October 5, 2012
Posted: 1706 GMT

Hello everyone,

Very busy day today at the I-Desk. We will bring you the latest on radical cleric Abu Hamza, who lost his last ditch appeal to avoid extradition to the United States. A high court in London ruled that Abu Hamza and four others could be extradited immediately to the U.S. to face terrorism charges. CNN’s Dan Rivers is in London and will bring us the latest live.

Big news today came in the form of a very unexpectedly positive September unemployment reading in the U.S. This is certainly very welcome news for President Barack Obama, whose lackluster performance in his debate against Mitt Romney on Wednesday did him no favors.

Not only did America’s jobless rate fall below 8% to 7.8% in September – its lowest level since January 2009 – but the number of jobs created in August and July was revised upward. I can imagine some administration officials are now breathing a big sigh of relief.

Nick Paton Walsh will cover the latest from Syria and the spiraling violence in the suburbs of Damascus. There are reports rebels have shot down a fighter jet outside of Damascus. We’ll bring you the latest on that.

That and all the big news stories of the hour as they develop, as always!

See you on air,


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@sergio_curado   October 5th, 2012 10:03 pm ET

Great Show today, Hala. As always!

Speculations: President Barack Obama should follow his own INTUITION, despite the results of the polls and analysis of the experts. Assuming both Obama and Romney have similar levels of competence and tenacity, the key to winning a debate – or a soccer match – is MOTIVATION. At this moment in the campaign, Obama should not change his tactics, timing and tone, and his breathing, unless HE HIMSELF deems necessary. I feel Obama has an extraordinary perception of what is going on around him during a debate, and most important, a deep – almost phenomenological – perception of his mind.

Have a nice weekend!

Muthyavan.   October 6th, 2012 1:25 pm ET

Regarding job creations and jobless rate fall in USA. As leading electronic manufacturers in world including apple, Nokia and many others are getting their products assembled in China. So the china job rate increase also now mostly depends on the USA economy , and jobless rate decrease in USA. Beside these assembly jobs, today many direct marketing jobs and many electronic parts and software are originating from many parts of the world. Internationally if USA economy is booming it has an effect on the world economy too.
Destruction of historic land marks and building in Syria indicates the present day civilized world is not ready yet to safeguard and preserve early days humans achievements. Same thing happened when war broke in Iraq ,even the historic museum in Baghdad was ransacked and most of the rare ancent collections were looted.
It is the duty of the UNESCO and all the other world bodies to intervene in the Syrian conflict before it is too late to stop this merciless killings and destructions making Syria another world ruined nation. If sectarian fighting fightings between various divisions is allowed, democracy and people's freedom will be destroyed and peace might never come to syria.

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