Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
April 8th, 2012
06:30 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days

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

Syria suggests it might not pull forces by deadline

A Syrian foreign ministry spokesman suggested Sunday that the government might not withdraw its armed forces from cities by Tuesday as agreed under a peace plan laid out by U.N.-Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan.

Jihad Maqdisi said Syria will not commit to the withdrawal only to have "armed terrorist groups" commit attacks once the forces are pulled. He said Annan "did not give written assurances that the armed groups would turn in their weapons."

Annan has said he expects rebel fighters to also cease fire after the Tuesday deadline, but the deadline itself was for regime forces to withdraw from cities. Meanwhile, opposition activists say government forces have stepped up their attacks ahead of the deadline, and that 40 people were killed across the country in fresh violence Sunday.

Throughout a more than year-long uprising against the regime, the Syrian government has consistently blamed violence on "armed terrorist groups." But U.N. and other world leaders have said the government is engaged in a violent crackdown.

Reports from Syrian opposition activists suggest government forces are slaughtering civilians in an attempt to wipe out dissidents seeking President Bashar al-Assad's ouster. Rebel fighters have taken up arms, but their strength has often paled in comparison to the better-equipped regime troops.

The United Nations estimates that the fighting in Syria has killed at least 9,000 people.

North Korea expected to launch satellite despite international pressure

This might be the week that North Korea launches a satellite using a long-range rocket, which some governments, including those of the United States and South Korea, see as a cover for a ballistic missile test.

International leaders have urged North Korea to cancel the launch, expected to happen between April 12 and April 16, but Pyongyang has refused to back down, insisting that the operation is for peaceful purposes.

South Korea has said it considers the satellite launch an attempt to develop a nuclear-armed missile, and that the launch would violate a U.N. Security Council resolution that bans the testing of the technology being used in the rocket-powered satellite.

Plans for the launch prompted Washington to suspend a recent deal to supply food aid to North Korea. In that deal, North Korea agreed it would not carry out nuclear or missile tests in return for the aid.

Part of the significance of this launch is its timing to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il Sung, who ruled the Communist state for more than four decades.

Grand jury might take up Trayvon Martin case

A grand jury that is expected to convene this week in Florida might take up the case of Trayvon Martin, a Florida teenager who was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer in February. If it does take the case, it will consider whether to indict the volunteer, George Zimmerman, who told police he shot the unarmed 17-year-old in self-defense.

The shooting in Sanford, Florida, happened after Zimmerman called 911 to report a suspicious person in his neighborhood. Zimmerman says he killed Martin after the teen punched him and slammed his head on the sidewalk, according to an Orlando Sentinel report that was later confirmed by Sanford police. Zimmerman has not been arrested or charged in connection with the case, though the state attorney's office is investigating the shooting.

Martin's family and supporters say Zimmerman, who is Hispanic, racially profiled the teen, who was black, and ignored a police dispatcher's directive not to follow him. Zimmerman's attorneys interpret the call differently, and say the operator did not order Zimmerman not to follow.

Parole hearing for Charles Manson

A California prison panel will meet Wednesday to consider whether notorious killer Charles Manson should be denied parole for a 12th time.

Manson initially was sentenced to death for the 1969 slayings of actress Sharon Tate and six others by a group of his followers as part of what prosecutors said was an attempt to incite a race war. His death sentence was changed to life in prison after California's death penalty was overturned for a period during the 1970s.

Manson has not been a model inmate. In the past five years, Manson was punished for threatening a peace officer and for possession of a weapon, the latter happening in October when Manson was found with a sharpened pen, California Department of Corrections spokeswoman Terry Thornton said.

Manson was found to be in possession of a contraband cell phone β€” twice β€” the latest in January 2011. That incident is still under investigation.

Rescue workers try to reach trapped miners in Peru

A Peruvian official has suggested that rescue workers might be close to freeing nine miners who have been trapped below ground in southern Peru since Thursday.

It was not immediately clear what caused the collapse that trapped the miners at the Cabeza de Negro mine.

Miners have been getting oxygen, food and water through a tube, which has also allowed them to stay in contact with people above ground, the state-run Andina news agency reported.

Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys in Rock Hall of Fame

Cleveland will be rocking during Saturday's annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

The event will be a reunion of sorts for the original members of Guns N' Roses, all of whom are expected to attend for the group's induction. It's not clear whether they'll be performing.

Also set for induction Saturday: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, Donovan, Laura Nyro, The Small Faces/The Faces, Freddie King, Don Kirshner, Cosimo Matassa, Tom Dowd and Glyn Johns.

The ceremony also will mark the induction of six backing groups that didn't get into the Hall of Fame at the same time as their frontman. Those backing groups are the Blue Caps (Gene Vincent), the Comets (Bill Haley), the Crickets (Buddy Holly), the Famous Flames (James Brown), the Midnighters (Hank Ballard) and the Miracles (Smokey Robinson).

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  1. dana Β©

    @leeintulsa πŸ™‚

    April 9, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    @ lee, i havent checked my email but i will in a minute. And @ mitch, afraid? Lmfao im not the one that bails when it gets a little hot, like you do! And im sposed to be afraid of a stalker that thinks hes on e-harmony? NOT!

    April 9, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @chrissy: got some huge personal drama i won't go into here (you're welcome, everyone) that i heard you might be able to give me some tips on. and @dana: are you doing something different with your hair? maybe you lost some weight? you look different πŸ˜‰

      April 9, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dana Β©

    @leeintulsa, still the same but you get the change. I will send you and Chrissy an email if I get that old yahoo account going.

    April 9, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Marys big OOOOOO

    @@@chrissy in other words you dont take nothing from anybody it depends on the context thats its being used in this instance its good so dont worry ok its superman here im not being mean

    April 9, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    lol you guys are silly. @ lee, ill do my best and i tried to send you an email back but having some difficulties. So either text me on the phone or im me on messenger ok? Pretty sure i can answer your questions, if not i can get the answers. ~_*

    April 10, 2012 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @chrissy: probably too late to get into it tonight, but text u in the morning. and thanks πŸ™‚ and yahoo mail has been giving me fits lately

      April 10, 2012 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  6. dazzle Β©

    vous Γͺtes un morceau de merde

    April 10, 2012 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  7. Superman

    I ve got a bad troll right now so it is what it is i cant controll what others do its out of my control

    April 10, 2012 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    @ mitch, you sir, are a pig. No wonder you have to troll on a news blog for a date, no self respecting woman would want anything to do with your nasty ass! YUK!

    April 10, 2012 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  9. Superman

    @@@chrissy bad to the bone sort of got me in trouble i see,,,,,,,,,, its like saying that your are good at something, or something that you have is just plane awesome,,,,,,like this,,,,,,, your ferrari is bad to the bone , didnt mean nothing else,, i might black out of here the rest of the night i will come back to the first letter of the mountain i climbed 2 weeks ago so dont worry its no troll from me superman here /gay superman

    April 10, 2012 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    @ dana, lol i can get emails but for some reason i cant send. @ mitch, im afraid of my own shadow you say one minute, and the next minute you say im not afraid to say what i think under my own name? So which is it cuz thats pretty contradictory!

    April 10, 2012 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
    • dazzle Β©

      Chrissy, he is psychotic and can't read. LOL LOL.

      April 10, 2012 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  11. Superman

    @mitch do you have a problem,,,maybe anger management issues? What did i ever do to you and now you trying defamation of character and some other childish stuff its like 8 grade games ill tell you what i dont have a clue what your talking about sweetheart

    April 10, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  12. Superman

    @@@ miss mitch pretty soon your going to be in the corner or should i say the closet with a few others here! Im out of the closet so you can post it where ever you want as a matter of fact why dont we meet up for dinner or something and then you will change your mind about gay superman

    April 10, 2012 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    aha, the old flip, trip and skip routine eh mitch? I know two other ppl with that same mo and last nite i thought you were one of em. Now im convinced! And i am honored that you think i deserve superman and vice versa. You should be so lucky! @ lee, ttyt!

    April 10, 2012 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  14. leeintulsa

    'night, all. see ya tomorrow πŸ™‚

    April 10, 2012 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  15. Superman

    @@@dazzle,,,,,, looks like he is a little paranoid to ha?

    April 10, 2012 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
    • dazzle Β©

      he sure is, pretends he knows me in real life and doesn't. I was happy to see my daughter show up. She was working a night shift at Le Monde.

      April 10, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
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