Pirates attack ship off Nigeria, kidnap four

Updated 24 December 2012
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Pirates attack ship off Nigeria, kidnap four

ABUJA: Armed pirates have attacked a ship off the coast of Nigeria, kidnapping four crew members before releasing the vessel, the International Maritime Bureau said on Monday.
It said on its website the attack took place on Sunday about 40 miles (65 km) off the coast of Nigeria’s oil-producing Bayelsa state. It said there were no injuries to other crew members and the ship continued to “a safe port.”
The Nigerian Navy did not respond to request for comment.
Piracy and kidnapping in Nigeria’s oil-producing Delta and offshore are common, and the oil-rich Gulf of Guinea is second only to the waters off Somalia for the risk of pirate attacks, which drives up insurance costs for oil and shipping firms.


Trump welcomes Jordan’s King Abdullah to White House

Updated 21 min 20 sec ago
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Trump welcomes Jordan’s King Abdullah to White House

  • Leaders to discuss "threat from Iran and the crisis in Syria.”
  • US advisor Jared Kushner recently met with Abdullah over Israeli-Palestinian peace plan

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump welcomed Jordan’s King Abdullah to the White House on Monday.
The president and first lady Melania Trump greeted Abdullah and his wife, Queen Rania, as they arrived in the afternoon. The couples will be meeting in the Oval Office before Trump, Abdullah and their aides sit down for talks.
The White House had said the allies would be discussing “terrorism, the threat from Iran and the crisis in Syria, and working toward a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians.”
Presidential adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner recently met with Abdullah as part of a Middle East trip to lay the groundwork for an expected Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.
It’s likely to face steep resistance from the Palestinians, who have cut off ties since Trump recognized contested Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.