November 25, 2009
Posted: 1729 GMT

We will start the show today with a live report from Jerusalem on Israeli Prime Ministes Benjamin Netanyahu's proposal to freeze settlement construction for ten months.

The Israeli government has approved a "temporary suspension of construction permits for housing" in the West Bank. But here's the rub: this suspension would exclude East Jerusalem. Palestinian negotiators have said that they will not talk unless the half of Jerusalem they want as their capital is included in any settlement freeze.

Also today, we will have more on the anniversary of the Mumbai attacks. Pakistan is bringing suspects – including the alleged mastermind of the massacre – to justice. We will speak with Kia Scherr, a woman who lost her husband and daughter that day, and who says those found responsible should not be put to death.

Plus, it's raining in Mecca! And that's making for a very soggy first pilgrimage day for the millions gathered in the holy Muslim city. Isha Sesay will join us live.

And we have an interview with Rom Houben, the man the medical community thought was in a vegetative coma for 23 years, but who turned out to be fully conscious the whole time.

All that and the rest of the day's top news, business and weather headlines.

See you at the IDesk!


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Muthyavan.   November 26th, 2009 1:19 am ET

Good news in Middle East conflict is that they are now talking to each other and the fighting have been put to rest at least for the moments. It a sign of a peaceful approach and hatred and enmity has died, communities in the region will be happy and the peace loving world will watch every step carefully and pray for a lasting peace and friendship among all the communities in middle East.

While the international society observe with horror one year today the attack on a leading financial capital of the east Bombay, good news at last Pakistan is taking action now to punish those responsible for this crime against humanity. Another worst world hot bed for terror breading located in the Pakistan Afghanistan mountainous boarder areas are being slowly cleaned up Pakistan is working very hard to extend its rule of the land. The inborn enmities routed in the different communities of Pakistan and India from the days of separation sixty years ago should vanish. These two great Asian nations should work together and increase a close cultural friendly relations among both of its populations.

A. Smith, Oregon   December 1st, 2009 2:51 am ET

With the horrific Bush-Cheney administration and many of the Republican lawmakers KICKED to the curb, it is no surprise that Israel and Palestinian leaders are speaking to one another again.

Before the end of Obama's second term in office, a Middle East Peace plan will be accepted and ratified. Something that NO Republican led White House Administration ever accomplished.

Ted   December 20th, 2009 5:34 pm ET

As long as our President and politicians are financed and pressured by the jewish lobbies in this country nothing will change in Israel.
President Obama has already backed off from his position on Israel, he noticed that without the approval of the jewish organisations he will be a fish on a dry land.
The only way we can stop that bloodshed is to stop all aid to Israel, order them to withdraw behind the 1967 border and withdraw all settlers from the occupied lands. The houses built there can be used by the palentinians to house their refugees and those whose houses were bombed, blow-up, etc. by the israeli army. It is a small compensation for the suffering under 42 years of occupation.

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