October 1, 2009
Posted: 1601 GMT


Hello everyone,

The death toll from an earthquake in Indonesia continues to climb. Rescue workers are trying to reach people trapped under the rubble of homes and under the concrete of tall buildings. The worry is that the number of dead and injured will continue to rise.

We are live in Indonesia with more on the devastation in the quake zone.

We will also take you to Samoa, where a series of tsunami waves flattened villages and killed more than a hundred. Our team of reporters is on the ground.

Also today, it's D-Day for Iran talk in Geneva. The Barack Obama promise of engaging countries perceived as hostile to the U.S. is being put in practice today: a high level American diplomat met face-to-face with the top Iranian representative. It is the first such high level meeting in years.

The question is: will a different approach yield a different result? Will the clash between Western powers and Tehran over its nuclear program be avoided?

It seems that at the very least, something has come out of the meetings: western powers and Iran have agreed to talk again before the end of the month.

We are live in Geneva and at the United Nations for more on the story.

Barbara Starr will then join us to talk about where Al Qaeda is still thriving in the world and where the terrorist network has been weakened.

Also today, a nasty day for markets. Investors have driven stock prices up so much in the thrid quarter, that some on Wall Street now seem to think that economic indicators do not justify the kind of hefty run-ups we've seen lately. We'll have a live report.

We will then go live to Copenhagen for a report on the International Olympic Committee's decision on what city will host the 2016 summer games.

The decision is expected tomorrow and we're asking you to vote for your favorite city.

Plus all the top sports and weather headlinesm, as always.

See you at the IDesk!


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Muthyavan   October 1st, 2009 11:24 pm ET

This week mark with misery's of many destruction's and deaths in many countries in the Asia and Pacific regions as a result of many natural calamities. Flooding and earth quack has struck societies unexpectedly and how long will it take to take stock of the real losses. How long will take to built back these societies, will there be another major flood or after sock earth quack,all these are haunting the minds of victims.

Ezedinma   October 2nd, 2009 2:02 pm ET

While these countries are being devastated i still expect the united nations should see how they can assist affected nations since little is done about the global warning. we however try and prioritize our actions as people are dying and others are spending money bidding for right to host olympic games without considering the fact that some countries undergoing natures fury might not even be in participation. My point is let do one thing at a time and add all effort towards sustaining the future of other race and culture.

James Diyong   October 12th, 2009 12:07 pm ET

The devastation witnessed this year was great, cutting accross Africa, Carribean, Europe, Middle East and Asia, the UN should do something. Our Architects too, should help tell us where to built and where not to built. Thanks.

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