April 24, 2009
Posted: 1813 GMT
Once again, the U.S. is urging the Pakistani government and the country's military to take on the extremists.
The U.S. is giving Pakistan billions of dollars and is helping it get billions more in aid, in the hope that the country will become stable enough and develop a strong enough central government to defeat the Taliban and the fundementalists.
But if that is the goal, then America is far from being able to claim victory. Today, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen said in an interview that he is "extremely concerned" and that we are "certainly moving closer to the tipping point" at which Pakistan could be taken over by extremists.
The prospect – the possibility even – that a nuclear power could fall into the hands of Taliban-like groups is terrifying political and military leaders the world over.
We'll take you live to Islamabad for the latest on the Taliban movements and how the Pakistani military is responding to the group's advance into Buner, less than 100 kilometers from the Pakistani capital.
Also today, more bloodshed in Baghdad. We'll go live to the Iraqi capital and ask what happens if this trend continues. And how might political and military deadlines affect the violence in Iraq?
We're taking you live to Paraguay, where the country's President has been accused of fathering three children out of wedlock with three different women. We'll ask: is Paraguay like France where fathering children with mistresses is considered a non-event or is it like the United States, where the same thing would end a political career?
Also today, we'll venture onto the lighter side of things and discuss Susan Boyle, the overnight singing sensation and Scottish reality show contestant whose performance went viral on the internet.
Boyle has turned into the story that keeps on giving. Seems Susan Boyle has had a makeover. And because it's Friday, we've made it our question of the day!
That and the rest of the day's top news at the International Desk.
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