World Week Ahead: More on bin Laden’s Hideout; Mexico’s Protests

BY Larisa Epatko  May 9, 2011 at 10:00 AM EDT

This week, we’ll take a closer look at Osama bin Laden’s lair and what the Pakistani military might have known about it. We’ll also explore what comes next for Mexico, where thousands protested growing drug-related violence over the weekend.

PAKISTAN | New video released Saturday of the compound where bin Laden and his family were hiding in Abbottabad, Pakistan, showed the al-Qaida leader watching coverage of himself on television and new messages to his followers, with the audio removed to prevent the spread of terrorist propaganda.

The U.S. intelligence community is still combing through videos, computer storage devices and documents seized during the raid on bin Laden’s home.

Read: A transcript of Saturday’s briefing with a senior intelligence official about the operation to overtake bin Laden and the materials found.

MEXICO | Thousands marched to Mexico City on Sunday to protest the country’s continuing drug-related violence and the way government is handling it.

President Felipe Calderon made combating drug cartels a priority when entering office in 2006 and has implemented a military crackdown, but since then more than 30,000 people have died in drug-related activity.

Turf wars between rival drug gangs have raised the level of violence in the country to new heights, including the gruesome discovery of mass graves of civilians, and protesters are saying “enough bloodshed.”

View: A BBC photo essay of the day’s events.

JAPAN | Workers entered the No. 1 reactor at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex on Monday to prepare for a new cooling system that would allow water to circulate through the reactor rather than being injected from the outside, which is slowing repairs. It was the first time they entered the reactor since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami damaged the plant.

Read: The New York Times reports on secret State Department documents released by WikiLeaks expressing concerns by U.S. officials that Japan’s nuclear facilities are vulnerable to a terrorist attack.

LIBYA | Forces backing Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi shelled fuel storage tanks in the rebel-held port city of Misrata, where residents say they are close to running out of food and water.

Watch: Simon Brooks of the International Red Cross in Libya talks about the deteriorating humanitarian situation and the challenges of bringing supplies to Misrata by boat.

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