April 10, 2009
Posted: 1502 GMT
Our two lead stories throughout the week continue to top our rundown.
We will kick things off with funeral masses in central Italy for dozens of the victims of the Aquila earthquake.
Our Paula Newton tells us the victims haven't reached the "coping" stage of the grieving process yet. They are still in shock. Their lives, their homes, in ruins. We'll take you there live.
Also today, the dramatic standoff in the high seas off Somalia. Captain Richard Phillips, whose merchant ship was attacked by pirates earlier this week, is still being held hostage on a drifting lifeboat.
There's a U.S. Navy destroyer, FBI hostage negotiators, two more ships are on the way and President Obama is monitoring developments. To add to the drama, Captain Phillips today tried to make a break for freedom but was re-captured.
We're live in the Gulf with Barbara Starr and at the Pentagon with Chris Lawrence.
Also today, we'll look at violence in America's two war zones: Afghanistan and Iraq. In northern Iraq today, five American soldiers were killed in a massive truck bomb. It's the deadliest attack against the U.S. military in Iraq in over a year. We are live in both Afghanistan and Iraq.
Markets are closed today for Good Friday, but I had fun reading Paul Krugman's Oped in the New York Times about the need to make banking "boring" again. When left unchecked, as it was for a few decades before the current meltdown, Krugman writes that finance "turned into the monster that ate the world economy."
We'll put that debate to one side today and give bankers a break on a public holiday.
Finally, don't forget to vote in our I-Desk poll today. Today we're asking whether you think President Obama's increased spending on America's wars will make a difference to the violence in the region.
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