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The story tells about Somali pirates hiajacking Russian ships. The reporter describes the Somali pirates as tough fighters and gives their general characteristics. The story is better for the character descriptions and is not based on stereotypes.
The story tells about how piratees are taking over ships and demanding ransoms off the coast of Somalia and how when their demands are met, they move on to another ship.
I think the reporter did a good job of describing the pirates and physical as well as mental personas. It helps the reader to relate to the story they are reading and get a visual picture.

New York Times