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Despite increasing efforts to thwart piracy off Somalia, a tanker laden with chemicals was seized at gunpoint late Monday. The ship was en route to an unspecified destination in Asia, reports said. Its 23 Filipino crewmen were said to be unharmed. The hijacking was the 33rd off Somalia this year. At least 50 other attempts have been unsuccessful, among them several on Tuesday, the reports said.Skip to next paragraph
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Another delay in voting for a new president in Ivory Coast was announced by political leaders Monday. The postponement of the election scheduled for Nov. 30 was attributed to problems in registering voters and integrating former rebel fighters into the national Army. The Electoral Commission was given until Dec. 31 to come up with a new timetable for the vote, which is the centerpiece of the 2007 peace accord between President Laurent Gbagbo and former rebel chief Guillaume Soro.
In a new sign that relations between Cuba and Russia are returning to their Cold War-era warmth, the Kremlin announced Tuesday that the former's leader, Raul Castro, will visit Moscow next year. No date was specified. Relations between the two countries soured a decade ago after the former Soviet Union had been Cuba's main benefactor for decades. New Russian President Dmitry Medvedev also has been invited to visit Cuba, reports said.
Vodafone, the world's largest telecommunications company, said Tuesday it must cut costs by $1.56 billion a year amid falling revenues, increasing competition, and the rising prices of raw materials. Not expected to change, however, is the company's expansion into markets that are not yet saturated, such as India, Turkey, Ghana, Qatar, and South Africa.