The Week Ahead: 23 August – 29 August 2010

These are some of the stories that may show up in the headlines in the week ahead.

Pakistan still suffers from the massive floods that have been and are continuing to plague the country. So far it has left up to 6 million homeless and affected up to 20 million.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is making headlines again, after Swedish authorities on Friday evening issued an arrest warrant on rape charges. The arrest warrant was however dropped within 24 hours. Julian Assange himself has claimed that the charges were part of a “smear campaign” against him. Swedish authorities say he is still under investigation for molestation claims. Expect to hear more on this story.

Iran is taking the spotlight again, after it on Sunday unveiled a drone bomber. An unmanned smaller aircraft, which  according President Ahmadinejad was meant to deter foreign enemies. The drone, was referred to as both a symbol of death to Iran’s enemies as well as “a messenger of salvation and dignity for humanity”.

The proposed Islamic center Park51 in New York, continues to be an issue of controversy in the US. The center is planned to be set up two blocks away from the northern end of what is known as “Ground Zero”, after the 9/11 attacks. The center has sparked a debate in the US on whether or not it’s location is appropriate, as some are saying that it is a insensitive to the victims of 9/11. With protesters as well as supporters of the center having taken to the streets it is quickly becoming a political issue in the US.

33 miners trapped, after a cave in Chile 17 days ago have been found out to be alive after they managed to send up a note informing people at ground level. Rescue efforts though are slow and it is expected that i may take up to a month before the miners can be reached.

Also in the news this week:

Sunday August 29 marks the fifth anniversary of hurricane Katrina. US president Barack Obama will be traveling to New Orleans to hold a speech in commemoration. Florida and Arizona will be holding primary elections for the US General Election in November.