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US keeping close eye as piracy rises off Somalia; attacks linked to famine in region

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Mr Mattis (left) and Gen Waldhauser at a news conference in Djibouti on Sunday. Mr Mattis said he does not expect a US military response to the surge in piracy.

Djibouti

THE United States is closely watching a recent increase in piracy off the coast of Somalia, a senior US military official said on Sunday as Defense Secretary Jim Mattis visited an important military base in Djibouti.

The rise in piracy attacks has at least partially been

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