August 25, 2009
Posted: 1809 GMT


We'll be going live to Afghanistan for the latest on the string of deadly bombings in the southern city of Kandahar. Witnesses there say the bombings literally rocked the city, leaving dozens dead in the worst case of post-election violence so far.

At the same time, election results from Afghanistan's presidential race have started trickling out. With about 10% of the ballots counted, the country's election commission says incumbent president Hamid Karzai is slightly ahead of his main rival, Abdullah Abdullah. But with claims of voter fraud and ballot counting irregularities, it's a safe bet the loser will contest the final results.

We will then go to Baghdad, for more on the diplomatic tit-for-tat between Iraq and Syria. Today, we've learned that Syria recalled its ambassador after Iraq recalled its top diplomat from Damascus over a dispute connected to last week's deadly Baghdad bombings.

Iraq says Syria must hand over two Syria-based Baathists it says order the attack on government ministries in the Iraqi capital. Just a few weeks ago, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki was in Damascus for an official visit, shaking hands with Syrian president Bashar Al Assad, agreeing to cooperate on security issues. it looked like old disagreements were melting in the summer sun. And now, another break-up? We'll talk about what happened.

Also on tap today, the latest Wall Street action and what investors are saying about U.S. President Obama's decision to nominate Fed chief Ben Bernanke to another four year term.

We will take you to Cuba, Greece and London, where Nic Robertson has more on the political fallout from the release of convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset Al Megrahi.

Oh, and remember the story of former model Liskula Cohen, who was so offended by what an anonymous blooger said about her, that she got a judge to order Google to reveal the blogger's identity? Well now the blogger – Rosemary Port – is suing Google.

I'd love to tell you what Port called Cohen but I'm afraid of getting sued. Let's just say it rimes with "Frank."

See you on TV!


(Photo Getty Images – Aftermath of last wednesday's bombings in Baghdad)

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Kim Cunningham   August 25th, 2009 7:14 pm ET

I think the whole Google situation is a little bit too much from Cohen. It is definitely a way to get attention. It's really ridiculous what people are worried about these days. And really: 'Frank' is that what all the fuss is about?

Greets Kim

Nina   August 25th, 2009 7:53 pm ET

I think the blogger and the model new each other and most probably planned this to get attention and PR!

Michael O'Regan   August 25th, 2009 7:55 pm ET


One small point about Caster Semenya; she's a middle distance runner, not a sprinter.

zamdar   August 25th, 2009 8:01 pm ET

this is the most interest program on cnn.i live in kurdistan(north of iraq) and watch nearly all the day night.

debbie   August 25th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

when is this bloodshed goin to end in afghanistan and iraq? their problems are really deep, its very clear to me that its not the western world any more. bahgdad just became worse after the americans withdrew. i really feel for the mothers and children who wake up every morning not knowing where the next bomb is going to go off.

Muthyavan.   August 26th, 2009 1:31 am ET

Afghanistan is the latest challenge for the international society,with no outright winners from the election results declared,what will be the turn out for a second election scheduled for next month?. How will be the violence during next election or the present violence will keep more voters away from selecting the final president for Afghanistan.

The sacrifices made by hundreds of NATO soldiers to install a legitimate government in this country is already having not much support from the locals by the lower turnout in the elections. Will the NATO forces alone without the locals support and a true Afghanistan government support can win this war?.

vic benedicto   August 26th, 2009 5:25 am ET

the US is supposed to be searching for Osama bin laden, right? so why is it bombing /killing innocent civilians?

Elham   August 26th, 2009 8:53 am ET

I want to thank you for your consideration and giving your international audience some explication about the word "skank" last night.

Femi Adeolu Amele   August 26th, 2009 3:19 pm ET

Google crossed the line by bridging their own privacy terms. it almost seems unsafe to pass comment, documents, attachments through their networks without showing up on (Bermudian Island ) mysterious hands.

Femi Adeolu Amele
Lagos, Nigeria

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