World Week Ahead: Mubarak Trial Resumes; Libyan Rebels Rally for Next Fight

BY News Desk  September 5, 2011 at 11:16 AM EST


Protesters clash with riot police outside the courtroom in Cairo. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images.

The trial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resumed Monday, and in Libya rebel forces are preparing for their next battle against Moammar Gadhafi loyalists.

EGYPT | The trial of Mubarak, who is charged with ordering the killing of protesters during the uprising earlier this year that resulted in him stepping down, continued Monday after a three-week recess.

Outside the courtroom, police scuffled with family members of those killed, who were trying to enter the police academy where the trial is taking place.

The NewsHour has dispatched a reporting team to Egypt to follow up on its previous reports on the country’s historic government shift.

Over the next two weeks, the team will look at how Egyptians feel about the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States; and where Egypt is headed, politically, economically and socially.

LIBYA | Elsewhere in North Africa, Libyan fighters are regrouping for an assault on Bani Walid, one of the towns still under control of forces supporting Libyan leader Gadhafi.

GlobalPost’s James Foley reports:

“Bani Walid is now encircled by the rebels, and a battle appears imminent. It has become a strategic target for the rebels because it is reported that two of Gadhafi’s sons, Saif and Saadi, have been there recently. A few days ago it was reported that Gadhafi himself was in Bani Walid, but now many say he has moved even further south, toward the border with Niger.”

Other remaining Gadhafi strongholds include Jufra, Sabha and his hometown of Sirte, reports Foley.

SYRIA | Syria’s government responded to protesters Monday with a round of assaults on towns and cities, according to the New York Times.

Human rights organizations reported that several people were killed during the raids on Homs in western Syria, the eastern town of Tal Khalakh and Idlib province in the north.

The assaults came as Jakob Kellenberger, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, prepared to meet with Syrian leader Bashar Assad to try to gain access to thousands of detainees imprisoned since unrest began in mid-March.

SOMALIA | The United Nations on Monday categorized a sixth region of drought-stricken Somalia to be in famine. An estimated 4 million people — out of a country of about 10 million — are in crisis conditions.

“The latest round of surveys shows a continuing deterioration in Somalia,” said Mark Bowden, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Somalia, reported the Guardian. “More people are in need of assistance and in some areas there has been a deepening of the crisis. We also know that people will have major needs for assistance well past the end of this year.”

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