March 9, 2009
Posted: 1601 GMT
Hello readers and viewers,
After a few days of suspicion and speculation, Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai says the car crash that killed his wife and injured him last Friday was an accident.
But in the current climate of crisis, suspicion and political tension in Zimbabwe, will this calm conspiracy theorists? We'll talk live to Nkepile Mabuse who's covering the story from neighboring South Africa.
Also in today's line-up: we'll be looking at week-end violence in Belfast that has the colorings of some old sectarian conflicts in Northern Ireland. Real IRA gunmen kill two British soldiers. Could this open old wounds? We'll take you live to Belfast.
Also high on the agenda is the debate over embryonic stem cell research in the United States. President Barack Obama is lifting restictions on using the cells of embryos for medical research. We'll go live to Miami to ask a doctor how this change of policy will affect his research.
And a show these days is never complete without a serving of fresh economic news. Most days, it's bad. Today, it depends how you look at it. Drugmaker Merck is buying a rival, creating an even bigger pharmaceutal giant. We'll ask Jim Boulden where on earth merck got the money for this. And who the move will benefit.
We'll also be mentionning a story that has human rights advocates – and anyone with common sense – up in arms. Saudi Arabia has sentenced a 75-year old Syrian woman to 40 lashes, prison time and deportation for having unrelated men in her house. Check out the link here and give me your thoughts on this story.
And of course we'll be looking at all the latest news with live reports from the White House, Iraq and Afghanistan.
See you on the air,
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