The Week Ahead: 31 January – 6 February 2011

Our US editor, Andy Salcedo is out this week, so our staff writers have created a shorter rundown of  news on this week’s “The Week Ahead” column.  Andy will return for the 7-11 Feb column.

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

Continued protests in Egypt, Jack Straw testifies before the Chilcot Inquiry and the UN stages a forum on commodities.

The protests in Egypt are now heading into their seventh day and show no signs of stopping. For a week now people have been taking to the streets with the aim of ousting Hosni Mubarak’s regime. Clashes between protesters and riot police have been widespread and over 100 people have so far been killed. The story has been at the top of the news agenda since the start of the protests on January 25, and will in all likelihood remain there.

Former UK foreign secretary Jack Straw will be questioned by the Chilcot Inquiry into the war in Iraq on Wednesday. This is his second time appearing in front of the inquiry, having been recalled just like Tony Blair was earlier in the year.

The UN will this week be hosting a forum on commodities in Geneva. The forum will among other things focus on the instability of mineral and agricultural markets and their interconnectedness, the effectiveness of commodity policies as well as food security.

Also coming up this week..

This week marks the Chinese New Year, next year will be the year of the rabbit which symbolizes good fortune, “Piers Morgan Tonight” better in the ratings than Larry King in 2010 and UK’s Channel One station to close down on January 31st.

Thanks for reading this watered down version of “The Week Ahead”. Andy S. will return for next week’s column.  for more information on the latest news listen to the “News RoundUp” on Asnycnow Radio 1 weekdays  with a replay on our Asnycnow Radio “Listen Live” page.