February 3, 2012
Posted: 2355 GMT

I speak with Karim Sadjadpour of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on reports Israel may be thinking of striking Iranian nuclear sites this spring. Fascinating analysis:

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January 23, 2012
Posted: 2143 GMT

Hala Gorani speaks to E.U. Foreign Policy chief Catherine Ashton about the European Union's new and unprecedented sanctions against Iran. Ashton tells CNN this is to pressure Iran into restarting talks about its controversial nuclear program.

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May 17, 2010
Posted: 1201 GMT

One of the big stories we're following all day at the I-Desk is the nuclear deal, between Turkey, Brazil and Iran. Reaction continues to come into us, from different countries around the world. But, we want to know your thoughts:

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May 3, 2010
Posted: 1225 GMT

On Monday, Iranian Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is going to make his case at the U.N., for his country's nuclear program. So, we wanted to know:

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February 17, 2010
Posted: 1727 GMT

It's like a Robert Ludlum storyline: international assassins, caught on CCTV cameras, sneak into a five-star hotel in disguise and murder a high-profile militant leader.

Here's what we know from investigators: Hamas official Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh arrived in Dubai from Syria January 19th and checked into a Dubai hotel not far from the airport. Investigators say that on January 20th, several men, caught on security cameras entering the hotel, made their way into Al-Mabhouh's room and murdered him.

Dubai police sources say the Hamas operative was electrocuted and suffocated.

A few days ago, authorities then released the names of eleven suspects they say traveled to Dubai on forged European passports, stealing the identities of unsuspecting dual nationals living in Europe. They say the ten men and one woman are behind the murder.

Hamas said Israel's spy agence, Mossad, ordered a hit on their on Al-Mabhouh. In Israel's first official response to the accusations, the country's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman today neither confirmed nor denied that the government is behind the assassination.

Mossad has been known to use falsified travel documents in operations abroad so suspicion that it was involved in this hit has gorwn since details of the case were made public.

We'll have the latest on the story from Jerusalem.

Also today, we'll take you live to Haiti, where we're expecting a decision on the fate of those American missionaries held on charges of child abduction. The judge is due to issue a ruling at some point today.

Plus, we'll be speaking to the mother of Josh Fattal, one of the three detained American hikers in Iran. The mothers have asked for visas to visit Iran and hope to visit and ultimately, come back to the United States with their kids. She will join us live from Philadelphia.

Join us at the IDesk for those stories and the rest of the day's top headlines, as always...

See you on the air!


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February 16, 2010
Posted: 1456 GMT

Hello everyone...

Hala is taking a day off, after a wild few weeks of travel - as all of you saw at the I-Desk from Haiti and France. As a result, Jonathan Mann is leading the charge in today's programme.

We're covering several big stories around the world, including the arrest of a top Taliban military commander in Pakistan. But, what does it mean for the overall fight against the Taliban? We're taking a closer look with Reza Sayah in Islamabad.

From the U.A.E. to the Palestinian territories to Ireland, there are new developments in an international murder mystery. Eleven people arrested in Dubai, accused of torturing and killing a Hamas leader. The suspects have passports from several western countries, including Ireland - which announced that they had never heard of the suspects. There are several twist and turns in this story. Paula Hancocks hopes to iron them out from Jerusalem, where she also had reaction from the victim's brother.

At the Vatican, the crisis talks continue between the Pope and members of the Catholic Church in Ireland. We're expecting to hear from Vatican officials in the coming hours, leading up to our show. But, will their comments and the Pope's reaction be enough, after so many years of sex abuse allegations in the Church? We're taking a closer look from Rome.

We also have new CNN poll numbers on Americans' opinion of Pres. Barack Obama. And, for the first time, we're asking: Does Pres. Obama deserve to be re-elected in two-years? And, speaking of the U.S. leader, some people in Indonesia are mad about a statue erected in Mr. Obama's honor. Find out what they're now doing with the statue, at 18:00 in London, 19:00 across Central Europe.

See you then!
J the P.

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February 11, 2010
Posted: 1607 GMT

On this 31st anniversary of the Islamic revolution, Idesk in Paris will be focusing on what is happening on the streets of Tehran.

We will be talking to Amir Taheri, a journalist in Iran when the revolution happened, who fled the country with his French wife and two daughters and settled in Europe. We will be talking to him live in the French capital.

Taheri says that Iran has undergone a major social revolution in the last generation, but hasn't changed politically at the highest levels of government. He adds that the political structure "doesn't reflect the reality of Iran's social structure."

Can change happen gradually? What does the government's nuclear strategy and internal repression mean for the future?

We will be covering all angles of the Iran story.

Today, we are still live in France as part of our special iList coverage. I taped a half hour panel discussion this morning with some big French players: Air France-KLM CEO Pierre-Henri Gourgeon, former astronaut Claudie Haignere, Axa Private Equity CEO Dominique Senequier and journalist Ahmed Al-Kheiy.

I wanted to focus the discussion as much as what France will become in the next generation as on what is happening now. Of course, we spoke of France's image abroad and how French business isn't always seen as efficient or flexible. We spoke of France's minorities and whether they are truly included in the national debate.

As France is debating what it means to be French in a series of commissions and public discussions, what is French culture today?

By the way, it's interesting that our i List week coincided with the hot topic issue of banning the burqa, the full face veil some Muslim women wear. We will be speaking with French politician Jean-Francois Cope, who is in favor of banning the burqa.

And in late breaking news: we will bring you the full story of the presumed suicide of British fashion designer Alexander McQueen. He was only forty years old and a precocious wild child of fashion.

See you at the IDesk,


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October 21, 2009
Posted: 1833 GMT

Hey there, everyone...

There have been several big stories at the I-Desk this week. Some of you have already commented on our Facebook page - which, if you're not a fan of, you really should be. Just search: CNN I-Desk.

Anyway, we want to get your take on this week's big stories, which seem to have huge implications. Among them:

1. Afghanistan runoff election - The newly scheduled November 7th runoff pins President Hamid Karzai against his main opponent, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah. Right now, Mr. Karzai holds a relatively large lead over Dr. Abdullah. Of course, the outcome of this election could play a pivotal role in the future of the war efforts, in that country. What do you think will happen? And, what do you think the U.S. and NATO forces should do, in response to the election? Or, even, before the election?

2. Iran nuclear deal - It's a story, which broke earlier on Wednesday. Details of the proposed deal are still being worked out, and everyone needs to completely agree on them. But, essentially, the deal could lead to a brand-new relations between Iran and the West. Do you think Iran will abide by the deal? What do you feel will come of the negotiations?

3. H1N1 vaccines - The much-anticipated vaccines are now being given to healthcare workers in Britain. Some people in China, Iraq and several other countries are also receiving the "swine flu" vaccine. But, others are skeptical that it'll work. What are your thoughts? Do you plan on getting the vaccine? If not, why?

Those are just a few of this week's big stories. Feel free to comment on these, or anything else you've seen at the I-Desk.


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October 18, 2009
Posted: 1525 GMT

Hey there, everyone...

Hala is on holiday all week. Isha is filling-in most of the week. When she's not in, we'll have a guest appearance from BackStory's Michael Holmes.

No matter who's at the helm of the I-Desk, we'll continue bringing you the latest stories with live reports from around the world. And, from what we can tell from this weekend, Pakistan and Iran will most likely be among our biggest stories this week - with a suicide attack in southern Iran, and the military offensive in Pakistan.

Starting with Iran, dozens of people were killed. Some leaders in the government are blaming the United States, for having some kind of hand in the attack. What do you think?

And, in Pakistan, the military offensive is in full swing in South Waziristan. Is that going to be enough, to stop the Taliban?

Let us know your thoughts... We'll share some of them throughout the week. See you then, at the I-Desk!

J the P.

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September 25, 2009
Posted: 1319 GMT

Filed under: Ahmadinejad •I-Desk Poll •Iran

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