West Virginia mine disaster – Rescue crews searching for four missing miners were evacuated Friday from a West Virginia coal mine after encountering smoke, a signal of an active fire somewhere in the mine. Before retreating, the rescuers found one of two airtight safety chambers where miners might have taken shelter but it had not been deployed. CNN is looking at safety issues and what is being done to keep miners out of harm's way as well as the resiliency of coal mining towns and how they respond to these tragedies.
Palin and the mainstream GOP – While revered by the Tea Party and hard-core conservatives, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin isn’t held in such high esteem by the GOP mainstream – 43 percent of all Republicans have a favorable view of her, according to a CBS News poll this week. As she prepares to address 4,000 Republicans of all stripes at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, we look at where she stands and the decision she’ll have to make soon: pursue the GOP presidential nomination in 2012 or embrace a potentially lucrative media career. CNN's Paul Steinhauser reports.
Yemen child bride death – A 12-year-old Yemeni child bride has died from internal bleeding following intercourse, according to UNICEF. The death is "a painful reminder of the risks girls face when they are married too soon," the organization said. It's just the latest in a series of child marriage cases in Yemen, where the question of setting a minimum age for marriage is under debate. In September, another 12-year-old Yemeni girl who had been forced into marriage died during a painful childbirth that also killed her baby, according to the Seyaj Organization for the Protection of Children.
Kyrgyzstan mourning – Government officials in Kyrgyzstan declared Friday and Saturday days of mourning as relatives began burying victims of anti-government riots that killed 75 and forced the president to flee the capital. We'll continue to monitor the unrest and also look at why Kyrgyzstan is vital to U.S. interests.
U.S.-Israeli relations – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has informed the Obama administration he will not be attending its nuclear security summit next week in Washington, a U.S. official said. The move could be a sign of further tension between the United States and Israel. The Israeli government is sending Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor in Netanyahu's place, U.S. National Security Council spokesman Mike Hammer said.