September 24, 2012
Posted: 1655 GMT

Hello from the newsroom everyone,

Today, we are leading with the massive brawl at the Foxconn factory in northern China. Foxconn is a factory used by Apple for many of its electronic devices and by all accounts, this was a huge fight: 2,000 workers were reportedly involved in a giant outburst of violence. It took 5,000 police officers 10 hours to bring the situation under control, according to the Xinhua news agency. As many of you know, Foxconn has been the object of criticism in the past, with reports of subpar working conditions. The company issued a statement relatively quickly, blaming the violence on a “personal dispute.”  We have a report from China.

Also today, we will look at Syria and what is happening as I’m typing this at the United Nations in New York. The new UN/Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is briefing the Security Counsel in a closed door session. We will go over what was said with Richard Roth at the UN.

Later in the show, we will update you on the deadly avalanche in Nepal. We know five people were killed and another seven are still missing.

CNN’s Arwa Damon has a report on the Libyan government’s pledge to disband all non-state militia groups.

At the half hour, Wolf Blitzer joins us to discuss the latest in the U.S. presidential race. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama have been trading foreign policy barbs. Responding to Romney’s accusations that he’d exhibited weakness in the foreign policy arena, Obama told an American television network: “"If Governor Romney is suggesting that we should start another war, he should say so."

Finally, as an animal lover, I was sad to hear that the giant panda baby born in Washington September 16th had died. We still don’t know what happened, though it’s not unusual for tiny panda newborns to struggle in their first few weeks. That said, there is good news in the panda world: the little panda born in July is doing great and can be seen at

That and all your latest weather, sport and financial news as always.

See you on air!


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Amir   September 24th, 2012 5:53 pm ET

What's going on in the far east?
China & saudi........ sounds good to me. : )
what about the japan issue there?
How will the Israel issue effect america relation with the hispanic (latino) community?
why is the democratic party dropping the ball on the black vote?
Who are the truly international players?

Sérgio de Campos Curado   September 24th, 2012 9:39 pm ET

About Romney: his expertise as a business man seems to be insufficient to manage macroeconomics and global strategy challenges. Unfortunately, I don't have a forecasting model for the U.S. election, if I had I would "place a high stake" on Barack Obama!

Muthyavan.   September 26th, 2012 9:27 pm ET

Workers unrest in china is being reported very often in media. With the world biggest work force China today is the world leader in all major commodity manufactures. Besides this they are also assembling all world leading electronics products from apple,Nokia and from many others. Where these product demands are very high in the international markets. Workers are pressed to work here more hours to hope up with demand , preventing them from other family ,social activities. Resulting in these violent action among them and some time killing kids in pre schools too. Demonstrating against the state policy of one child for one family. Another thing there is no free trade union among workers and the absence of strict workers regulation in force like in other democratic countries.

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