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August 7, 2009
Posted: 1648 GMT

Hello again, everyone...

First and foremost, we have an encore appearance by BackStory's Michael Holmes today, as he fills in for Hala. And, for those of you wondering, the very-well-rested Ms. Gorani returns on Monday.

Now, down to business:

Today, we're following Typhoon Morakot, which is slamming into Taiwan, as I'm writing this update. We have a journalist on the island, who is monitoring the situation. And, he'll join us live at the I-Desk. Of course, we'll also have the latest forecast, and a look at what's next for the strengthening storm.

Also, we're taking you Pakistan, where there are reports that Taliban leader, Baitullah Mehsud, is dead. Pakistani officials say he was killed by a U.S. drone attack; while, the United States military has not confirmed the death. We're getting the latest from Islamabad, as well as The Pentagon.

Over in Iran, just 2 days into Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's second term, a scathing report is released by Amnesty International. The human rights group claims that Iran has executed 115 people, just between the June 12th election and Wednesday's inauguration... compare that to 196 people executed between January 1st of this year and the election. An unbelievable jump! But, how does Amnesty know for sure? We're asking an official from the group, who is joining us live at the I-Desk.

Next door in Iraq, our Arwa Damon is tracking two stories. Both extremely sad. One of them is sure to make you cringe. It's a report, you just can't miss.

And, finally, a light-hearted end to the show... What do Pope Benedict and famous rapper, Snoop Doggy Dogg, have in common? We'll show you.

See you tonight... at the I-Desk.
J the P

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Tina   August 7th, 2009 6:52 pm ET

It is exactly one year after the Russian invasion and occupation of Georgia. Today, Georgians rememeber those who gave their lifes for our freedom and those who remain behind the occupation line. Despite the mourning, Georgians remain optimistic about the future.

Muthyavan   August 7th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

While Typhoon Morakot threat to the Taiwan and East China is the biggest international threat to humans and property as we watch its approach to the sea coasts. There is another international news going around that Kumaran Pathmanthan the new leader of the LTTE a ban out fit in Malaysia and Srilanka was captured by Malaysia and Sri lankan Inter Legion officers and transported to Srilanka.

LTTE New leadership which recently announced that they are abandoning the violence struggle they were having against the Srilanka government and going to adopt peaceful democratic agitations to win back Tamils fundamental rights in that island nation. Malaysia and Srilanka are accused internationally of prosecutions and human rights violation of the Hindu Tamil minorities in those countries. Have jointly staged an international coup in arresting a person who is a citizen of another country and transported to another country Which is accused of genocide against the Tamil population.

It is a violation of international law without going through any extradition court proceeding to transport a captured man in Malaysia to Srilanka overnight. How are the Srilankan authorities going to investigate and punish a person who is not a Srilankan citizen is another big question. Will they just finish him off like they have done to hundreads of thousand Tamil civilians in the last fifty years.

This has become an international issue now because even a ban LTTE Leader in some countries should go through international justice if he is arrested and should go through the normal court proceedings before extradition and should be treated only as a political prisoner in another country.

vic benedicto   August 8th, 2009 5:54 am ET

"how does Amnesty know for sure? " yes. have they verified their info?
lke what they did in the Philippines. They talk to a few cab drivers, a few militants. Ergo! True news.

just because they say they are Amnesty doesn't mean they speak the gospel truth.

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