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September 30, 2009
Posted: 1540 GMT

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We will start things with the devastation caused in South Asia by a Tsunami and just a few hours later, by an earthquake.

We will go live to Indonesia with the latest on a massive earth tremor that has killed dozens and caused major damage. Officials say they fear the death toll with continue to rise because people are still trapped under collapsed buildings. To makes things worse: major roads are blocked by landslides making the job harder for rescuers.

We will then take you live to Samoa, where a giant Tsunami wave hit the island yesterday. Entire villages were flattened in seconds. More than a hundred people in the resort island are confirmed dead. We have dramatic video and testimony from survivors.

Also – we will take you to the Philippines and Vietnam for more on the continuing misery in the aftermath of typhoon Ketsana.

Richard Roth will then join us from the United Nations to talk about a U.N. Security Council meeting on sexual violence during conflict. The U.N. is expected to appoint a special coordinator to lead a unit designed to address the issue of sex as a weapon of war. Tens of thousands of women are raped in warzones in Africa and around the world.

Will the U.N.'s effort make a difference?

We are also live in Geneva, for a preview of crucial talks Iran will be holding with Security Council powers (plus Germany) on its nuclear program. The atmosphere is bound to be tense after Iran test fired a long range missile a few days ago and after it revealed a hidden nuclear plant last week.

After a few good weeks, Wall Street is not in the best mood today. Some economic numbers are having investors doubt whether recent increases ins stocks were justified.

All those stories and the rest of the day's top sports and weather headlines.

See you at the IDesk!

Hala

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Sayan Majumdar   September 30th, 2009 4:21 pm ET

Unless we rectify ourselves and respect nature by controlling environmental pollution and stop deforestation, nature will have its own way of imparting revenge (although not always directly related) on us beyond human capability to resist.

Sayan.

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