May 8, 2009
Posted: 1811 GMT
We are live again in Pakistan and Afghanistan with the latest on the efforts to fight Taliban elements in both countries.
The humanitarian situation in Pakistan is worsening by the day. Hundreds of thousands of civilians – many of whom may well want the Taliban out – are the victims of the fierce fighting between the Pakistani military and Taliban elements.
In Afghanistan, it is the classic counter-insurgency question of how to target militants deeply embedded in civillian population centers. Airstrikes WILL kill innocents. But rugged terrains make it virtually the only strategy U.S. and Nato military can use in some areas. Is this lose-lose for America and its allies?
Also today, the economy in the United States. Should we dare to start dreaming that maybe – just maybe – we've hit rock bottom? April jobless numbers were better than expected. The U.S. economy lost 539,000 jobs, which sounds high but is much better than expected. The pace of job loss is slowing and that's what the markets are latching onto.
Finally, I won't pretend to be a Star Trek fan. To be quite honest, I doubt I've ever managed to watch an emtire episode or seen a Star Trek movie. Which makes the facts that we are covering it in such detail rather amusing. I sense my colleagues are cooking something up at the end of the hour which may or may not involve me speaking Klingon.
As always, we will be live all over the world with the rest of the day's top stories with reports from California, from Jordan for the Pope's visit and from Baghdad for reaction to the conviction a US soldier for rape and murder in Iraq.
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