Protests against Egypt's government in Cairo's Tahrir Square are entering their 14th day Monday. Although many demonstrators still are calling for President Hosni Mubarak's immediate ouster, Mubarak has indicated he intends to stay in office through September's elections, with his vice president reportedly negotiating with opposition groups on a long-term path toward a representative government. After bloody clashes between anti-government and pro-government crowds last week, it's unclear when or how the uprising will be resolved. With the reopening of some banks and other¬†institutions this week, will¬†life in parts of Cairo shift to something resembling normalcy? Here's a look at this and some of the other stories we plan to follow this week:
Banks reopen¬†as uprising continues
Some signs of a slow return to normalcy could be seen Sunday in parts of Cairo, with shops reopening, traffic increasing and some banks opening for the first time since January 27. The nation's central bank, however, has restricted the amount of money that individuals can withdraw. The Egyptian stock market also could reopen this week, following days of closure because of the uprising.¬†¬†Work has also begun on restoring Egyptian artifacts damaged during the protests.
We'll also¬†keep an eye this week on negotiations between Mubarak's regime and opposition groups. On Sunday, Vice President Omar Suleiman offered concessions, including the future end to the military emergency law that has been in place since Mubarak came to power in 1981, according to state-run TV. The two sides discussed, according to state-run TV, plans to form committees that would oversee changes aimed at creating a representative government.
Extradition hearing for WikiLeaks founder set to begin
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is due to appear in a London court on Monday for the start of¬†what¬†is expected to be a¬†two-day extradition hearing. Assange, a 39-year-old Australian, is wanted in Sweden for questioning about allegations that he sexually assaulted two women in Stockholm last summer. Assange has denied the allegations and is fighting extradition.
FARC to release first of five hostages
Colombian rebels say they will release on Wednesday the first of five Colombian hostages¬†they plan to free. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, has said it will release Marcos Vaquero, a mayor in Colombia, to the Red Cross. In December, the rebels announced plans to release the five hostages - a police major, two military service members and two municipal politicians - as a humanitarian gesture.
North Korea, South Korea to hold first talks since November attack
North Korea and South Korea are scheduled to hold working-level military discussions on Tuesday - the first inter-Korean talks since North Korean forces shelled South Korea's Yeonpyeong Island, killing two South Korean marines and two civilians. North Korea said the strike was in response to the South's navy firing into Northern waters. South Korea said last month that¬†¬†the South will demand in Tuesday's talks that Pyongyang take responsibility for last year's military actions, and that¬†higher-level military talks will be held only if the North promises to refrain from further provocations.
Obama to address group that opposed his Wall Street, health care efforts
U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday is scheduled to speak in front of¬†the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which opposed his push for Wall Street and health care reforms and, in November's midterm elections, worked to defeat many Democrats who had backed his programs. The visit to the¬†chamber is seen as part of Obama's efforts to build bridges with the business community.
Also in Washington, the annual Conservative Political Action Conference -¬†a place to be for Republican presidential hopefuls -¬†runs from Thursday to Saturday.¬†Controversy is in the air, with some¬†social conservative groups sitting out to protest the inclusion of a pro-gay Republican group. Many likely candidates for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination¬†will be there, including Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Sen. Rick Santorum, Sen. John Thune and Rep. Michele Bachmann. The conference ends with a straw poll asking attendees who they support for president.
Retrial for Dutch politician accused of inciting hatred against Muslims
A retrial of a right-wing Dutch politician accused of inciting hatred against Muslims is set to begin in Amsterdam on¬†Monday. Geert Wilders is on trial¬†in large part because of¬†a controversial film he made about Islam. The film, "Fitna," which he released online in March 2008, features images of terrorist acts superimposed over verses from the Quran in an apparent attempt to paint Islam as a threat to Western society. Comments¬†he ¬†made in a variety of media between 2006 and 2008 also form part of the case against him. Wilders has said he has done nothing wrong. His first trial was halted when three judges were dismissed for possible bias.
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