Somalia: Fresh Piracy Fears As Two Boats Attacked Off Somalia’s Coast

[Dalsan Radio] On Sunday, two fishing vessels were attacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia. The attempted boardings were both thwarted, but security officials said that they represent a reminder that antipiracy measures are still required when transiting the high-risk area off Somalia.

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Africa: Africa Must Act Against the Ballooning Indian Ocean Plastic Patch

[ISS] The Western Indian Ocean, comprising nine African countries and Réunion (an island under France), has a 10 000 km stretch of coastline with crystal clear waters and rich coral reefs. But these marine and wildlife ecosystems, which are interdependent with the health, food security and national economies of over 200 million people, are polluted with tons of plastic litter.

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Southern Africa: Tropical Cyclone Idai – the Storm That Knew No Boundaries

[The Conversation Africa] Tropical cyclone Idai has made headlines across southern Africa throughout the month of March. Lingering in the Mozambique Channel at tropical cyclone intensity for six days, the storm made landfall in Beira, Mozambique in the middle of the month, then tracked in a westerly direction until its dissipation.

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South Africa: ‘I Want Those Combi Courts!’ – Leaked Audio Lands Official in Hot Water

[allAfrica] Cape Town -A leaked recording of Gauteng Sports and Recreation MEC Faith Mazibuko allegedly threatening her staff with dismissal if they failed to build ‘combi courts’ (a contraction of combination courts) has landed the official in hot water, according to Eyewitness News.

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Africa: Piracy and Countering Other Organised Crimes At Sea

[The Conversation Africa] The world’s oceans are at the centre of transnational organised crimes committed by profit-driven networks operating across borders. The United Nations Security Council recently convened to discuss the threat this poses to international peace and security.

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