Pirates to free Ukraine arms ship

Vessel seized in September to be released following ransom payment

Somalia does not have a coast guard or navy because it has not had a functioning government since warlords overthrew dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991. They then turned on each other, reducing Somalia to anarchy and chaos.


Associated Press writers Barbara Surk in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Katharine Houreld in Nairobi, Kenya; Yana Sedova in Kiev, Ukraine; and Vladimir Isachenkov and Jim Heintz in Moscow contributed to this report.

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