Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
August 12th, 2012
05:20 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:

Will Shell get OK to drill in Arctic?

A decision on whether Royal Dutch Shell can perform one of the first Arctic offshore oil drilling operations in recent memory is expected to come by Wednesday.

Federal regulators are to decide whether to grant Shell its final permits. If Shell gets approval and drilling goes smoothly, the operation could be a catalyst for further development there. Shell and other energy companies say they can safely drill in the region, though environmentalists generally oppose Arctic drilling, saying it could put a sensitive environment, and the people who rely on it, at risk, CNNMoney reports.

Shell's ships already are in the area, and one of them made news last month when it slipped its mooring and drifted close to one of Alaska's Aleutian Islands, briefly raising concerns about a possible grounding. No grounding or pollution were reported.

Greenpeace, which has been fighting against the permits, caused a stir last month when it set up a fake Shell website to mock the company and get support for an anti-drilling petition.

Rival leaders of Iran, Saudi Arabia to discuss Syria

Leaders of Iran and Saudi Arabia - rivals who support opposite forces in the uprising in Syria - are expected to discuss Syria at the Organisation of Islamic Countries summit in Mecca on Tuesday, according to Reuters.

Sunni-dominated Saudi Arabia, one of Shiite-led Iran's main rivals in the Persian Gulf area, supports Syria's rebels. Iran, meanwhile, is the Syrian regime's last regional ally. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reportedly will be in Mecca at Saudi King Abdullah's invitation.

The 17-month uprising in Syria has claimed 17,000 lives, according to the United Nations, and fighting continued over the weekend.  Last week, the United States announced new sanctions against Syria and its supporters, focusing on Hezbollah's support for the regime and a Syrian oil company for violating U.S. sanctions on Iran.

Report on Norway massacre expected after yearlong inquiry

As Norway awaits a verdict for the man accused of killing 77 people in a shooting and bombing spree last year, an independent commission is expected to deliver a detailed report Monday on how the massacre happened, and what might be done to guard against similar attempts.

Anders Breivik has admitted carrying out the July 22, 2011, attack on a Labour Party youth camp on Utoya Island that killed 69 people and a bombing targeting government workers in Oslo that killed eight. Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg is expected to speak to the media about Monday's report. Stoltenberg asked for the report last year, saying he hoped it would show ways to prevent attacks.

Breivik was put on trial earlier this year, and a verdict is expected later this month. Prosecutors have asked that Breivik be acquitted on the grounds of insanity, in which case he would be held in a secure mental health unit. If he is fully acquitted on the grounds of "necessity," as urged by his defense, he could go free. If he is ruled sane and found guilty of some or all the charges, he would be sentenced to up to 21 years in prison.

Verdict expected in Russia's Pussy Riot trial

In a trial that has been a cause célèbre for entertainers and Amnesty International, the Russian punk band Pussy Riot is expected to hear a verdict Friday on charges of hooliganism for performing a song critical of Russia's president in a cathedral.

In February, the band members screamed "Mother Mary please drive Putin away" inside Moscow's Christ Savior Cathedral, their faces covered in neon masks. A video of the performance, ahead of the election that returned Vladimir Putin to Russia's presidency, was posted to YouTube and became a symbol for the opposition movement, Time reported.

The performance was inspired by the women's anger about the relationship between the Russian government and the Orthodox Church, according to the band's manager. The Russian Orthodox Church leader Patriarch Kyril had been widely reported as saying, just before the election, that Putin's years in power have been a miracle from God.

The charges carry a potential seven-year sentence. Putin has asked the court to show leniency.

Punk band Pussy Riot gets celebrity backing

NASA to report on record-breaking galaxy cluster

NASA apparently has seen something it likes in the form of galaxies far, far away, and it's set to reveal it on Wednesday.

NASA says it will talk about "an extraordinary galaxy cluster that is smashing several important cosmic records." The agency has hinted that it was uncovered with the help of the Chandra X-Ray Observatory.

Using the Chandra observatory, astronomers have scoured hundreds of distant galaxies.  Last year, scientists reported they used Chandra to discover that at least 30 million black holes had formed in the early history of the universe.

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  1. Cathy

    Sorry, Alex has taught my brother well in the art of conversation...errr...hijacking. You ladies don't do anything wrong. It's them. They need serious help.

    August 12, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dazzle ©

    LoL, LoL, LoL, another give away. Good night..

    August 12, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. King O Blogs

    How do @raven. Good to see you are still here. 🙂 gn, though. Yawn...sleepy eyeball rub. It gets dark in here after bout midnight except for a few who work odd hours and so this is their morning or afternoon. But the MIDNIGHT micros. (yeesh)

    August 12, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liar Of Truth

      It's only 7:35 here. Where do you live, Singapore? Not that there is anything wrong with that.

      August 12, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. newbie blahgo

    Fumbuddy stole my name and now it'th the news. Newbie blahgo, reporting.

    August 12, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Liar Of Truth

    @raven. Yes, they are know for their torch songs. King O Blogs: Pot, meet kettle.

    August 12, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Liar Of Truth

    I saw no attacks. Parania is treatable.

    August 12, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Hope

    Its funny how the oil companies never, ever admit to accidents.

    We, still, have oil in the gulf. The fact that they've used chemicals to make it sink, doesn't mean the problem was solved. There are few places, in the world,with such innocence and, even, fewer places as pristine. Shouldn't those rugged beauty of the uncivilized part of the world be left for Mother Nature to attend to?

    Besides, there are alternatives; and, if we were smart, we'd give up on gasoline refined from oil and convert to Ethynol derived from a renewable and reusable product... Sugar Cane.

    Say No to Shell and say yes to SMART alternatives.

    Turn, Turn, Turn,

    August 12, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Pettycoat Betty

    I represent the older women here on these "NEWS" blogs who do make their quick and traditional partisan microblogs and show public face of sympathy for the oppressed ON TOPIC. and then start nipping away, even at each other.
    Old hens do the same thing to younger hens in the chickencoop. The Rooster Usually just calls-in the morning and even out the evening. Hardly noticing the squabble until one of the old hens mistakes the injured and scarred old Rooster as being merely another of the henpecked already. You Do know that Roosters dominate hens. Right?

    August 12, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liar Of Truth

      You do know roosters are only good for one thing, and domination isn't one of them. You are off topic, and this isn't news, unless one is so ignorant that they can't tell the difference. You, Petty, are a troll, and make even less sense than the rest of the people on these blogs. Go make me dinner.

      August 12, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    lmao @ mary, posing as hope. If you wouldve done your research a little better than you would know hope is out of the country. And also you & her would NOT have the same IP addy! Also she does not like the word pimpette, she said to tell you that! GN mary

    August 12, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hope


      It, really, is me... The miracle child.


      August 12, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rascal Rabble

    what is this national troll conference tonight???

    August 12, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liar Of Truth


      August 12, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Pettycoat Betty

    Wow! CNN mows this yard faster than the illegal Mexicans mow my yard! Did you all see everything go Poof! he he.
    Good one!@CNN Mod, Maud, whatever. 🙂
    Wondering if CNN and my housekeepers get along. N. Korea's fav source for US news is CNN ya know.

    August 12, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. MEGATRON the Megablogger

    lmao w/chrissy. Good one.

    August 12, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    sheesh really? One s/n? While you have dozens! Man up use your own name for a change.

    August 12, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    You may not like what i say, dont much care but AT LEAST you ALWAYS know its me because im not ashamed to say it under my own name!

    August 12, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kandi and Marie

    Is that so? Then what happened to them?

    August 12, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
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