An outbreak of food-borne illness linked to romaine lettuce has spread to four states and sickened at least 23 people, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
An update from London on some of the international stories we expect to develop on Thursday:
Sole survivorÂ - The child who survived a plane crash in Tripoli, Libya, is eight-year-old Ruben van Assouw, according to doctor at the hospital where he is being treated. The boy, a Dutch citizen,Â had many fractures in his lower limbs and has undergone an operation, the doctor told CNN by phone. Read the full story
Thailand protestsÂ - Thai authorities have set a new deadline to seal off a central Bangkok intersection where anti-government protesters have amassed by the thousands for the last month. Officials said soldiers will seal off roads and shut down rail services leading to the Ratchaprasong intersection from 6 p.m. (7 a.m. ET) on Thursday. Read the full story
The Transportation Security Administration was within its rights when it fired a federal air marshal for leaking sensitive information to the media, an administrative judge has ruled.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Afghan President Hamid Karzai will speak at the U.S. Institute of Peace on Thursday during what has become a week of playing down tensions between Washington and Kabul.
Earlier in the day, Karzai will travel to Arlington National Cemetery with U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, to visit the graves of Americans killed while fighting in Iraq and
Karzai expressed thanks this week to the American people for the sacrifices they have made in his country.Â He has said Afghanistan will remain a dependable partner with the United States and its allies in the global war on terrorism.
The two governments have been using this week to portray their sometimes tempestuous relationship as a largely friendly one, paving the way for greater progress in the war against the Taliban and other extremists.
After meeting with Karzai on Tuesday, Clinton conceded that "we will have disagreements time to time, but that is a sign of a mature relationship and a steady relationship."