Somali pirates free Belgian ship

Somali pirates have released a Belgian dredging ship and its crew two months after they were captured, the Belgian prime minister has said. “We were… informed that the entire crew is in good health,” Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy said in a statement.

Officials say a ransom was paid for the release of the ship, MV Pompei, and its 10 crew: a Dutch captain, two Belgians, three Filipinos, and four Croats. It was hijacked on 18 April some 150km (93 miles) north of the Seychelles.