The week ahead: free guide to biggest diary stories

A guide to the diary stories for the week ahead (provided by Foresight News).

Tuesday invites a bellwether moment for embattled corporations, with both UBS and BP, rivals in the infamy stakes, announcing their Q3 results, and UK plc’s Q2 economic accounts released by the Office for National Statistics. UBS’s results will be the first since London trader Kweku Adoboli is alleged to have lost a piffling $2.3bn down the Delta desk drain.

Two men charged in connection with the abduction of Judith Tebbutt and the murder of her husband David appear at Lamu Magistrates’ Court, Kenya, on Tuesday. Ali Babitu Kololo and Issa Sheikh Said allegedly assisted the armed men, who kidnapped the couple from their hotel, close to the Somalian border, before killing David Tebbutt and reportedly taking Judith to Somalia.

The inquest into the death of singer Amy Winehouse resumes on Wednesday. Found dead in her home, initial toxicology tests reported the troubled star had not taken illegal drugs in the time before her death, though the cause remained inconclusive.

Wednesday sees envoys from the Middle East Quartet, USA, UN, EU and Russia meet separately with representatives of Israel and Palestine to discuss how to move forward with negotiations. Following last week’s unprecedented swap of more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for an Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, interested parties are hoping for progress in talks.

Irish voters go to the polls on Thursday to elect the country’s first new president since 1997, when Mary McAleese won 59% of the vote (McAleese stood uncontested in 2004). Former IRA leader Martin McGuinness is among the candidates; two constitutional referenda and a by-election in Belfast West, which takes place following the death of former Finance Minister Brian Lenihan in June, are also scheduled for today.

On Thursday it’s a week since the death of Muammar Gaddafi; the Colonel died in his hometown of Sirte, reportedly from injuries sustained during a gun battle, despite video footage appearing to show he had been captured alive by NTC fighters.

The Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting opens in Perth on Friday, conveniently in the middle of The Queen’s eleven day tour of Australia. Among the issues on this year’s agenda is the proposal by David Cameron to reform the laws of male primogeniture, so that elder daughters would be able to succeed the Monarch ahead of sons and the head of state would be permitted to marry a Catholic. The process is unlikely to be a smooth one even if Cameron can persuade the sixteen heads of state and government to agree to his proposal, requiring as it would the reform of the Act of Settlement and the Act of Union with Scotland.

Demonstrations are scheduled to take place in Israel on Saturday in protest at the rising cost of living in the country. Similar action took place over the summer, with the establishment of a ‘tent city’ in Tel Aviv lasting until September pre-empting the trend for ‘occupations’ that has led to camps being set up in New York and London.

It’s time to put away the shorts and the sun tan lotion: on Sunday British Summer Time ends. On the plus side, it’s only 64 days until Christmas…

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