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July 21, 2009
Posted: 1750 GMT

We are live in Afghanistan again today with the latest on Taliban attacks on coalition positions in the eastern part of the country. The crucial battle between international forces and Taliban elements continues. And the conflict isn't just military, it's economic.

Choking the Taliban supply routes for weapons and men is essential: coalition forces are bombing poppy fields to halt the flow of drug money funding insurgent activity. Ivan Watson is in Helmand province, embedded with the U.S. troops on the frontlines of the battle and will bring us the latest.

Also today, we have reports of fresh clashes between opposition demonstrators and security forces in Tehran. Reza Sayah is at our Iran Desk and will tell us what happened. We also have new video to show you of militiamen apprently cracking down on protestors.

We will take you live to Jerusalem as well, where Israeli government officials say they have an "indisputable right" to continue to build Jewish homes in the Eastern, Arab part of the city. This goes directly against what the Obama adminstration, the EU and Russia say they want.

Plus, Guillermo and I will chat about the upcoming total solar eclipse. We have a team of correspondents fanned out across the eclipe's path covering the "once in a blue moon" event.

On a lighter note, CNN.com's Nicole Lapin will join me in the studio with a list of the five most germ-infested tourist attractions. Have you ever visited Oscar Wilde's tomb in Paris or strolled across Saint Mark's square in Venice? We'll tell you why these two locations made TripAdvisor's top 5 "germiest" tourist spots.

Plus the day's latest weather, sport and market news.

See you on TV!

Hala

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Manda Zand   August 3rd, 2009 9:27 pm ET

The elections in Iran have never been fair and democratic. The people of Iran used this window of opportunity to to tell the world that this regime is not their representative. This is a government of the will of the God and not the will of the people. it is a theocracy not a democracy. This is a Gender Apartheid regime opposed to all diversities like cultural, religious, social liberties, etc. This regime should be condemned by the international community. But the economic interests interfere and
supersede humanity.

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