July 8, 2009
Posted: 1815 GMT
Is the G8 still relevant? Even the French Finance minister Christine Lagarde told reporters last Sunday that it's an "older insitution" that is "a lot less relevant" than it once was, given the way the world has developed.
For the UK's Daily Telegraph, the narrower G8 summits are "devalued when they promise much but deliver little." Adding that the wider G20, which includes developing powerhouses like China, India and Brazil from the outset, are forums where real decisions can be made.
But some say the G20 is actually too large, and a G14 is a more manageable size. That is the G8 plus the G5 plus Egypt to represent the Arab world.
We'll be live in L'Aquila, where the summit is being held and where leaders will issue a final communique detailing broad topics of discussion, including climate change, the economy and trade.
Also today, we'll talk about a couple of drone attacks in Pakistan on suspected militant hideouts, as well as reports the Taliban leader in the Swat Valley has been injured in a separate operation. Our Nic Robertson is live in Pakistan.
By the way, I've received more Tweets and comments on the way CNN covered the Jackson memorial story than any other story we've covered in the last week. Many were complimentary. Others questionned the time we spent reporting on the death of the pop star and its aftermath, saying it is not a news channel's mission to spend this much time on celebrity news.
"I'm watching it now," said Laura on Twitter, "and I'm finding it very touching."
Rula agreed: "Of course. The only thing that was as big an event was Diana's funeral. RIP."
But Liam, also on Twitter, wrote: "No Hala watching your competitoor AlJazzenglish. they are mostly ignoring MJ, it's a ***GREAT*** editorial decision on their part."
We're all for free speech here, so whatever you think of the news or how we cover it, we always welcome all your comments.
Back to the Idesk. We will also look into a claim by British researchers they were able to create human sperm from embryonic stem cells, potentially allowing infertile men to father their own children. We'll speak with bioethicist Dr. Arthur Caplan of the University of Pennsylvania. We'll ask him about ethical considerations related to such a medical breakthrough.
Plus, as always, the rest of the day's top stories.
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