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US: Famine Could Be Cause of Uptick in Piracy off Somalia

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U.S. officials are reluctant to label a recent spike in piracy off the waters of Somalia as a trend. 

"We're not ready to say there is a trend there yet, but we'll continue to watch," Marine General Thomas Waldhauser said Sunday at a news conference at a military base in the tiny African nation of Djibouti where U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was visiting. 

Waldhauser suggested that drought and famine in the region had led pirates to carry out the six...

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