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U.S.: 3 die in helicopter crash in Germany (AP) 

A U.S. military helicopter crashed in western Germany on Wednesday, killing all three people aboard, according to a spokesman for U.S. Army Europe. The aircraft went down about 6:20 p.m. Wednesday in woods near the A67 highway between Viernheim and Lorsch, south of Frankfurt, Hesse state police said. The helicopter was a UH-60 Black Hawk, said U.S. Army Europe spokesman Bruce Anderson. The Black Hawk is used for air assault and other military operations. It is normally designed to carry 11 combat-loaded troops.

SOMALIA: USS Porter, and a helicopter from USS Farragut confirmed the seizure of the MV Rim ship to the EU (XINHUA)

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – Somali pirates hijacked a North Korean cargo ship on Wednesday with an unknown number of crew on board, the European Union Naval Force said. The MV Rim has not had any communication with maritime authorities, but Kallin said an American warship, the USS Porter, and a helicopter from American warship USS Farragut confirmed the seizure of the ship to the EU.The 4,800-ton ship is owned by White Sea Shipping of Libya. It is carrying unknown cargo and the number and nationalities of the crew are not known. The seized ship was heading toward the Somali coast and warships were monitoring the situation, the EU Naval Force said.

 AFRICA: AU head lays down priorities (NEWS24)

Addis Ababa – New African Union president Bingu wa Mutharika said on Wednesday that food security, transport infrastructure and energy will be his priorities as leader of the pan-African body.

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