The Week Ahead: 30 August – 5 September 2010

Here are some of the stories that should be making the headlines next week.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be holding direct talks for the first time in 20 months on Thursday, September 3. The day before the direct talks US President Barack Obama will be holding a summit with regional leaders. Even if talks are being resumed, experts and correspondents are skeptical that progress will be made, and a comprehensive peace treaty seems far away.

In Pakistan a quarter of million children are suffering from malnutrition as a result of being displaced after the floods. The UN is calling for 18 million dollars in emergency relief. Tens of thousands of children are now also at the risk of dying from waterborne diseases.

The world has been following the fate of the 33 miners trapped underground in Chile. First it was believed that the miners would have to wait until December before being rescued, but according to new reports the rescue time might be cut in half after the rescuers have come up with a plan B. Earlier this week the miners managed to send up a video showing how they were getting on in the mine.

Also in the news:

A volcano has erupted in Indonesia, on the island of Sumatra, causing thousands to be evacuated. So far there has been no reports of casualties. expect more updates during the week. Mount Sinabung has been dormant for 400 years prior to this eruption
The world of cricket has been shaken after reports that top Pakistani players had received bribes in a betting scam. The players have been questioned by police regarding three so called “no ball” delivered by players Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif in a game against England.