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It’s been almost three months since the devastating earthquake in Haiti that left more than 200,000 dead and many more homeless. We’ve been following developments since then, speaking regularly to activists and aid workers on the ground. Tonight, Gary Tuchman reports from Haiti on how international aid organizations and the government are planning on moving displaced people from tent cities to resettlement camps before the rainy season begins.
Rescue teams entered a West Virginia coal mine early today to search for four missing miners. Poor air quality had prevented search and rescue teams from going inside the mine until now. The 32 rescuers are apparently headed to two areas believed to house the missing miners. We’ll have an update for you tonight.
A Qatari diplomat who was questioned by federal investigators after an in-flight disturbance is free to go, a spokeswoman for a law firm for the embassy said today. According to reports, the situation may have resulted from the passenger smoking in the lavatory and then making an unfortunate remark referring to a shoe bomb. Because of diplomatic immunity, it’s unclear what charges, if any the passenger may face. Will this disturbance affect rules for flying? Should there be restrictions surrounding cigarettes and smoking paraphernalia?
President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday signed a major nuclear arms control agreement that reduces the nuclear stockpiles of both nations. The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) cuts the number of nuclear weapons held by the United States and Russia by about a third.
The Southern Republican Leadership Conference gets underway today and goes through Saturday. It is one of the largest gatherings of Republicans outside of the party’s presidential conventions. It also could be a first showing for possible 2012 presidential hopefuls and a straw poll about presidential contenders will be held on Saturday. Whose names would you expect to see on the ballot? Liz Cheney, Newt Gingrich, Bobby Jindal and Sarah Palin are a few of the speakers on the agenda. Given the recent turmoil surrounding the RNC, will this invigorate the Republican base?
A financial crisis inquiry commission holds its second day of hearings today to investigate the cause of the financial crisis. Former Citigroup executives are testifying today. Tonight Anderson talks to Andrew Ross Sorkin, author of a book on the financial crisis, ‘Too Big Too Fail,’ about what happened, who knew what and who’s ultimately responsible for the near-collapse of the financial industry.
And a wave of protests killed at least 75 people and left hundreds injured in Kyrgyzstan as the opposition seized government headquarters and pledged to address citizens’ concerns. The protests began on Tuesday and were sparked by increases in fuel and electricity rates. Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet republic, houses an air base that forms an important link in the supply line for the United States and NATO forces in nearby Afghanistan.
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