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The European Union's anti-piracy naval force says Somali pirates have hijacked a North Korean-flagged cargo ship.
The EU force says hijackers seized the MV Rim Wednesday in the Gulf of Aden, just south of the Yemeni coast. In a statement, the EU force says the vessel has altered course and is now heading towards the Somali basin.
The statement says investigators are not certain how many crew members are on board the Libyan-owned ship, and do not know the nationalities of crew members.
Three American soldiers were among eight people killed when a roadside bomb struck their convoy in northwestern Pakistan. Taliban militants are said to have claimed responsibility for the attack.
Authorities say a security convoy carrying five American military personnel was the target of the attack in the Lower Dir District. The northwestern Pakistani region is a well-known former stronghold of the Taliban.