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April 6, 2009
Posted: 1501 GMT

Hello everyone,

Today we'll be kicking the show off with that devastating earthquake in Italy. CNN crews rushed to the scene shortly after a magnitude 6.3 quake hit the mountain town of L'Aquila.

The only number that matters in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy is this one: at least 92. That's how many people are estimated to have died, many crushed by collapsing buildings as they slept.

Another tragic number: up to 40,000. That's how many people in the region are homeless as a result of the quake.

We'll take you live to Italy for more on the rescue efforts.

Also today: President Barack Obama's trip to Turkey. It's the final leg of his European tour. The G20 first, then Nato, and now, a visit to a crucial strategic ally in the region.

The U.S. president was introduced to the Turkish parliament as "Barack Hussein Obama." His middle name isn't used often in America (he also used it during his town hall meeting with 4,000 French and German students a few days ago in Strasbourg,) where a Muslim name is often considered a liability.

We'll also be reporting on the president's next stop in the historic Ottoman capital: Istanbul.

Plus, North Korea's rocket week-end launch: we'll talk live to our Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour about the implications of Pyongyang's move.

We'll talk about the latest sports news and even throw in a celebrity wedding for good measure.

See you on TV,

Hala

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luna   April 6th, 2009 4:16 pm ET

l honored when l listened Mr.Obama's speech and l believe he will keep what he said

Li Norrman, Ms   April 6th, 2009 4:24 pm ET

Asking about the impact of Pres Obama tour to Europe and Turkey:
I´m sure that his visit has increased the admiration of the President. He is very popular in my country, Sweden, and I am convinced he will contribute very much to solve various difficult questions on our planet.
Li Norrman, Stockholm/Sweden

Caster Enoboh   April 6th, 2009 4:39 pm ET

President Obama is a huge blessing to the world.
As for whether his visit to Europe has changed my view about the United State, the answer is simple: YES! YES!! YES!!!

Caster Enoboh   April 6th, 2009 4:47 pm ET

It is very difficult to maintain the anti-America feelings after president Obama's visit to Europe. He is a messiah ... the one that will change the world. Yes he can!
Paris/France.

Sony   April 6th, 2009 4:55 pm ET

I'd like to say the say the news are presented is really amazing.
Fast, complete, very well covered...
Not necessary to say that I am a fan of Ms. Hala. I'd like to congratulate you miss...for your competence and beauty. Just like very much your way.

Atilla Han Izmir, Turkey   April 6th, 2009 5:47 pm ET

I thank President Obama for making a stop in Turkey, we enjoyed his visit and his positive message to the people of Turkey and the Muslim world. I also applaud Mr. Obama's sincere efforts to help Turkey join the EU. However, when the EU is headed by two of the world's most racist leaders, Merkel and Sarkozy, Turkey's accession to EU will continue to remain just a "talk" for the next hundred years.

After years of trying to win favor with the European Union, Turkey stands at a crossroads. While admission into the Union would benefit both the EU and Turkey, the EU accession talks have stalled.
For an organization that requests it members to modify their religious, cultural and historic identities, the European Union itself has a very suspicious civil rights record. For one, The European Union has not been able to stem the tide of rampant Neo-Nazi violence against the ethnic Turks in Europe. Many hard working, law abiding Turkish workers and their families perish in fires deliberately set by the Skin Heads, while the police, sworn to protect and serve and act professionally, too often collaborate, taint and or hide evidence, and do everything in their power to stall the investigations of these hate crimes.

Perhaps the time has come to examine the true mission of the European Union and for countries like Turkey to stop trying to join a conglomerate of hate. Turkey must learn from her mistakes, make a move to promote a stronger nation and improve its relationship with United States and Israel.

For years the EU turned its back on Turkey, refused admission based on religious differences, but when Turkey finally gave up its accession hopes and started to embrace Islam instead, the EU has the nerve to chastise Turkey.

Many of the EU conditions imposed on Turkey are unfair, unreasonable, and undermine the integrity and mission of Turkey; leaving them vulnerable to enemies they have not engaged in war with over 50 years.

Veenace Koonjal   April 6th, 2009 5:48 pm ET

President Obama has a universal smile, a universal approach and respect of universal values- Truth,righteousness,Peace Love and Non violence. He is no doubt the man of the century. God bless him.

Veenace Koonjal   April 6th, 2009 5:49 pm ET

President Obama has a universal smile, a universal approach and respect of universal values- Truth,righteousness,Peace Love and Non violence. He is no doubt the man of the century. God bless him.

Republic of Mauritius

adam mussa   April 6th, 2009 6:50 pm ET

I really felt honor when I watch president obama's speech about peace
and against nuclear weapons. I believe that Mr. Obama's leadership is going to change the world.

Nam(South Korea,Busan)   April 6th, 2009 8:58 pm ET

Earthquake !

The earth is alive.

Very scary !

Manuel Vilhena   April 6th, 2009 10:29 pm ET

Hello,

I think president Obama was very intelligent when he said to GM and Chrysler that they had 60 days to give him a plan.

In the between he attended the G20 summit, NATO summit, went to Turkey, made some good friends, earned admiration and recognition in Europe, did a pledge to the Israel-Palestine dilemma.

It is really good to see.

Bests wishes,
Manuel,
Coventry, UK

Laura Variarts   April 8th, 2009 1:08 am ET

Ha,I'm a Chinese girl, I like Obama. A big fan.
I wish, just wish, when he come to China for travel or for meeting, we VariArts could in charge of his MICE or a custom-made unconventional themed itineraries.
I'm dreaming, I know. But I do hope he and American people will get to know China better, and strengthen the tie between our tow contries.

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