The Week Ahead: 11 October – 17 October 2010

Here are some of the stories that might make it to this week’s headlines.

Chilean miners days away from rescue, fears over another wave of toxic sludge in Hungary and China’s Communist Party holds an annual meeting.

The trapped miners in Chile are now days away from rescue as the shaft down the miners has been completed. It is estimated that they should be able to start bringing up the miners on Wednesday. The miners have now been trapped underground for over two months after a cave-in on August 5.

In Hungary people are bracing for another sludge spill. Despite efforts to prop up a dam holding 2.5 million cubic meters of waste water it is believed that it will crumble. If that were to happen it would mean a repeat of Monday’s disaster when three counties in Hungary were hit by a wave of poisonous waste water from an aluminium plant.

The Chinese Communist Party Central Committee is gearing up for an annual meeting at the end of this week. China has recently been making headlines with the announcement of this years Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo who is an outspoken critic of the regime and also by becoming the world’s second largest economy earlier this summer. This meeting will among other things deal with the handling of the economic crisis  as well as the coming 5 year plan. The lead up to it has also sparked speculation about potential change in the Chinese leadership.

Also in the news this week

After last week’s row of Nobel Prizes this week sees the announcement of the Nobel Prize for Economics. President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be visiting Lebanon. Nelson Mandela releases a collection of letters, speeches and journals from his anti-apartheid struggle. Members of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries meet in Vienna and the foreign and defence ministers of the NATO countries will be meeting in Brussels.