July 13, 2009
Posted: 1850 GMT
We're kicking things off in the United Kingdom at the Idesk. Paula Newton will tell us about Gordon Brown's address to Parliament regarding Britain's forces in Afghanistan. He is now in a position of justifiying his government's strategy in Afghanistan against accusations soliders are unnecessarily being put at risk.
Speaking of Afghanistan, Chris Lawrence at the Pentagon will tell us how the United States, which has by far the largest contingent of troops on the ground, say that even more boots on the ground are needed to achieve success in that warzone.
Fighting the battle against the Taliban and stabilizing Afghanistan means putting troops in more dangerous positions. So far, the U.S. has lost 646 troops. The U.K. has lost 184.
Also today, we'll cross over live to Capitol Hill in Washington for the latest on the Sonia Sotomayor Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Barring an unforeseen political disaster that would ruin her nomination, she is virtually assured of being confirmed. We'll ask how the hearing will play out in Washginton and beyond.
Plus, there's a new pipeline about to put a dent in Russia monopoly on gas distribution to Europe. It's called Nabucco (named after the Verdi opera that the five partners had attended in Vienna after a meeting about the deal). The partnership between Turkey, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Austria has been frought with problems and delays, but is now on its way to realization.
We'll go live to Turkey for more on why this deal is important and whether it will change the way Europeans consume energy.
Plus tune in for our sports segment. In the noon edition of idesk, Marc McKay and I discussed the case of a New Zealand taekwondo athlete who has opened a gentleman's club (read legal brothel) to pay his way to the Olympic Games of 2012 in London. I asked you to weigh in on whether the taekwondo association should allow him to compete if he uses money from this venture to support himself. Go to my Twitter account @halagorani and let me know.
Plus all th rest of the day's news, as always!
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