Russia proposes new UN court for Somali pirates

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia has proposed a new court for prosecuting Somali pirates under the auspices of the United Nations.

The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a Russian proposal Tuesday asking Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to look into how such a regional or international tribunal might be set up and to report back within three months.

The move comes in reaction to Kenya's recent decision to stop prosecuting suspected Somali pirates because of the strain on the country's justice system.

Somali pirates accounted for over half of last year's more than 400 piracy attacks around the horn of Africa.