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US eyes anti-piracy effort along west Africa coast

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and some of its allies are considering plans to increase anti-piracy operations along Africa's west coast, spurred on by concerns that money from the attacks is funding a Nigerian-based insurgent group that is linked to one of al-Qaida's most dangerous affiliates. Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea has escalated over the past year, and senior U.S. defense and...