The number of ships attacked by Somali pirates has fallen sharply this year, the International Maritime Bureau says.
Just 70 attacks were reported by ships in the first nine months of this year, compared with 233 incidents in 2011.
While seeking the endorsement of the Federal Parliament in Mogadishu last Wednesday, new premier Abdi Farah Shirdon vowed to focus on improving security particularly in the troubled southern and central regions of Somalia, with resuscitation of the economy also a top priority.
The African Union force in Somalia has said it hopes to vacate its base at the national stadium in Mogadishu in time for a football tournament in December.
BOSASSO Somalia Oct 19 (Reuters) - Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland has captured a boat coming from Yemen that was carrying heavy weapons destined for the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab rebels, officials said on Friday.
Jurors in Minneapolis found Mahamud Said Omar guilty Thursday of conspiring to help a terrorist group to recruit young Minnesota men for a holy war aimed at toppling the government of their native Somalia and imposing a harsh form of Islamic rule across the Horn of Africa.