MENACES

Pirates Strike Again

A daring seven-hour chase in the treacherous waters of the Gulf of Aden that began after Somali pirates attacked a Norwegian tanker is over, after the tanker managed to repel the marauders and alerted nearby NATO warships, which gave chase by sea and air, deploying helicopters. The pirates dumped most of their weaponry into the ocean as they made their getaway, bound for Somali waters, but the NATO warships forced them to a halt after firing warning shots. NATO troops then boarded the pirate ship, interrogated the Somalis, and confiscated their remaining weapons. And here's the kicker: Because of national sovereignty issues, the pirates were released.