Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
November 13th, 2011
05:10 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days

Here are some of the stories that CNN plans to follow this week:

Afghan tribal elders to discuss relationship with U.S.; Taliban threatens

Afghan tribal leaders are set to gather this week for a vital meeting to discuss Afghanistan's long-term relationship with the United States and possible peace talks with the insurgency.

The Taliban, however, have threatened to disrupt the days-long event, called the loya jirga, which is scheduled to start on Wednesday.

The meeting is considered by many an important step in obtaining Afghan consent to a reduced but long-term U.S. military presence in Afghanistan and any possible peace deal with elements of the insurgency. Hundreds of community leaders have been invited from across the country. Their conclusions will likely influence Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Italy poised to install new prime minister as it aims to restore economic confidence

A week after Greece's prime minister stepped down as the country tried to shore up its debts and prevent wider economic worry in Europe, a country with a larger economy is undergoing a leadership change and budget concerns of its own.

Economist Mario Monti was nominated Sunday to replace Silvio Berlusconi as Italy's prime minister. He will need approval by the Italian Parliament, which will consider Monti this week.

Berlusconi, the second prime minister to resign in Europe this month over the continent's debt crisis, stepped down on condition that Parliament pass austerity measures that Europe demanded to restore confidence in Italy. Those measures include pension reform, with plans to raise the retirement age from 65 to 67; the privatization of state-owned companies and sale of state-owned properties; the liberalization of certain professions; and investment in infrastructure.

Italy is the third-largest economy using the euro, and a meltdown would have a massive impact on global markets. The country possesses a gross debt of roughly €1.9 trillion ($2.6 trillion) and a debt-to-GDP ratio of 120%.

Obama on nine-day Asia-Pacific trip

U.S. President Barack Obama is on a nine-day trip through the Asia-Pacific region that will include stops in Australia and Indonesia and meetings with business and world leaders.

On Sunday, he was wrapping up the  Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Hawaii, where he said leaders of nine nations - the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Vietnam, Chile and Peru - have agreed on the "broad outlines" of a trans-Pacific free trade agreement. He also began a push for renewed engagement with Asia, seeking to highlight how  increased exports to the region would create U.S. jobs, and met with the leaders of China and Russia.

After a break Monday for a political fundraiser, Obama is scheduled to depart Tuesday for Australia, where he is to meet with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Later in the week, he'll go to the East Asia Summit in Bali, Indonesia, where he will stress the U.S. role in the Asia-Pacific region and seek to reassure U.S. allies of the nation's continued commitment to the region, according to Ben Rhodes, deputy U.S. national security adviser.

Giffords' book to be released Tuesday

A U.S. congresswoman who survived being shot in the head at a political event in January is about to release a memoir with her husband.

"Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope," which is set for release Tuesday, chronicles the relationship between Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly. It tells of her political career, his rise from combat pilot to space shuttle commander and the shooting in Tucson that killed six people and wounded 13 others, including Giffords.

After months of rehabilitation, Giffords returned to the House floor for a vote in August and received a standing ovation. Kelly retired from the U.S. Navy in October, saying he wanted to devote more time to helping Giffords recover from her injuries.

A man charged in the shooting, Jared Loughner, is in mental health treatment and will be re-evaluated early next year to determine his competency to stand trial.

'Sweat lodge' guru could be sentenced Friday

After several delays, sentencing for James Arthur Ray, a self-help expert who was convicted of negligent homicide in the deaths of three participants of a 2009 sweat lodge ritual, is scheduled for Friday in Arizona.

Three people died and at least 15 others fell ill in October 2009 during a "Spiritual Warrior" retreat, a ceremony modeled after Native American purification rituals, that Ray held at a resort near Sedona. Prosecutors argued that the lodge, which was made of willow trees and branches and covered with tarpaulins and blankets, was heated to a perilously high temperature and that Ray was indifferent to those clearly having trouble.

Ray's lawyers countered that what happened was an accident, not a crime.

Monday Profile: 'Addict whisperer' gives celebrity junkies hope 

Bob Forrest knows about addiction and consequences - he was one of the worst junkies in Hollywood. Now, he helps celebrities stay sober and has been Dr. Drew Pinsky's sidekick on "Celebrity Rehab."

CNN.com is kicking off a weekly feature called the Monday Profile, an in-depth look at people behind topics that have made headlines. This week's profile of Forrest, by Ann O'Neill, will hit CNN.com's homepage on Monday, but you can get a sneak peek at the story here.

[cnn-video url=http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/showbiz/2011/11/13/orig-monday-profile-bob-forrest.cnn]

Norway terror suspect to make public appearance in court

A man accused of killing 77 people in bombing and shooting attacks in Norway is scheduled this week to appear in his first court session that will be open to the public.

Anders Behring Breivik is expected to be at a Monday hearing designed to help a judge decide whether to keep him in jail until his trial in the spring. The hearing will be a chance for victims’ relatives to see Breivik in person.

Breivik is charged in the July 22 attacks that killed eight people in a bombing in Oslo and 69 people in shootings on nearby Utoya island. The people on the island were at a Labour Party youth camp; most of the 700 campers ranged in age from 16 to 22.

Breivik, who purportedly wrote a 1,500-page manifesto critical of Muslim immigration and European liberalism, has pleaded not guilty.

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  1. chrissy

    @ bobcat...good luck tomorrow dear friend. 🙂 i do hope ur not having that horrible nuclear stress test done dude, thats gotta be the worst thing them cardio docs do honestly, i would rather be in labor and i sure as heck dont want that either lmao

    November 14, 2011 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    lol no spidermonkey i was a little young in l970 why?

    November 14, 2011 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    @ Travis

    Right on mark.
    A great American president & a decorated military leader himself Dwight D.Eisenhower had warned this nation of the perils of growing Militarism & an all powerful MIC, back in the 60's.
    We are witnessing the consequences & frightening prospects of the advocates of M & M taking over come 2012.
    @ George Patton
    Outspoken & candid as always. Your posts are a welcome respite from so much disinformation & propagandist tilt one comes across in blogs.

    November 14, 2011 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bee

    To chrissy and her ilk: just think what it would mean to have no government (since you say you are "anti-government"): no police, no fire and rescue; no Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard; no order; total anarchy - with wing nuts like you all running around shooting people with guns! Maybe you think that would be great, but I will take the services and protections of government any day. Where would the seniors be without Social Security and Medicare? Who would preserve the national parks and save the endangered species?

    November 14, 2011 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    @ bee i did not make that post, i never refer to them as right wing nor right anything matter of fact lol i did say that was not me posting that.

    November 14, 2011 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Bee

      Well, chrissy, someone using your name said it. Whoever said it does not seem to understand that the "right wing" is made up of the conservatives. The far right wing includes the fanatical anti-abortionists and those who do not understand that evolution is a fact. The left wing is the liberal side. Far left wingers are anarchists. Since you are anti-government, you are probably way out there on the far left...even though you probably didn't know it.

      November 14, 2011 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      @dumbobee you need to bee-have yourself! anti-abortionists aren't fanactical they are radical. You misapply that term to discredit those who speak truthfully and advocate the dignities and life of the unborn person. They are your modern day abolitionists who remind others of the inalienable rights of humanity.

      November 14, 2011 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    @ bobcat

    Wishing you well.
    I always look forward to reading your posts like those of @ banasy @ JI-F @ Chrissy @ George Patton and many others.

    November 14, 2011 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    and ok bee you have a point, and i will ammend my statement to this: i am anti to the republican romper room mentality that is presently in congress, which is the biggest reason for gridlock! and i do NOT believe our gov is working for the people!

    November 14, 2011 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Bee

      OK, chrissy, thanks for the clarification. If you are anti-Republican, we can be friends! The Republicans couldn't care less about the needs of the people. They just want to protect the super wealthy who give to their campaigns.

      November 14, 2011 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    and trust me there are many more of my *ilk* out there that agree with me. Do you honestly believe our government works for us? These are the same people that want to tax seniors again when theyve already been taxed on their social security prior!

    November 14, 2011 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    lol ok truce and yea im anti republican big time! and anti tea party, sarah palin ruined that party lmao

    November 14, 2011 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ chrissy:
    Well, you're not "anti" a Republican like me, as I think my party has gone crazy. I support Obama's campaign while remaining a fiscal conservative. There are Republicans who think in the centrist way that I do, socially liberal while championing personal responsibility.

    November 14, 2011 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ saywhat:
    Hello and thank you for including my posts in your "like" column.

    November 14, 2011 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
  12. Elena

    I'm surprised CNN isn't focusing more on this story. Guess they refuse to share anything negative about Israel, ever. How typical.


    November 14, 2011 at 4:46 am | Report abuse |
  13. @Mmmmm

    People who blow up clinics and shoot the docotrs who perform abortions are not "radical". There's another name for that. Fanatical is the name.

    November 14, 2011 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      I don't support that type of renegade...but if you're gonna keep tabs at least let us keep them accurately: 1 perp 1bldg vs 40 million aborted babies affecting 40 million households since 1973...and still counting...you turtle egg lover...1.3 million people killed a year...these are just USA figures. Worldwide 50 million a year. So who is really the fanatic here?

      November 14, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    @leeintulsa: lol

    November 14, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
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