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More than 260 people will spend Christmas Day held hostage at sea by armed pirates.

After a horror six months of pirate attacks in the waters off Africa, at least 14 vessels remain under pirate control ahead of the festive season.

Assistant director of the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), Michael Howlett, said the 268 crew members aboard the 14 vessels now faced Christmas at sea, away from their families. Read full article »

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