August 27, 2009
Posted: 1812 GMT
We'll kick things off with a train derailment in Turkey. We are receiving dramatic pictures of the accident as the train was traveling between Ankara and Istanbul. It's yet another accident in a country where the railroad infrastructure has been criticized for not being safe.
We are hearing that 2 people have been killed and more than a dozen injured. We'll take you there live.
Also, we are continuing to follow the funeral and memorial plans for the late Senator Ted Kennedy. Yesterday, all major U.S. networks aired special tributes to the last surviving Kennedy brother of his generation.
The idea that Ted Kennedy's death essentially sealed the lid on the Camelot era, with all its glamour and scandal, seemed to make Americans nostalgic. Today, there is even word that the famous Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts could become a museum or an educational center.
A little later in the show, we will speak live from Jordan with Unicef representative Thomas Davin, who's just returned from Yemen, where fighting between government troops and rebels in the country's North is creating yet another pocket of misery in the Middle East.
Thousands of civilians are once again forced to flee to safety to escape the violence. The Unicef says it will need to set up camps to provide shelter for internally displaced people; U.N.-speak for people who become refugees in their own country.
On the financial front, we have more encouraging economic reports today. Is the worst behind us? I know I ask this question every day but I'm still wondering if it's possible to bounce back out of a recession when unemployment continues to be a major issue. With enough government spending and a semi-conscious housing market, can we see growth?
All that and more at the Idesk.
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