The Week Ahead: 13 December – 19 December 2010

Here are some of the news coming up in the week ahead.

Extradition hearing for Julian Assange, confidence vote on Silvio Berlusconi and China and the US meet for trade talks.

This Tuesday,WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces a hearing on extradition to Sweden from Great Britain after being denied bail on December 7. Mr Assange is wanted for questioning in regards to a sexual crimes investigation in Sweden, and earlier this month Sweden put out an European arrest warrant.

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi faces a parliamentary confidence vote this week. The controversial Prime Minister faces this vote amid a string of sex scandals and corruption allegations.

The world’s two largest economies, the United States and China, will be meeting this week to discuss trade between the nations. Ahead of the talks American lawmakers have already started pressuring China to take action on currency valuation and high tech trade.

Also this week.

Chinese premier Wen Jiabao will be visiting India and Pakistan.

And finally the city of Berkeley, California, will this week vote on resolution that would declare Pfc Bradley Manning, the man suspected of having leaked classified material to WikiLeaks, a hero.