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August 21, 2009
Posted: 1836 GMT

Today, we heard Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke tell a banking conference in the U.S. state of Wyoming that chances the economy would return to growth in "the near term" were "good."

Add to that figures out today indicating existing home sales for July jumped to their highest level in two years.

Sprinkle a few good corporate earnings reports and you have a triple digit rise on Wall Street for the Dow Jones.

We are flirting with a close over
9,500 and, despite weaknesses in some sectors and the near certainty that disappointing economic reports will spoil today's bull party, the hope among many top economists is that the worst is now behind us.

We'll take you live to Wall Street for the latest market action.

Also today, we're live in Kabul. A day after presidential elections in Afghanistan, there are allegations of fraud and the two main candidates are already claiming victory, days before official results are due to be announced.

Atia Abawi joins us from the Afghan capital.

And we will also take you to Iraq, where officials are scrambling to put security barriers up in key areas around Baghdad after insurgent attacks killed more than 100 people Wednesday. Will it be enough to prevent deadly attacks like the string of bombings that killed so many just a couple of days ago?

Plus, the fall-out from the return to Libya of convicted Locerbie bomber Abdel Baset Al Megrahi. The U.K. and U.S. have both reacted angrily to his homecoming. We'll tell you why.

Off to prepare for that and the rest of the show.

See you on TV,

Hala

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T. Olandrus Dickson   August 21st, 2009 7:43 pm ET

I think all this demonizing of Blackwater/Xe should be done with now! America is at WAR...and Blackwater does provide the tactical/strategic flexibility for American forces in theatre. These are brave men in harm's-way to defend FREEDOM!

Alex mwangi   August 21st, 2009 11:11 pm ET

Arguably the best news show on television i honestly admire everything from the technical aspect of it to the flow and the links between hala and all the correspondents who do more than inform the viewers all around the.
My main attraction is the set design , the Shots and of course the picture and sound quality i wish someday i can one on one experience as man who works in the Tv industry and learn from the best there can be in television technical work

Emeka Akabogu   August 22nd, 2009 12:22 pm ET

It was a great mistake to release Lokerbie bomber. What about those he killed?

Charles   August 23rd, 2009 1:33 pm ET

The US negotiated a deal in Northern Ireland that released hundreds to convicted terrorists in their prime of life, back into the same communities of the people they murdered. Literally in the same village in many cases. Releasing one dying man to a continent away seems trivial in comparison.

Derek   August 23rd, 2009 6:11 pm ET

I am an economist living in Brazil for the past 11 years, the economic situation in the US might appear that is improving, however it is not the case at least for the short run, if we base ourselves on the assumption that the economy is moving forward based on the rise in the sales of homes then we must pay attention and understand that the buyers of these homes are not the majority American working class families, perhaps there is a small percentage of these buyers who are indeed but the majority are investment groups who are taking advantage of the low prices and the bank’s power of sales of homes, if you ask me when it is the best time to invest in real estates, my answer is now, now is the time where you can get the best deal and low interest rates, in 18 months from now the same house that is on the market today for 300K it will be for 400 to 500K, and you would be telling yourself, I should have purchased it then !!!

We must always remember, bad times are good times for certain sectors of the economy and mainly for real estates investors.

Debby   August 24th, 2009 12:00 pm ET

Compare to a death panalty or another killing, it's really a creative way to handle a tragic like this.

It makes UK look like more kind and humane after so many UK sodiers has been killed in Iraq.

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