Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
September 23rd, 2012
04:48 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:

Pressure builds on Libyan militias

The Libyan army on Sunday issued an ultimatum giving militias 48 hours to withdraw from military compounds and property belonging to members of the former regime in the country's capital and surrounding cities, the state-run LANA news agency said.

The development is yet another indication that public and governmental pressure is building against armed groups in Libya since people from a radical Islamist group were accused of involvement in an attack at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi earlier this month that left four Americans dead, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.

On Friday, hundreds marched in Benghazi and took over the headquarters of Islamist militia Ansar al-Sharia, and protesters demanded an end to all security activities of armed groups operating outside the official command of the army or police.

Fighting groups that helped topple former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi have stepped in to maintain law and order after the fall of the regime, according to Frederic Wehrey, a senior associate in the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. But militia members largely distrust the new government's authority, in part because of the "taint" of a link to the Gadhafi regime, Wehrey told CNN.

Obama to address Iranian nuclear issue, Mideast unrest at United Nations

U.S. President Barack Obama will likely address Iran's nuclear program the recent unrest in the Middle East and North Africa, including in Libya, when he speaks to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, according to administration officials.

He is expected to once again reject the views in a controversial anti-Islam video that is thought to have instigated the violence, one official said, while underscoring that violence is never acceptable. Regarding Iran's nuclear program, the forum of world leaders is an "opportunity for him to underscore that Iran must not be allowed to develop a nuclear weapon, an official said. Western governments have suspected Iran of trying to make nuclear weapons, but Iran insists its nuclear program is solely for peaceful purposes.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is one of many world leaders expected to speak at the General Assembly this week. Watch for walkouts - diplomats have walked out on his U.N. speeches for three straight years, due in part to controversial comments about Israel.

Speaking of Israel, watch for the Palestinian Authority to announce at the General Assembly on Thursday an attempt to obtain nonmember observer state status at the U.N., one step up from its current status as a permanent observer. Israel objects, saying it is an attempt to get state recognition by shortcut, circumventing negotiations on critical issues.

Helping get students into college

About 75-100 entrepreneurs and developers will gather on Thursday at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, California, for a hackathon aiming to develop online tools to help young people get into college.

At the end of the daylong event, concepts will be presented to a panel of students. Their feedback and reactions will help decide the winners of prizes ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.

The event is sponsored by Facebook and the Gates Foundation. The foundation is hoping it will provide impetus for further entries in its College Knowledge Challenge, which will provide grants of $50,000 to $100,000, for ideas that help students in the college entry and graduation process.

Ice cream museum to open

In what should be one of the sweetest moments of the coming week, what bills itself as the world's first museum for gelato, or Italian ice cream opens, Thursday in Italy.

The 1,000-square-meter (10,763-square-foot) Carpigiani Gelato Museum in Bologna is "the first of its kind to delve into the history, culture, and technology of artisan gelato, a fresh, high-quality food that well represents Italian creativity and excellence throughout the world!" the museum's website says.

The museum will trace the history of gelato, from ancient Mesopotamia to current freezers, according to the museum's website.

"More than 20 original machines will find a new home in the Carpigiani Gelato Museum, along with multimedia presentations, 10,000 historical images and documents, precious accessories and tools of the trade from ages past, video interviews, and workshops," it says.

One question surely to be asked is, "Is this really the world's first?"

The answer probably depends on whether you consider gelato to be ice cream.

The website worldoficecream.com points out that ice creams have a certain amount of air whipped in. The less air, the better the quality. But gelato has no air at all.

So if you're not up for a trip to Italy and want something a bit closer to home, the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor and Museum in Le Mars, Iowa, or the Velvet Ice Cream Museum in Licking County, Ohio, might be a better choice. And you can answer for yourself what's first or best.

Massive charity concert in New York City

Organizers are calling it the "largest syndicated charity concert in online and broadcast TV history."  The stars are Neil Young with Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Band of Horses and K'Naan. The venue is New York City's Central Park.

It's the Global Citizen Festival, organized by the Global Poverty Project to raise awareness and hopefully some money to fight extreme poverty around the world. The concert is being held while world leaders gather in New York for the U.N. General Assembly, and organizers hope the presence of 60,000 concert-goers in Central Park will help "to secure more than $100 million in new commitments from charities, businesses and governments to fight extreme poverty through our NGO partners," according to the festival's website.

Tickets were free and awarded to folks who registered as "Global Citizens" with the group and then took some action such as signing a petition or sharing an item about poverty on a social network for which they earned points. Three points gained entry into a drawing for tickets, of which 27,000 pairs were awarded. The drawings closed on September 17.

Other VIP tickets are available for purchase, at prices ranging from $189.50 to $3,750 on the event's website.

If you can't get a ticket, the concert will be streamed live online at 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday, with repeat showings streamed at 12:30 a.m and 8:30 a.m. ET on Sunday.

As to whether it will be the largest such event in history, MTV says portions of the Live Aid concert on July 13, 1985, were seen by 1.4 billion people. That's a pretty tall number to challenge.

soundoff (76 Responses)
  1. BOMBO ©

    I really really want to know what the crteria is for deleting comments. I know it's a bit like arguing balls and strikes but seriously, it frustrates me sometimes.

    September 23, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. raven

    Sigh. Every flippity flappin time I come on anymore, the room clears. And yes, I brushed.

    September 23, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. its a little scary how different obama is from the guy in 2008

    hope and change has become divide and point fingers...

    I think it stinks.

    September 23, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. BOMBO ©

    Still here raven. I just checked to see if my nun joke was still on Sunday's Live Events. It still is, though even I will admit that it probably shouldn't be. It does add to my confusion about what gets deleted and what doesn't.

    But besides that, how have you been?

    September 23, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    It's Sunday, talkic, so we're allowed a little latti tude.
    It's obviously not a chat room; just some friends talking to each other; sorry if that offends you.

    September 23, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. raven

    I'm ok, BOMBO. Sides my kid giving me gray hairs anyway. Weathers changing here, is it getting pretty cold up there? I miss winter sports and activities but not the cold and wet. And I love being able to just jump in the car and go....no waiting for the car to warm up, putting on gloves, hat, boys and scarf...

    September 23, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. raven

    Ack! Boots!! Not boys. I dont put boys on. Thats not nice.

    September 23, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. raven

    @banasy: you do?? Where can I get one of those?? Lucky girl.

    September 23, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      It pays to work for a library, and it also pays to treat the IT guys with the respect due them...

      September 23, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dazzle ©

    @banasy, hello to you.Looks like KR has been busy jacking. The article fails to mention that a scoop of the gelato is 5 Euros and they use a melon baller so 5Eus out the window for gelato that's nothing special.

    September 23, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    Well, hello, dazzle.
    Yep, he's reared his head.
    Everytime I hear the word 'gelato', I think of 'Domo Arigato, Mr. Gelato'...
    I know, I known, it's Mr. Roboto, IJS...

    September 23, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      And now I'm traveling to the Land of Nod.
      Good night, gentle readers.

      September 23, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      @banasy, thankfully you have such a great IT department at your disposal. My favorite cardiologist arrives today. We've missed each other. I can't wait for you to meet him. Oops there's something else I need to throw out the window. Nah, I'll just leave them on a park bench for someone else to enjoy.

      September 23, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. BOMBO ©

    Not so cold up here yet. About 24 C today, so about 75 F. Still. I don't know what next weekend will be like so I got the rest of the apples off the tree. I forget raven, I've got a memory like a drunken salesman, you're in Arizona aren't you?

    September 23, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Good Night banasy.

    September 24, 2012 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    little mister
    Had coffee on my last break. The popcorn in my lunchbox comes home..with me. I got plans.

    September 24, 2012 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  14. Robert

    It's a said state of affairs when such pressing foreign policy issues are squeezed into the same block with ice cream museum. The unrest in the middle east is perhaps at an all time high, and this at a time when we plan to reduce the size and funding of our military.

    September 24, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Hi, Robert.
      This is just an overview of stories that CNN plans to cover; I don't think that they are equating them in importance.

      September 24, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tom

    "We're gonna go inside, we're gonna go outside, inside and outside. We're gonna get 'em on the run boys and once we get 'em on the run we're gonna keep 'em on the run. And then we're gonna go go go go go go and we're not gonna stop til we get across that goalline. This is a team they say is... is good, well I think we're better than them. They can't lick us, so what do you say men? "

    September 24, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
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