11:05 am ET - White House personnel announcementĀ - President Obama is expected to announce that Rahm Emanuel will step down as White House Chief of Staff.Ā Emanuel is expected to run for mayor of Chicago.
11:30 am ET - Senate floor –Ā The Senate will convene for a pro forma session.
An audio message that a Maryland-based SITE Intelligence Group claims may be of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has surfaced on the Internet, the group said Friday.
The speaker addressed the issue of relief work and the message appeared on jihadist forums. CNN could not verify the authenticity of the message.
The speech, titled, "Pauses with the Method of Relief Work," came in an 11 minute, 39 second video produced by al-Qaeda's media arm, as-Sahab, SITE said.
An update from the CNN newsdesk in London on the stories we're following on Friday:
Coup attempt? South American leaders are meeting in Argentina to discuss the political situation in Ecuador. The president there, Rafael Correa, has accused police of an attempted coup.
āKidnapped children are freeā: Authorities in Nigeria have recovered 15 schoolchildren, who were whisked away by kidnappers earlier this week, a police spokesman said Friday.
Musharrafās new political party:Ā Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, once one of the United States' strongest allies in the fight against terrorism, launches a new political party as he ramps up for what looks like another run at the top job.
The memorial service for screen legend Tony Curtis will be held Monday at the Palm Mortuary and Cemetery, Green Valley in Las Vegas, Nevada, his manager said.