The Week Ahead: 17 January-21 January 2011

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

Piers Morgan’s new CNN/US show, ‘Safety fears’ at Diana’s funeral, The Golden Globe winners, Apple boss takes medical leave, Tunisia, The Jets beat the Patriots, Wikileaks given Swiss information, China questions currency system, “Baby Doc’ returns to Haiti, Greek arsonists on trial in absentia, Australia count costs of floods.

Piers Morgan is known to American audiences as the no-nonsense judge on “America’s Got Talent” and winner of “The Celebrity Apprentice.” But when he takes over Larry King’s CNN time slot this evening with his new talk show, “Piers Morgan Tonight,” the bombastic Brit plans to introduce viewers to his journalistic side, he told writers at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif., last week

After a week of billing this game as “Bill Belichick against Rex Ryan,” the New York Jets head coach finally had the last laugh, putting a collective foot down in what proved to be a somewhat emphatic performance in a 28-21 win over New England Patriots!!

Tunisia names a new government including several sitting ministers and some opposition figures, days after a revolt ousted the country’s president.

The Social Network and Glee were the main winners at the Golden Globes, held at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. The former, about the creation of the Facebook website, was named best film drama, winning additional prizes for its direction, screenplay and music.

Prince William was asked to walk behind the coffin of Princess Diana because of fears the Prince of Wales might be attacked, Alastair Campbell says. Mr Campbell, former Downing Street director of communications, makes the claim in extracts from his diaries published in the Guardian.

A former Swiss banker has passed on data containing account details of 2,000 prominent people to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.  The data – which is not yet available on the Wikileaks website – was held on two discs handed over by Rudolf Elmer at a press conference in London.

Doctors performed a tracheotomy on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords on Saturday, inserting a breathing tube through a hole in her neck and removing her from a ventilator, hospital officials said.

Soccer superstar David Beckham has hit back over claims in an American magazine that he slept with a $5,000-a-night hooker, saying he had an alibi for every time she claims they had sex.


Apple boss Steve Jobs has announced that he is to take “medical leave” from the company.  In an e-mail to employees he said he was taking the break to focus on his health.  He said he would continue as chief executive of Apple and be involved in any major decisions. Day-to-day running of the company will pass to Tim Cook

Chinese President Hu Jintao has said the international currency system dominated by the US dollar is a “product of the past”.  Mr Hu also said China was taking steps to replace it with the yuan, its own currency, but acknowledged that would be a “fairly long process”.

Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier has made a shock return from exile to his quake hit homeland, claiming he wants to help rebuild his nation. Duvalier, once the world’s youngest head of state at the age of 19, was forced to leave his country in 1986 following a popular uprising and pressure from the United States.

The trial of 13 suspected members of a Greek anarchist group that has staged bomb attacks against state property and foreign embassies has opened in Athens. Two of the accused have admitted involvement in the Fire Conspiracy Cells group, while four are still at large and will be tried in absentia.

Australia is now describing it as its costliest natural disaster ever. The government estimates that floods that have devastated parts of the country will end up costing the equivalent of 7.5 billion euros.


A group of Swedish tourists on a boar hunting trip in Tunisia have been dragged from their taxis and beaten and kicked by locals in Tunis.The men were attacked as they returned to the capital after their flight was cancelled.

A split has emerged in Israel’s once-dominant centre-left political movement. Defense Minister Ehud Barak has broken away from the Labour party.
After battling it out for two weeks in one of the most gruelling races on earth the Dakar Rally winners received their trophies in Buenos Aires on Sunday