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July 17, 2009
Posted: 1834 GMT

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We will kick things off with the twin explosions in Jakarta today. Two luxury Western hotels, the JW Marriott and the Ritz Carlton were apparently hit by a pair of suicider bombers.

it's been four years since the last terrorist attack in Indonesia. Authorities released grainy, black and white security camera footage showing a man pulling a suitcase. Seconds after he walks out of the frame, an explosion. They belive that man may be connected to the attacks.

The main suspect now is the Jamaah Islamiyah group, also responsible for attacks in Bali and Jakarta and with ties to al Qaeda. We'll speak with an expert on the attack today and why the group is still able to carry out deadly attacks.

Our other top story at the Idesk: Friday prayers and demonstrations in Tehran. Former Iranian president Rafsanjani lead prayers at Tehran University, with opposition politician Mir Hossein Moussavi in attendance. There were also protests on the streets and reports of violence by security forces and volunteer militiamen. Reza Sayah is at our Iran Desk with the latest.

We'll also talk to our reporter Karl Penhaul on the latest developments out of Honduras. The ousted president Manuel Zelaya says he wants to return to Honduras and set up a parallel government. The country would effectively have two governments and two presidents. This story is not getting any simpler and the profound gulf separating the pro-Zelaya Hondurans and those who are happy he's gone seems to be getting wider.

Plus, believe it or not, corporate America has come out with more good results. it looks like we'll be ending the week on a positive note after a 500 point rally on Wall Street for the Dow Jones.

Happy Friday!

See you on TV,

Hala

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Kiala   July 17th, 2009 7:00 pm ET

I think any dispute among people must be solve with talkings. It's said that only by talking we can understand one another! There is no reason which can justify the twin explosions in Jakarta because those who died there are innocents.
I think the Iranians need to solve their differences through democracy methods, why not create a unity government where Mr. Mir Hossein Moussavi will take place as people still claiming about the previous presidential elections.
I really believe that people are not claiming in vain, they no the truth and the Election Commission must recognize the mistake and recount the results.
Kiala from Angola.

Sanjib   July 20th, 2009 11:01 am ET

Many say that terrorists have no religion. It looks like that 99% terrorist are Muslim. I think the Islamic religious leaders should stop preaching things that misleads the youth. They should help the youth to understand that religion is a way of life, that should be confined to a particular community and, should not be imposed on others.
I am sure these terrorists will never succeed to create an Islamic state; but they will continue to do these heinous acts unless they don’t change their mindset.

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