November 27th, 2011
11:22 PM ET

L.A. mayor: Occupy park to be closed

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced Sunday that City Hall Park, where Occupy L.A. protesters have camped for almost 60 days, will close at 12:01 a.m. (3:01 a.m. ET) Monday.

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Syracuse basketball coach fired amid sex abuse investigation
November 27th, 2011
08:29 PM ET

Syracuse basketball coach fired amid sex abuse investigation

Syracuse University has fired Bernie Fine as an assistant men's basketball coach, a school spokesman announced Sunday night, hours after new reports arose regarding his alleged sexual abuse of boys.

"At the direction of Chancellor Cantor, Bernie Fine's employment with Syracuse University has been terminated, effective immediately," Kevin Quinn said in a statement, referring to Syracuse Chancellor Nancy Cantor.

Fine was placed on administrative leave earlier this month, after former Syracuse ball boy Bobby Davis and his stepbrother, Mike Lang, accused him of molesting them.

Police opened an investigation on the matter on November 17, Syracuse police Sgt. Tom Connellan said.

The Syracuse-based Post-Standard newspaper and ESPN both reported Sunday the existence of a recording of a 2002 phone conversation that they said Davis had recorded between him and the coach's wife.

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Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
November 27th, 2011
04:59 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days

Here is a look at some of the stories that CNN.com plans to follow this week:

Cairo tense ahead of Egypt's parliamentary elections

Streets in Egypt's capital, where violence broke out this month as demonstrators rallied for a quicker transition to a civilian-controlled government, were tense Sunday a day ahead of parliamentary elections.

The first stage of elections for Egypt's parliament is expected to go from Monday to Tuesday. With protesters still packed in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Sunday, the head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces said elections would go ahead as planned, and that he would not allow the military "to be pressured by any individual or entity," state media reported.

A military council took charge of Egypt after protesters ousted President Hosni Mubarak in February, and the military promised that eventually a civilian government would be elected and take over. But many demonstrators are pushing for a quicker transition. They are concerned that the military, which would continue to be Egypt's top authority until a president is in place, wants to keep a grip on the country. Many also have voiced anger about a proposed constitutional principle that would shield the military's budget from scrutiny by civilian powers.

Results of parliamentary elections are expected to be made final on January 10.

At least 42 people have been killed in recent demonstrations in Egypt, including at least 33 in Cairo. An additional 3,250 have been wounded, the Ministry of Health's Dr. Hisham Shiha said.

Syria faces sanctions from Arab League nations

A committee of Arab League officials is expected to meet in the coming days to work on details of economic sanctions that the league voted to impose on Syria over the weekend.

Foreign ministers of 19 Arab League nations on Sunday voted to impose the sanctions after Syria declined to allow league observers into the Middle Eastern country to monitor the government's response to civil unrest. The league had given Syria a deadline of last Friday to comply.

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November 27th, 2011
04:36 PM ET

Nearly 5,000 sign petition calling for release of Afghan rape victim

Afghan President Hamid Karzai received a petition Sunday with nearly 5,000 names endorsing a plea for the immediate release of a rape victim who has been jailed because of her attack and is being forced to marry her rapist.

Kim Motley, a lawyer for 21-year-old Gulnaz, said the palace received the petition, which gathered 4,751 names in just over 48 hours, on Sunday afternoon. The petition comes with an official plea for clemency addressed to the president, who has the power to immediately pardon Gulnaz, currently in jail for adultery because her attacker was married at the time of the attack.

Gulnaz was sentenced to 12 years after the attack as her rapist was married though that term was recently reduced to 3 years.

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November 27th, 2011
04:34 PM ET

Islamists claim election advantage in Morocco

A moderate Islamist party claimed victory in Morocco's first parliamentary elections since constitutional reforms this summer.

The Justice and Development Party (PJD) won 107 of the 395 seats, Interior Minister Taib Cherkaoui said Sunday.

The next biggest winner was the Istiqlal Party, also known as the Independence Party, with 60 seats, the Interior Ministry's website reported.

The number of parties involved in Morocco's multi-party system means it was unlikely a single party would win a majority of the seats, so a coalition government would have to be formed.

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