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November 17, 2009
Posted: 1740 GMT

Hello everyone,

We continue our "Autumn of Change" coverage with the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution in Prague today. Fionnuala Sweeney is live in the Cezh Republic where there are plans to recreate the student March that triggered the fall of communism in that country.

In what was Czechoslovakia, the wave of anti-communist protests forced peaceful change. The Czech Republic is now a European Union and NATO member, with a market economy.

We will look at where things stand today, and how must the country's past is having an impact on the younger generation.

Also on the show today, we will have the latest on President Barack Obama's trip to China, framing a new U.S.-China relationship. Presidents Obama and Hu Jintao met to discuss all important issues that concern both countries.

But with two wars and a global recession hitting it hard, America is not necessarily in the driver's seat. China has weathered the recession relatively well and is essentially financing the U.S. budget deficit by holding so much of America's debt.

The two men talked about trade gaps, Iran, human rights and climate control, all issues on which there was not complete agreement.

Our Ed Henry is in Beijing with more.

Al Goodman is in Spain for the latest on a Spanish vessel crew freed by Somali pirates. They had been detained for weeks and there are questions about whether a deal was struck to secure their release.

We are also live in London for important corporate news and we have the latest on Wall Street action from New York.

Paula Newton is live in Rome for the latest on a hunger summit where some of the world's most controversial – and colorful – leaders have managed to steal the spotlight again.

Plus, all the rest of the day's top stories, as always.

See you at the IDesk!

Hala

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