September 18, 2009
Posted: 1843 GMT
For several weeks, there were no reports of protests on the streets of the Iranian capital but a yearly demonstration designed to show support for the Palestinian cause today became a springboard for opposition activists.
We will show you pictures and video coming into CNN, that show large gatherings and marches. Political opposition leaders are defying orders not to protest. We'll talk to Christiane Amanpour about the significance of the demonstrations and whether the opposition movement can remain energized in the months to come.
Also at the IDesk today, we will cover a new missile defense shield proposal coming from the NATO chief, who says the U.S., NATO and Russia should consider unifying their programs.
In London, we will talk to Nic Robertson about accused Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset Al-Megrahi's efforts to clear his name before he dies. Hundreds of pages of legal documents related to Megrahi's case have been published online for all to see. On his website, Megrahi says he wants to convince the world he had nothing to do with the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 that killed 270 people.
Plus, Richard Roth will tell us more about what to expect from next week's United Nations General Assembly. Chavez, Ahmadinejad, Obama, Sarkozy and the heads of state of other countries in the news. We'll be covering the event extensively at the IDesk.
All that and the latest Obama poll numbers at the top of the hour.
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