September 26, 2012 According to the AP, "in 2010, pirates seized 47 vessels. This year they've taken only five."
A pirate in the Gulf of Aden
August 13, 2012 Pirates send form letters when they hijack ships. Here's what the letters say.
Thursday: The guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd responds to a distress call from the master of the Iranian-flagged fishing dhow Al Molai.
U.S. Navy photo
January 6, 2012 A team from the aircraft carrier strike force group that Iran threatened earlier this week went to the aid of Iranians who had been held captive for several weeks, the U.S. Navy reports.
The Groupama Sailing Team (shown here on Dec. 10 near Cape Town, South Africa) is somewhere out ahead in the "stealth zone."
Volvo Ocean Race/Getty Images
December 22, 2011 The six-boat, nine-month-long, 39,000-mile Volvo Ocean Race that started in Spain two months ago and is set to end in Ireland next July isn't going to tell exactly where the boats are while they're in that part of the Indian Ocean.
March 10, 2011 A federal grand jury has indicted 13 Somalis and 1 Yemeni "for allegedly pirating a yacht and taking hostage four U.S. citizens, who were ultimately killed before their release could be secured," federal law enforcement officials say.
January 21, 2011 The top-secret operation reportedly lasted about five hours. Eight pirates were killed, while 21 members of the crew were freed.
December 2, 2009 A pirate "stock" exchange in Somalia lets locals profit off of pirates' ransoms.
April 22, 2009 On today's Planet Money, the balance sheet and prospects for the modern Jolly Roger.
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