 Apr 2018 409 am EDT/809 GMT   The Philippine authorities have intensified its military operations to rescue abducted crew from previous piracy attacks and neutralize the Abu Sayyaf group while the overall such incidents across Asia are on a decline, an anti-piracy watchdog said Friday. As of March 31, nine crew members from previous piracy attacks are still …