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U.S., South Korea resume defence cost-sharing talks amid protests of 'robbery'

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean and U.S. officials resumed talks on Monday to narrow a $4 billion (£3 billion) gap in how much they want Seoul to pay for the cost of hosting the American military amid public protests of "highway robbery" against sharply increased U.S. demands.

Italian ship attacked by pirates in Mexico, two crew hurt

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Pirates attacked an Italy-flagged offshore supply vessel in the southern Gulf of Mexico, injuring two crew members, the Mexican Navy said on Tuesday, in the latest outbreak of robbery and piracy to hit oil platforms and infrastructure in the area.

Benin authorities open investigation after nine people abducted by pirates

COTONOU, Benin (Reuters) - Benin authorities have opened an investigation after pirates abducted nine people from a Norwegian-flagged boat off the coast of the West African nation, the port of Cotonou said.