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March 9, 2009
Posted: 1601 GMT

Hello readers and viewers,

After a few days of suspicion and speculation, Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai says the car crash that killed his wife and injured him last Friday was an accident.

But in the current climate of crisis, suspicion and political tension in Zimbabwe, will this calm conspiracy theorists? We'll talk live to Nkepile Mabuse who's covering the story from neighboring South Africa.

Also in today's line-up: we'll be looking at week-end violence in Belfast that has the colorings of some old sectarian conflicts in Northern Ireland. Real IRA gunmen kill two British soldiers. Could this open old wounds? We'll take you live to Belfast.

Also high on the agenda is the debate over embryonic stem cell research in the United States. President Barack Obama is lifting restictions on using the cells of embryos for medical research. We'll go live to Miami to ask a doctor how this change of policy will affect his research.

And a show these days is never complete without a serving of fresh economic news. Most days, it's bad. Today, it depends how you look at it. Drugmaker Merck is buying a rival, creating an even bigger pharmaceutal giant. We'll ask Jim Boulden where on earth merck got the money for this. And who the move will benefit.

We'll also be mentionning a story that has human rights advocates  – and anyone with common sense – up in arms. Saudi Arabia has sentenced a 75-year old Syrian woman to 40 lashes, prison time and deportation for having unrelated men in her house. Check out the link here and give me your thoughts on this story.

And of course we'll be looking at all the latest news with live reports from the White House, Iraq and Afghanistan.

See you on the air,

Hala

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Fawad Ali   March 9th, 2009 4:58 pm ET

Until now religion was holding back research necessary to find cure for many diseases. Not anymore. Love this Change…….

Fawad Ali   March 9th, 2009 5:00 pm ET

"embryonic stem cell research" not killing but giving a hope to millions........

Sohyb   March 9th, 2009 5:15 pm ET

Its a real foul play apparent in the wreck leadership of Mugabe. Am afraid if Tsabgari will survive the premiership.

danny   March 9th, 2009 5:17 pm ET

we all know that it was an accident,and the prime minister also has acknowledge it as well. it is you the "west media" that are trying to make a different story about it just to create tension.

godfrey mataz   March 9th, 2009 5:27 pm ET

i very strongly believe that Tsvangirayi survived an assassination plot. mugabe might not have been directly involved but its the culture(political killings) he has personally nurtured over the years. i am sure the Mdc is adopting the "see no evil, hear no evil" stance all in the hope of salvaging the unity government which already seem to be tatters. as long as Mugabe and his coterie are still around zimbabwe will never be a free state and the culture of political thuggery will be harnessed and perpetuated without restraint. there is a good reason why more than 3 million fled from that regime!!!

Sunshine   March 9th, 2009 11:39 pm ET

I am a muslim living in asia. This latest case in Saudi Arabia (one of soooooo many) shows us why Sharia law IS NOT and SHOULD NOT BE adopted here. Wahabism is a treat, even to islam. It is worth noting that wahabi propaganda (and fundings) formed the talibans in afghanistan. Why can't we just live moderately?

*If the words 'sunni' and 'shiite' caused much death and destruction, then i'm neither. I'm just a muslim. Period*

Francis   March 11th, 2009 11:38 am ET

The lifting of the banned on stem cell can help us to tackle the enormous health challenges in this modern time, if Mr.Obama has taken such a challenge it is just to send a message across the world that change has final come to America.

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