July 27, 2009
Posted: 1619 GMT

Greetings from the I-Desk...

First of all, Hala is off this week. And, for most of the week, BackStory's Michael Holmes will be fillling-in. He'll join us today, to bring you the latest news headlines and live reports feeding into CNN.

Alright, so here's what's on tap -

The U.S. and China are trying to continue warming-up relations, with a forum in Washington today. And, the U.S. brought out the big guns, with President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner. So, what does this mean for the future of relations, between the world's largest communist country and the world's most prominent democracy?? Our Jill Dougherty is joining Michael live, to break it all down.

Also, on the diplomatic front, Britain's government today urged the Afghan government to reach out to the Taliban. Is this a good and viable idea? Or, is Gordon Brown's government trying to pander to those, who are increasingly becoming ANTI-Afghanistan? Our Senior International Correspondent, Nic Robertson, who's been to Afghanistan a number of times, is following that one from London.

And, keeping with the diplomatic theme, we're following developments in the Middle East, between Israel and Iran... And, in Honduras, between Roberto Micheletti's government and the ousted president, Jose Manuel Zelaya.

Then, on a lighter note... Why is Bill Gates quitting Facebook?? Let's just say - some of YOU may be to blame. It's a story you don't want to miss.

See you at the I-Desk!
J the P

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john power   July 27th, 2009 6:09 pm ET

Hi Hala,

Just wanted you to know i've been a fan from the beginning. Well done!

By the way your show has the most catchy theme song/introductory music.

Where are yout this week?


jwpeu   July 27th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

There will only be peace in the Middle East when Israel is forced to allow the Palastinians to return to their lands and property that the israels have driven them off over the past 60 years. It is odd that the US and UN are keen and eager to enforce sanctions against countries that breach UN resolutions i.e Iran, North Korea, however no action is taken against Israel that is in breach of not only UN resolutions but also International law. Not only does the US appear to sanction Israels breach of UN resolutions and International Law, but gives israel $3billion dollars a year in aid to assist them Bring in sanctions to enforce israel to comply with UN resolutions and International law, stop US aid and you will have peace in the Midle East.
Great programme Micheal

Sayan Majumdar   July 28th, 2009 10:49 am ET

The level of transparency of Chinese attitudes will determine the nature of relationship between China and United States in the long run.


The King Of The World   July 28th, 2009 2:16 pm ET

Aaaaaaaaaaaa! Halaaaaaaa

I will not watch CNN today, and all this week. What Im gonna do? I will watch cartoons, and music television, and I will pray,and I dont know. I will sing a songs on karaoke.


I love you Hala

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