Libyan rebels began clashing with pro-government forces in Libya's capital over the weekend, setting the stage for what could be a defining moment in the country's months-long conflict. Here is a look at this and other stories that CNN plans to follow this week:
Libyan rebels set sights on Gadhafi
Rebel fighters say they were advancing toward ruler Moammar Gadhafi's compound on Sunday, as gun battles and NATO airstrikes were reported in parts of the city. NATO for months has conducted airstrikes in Libya under a U.N. Security Council resolution authorizing force to protect Libyan civilians.
Libyan rebel representatives claimed that rebels captured Saif al-Islam Gadhafi and Saadi Gadhafi, two of Gadhafi's sons, on Sunday. A rebel spokesman in Libya said early Monday that rebels were in control of most parts of the capital, while a Libyan government spokesman said hours earlier that some areas of eastern Tripoli were out of government control Sunday.
Moammar Gadhafi, in an audio address broadcast just before midnight - his second of the day - claimed that "very small groups of people who are collaborators with the imperialists" were fighting inside the capital, and called on Libyan Arab tribes to come to the defense of Tripoli and "cleanse" it of rebel forces, warning they would be "enslaved" by Western powers if they fail.
Tropical Storm Irene could become hurricane, forecasters say
Tropical Storm Irene may become a Category 1 hurricane as it approaches Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic late Sunday and early Monday, forecasters said.
The storm could pass south of Puerto Rico overnight, strike the Dominican Republic on Monday and reach the southeastern United States by Thursday, forecasters projected.
The National Hurricane Center said Haiti and the Dominican Republic could see up to 20 inches of rain in isolated areas, with six to 10 inches possible across the rest of Hispaniola.
At 5 p.m. ET Sunday, the storm - with top winds of 50 mph - was centered about 25 miles east of St. Croix and about 120 miles east-southeast from Puerto Rico, moving west-northwest at 17 mph, forecasters said.
Tensions rise as Israel retaliates for rocket attacks
Rocket attacks from Gaza into southern Israel have showed no signs of abating. Dozens of rockets have been fired since Thursday, when rockets killed seven Israeli civilians and one soldier and wounded more than 30 other people, according to Israeli authorities.
The Israeli military responded by targeting 15 "terrorist infrastructure sites" with airstrikes in Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.
Fifteen people, including three children, have been killed in the Gaza airstrikes, and 44 others were injured, said Sami Zaqout of the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights.
Meanwhile, tensions are rising between Israel and Egypt after what Egypt called "indiscriminate shelling" that led to the deaths of at least three security forces in its Sinai region last week. An Egyptian military official said Israeli forces may have been targeting militants near Egypt's border with Gaza when they struck and killed the Egyptian security personnel. Israel issued a rare statement of regret and says it is investigating the event.
U.N. humanitarian team visiting Syria
A United Nations humanitarian team this week is expected to visit four Syrian cities where opposition and human rights groups say the government has been behind blood crackdowns on protesters.
Reports of the crackdowns prompted the United States and other Western governments to call for the ouster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has denied that his military has targeted peaceful protesters. The U.N. team plans to visit the areas of Latakia, Homs, Idlib and Hama - four places reported to have seen some of the worst violence.
International pressure on al-Assad to halt the crackdown on protesters who are demanding political change has grown steadily since March, when demonstrations began.
Will Strauss-Kahn prosecution proceed?
A Manhattan district attorney is expected to say Tuesday where the case againstÂ former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn - who is accused of sexual assaulting a woman in a New York hotel in May - stands.
Prosecutors have raised questions about his accuser's credibility. At a status hearing for the case Tuesday, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance could drop all or most of the charges or move forward with the case intact.
Strauss-Kahn wasÂ indicted on charges that he sexually assaulted the woman in his luxury New York City hotel suite in May.Â His attorneys insist any sexual encounter was consensual. Strauss-Kahn has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
On July 1, a judge freed Strauss-Kahn from house arrest afterÂ prosecutors told the court that his accuser admitted she had lied about theÂ specifics of her whereabouts after the incident and, in the past, in the details of an asylum application and information on tax forms.Â Prosecutors said she admitted lying on the asylum application about having been aÂ victim of a gang rape, even providing details of an attack - and later admitting it never happened.
The accuser and her attorneys have said she was attacked by Strauss-Kahn, and that her case should go to trial.
Justice Department, kin of 9/11 victims to discuss phone hacking probe
Top Justice Department officials are expected to meet Wednesday with relatives of people killed in the 9/11 attacks to discuss whether any of their relatives' phone messages were hacked by employees of News Corp.
The FBI began looking into this amid a widespread scandal in Britain over the use of phone hacking by employees or associates of News Corp. papers there. Wednesday's meeting with Justice officials is expected to update the families on the progress of the investigation.
How far will local team go in Little League World Series?
This year's Little League Baseball World Series features a team based only 28 miles from where the series is played in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. This hasn't escaped the attention of the locals.
The club from Clinton County, Pennsylvania - champions of the Mid-Atlantic region - has drawn an average of 37,000 fans for the two games it has played so far at Lamade Stadium. Its game on Friday night drew a record 41,848 people.
Clinton County, one of 12 teams still in the competition, will next play Monday night at 8 p.m. - four hours later than originally scheduled. The game was moved because local law enforcement personnel believe that another large crowd will be at that game, and that they'll be in a better position to handle such a crowd in the evening, according to the Little League website.
The tournament's championship game is on Sunday, August 28.