November 1st, 2010
07:36 AM ET

World update: Security spotlight on Yemen

An update from the CNN newsdesk in London on the stories we're following on Monday:

Yemen conference - A conference to discuss Yemeni development is taking place in London. In the light of the events of the past few days, security in the country and the threat it poses to the rest of the world will be top of the agenda.

Ivory Coast election - The outcome of Ivory Coast's election on Sunday is not expected until Tuesday. The world's largest cocoa producer has been due to hold an election since 2005 when President Laurent Gbagbo's term ended. An election date has been set and missed six times already, with the voter list and rebel disarmament the main bones of contention.

Khordorkosky trial - Mikhail Khodorkovsky, accused of embezzlement charges relating to his period at the helm of Russian oil giant Yukos, will make his closing statement in a Moscow.  The judge then may take as long as two months to issue a verdict. Prosecutors have requested a 14-year sentence for Khodorkovsky, who was once Russia's wealthiest man, and is scheduled for release next year on a previous conviction relating to Yukos.

Egypt harassment - Nine out of 10 foreign women living in Egypt report have been sexually harassed, and 80 percent of Egyptian women say they have been sexually harassed. We talk to one of the creators of HARASSMAP, due to go online in December. We also speak with the head of the Egyptian Center for Women's Rights.  Ben Wedeman reports.

Alcohol damage - Alcohol ranks "most harmful" among a list of 20 drugs - beating out crack and heroin - according to study results released by a British medical journal. A panel of experts weighed the physical, psychological, and social problems caused by the drugs and determined that alcohol was the most harmful overall, according to an article on the study released by The Lancet Sunday.

Medvedev visits Kuril Islands - Russia's president visited the disputed Kuril Islands on Monday, over Japanese protest, Russian state media said. The Japanese government, which had urged against the visit, quickly responded after the trip. Prime Minister Naoto Kan called it "extremely deplorable," according to the Kyodo news agency.

soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. phil

    Sure! Don't include prescription drugs on your little list. Put big-pharma meds on that list and alcohol would barely recieve honorable mention.

    November 1, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Brianc

      Big pharma has too much invested in politics to be mentioned! Big pharma companies are one of Americas biggest problems! They have us hooked, then if Americans cannot afford the drugs that are helping them live, drug companies just say F you!

      November 1, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. phil

    Brian...I think it's the other way around also. Politicians have too much invested in big-pharma, not to mention big oil, in the form of personal stock portfolios. Plus it helps what some call "the dumbing-down of America". How big is this problem? We Americans spend more on medications than we do on national defense. That's roughly 10% of our GDP or more. Uncle Sam likes us taking meds that have warnings: "The Medications we prescribe here are for SHORT TERM USE ONLY. Any long term use may result in permanent BRAIN DAMAGE" ~quote from small sign about 15 ft. above the floor of a mental health,inc. facility here in town.

    November 1, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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