World Week Ahead: Search for Gadhafi; Mexico’s Drug War

BY Larisa Epatko  August 29, 2011 at 11:31 AM EDT


Rebels looking for Moammar Gadhafi in Tripoli. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images.

The hunt for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi continues this week after rebels raided his palace in Tripoli and began to advance on his hometown of Sirte.

LIBYA | Anti-government forces came up empty handed, except for numerous luxury items, when searching for leader in his compound in the capital Tripoli. Now, they are targeting Sirte, about 280 miles east of Tripoli.

The question of Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi’s whereabouts — and whether Libya’s new government would extradite him — was answered over the weekend. CNN’s Nic Robertson visited the family’s villa in Libya and saw Megrahi lying in a hospital bed wearing an oxygen mask.

Megrahi was the only person convicted in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988. He was released from a Scottish prison in 2009 and returned by Britain to Libya on compassionate grounds after a diagnosis of terminal cancer.

Some U.S. politicians had begun asking for his extradition, saying he needed to finish answering to the bombing. But Scottish authorities said they have no intention of asking for Megrahi’s extradition and that past statements from the Transitional National Council, the temporary Libyan government of the rebels, said it did not intend to do so.

MEXICO | We’re also watching developments in Mexico, where authorities arrested five suspects in the torching of a casino that killed 52 people in the northern city of Monterrey.

Thursday’s attack on Monterrey’s Casino Royale was one of the worst on the entertainment industry since President Felipe Calderon launched a crackdown on drug cartels in 2006.

Calderon visited the site last week and called for three days of mourning. He also criticized the “insatiable” U.S. demand for drugs for the violence.

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