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July 1, 2009
Posted: 1757 GMT

In another bizarre twist to the Michael Jackson story, it turns out that the singer stated in a will – drafted seven years ago – that if his mother Katherine were ever unable to care for his children, guardianship of the kids would go to to Diana Ross.

The content of his will – or whether a will even existed – has been a lingering question since Jackson's sudden death last week, so U.S. journalists went into immediate breaking news mode when the document was filed in a California court, making it a public record.

We'll have more on that angle, as well as what kind of funeral or public event the family is planning in honor of Jackson.

We're also live at the top of the show in Honduras, where our Karl Penhaul will be joining us live. the military coup that led to the forcible eviction of President Manuel Zelaya has led the Organization of American States to threaten the small nation with suspension if it doesn't reinstate its ousted president.

The drama will hit fever pitch if President Zelaya makes good on a promise to return to Honduras, and if the military then makes good on a promise to arrest him.

Also today, I couldn't help but be moved by the story of a teenage girl who clung to the wreckage of a Yemeni airliner for 13 hours, floating amongst dead bodies in the Indian Ocean, courageously hoping help would get to her before she was too weak to hold on. With a broken collarbone, Bahia Bakari was taken to hospital. Her father told a radio station that the 14-year old was asking for her mother, who probably did not survive the crash off the Island of Comoros.

"Bravery never goes out of fashion," as William Thackeray once said.

We'll bring you the latest on the investigation into what caused the Yemenia Airbus to crash.

Plus the latest out of Iran, Wall Street and Wimbledon. More surprising developments on all those stories today.

See you on TV!

Hala

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Martha   July 1st, 2009 7:49 pm ET

Sirs
We want to make clear to the world that we Hondurans haven't done anything wrong, we just defended our democracy. Mr Zelaya has a list of things that he has been doing that breaks the law and the law is to be respected. We hope that the ONU and the OEA finds out what Mr. Zelaya really is doing and they will be very upset because they have been on his side unconditionally and he is laughing his head off with this. The truth will come out to the world and when that happens we will be an example to all those other countries that are suffering but letting dictators rule their land.

Global Thinker   July 1st, 2009 7:54 pm ET

Hala,

You are looking very good on air today! Keep up the good work!

Marvin Espinoza   July 1st, 2009 8:09 pm ET

Honduras Coup?IT IS NOT A COUPE, IS THE PUEBLO ASKING FOR DEMOCRACY.
I AM A NON POLICAL INDIVIDUAL,BUT WE DONT NEDD ANOTHER NICARAGUA OR VENEZUELA IN LATIN AMERICA.THEAY ARE, THE WORTHS ECONOMIES IN LATIN AMERICA, AND THEY ALSO USED THE CALL "REFERENDUM "TO PERPETUED IN POWER , ABUSED THE CONSTITUTION AND MANIPULATE OUR VOTES.

INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY YOU ARE NOT IN HONDURAS LIVING AND SEING WHAT WE DO ,SEÑOR SECRETARIO INSULZAWE INVITE YOU TO HONDURAS ,AND IF YOU WANT ,WE ARE GOING TO HELP YOU GET A REAL CONSULTA POPULAR ,SEÑOR OSCAR ARIAS ,YOUR PUEBLO GOT YOU IN POWER ,AND SO DO WE GOT MR. MICHELETI AS WELL!!!!
WE DONT NEED ANOTHER VENEZUELA IN AMERICA CENTRAL.

EL PUEBLO IS ASKING FOR YOUR RESPECT,SEÑOR ORTEGA NEVER GAVE THAT BEAUTIFULL RIGHT TO EL PUEBLO DE NICARAGUA,AND NOW HE IS PREACHING SOMETHING THAT HE IS NEVER DONE FOR HIS OWN PEOPLE.....PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kimberly Portillo   July 1st, 2009 8:40 pm ET

Please stop misinforming your viewers! I was watching your program and I was appalled when I heard your reporter in Tegucigalpa(covering the Honduran crisis) saying that the massive demonstrations AGAINST Manuel Zelaya were done out of fear! That employees were scared to lose their jobs so they went to support the new government. His source? The pro-Zelaya, pro-Chavez demonstrators!
CNN is supposed to be a serious and responsible news outlet. How is it possible that your reporter is ONLY interviewing pro-Zelaya supporters and using their information as FACT?

Another thing, the images your program used when discussing the support to former President Zelaya are not the reality! Those images are from the demonstrations that took place yesterday AGAINST Zelaya. Most of the Honduran people who support the new government are protesting wearing WHITE shirts; pro-Zelaya demonstrators use red shirts(symbol of the revolution), cover their faces, and burn tires. That's NOT the majority!

We just want the world to hear the TRUTH not Zelaya's twisted version of it!

Lorena   July 1st, 2009 11:55 pm ET

Dear Hala Gorani & CNN
I'm a Honduran citizen and i'm more than happy that Mel Zelaya is gone because what he wanted to do with my country was to turn it into another Venezuela and we all know that that's no good. And i feel deeply disturbed by what the ONU,OEA and the Latin and North America presidents are doing, how can they decide to support someone who is friends with Hugo Chavez? i mean since when did the US agree with anything that guy does? i think it's really unfair what they are trying to do because they don't even live in Honduras and they think they are doing something good which it's not. If they put Mel Zelaya back in power he will not leave just like Chavez and Fidel. How can the "world" support someone who lets venezuelan planes that carry drugs come to Honduras and does nothing to stop it? I still don't know how the fooled people saying that he has reduced poverty in Honduras which is a complete lies in fact i think ever since he became a president everyting has become worse in Honduras. I hope all of the organizations,the presidents and even CNN stops being so biased and help us Hondurans to regain the peace that Mel Zelaya took. So please don't make him a president again.
God bless you all

nena monreal   July 2nd, 2009 4:30 am ET

I'm from venezuela and i think what the people of honduras did that is democracy the ex president zelaya wanted to force them into something that is not legal or democratic, why doesn'( anybody say anything about that or his alliances to known not democratic presidents like castro and chavez. You just see things from the outside come live in honduras or venezuela and see our human rights been violated and our private property taken away from us then you could understand us but don't judge us if were democratic or not i wish the people of my country would finally do that with chavez because their not democratic. You live in democratic countrys we don't have that pleasure we have to do it the best the we can with ours dictators. Congratulations to the people from honduras that didn't take the abuse of their ex president and took action. Hope we can soon say chavez is no longer our president to.

TIRDAD GHARIB   July 2nd, 2009 3:43 pm ET

Thank You Dear Hala For Placing All information You Can About Iran The people of Iran are suffering And The World Should Never Forget The innocent Girls And Boys In iran, Whom All they Ask Is Freedom Nothing But Freedom is this Too Much Too Ask Mr Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,??? After All we are all Gods children And The Irannian Peope Are suffering And It breaks My Heart ,,, Where is The Un?? Why
The United Nations Does Not Mention The atrocities In evin Prison done By The republic Islamic Of Iran???Why"?? Where is Amnesty Internationall ?? .. Thank you So much For Your Great Awsome Reports dear Hala see you on Tv Tonight,

Oganyi   July 2nd, 2009 3:44 pm ET

Hondurans,

Learn and abide.
The world is sold out on democracy
Though it brings the devil to power.

Will say no to power
Be it an angel
That comes thru the gun barrel.

So let the people speak
But no gun barrels
Only ballot paper
Outwit the devil
And bring in your angel

songo m.   July 2nd, 2009 4:20 pm ET

Th president of Honduras (Zelaya) is the couse of his problem.By trying to change the consititution of his country for another term in office has made him abused democracy . I want the international community to stop taking sides in matters of this kind because it does not help undevoloped countrys .

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