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March 10, 2010
Posted: 2152 GMT
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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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February 16, 2010
Posted: 1456 GMT

Hello everyone...

Hala is taking a day off, after a wild few weeks of travel - as all of you saw at the I-Desk from Haiti and France. As a result, Jonathan Mann is leading the charge in today's programme.

We're covering several big stories around the world, including the arrest of a top Taliban military commander in Pakistan. But, what does it mean for the overall fight against the Taliban? We're taking a closer look with Reza Sayah in Islamabad.

From the U.A.E. to the Palestinian territories to Ireland, there are new developments in an international murder mystery. Eleven people arrested in Dubai, accused of torturing and killing a Hamas leader. The suspects have passports from several western countries, including Ireland - which announced that they had never heard of the suspects. There are several twist and turns in this story. Paula Hancocks hopes to iron them out from Jerusalem, where she also had reaction from the victim's brother.

At the Vatican, the crisis talks continue between the Pope and members of the Catholic Church in Ireland. We're expecting to hear from Vatican officials in the coming hours, leading up to our show. But, will their comments and the Pope's reaction be enough, after so many years of sex abuse allegations in the Church? We're taking a closer look from Rome.

We also have new CNN poll numbers on Americans' opinion of Pres. Barack Obama. And, for the first time, we're asking: Does Pres. Obama deserve to be re-elected in two-years? And, speaking of the U.S. leader, some people in Indonesia are mad about a statue erected in Mr. Obama's honor. Find out what they're now doing with the statue, at 18:00 in London, 19:00 across Central Europe.

See you then!
J the P.

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March 20, 2009
Posted: 1501 GMT

After months of outside pressure Israel said Thursday it was going to launch an investigation into possible war crimes committed by its troops during the most recent Israel-Gaza conflict.

 

Haaretz, an English language daily, first reported yesterday that an inquest would be opened after soldiers told of multiple accounts of improper and illegal conduct during the offensive, at one time even shooting an unarmed woman while she was crossing the street.

 

Defense Minister Ehud Barack stated that Israel has “the most moral army in the world’” but followed that with “This does not mean that there are no irregularities, and I have no doubt that this will be studied seriously.”

 

Whether you believe accidents are simply a result of the chaos and injustice of war this is still significant as Israel is now responding to what some right s groups have been claiming for months: crimes were committed by Israelis during their offensive into Gaza.

 

Also on today’s show, we’ll be covering U.S. President Barack Obama’s new overtures to Iran, as well as two developing stories out of Africa:  Backlash against Madagascar’s new government, and a sad story about albinos targeted by killers, for their bones.

 

Please leave us your comments below and participate in the poll

 

Oh, and Hala is off today but we will have the lovely Isha Sesay instead, so tune in to revel in her bubbly British personality.

 

Till airtime…be good.

 

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