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S-E Asia waters under threat from pirates again

Attacks are creeping up, increasing from 46 in 2009 to 128 last year
Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 06:00
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Keep watch: The International Maritime Bureau is urging regional authorities to beef up naval patrols, and recommending round-the-clock anti-piracy watches on vessels. - PHOTO: AFP

[KUALA LUMPUR] A spate of daring high-seas attacks off South-east Asia is stoking fears that its vital shipping lanes could once again become a hotspot for piracy unless regional powers act fast. For centuries, pirates were the scourge of the Malacca Strait - the strategic channel between