NewsTalk discusses Iran and its regional neighbors; lates Middle East news. Panelists include Ali Afshari, National Endowment for Democracy, Alireza Nourizadeh, journalist; Safa Haeri, Iran Press Service and Radio Farda's Ali Javanmardi.

News & Views has the latest on the bombing of the Iraq Parliament. More violence in Iraq as a suicide bomber strikes a bridge on the Tigris river, killing at least 8. The Red Cross issues a report saying the humanitarian situation is rapidly deteriorating in Iraq. Nazzy Beglari interviews a representative of the Red Cross. Washington Report focues on Defense Secretary Gates announcement tours are being extended for military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan. U.S. military announces evidence of Iranian arming of Sunni militants.

Dr. Reza Ghanadan, a professor of literature at Georgetown University explores the topic, The Islamic Republic vs. Persian heritage, on Thursday's Roundtable.

Late Edition reports on the Darfur refugee crisis.