April 29, 2009
Posted: 1803 GMT
– Current Swine Flu Alert level : 4.
The WHO raised its pandemic alert level to 4 from 3 on Monday. Today, there is talk that the organization is considering alert level 5. That phase would be reached if the organization finds the virus in at least two countries in the same region.
-Number of days Barack Obama has been in the White House: 100.
It's the big national and international report card. The president confronted with as many simultaneous problems as Franklin Roosevelt. Wars, a quasi economic depression, health care, education. Add to that 21st century worries like climate change. We'll break it down with our reporters around the world.
-Annual rate of economic slump: 6.1%.
For the first three months of the year, the U.S. economy took another nose dive. More than a 6% drop in annualized rate from January to March.
There are 2 ways to look at this. The first is to panic. The second is to hope that businesses and factories have slowed production of goods to get rid of excess inventory. Now that they've done that, they could be on the verge of producing again and hiring more workers.
-Number of years since an alleged torture video was shot in the United Arab Emirates: 4.
We will bring you a unique look at a story that has sent shockwaves through the Gulf region of the Middle East. The torture depicted on the tape happened 4 years ago, but it was only shown to the world a few days ago. We have an interview with the man who smuggled the tape out of the Emirates.
That, and the rest of the world's top news as always.
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