November 24, 2009
Posted: 1733 GMT
As I write this, the Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh is addressing journalists at the White House, highlighting the importance of his country's economic relationship with America. In the news conference, U.S. President Barack Obama also underlined what bonds the two countries: the United States is India's largest trading partner.
This will be the first "state dinner" of Barack Obama's presidency, the highest honor America can extend to visiting leaders.
But this visit isn't only about business: India is a crucial strategic partner for the United States. Mister Obama wants Prime Minster Singh to know that despite the fact that he is busy with Afghanistan, Pakistan and recently visited China, India is not forgotten.
We will go live to Washington, D.C. for more on the visit.
Then, we will take you live to London for more on the British inquiry now under way on why Britain took part in the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Tony Blair is expected to be one of the star witnesses in the next few months.
Paula Newton will have more on the inquiry panel and on the significance of a public debate on why the U.K. followed the United States into Iraq.
Also today, I will speak with Vincent Brossel of Reporters Without Borders on what could turn out to be the biggest single massacre of journalists. Up to twenty journalists may have been savagely killed in an attack on allies of a local politician in the Southern Philippines, in which almost 50 were killed.
The bloody clan turf war in that part of the country routinely claims lives. We will cover that story form all angles.
We are live in Jerusalem for more on statements by Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu, who's been dampening expectations of a prisoner swap deal with Hamas that could leave to the release of Hamas captive Gilad Shalit.
We are also live on Wall Street, in Islamabad, Madrid and in Mecca.
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