Oct. 7: Pirates leave the Ukrainian merchant vessel MV Faina for Somalia's shore while under observation by a U.S. Navy ship. The MV Faina, which is carrying a cargo of Ukrainian T-72 tanks and related military equipment, was seized by pirates Sept. 25 and forced to proceed to anchorage off the Somali coast. A pirate spokesman said Thursday the Somali bandits holding the ship laden with tanks are open to negotiations about their ransom demands.

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