The US Navy has no idea what to do with 10 alleged Somali pirates that have been languishing in the brig on one of its warships for more than a month. Though any country can jail and prosecute pirates under international law, the US only does so if they're accused of attacking US ships. These guys were attacking an Indian vessel when they were apprehended, so the US is looking for someone to take them off its hands; another 10, suspected in a second incident, are jailed on a second warship.
Kenya used to be the go-to destination for such prosecutions, but last month it announced that it couldn't accept any more. It later publicly reversed that position, but still hasn't given the Navy permission to drop anyone off, the Washington Post reports. “My preference is that we don't hold pirates,” says the chief of US naval operations. “But when you have them, you have them.”