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Somali pirates seize Pakistani vessel

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Somali pirates have seized a Pakistani vessel sailing under the Iranian flag around the coastal area of Somalia.

CCTV reports that Somali pirates, who held hundreds of captives and dozens of ships, were once a very serious threat to the Gulf of Aden and beyond.

This was held back when an international coalition of navies was formed to end that threat. However, those navies have scaled back operations.

It is feared that this latest ship-taking could see the problem resurfacing.

Muse Ahmed Isse, a researcher at the Bright Centre for Training and Research, said the reappearing of the pirates was a result of illegal fishing.

The UN has voiced concern that any increase in piracy could erode the progress that Somalia has achieved.

Figures have shown that these fishermen haul three times the amount of fish than locals. Experts said the international community should be more focused on illegal fishing in Somali waters.

And at least 6 were killed in a double suicide attack conducted by two female bombers in Cameroon's far north region on Saturday, according to a military source.

CCCTV reports that the first attack occurred in Dabanga town, killing the bomber and three other civilians. It was soon followed by another blast in the same town at a security post, in which a soldier and the bomber died.

Attacks from the militant group Boko Haram are common in the region where a six-year insurgency has left at least 17,000 people dead and more than 2.6 million homeless.

Meanwhile, Companies from China and South Africa signed 23 agreements worth 930 million US dollars in Johannesburg, South Africa.

CCTV reports that the agreements cover cooperation projects in such fields as energy, medicine, iron and steel, and agricultural products.

Chinese businessmen had visited local manufacturers during the South Africa-China business talks.

The event was attended by 15 Chinese companies and 50 South African firms.

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