News Danger at sea: Somali pirates preparing to attack ships in the Gulf of Aden in 2010

Review into the quantity of guns sent to help UK firms after fears that some will end up in the wrong hands

Adjoa Anyimadu: What can the West do to help Somalia?

The London Conference on Somalia has received a surprising amount of publicity at a time when economic turmoil in Greece and unrest in Syria are pressing international concerns.

Leading article: Somalia needs more than summit meetings

Britain's efforts do not meet the challenges of a country torn apart by war

UN Secretary-Genaral Ban Ki-Moon, Prime Minister David Cameron and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton listen during the Somalia Conference at Lancaster House

Conference a 'turning point' for Somalia, says David Cameron

David Cameron hailed today's international conference on Somalia as a “turning point” in achieving greater security for the world.

Somalia to get millions in rebuilding aid

Millions of pounds of aid for Somalia is expected to be announced at a major conference in London tomorrow, as politicians seek to break the cycle of violence and start to rebuild the country.

Harriet Harman says the Government is too lax over piracy

Harman demands tougher action on music piracy

The shadow Culture Secretary, Harriet Harman, has spoken out against music piracy, accusing the Government of being too lax on those breaking the law and too concerned with reducing its budget deficit.

Money goes towards recruiting gunmen and to foreign investors in the pirates' lucrative enterprise

UK seeks backing for Somalia action

Britain is pushing for a United Nations resolution that would help pull Somalia back from the grip of pirates and terrorists.

Italian ship fires on fishing boat off Indian coast

India's navy revealed today that an Italian cargo ship had fired at a fishing boat off the coast of southern India, killing two fishermen.

Pirates murder ship's officers off coast of Nigeria

Pirates have killed the captain and chief engineer of a cargo ship they attacked off the coast of Nigeria.

Somali captors move US hostage after raid

A pirate in Somalia says that captors holding an American have moved their hostage at least three times following a pre-dawn raid by US Navy SEALs that rescued another American kidnap victim and a Dane who was being held with her.

FileSonic disables sharing capabilities

Filesharing website FileSonic has disabled its sharing capabilities in the wake of the enforced closure of MegaUpload.

It’s game over for Kim Dotcom, the Mr Big of file-sharing

He is a convicted fraudster who made millions on the internet, changed his surname to Dotcom, tried to buy New Zealand’s most expensive mansion and drove around in a Rolls Royce with the number plate: “GOD”.

The HMV store on Oxford Street in London

Suppliers deal boosts troubled HMV

The future of ailing music and film retailer HMV was looking more secure today after suppliers including Universal Music came to its rescue.

The blacked out Wikipedia opening page

Could you find Ouagadougou without Wiki?

Tim Walker on life when you can't click on your favourite reference site

The blacked out Wikipedia opening page

WWW: World Without Wikipedia

Is life better when the biggest-ever (but not necessarily most accurate) encyclopaedia is out of the picture? On its day of blackout, Tim Walker searches for answers – even in books

Mark McGhee last managed Aberdeen

Mark McGhee named as new Bristol Rovers manager

Mark McGhee has been named the new manager of npower League Two strugglers Bristol Rovers, the club have confirmed.

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