The Week Ahead: 24 January–30 January 2011


Here are some of the stories coming up in the headlines in the week ahead:

Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address, World Economic Forum in Davos, African leaders meet in Ethiopia, Toyota named top carmaker, WABC-TV news van broken into, WWE interested in “Biggest Loser” trainer,  Ankara rejects Israeli reports about military in raid on Gaza aid flotilla, “World News Now” receives a new look and Apple App store breaks record.

This Tuesday, US President Barack Obama will be delivering his annual State of the Union address in Washington. The speech will most likely focus on the creation of jobs, reducing the US deficit, and defending the changes to the health-care system.

This week sees the gathering of political, business and political leaders in Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum. This year’s forum will focus on the changing nature of International politics, defining policies for a more inclusive growth, the G20 agenda and building a risk response system.

Leaders from around Africa will be meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the 16th summit of the African Union. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Towards Greater Unity and Integration through Shared Values”.

Moscow’s Domodedovo airport – the busiest in the Russian capital – has been rocked by an explosion. At least 10 people have been killed in the blast and that dozens more are reported to have been injured.

An Israeli report released Sunday cleared the military of wrongdoing in a raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla last May in which nine Turkish activists were killed.  …

However, In its preliminary findings released the same day, a Turkish investigation said Israeli troops had used “disproportionate” force in boarding the flotilla of ships to prevent them from reaching Israeli-blockaded Gaza.

A news van belonging to the New York City ABC O&O affiliate, WABC-TV Channel 7 was broken into while WABC was covering a stabbing in New Jersey’s Jersey City Medical Center.  A Channel 7 employee and local residents chased him off and notified police.

Toyota beats General Motors to end 2010 as the world’s largest carmaker despite suffering a series of recalls and safety issues.

Palestinian officials accuse the Al-Jazeera media network of distortion after it leaked documents purporting to show major concessions to Israel

 ALSO IN THE NEWS…

The early-morning ABC News program,  “World News Now” or WNN, which launched the careers of many well-know personalities will be celebrating their Ninteenth Aniversary this week. In Honor of their 19th Year on TV, WNN moved in to the set of “ABC World News” along with a graphics overhaul.

It is being reported that World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)  is interested in former trainer of the hit NBC series, “The Biggest Loser” Jillian Michaels for their upcoming relaunch of the hit reality show, “WWE Tough Enough”.

WCCB-TV, The FOX TV affiliate in Charlotte, NC has fired anchor Brien Blakley due to his involvement in a newsroom brawl. the fight occured just prior to their 10pm newscast.

AND FINALLY…

Thursday is Holocaust Memorial Day, a worldwide event commemorating the victims of WWII and other genocides.

The Paris fashion week gets underway this week, showcasing the spring/summer collections.

‘Skins’ star Sofia Black-D’Elia defends MTV show’s depiction of teens ahead of lesbian kissing scene.