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Pirates capture another ship

NAIROBI, Kenya — Four suspected Somali pirates carrying AK-47s and a rocket-propelled grenade seized a bulk carrier with 21 crew on board Wednesday, the fourth ship pirates have seized in less than a week, officials said.

The Panamanian-flagged, Liberian-owned Voc Daisy was taken about 200 miles outside the corridor where international warships guard convoys of merchant vessels, said Cmdr. John Harbour, a spokesman for the EU Naval Force.

The hijacking of the Voc Daisy follows an attack on three Thai fishing vessels Sunday. Pirates now hold 15 vessels and 326 crew, according to an Associated Press count.

Gunmen abduct six from Mexican hotels

MEXICO CITY — Dozens of gunmen burst into a Holiday Inn and another hotel in the northern industrial city of Monterrey on Wednesday and abducted at least six people, prosecutors said.

Nuevo Leon state attorney general Alejandro Garza y Garza said that between 20 and 30 gunmen abducted four guests and a receptionist from the Holiday Inn. The assailants searched at least seven rooms before going to the nearby Hotel Mission where they abducted a receptionist, he said.

Those abducted included three male guests who registered at the Holiday Inn as being from Mexico City and a woman who said she was from the border city of Reynosa, across from McAllen, Texas.

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