Update as of 1600 Eastern Time:
The U.S. military will increase its presence around Somali pirates near the Horn of Africa within two days, Gen. David Petraeus said.
Petraeus, the head of the U.S. Central Command, spoke in West Palm Beach, Fla. on Thursday as a hostage standoff with pirates continues off Africa.
He did not give specifics, but said "we want to ensure that we have all the capability that might be needed over the course of the coming days."
A U.S. official told the Associated Press that the Navy is talking to pirates holding the captain of the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama.
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