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January 8, 2010
Posted: 1728 GMT

We will start the show in Detroit, Michigan, where Umar Faruk Abdulmutallab will make his first court appearance in connection with a failed plot to bomb a U.S. airliner on Christmas day.

We will be live outside the courthouse and will speak to a legal expert on what to expect next.

Also today, Paula Newton will talk us through the investigation from Yemen and what more officials are saying about AbdulMutallab's possible connection to Al Qaeda networks in the country.

Once again, winter weather is making people miserable in Europe. Canceled flights, broken down trains and massive traffic jams are still a big problem today. We'll have live reports from Europe and the United States.

We'll take you to Iraq, where an electoral commission is recommending Sunni groups they say are affiliated with the banned Baath party should be barred from taking part in the crucial March 7th election. This could again derail an oft-delayed poll. Diana Magnay brings us the latest from Baghdad.

Plus, we'll celebrate the King's birthday at the IDesk. Elvis Presley would have turned 75 today.

My favorite Elvis song has always been Blue Suede Shoes, though I know it's probably not his best. I just like singing "You can burn my house – Steal my car – Drink my liquor – From an old fruitjar."

I'm not exactly sure what that last part means but find it amusing that there was a time when that was considered as bad as punching someone in the face.

See you at the IDesk!

Hala

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halozcel   January 8th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

Who can forget Blue Suede Shoes...
Who can forget Return to Sender,Trouble,Bossa Nova,I need your love tonight,Hard headed woman and the others.....
It was 35-40 years ago....,I remember like today.
Happy Birthday to You King.From here to Eternity your songs will be listened.
Happy New Year to Everyone.

Ralph   January 8th, 2010 10:01 pm ET

We will always keep people who will want to blow up airplaines or/and people who want to attack the USA. The reason might be find in the arrogance of most Americans. And lets face it 🙂 Most Americans are just Europeans🙂

A. Smith, Oregon   January 10th, 2010 6:41 am ET

President Obama is trying to turn the page on cold war era tactics by closing all of the CIA secret prisons around the world, pulling out of Iraq and Afghanistan, now suddenly the urgency of Yemen lights up and China is screaming about a Bush-Cheney shipment of weapons to Taiwan.

This isn't a coincidence, this is a power play between the US Executive Branch of Government and the CIA officials loyal to former v.p. Dick Cheney.

Grace Changih   January 10th, 2010 7:47 am ET

Afghanistan is the HEART of Terrorism and that is where Terrorism is breaded. Obama should go ahead with the Anti-Terror plans in Afghanistan. The current citation of YEMEN is terrorists planned plot and strategy to distract and disrupt fighting terrorism in Afghanistan. I think U.S is close wining the fight against terror there in Afghanistan. CIA and FIB should do the underground cover operations in YEMEN while the battle and fight for terror goes on in Afghanistan where there is evidence of return fight and battle from Terrorists operating in the mask of Taliban’s. Grace Changih

kenzo   January 10th, 2010 4:31 pm ET

The authorities should kindly investigate where Abdumuttalab was radicalised.

raul-germany   January 12th, 2010 10:27 am ET

im nigerian but i dont think umar should be treated like anyother criminal.this is someone who tried to take the lives of hundreds of people purposely and thus should be treated like a high profile terorrist.i believe there are others from yemen where he was recruited on similar assignments,and investigations should not stop with umar alone.

Gloria   January 14th, 2010 9:59 pm ET

When I look at the blank expression in the boy's face, I see a "child" through this act of wanting to blow up an air plane desperately wanting to get the much-needed attention of his parents for affection. Boarding school is the order of the day to have a good education in Africa. But it is not cut out for all kids, especially those who are emotionally sensitive. Hence, he may have been one of the lucky few who had such rare opportunities to have been educated like he was in prestigious boarding schools abroad, but the message I'm reading is that he would have been better off at home with his "Mama". The reason why he became a very easy prey for extremist ideologies and did what he did.

Stanley Staco   January 21st, 2010 1:54 am ET

I"m monitoring an alert blog room Please foward this alert to someone that can get help in HAITI
56 BABIES DEAD,74 BABIES DYING at Notre Dame de la Nativité Orphenage at orphanage Foyer des Filles de Dieu
8 bis rue Delvas
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Phone 27 5092344754 50.94045154
GPS coordinates are
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long:-72.30873942375183

pls help.

cnnhala   January 21st, 2010 12:00 pm ET

We are alerting the necessary people. Thanks for letting us know.

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