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February 17, 2010
Posted: 1727 GMT

It's like a Robert Ludlum storyline: international assassins, caught on CCTV cameras, sneak into a five-star hotel in disguise and murder a high-profile militant leader.

Here's what we know from investigators: Hamas official Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh arrived in Dubai from Syria January 19th and checked into a Dubai hotel not far from the airport. Investigators say that on January 20th, several men, caught on security cameras entering the hotel, made their way into Al-Mabhouh's room and murdered him.

Dubai police sources say the Hamas operative was electrocuted and suffocated.

A few days ago, authorities then released the names of eleven suspects they say traveled to Dubai on forged European passports, stealing the identities of unsuspecting dual nationals living in Europe. They say the ten men and one woman are behind the murder.

Hamas said Israel's spy agence, Mossad, ordered a hit on their on Al-Mabhouh. In Israel's first official response to the accusations, the country's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman today neither confirmed nor denied that the government is behind the assassination.

Mossad has been known to use falsified travel documents in operations abroad so suspicion that it was involved in this hit has gorwn since details of the case were made public.

We'll have the latest on the story from Jerusalem.

Also today, we'll take you live to Haiti, where we're expecting a decision on the fate of those American missionaries held on charges of child abduction. The judge is due to issue a ruling at some point today.

Plus, we'll be speaking to the mother of Josh Fattal, one of the three detained American hikers in Iran. The mothers have asked for visas to visit Iran and hope to visit and ultimately, come back to the United States with their kids. She will join us live from Philadelphia.

Join us at the IDesk for those stories and the rest of the day's top headlines, as always...

See you on the air!

Hala

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November 27, 2009
Posted: 1638 GMT

News that Dubai, the super rich, super ambitious, 24-hour a day bundle of economic energy is now asking its creditors for loan repayment mercy is sending mini shockwaves around the world.

About half of the money Dubai has borrowed to expand at breakneck speed was lent by European and U.S. banks that, just last year, were themselves on the verge of collapse.

If the world needed a wake-up call that the world economy is not out of the woods yet, this would be it.

Stock prices took a big hit yesterday and today, the dollar is up – all signs that investors are concerned with what is happening in the tiny emirate.

Will this force Dubai to rely on its more conservative and financially stable neighbor, Abu Dhabi? How will this impact Dubai as a financial center for the region?

We are covering all angles at the IDesk and don't forget to vote in our poll below.

Also among our lead stories, we will take you to Germany and to Kandahar for more on the continuing fallout from a September airstirke in Afghanistan.

Now a government minister has resigned over allegations that a German commander ordered a hit on fuel tankers, knowing that civilians may have been at risk.

PLus, we have all the latest developing news stories from around the world, as always, including news from the ATP Men's final.

See you at the IDesk!

Hala

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