November 4, 2009
Posted: 1728 GMT
We are planning on talking live to our Tehran correspondent for the latest on anti-government protests. Today is the 30th anniversary of the seizure of the American embassy there.
Opposition demonstrators vowed to come out in force. We are hearing reports of violence on the streets of the capital as several thousand defy government orders not to protest.
We will then take you to Jerusalem, for more on the Israeli Navy's seizure of a cargo ship carrying weapons authorities say were bound for Syria, and ultimately, Hezbollah militants in Southern Lebanon.
Paula Newton will then join us to talk about an Italian court's ruling, convicting 23 American CIA agents of the kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric in 2003. The agents were not at the trial – and therefore not in custody – but because the Italian judge ordered them jailed, they have effectively become international fugitives.
Also today, the big news out of Germany: not the lead-up to the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, but General Motors' decision to back out of a deal to sell its European unit to a Canadian group. The German government and labor unions are furious and say Opel's future is once again in doubt. We'll discuss this story with Jim Boulden in London.
We will go to Washington, D.C., to talk about what yesterday's off-year election defeat for the Democrats mean to the Obama White House. President Obama was elected exactly one year ago todayr. Should the bruising loss for Democrats in key local elections be a source of worry for the Democratic party? We'll analyze the results.
On that note, don't forget to vote in our poll today on how you rate Barack Obama's performance so far. I'll read out results at the IDesk.
We are also live in Berlin with Jim Clancy, on Wall Street and in Kabul.
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