August 20, 2009
Posted: 1809 GMT
Our poll today has generated a lot of interest and hundreds of you have voted already. On the day Scottish authorities freed the only man convicted in connection with the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Scotland, we've been asking if you agree with the decision.
Scottish justice officials have allowed Abdelbaset Ali Al Megrahi to return home to Lybia on "compassionate grounds," because he is in the final stages of terminal cancer.
We'll read out results from our poll, and take you live to Scotland and the Middle East for reaction to Megrahi's release.
In the first edition of Idesk, we spoke to the brother of one of the victims of Pan Am 103 who vehemently disagreed with the decision to free Al Megrahi. In the next edition, we'll speak with Jim Swire, whose daughter Flora was killed in the bombing, who argues that the man convicted of the bombing is a scapegoat and who agrees with the decision to allow him to return to Libya.
Also today, we'll go live to Afghanistan for the latest on presidential elections in the volatile country. It's only the second time ever Afghans have been able to elect their own president. Violence levels were lower, but there are reports of low voter turnout and instances of apparent fraud.
Plus, we'll take you live to Baghdad, where authorities have had to backtrack on moves to "normalize" the Iraqi capital by removing blastwalls and some checkpoints. Yesterday's coordinated bombings in Iraq that killed at least 100 people have forced security officials to reconsider extreme measures to protect civilians from bomb attacks. Arwa Damon is live to Baghdad.
And did you know someone has actually taken the trouble to categorize "annoying Facebook" personalities? There are the compulsive updaters, the friend hoarders, the hysterical inviters.. Join us at the International Desk to find out if you qualify for one or several of the categories!
Oh and Marc McKay and I will chat about the latest Usain Bolt/Tyson Gay face-off.
That, and the rest of the day's top weather and business stories, of course.
See you on TV,
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