Germany approves EU mission to fight piracy

A German official says Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet has approved a plan to contribute one navy ship and up to 1,400 troops to an EU anti-piracy mission. The 12-month mandate would focus on deterring and preventing pirate attacks that have proliferated in the Gulf of Aden and recently targeted to cruise liners in addition to cargo vessels. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the approval has not been publicly announced, said the mandate allows the use of "necessary measures" to prevent acts of piracy. That could include allowing soldiers to pursue, detain and hand over piracy suspects. They will also be authorized to confiscate looted goods.