November 11, 2009
Posted: 1748 GMT
On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month ninety one years ago, World War I came to an end after the signing of an Armistice in Compiegne, France.
Some nine decades later, only three surviving World War I veterans remain. None from France or Germany, whose leaders met at the Tomb of the Unknown under the Arc of Triomphe for the first time ever to remember the war dead.
And some nine decades later, both countries and many other NATO allies are engaged in Afghanistan, where the mission and the strategy are still being debated. Today, U.S. President Barack Obama laid a wreath in Arlington Cemetery on a day he will again hold meetings on whether to increase American troop levels in Afghanistan.
We will cover Armistice Day remembrances in Paris, London and Washington, as well as the ongoing debate over what to do in today's active warzones.
On that note, there is a new CNN/Opinion research poll on whether Americans think President Barack Obama is taking too long to clarify the United States' mission in Afghanistan and make a firm decision on troop levels. It's been three months since USAF commander General Stanley McChrystal submitted his report on the situation, asking for up to 40,000 more troops.
We will cover all angles.
Also today, we will go live to Berlin for more on the life sentence a German court imposed on the man accused of stabbing a pregnant Egyptian woman to death in a Dresden courtroom earlier this year. We will have the latest from Germany and reaction from Egypt.
Another sad story from Germany, the suicide of German goalkeeper Robert Enke, who apparently killed himself at the age of 32. Reports indicate he left a suicide note. Diana Magnay will cover that for us.
Plus, we will go live to Jerusalem for the latest on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' statements and the increasing pessimism surrounding the propsect of peace talks with Israel.
Finally, have you noticed Sammy Sosa's looking a lot paler these days? We have the reason behind his startling change of appearance and how fans are reacting to it all.
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