April 9, 2009
Posted: 1443 GMT
The pirate attack on a U.S.-flagged ship off the horn of Africa has become a hostage standoff. The mood is tense, and FBI negotiators were called in to bargain for the release Maersk Alabama Captain.
You saw it unfold on CNN: the ship was attacked yesterday by armed pirates. The crew then managed to fend them off. But the pirates abducted Captain Richard Phillips and are still holding him on one of the cargo ship's lifeboats.
We'll be live in the Gulf with the latest on the tense negotiations.
Also on tap: the grief and the hopelessness of those who lost loved ones in the Aquila earthquake in central Italy. Families are already starting to bury the dead. We will go live to Italy and discuss tomorrow's plan for mass funerals on Good Friday.
We will also analyze the latest economic numbers and corporate results. In layman's terms, the number of people filing jobless claims is high, but not as high as expected. It's bad – not atrocious. And these days, NOT atrocious sends markets higher.
The real question is: are we bouncing back? President Obama is cheering from the sidelines. The American president says people should refinance their homes or buy new ones. The rates are low, he says. Tell the banks that.
Also at the International Desk, new pictures of reclusive North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and the latest on the imprisonment of an American reporter in Iran.
If times permits: the story of a cat burglar in Idaho who is actually a real cat. I'm still wrapping my mind around that one.
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