August 21, 2009
Posted: 1836 GMT
Today, we heard Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke tell a banking conference in the U.S. state of Wyoming that chances the economy would return to growth in "the near term" were "good."
Add to that figures out today indicating existing home sales for July jumped to their highest level in two years.
Sprinkle a few good corporate earnings reports and you have a triple digit rise on Wall Street for the Dow Jones.
We are flirting with a close over
We'll take you live to Wall Street for the latest market action.
Also today, we're live in Kabul. A day after presidential elections in Afghanistan, there are allegations of fraud and the two main candidates are already claiming victory, days before official results are due to be announced.
Atia Abawi joins us from the Afghan capital.
And we will also take you to Iraq, where officials are scrambling to put security barriers up in key areas around Baghdad after insurgent attacks killed more than 100 people Wednesday. Will it be enough to prevent deadly attacks like the string of bombings that killed so many just a couple of days ago?
Plus, the fall-out from the return to Libya of convicted Locerbie bomber Abdel Baset Al Megrahi. The U.K. and U.S. have both reacted angrily to his homecoming. We'll tell you why.
Off to prepare for that and the rest of the show.
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