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March 11, 2010
Posted: 1732 GMT

Hello everyone,

The cameras shooting the Chilean presidential transition of power shook and rattled today as Chile was once again rocked by a strong tremor. It was probably the strongest aftershock to hit Chile since the 8.8 magnitude earthquake destroyed entire coastal villages there almost two weeks ago.

We will be live in Santiago where the head of CNN Chile Rolando Santos will tell us what the aftershock felt like and whether it is impacting presidential inauguration ceremonies in the country.

We will then take you live to Baghdad where preliminary election results in Iraq are starting to come in. It looks as though current Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki's coalition has a slight edge. But the party will have to form alliances and that could take weeks, even months. How will political wrangling impact the country?

Also, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is headed for Jordan today after a tumultuous visit to Israel and the West Bank. The Israeli government announced new housing plans in East Jerusalem just as Biden was sitting down to dinner with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The American Vice President condemned the move and Palestinians have now pulled out of indirect talks with the Israelis. We interviewed government spokesperson Mark Regev at the IDesk yesterday, and many of you had strong reactions following our energetic discussion. Keep posting your thoughts, I always appreciate open discussion!

We are also live in New York with a look at numbers on Wall Street. It may not feel like it if you are one of the millions of newly unemployed people in the U.S. and Europe, but jobless claims figures are beating expectations on a pretty regular basis. There is no more hemorrhaging of jobs in the way we saw a little more than a year ago. The only problem is that we are not adding jobs at the level the world economy needs to truly bounce back from the tyranny of slow to no growth.

That and the latest developments from Greece and Britain and your weather and sports headlines.

See you at the IDesk!

Hala

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March 4, 2010
Posted: 1733 GMT

Hi everyone,

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind for me: first a short trip to Abu Dhabi, then on assignment covering the quake aftermath in Haiti, followed by a week anchoring our special iList France series and then ending with a vacation in Peru.

I was on a beach in Peru when the earthquake struck Chile. The assignment desk in Atlanta asked me to travel to the quake zone. My vacation was over anyway so I agreed. What I didn't count on was how nearly impossible it would be to find a way into Chile.

Santiago airport was closed and there were no direct flights from Lima to smaller regional Chilean airports. We flew to Bolivia in the hope of catching a flight to Santiago the next morning but that flight was canceled as well.

Three days after the quake struck and with three teams already on the ground, we all decided it would make more sense for me to fly back to Atlanta to anchor my show. So here I am!

We are kicking things off with the latest out of Iraq today. The Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki told CNN he would consider asking American forces to stay longer if the security situation demanded it. We will cross over live to Baghdad where Arwa Damon will tell us why this is significant, just as the country prepares to go to the polls for national parliamentary elections on Sunday.

We are also live in Concepcion, Chile. Sara Sidner will report on a coastal town decimated by the tremor and the tsunami wave that wreaked havoc on a small community in the quake zone.

We will also go live to Spain, Wall Street and Turkey..

See you at the IDesk!

Hala

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