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High Seas Standoff Continues

US warship watches Somali pirates with US hostage

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - The ocean is calm, but conditions remain
tense off the Horn of Africa, where a Navy warship is monitoring
Somali pirates holding an American captain in a lifeboat.
The captain and the pirates have been adrift since yesterday,
when the crew of the Maersk (mersk) Alabama regained control of
their cargo ship.
The Pentagon says additional warships are on the way in a U.S.
show of force.
And FBI hostage negotiators have been brought in to work with
the military in trying to secure the release of Capt. Richard
Phillips of Underhill, Vt. An official says the bandits have been
talking with the Navy about resolving the standoff peacefully.
Maersk says Captain Phillips and the pirates have a radio,
batteries and provisions aboard the enclosed lifeboat. The
freighter that was the target of the pirates is now headed to
Kenya, it's original destination. This time, it's sailing with
armed U.S. Navy guards on board.
Meanwhile, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the
pirates "are nothing more than criminals" and should be brought
to justice.


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