More than a week remains before the day the U.S. Treasury Department says lawmakers must raise the nation's debt ceiling, but legislators have said they'd need to start voting this week, and no deal has yet emerged. Here is a look at this and other stories that CNN plans to follow this week:
Debt talks go to the wire
Republicans have insisted that any vote to raise the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling be tied to a plan for reducing budget deficits through spending cuts. Democrats and Republicans have yet to agree on a deficit-reduction plan, with Republicans saying Democrats are insisting on tax increases that Republicans oppose.
As of Sunday afternoon, Republicans were pushing a two-step process in which the debt ceiling would be raised enough to last the country through 2011, and then raise it again to last through 2012 after a commission found ways to reduce the debt through spending cuts and tax reforms, congressional sources said. The first step also would include spending cuts of about $1 trillion, the sources said.
President Barack Obama, though, prefers that the ceiling be raised now through 2012.
The Treasury Department has warned that failure to raise the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt ceiling by August 2 could lead to a possible default on its loans, skyrocketing interest rates, a plummeting dollar and jittery financial markets.
Suspect in Norway attacks heading to court
A man arrested on suspicion of carrying out a bombing and shooting that killed at least 93 people in Norway last week is expected to have his first court appearance Monday.
Authorities allege the man – identified by local media reports as Anders Behring Breivik, 32 – set off a car bomb outside government buildings in Oslo on Friday, killing seven, then ambushed an island political youth retreat in a shooting spree that killed at least 86.
Norwegian investigators are studying a 1,500-page manifesto that authorities believe was published online Friday. The document, which identifies Breivik as the author, rants against multiculturalism, Muslims' growing presence in Europe and "cultural Marxists." Norwegian authorities have not confirmed that the man in their custody wrote the manifesto.
U.N. emergency meeting on drought-stricken Horn of Africa, East Africa
The United Nations' Food and Agricultural Organization will hold an emergency meeting in Rome on Monday to mobilize international aid for Somalia and neighboring countries hit hard by drought.
The U.N. has declared a famine in parts of Somalia, which is battling its worst drought in 60 years. Tens of thousands have walked from Somalia to Kenya and Ethiopia in search of food and water. Aid agencies estimate that 10 million people in Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Uganda and Somalia are at risk for famine.
A long-running conflict in Somalia has complicated the crisis, with an Islamist insurgent group linked to al Qaeda banning foreign aid workers from parts of the country it controls.
Officials from the FCO's 191 member countries as well as nongovernmental organizations and development banks have been invited to Monday's meeting.
Amy Winehouse autopsy expected
An autopsy to determine what killed singer Amy Winehouse - found dead in her London apartment on Saturday - will not be scheduled before Monday morning, London's Metropolitan Police has said.
Police said Sunday that the 27-year-old's death was "being treated as unexplained" and that no arrests had been made in the incident. Her death came less than two months after her latest release from a rehabilitation program - she had a history of battling drugs and alcohol – and weeks after she was booed offstage by fans in Serbia.
Warren Jeffs' trial begins Monday
Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs is due to begin standing trial Monday on sexual assault charges stemming from a 2008 raid on his church's Texas ranch.
Jeffs was charged with two counts of sexual assault on a child and one count of bigamy after Texas authorities raided a compound operated by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a breakaway sect of the mainstream Mormon church. The sexual assault charges stem from an alleged "spiritual" marriage to a 12-year-old girl.
Authorities removed 400 children whom they feared had been sexually abused. While some of the men at the ranch were charged with sexual abuse, most of the children were later returned to their families.
The church advocates plural marriages, including marriages that involve girls younger than 18. Church members have denied sexual abuse.
The trial on the sexual assault charges is in San Angelo, Texas. Jeffs is expected to go on trial to face the bigamy charge later.
NFL players reviewing deal that could end lockout
The National Football League's players could vote this week on a labor deal that would end the league's four-month lockout.
Team owners last week approved the plan, which would cover the 2011-2020 seasons. SI.com's Don Banks writes that some issues still need to be settled, the deal is expected to go through.