NEWS: Morning International News Roundup

October 1, 2009

Happy birthday, China!

North Korea
North Koreans sail to South in rare defection by sea
“Eleven North Koreans have defected to the South by sea, a military official said in Seoul, a rare escape directly across the border amid a tense security standoff between the rivals.”

Tennessee man jailed in Japan: ‘I want Americans to know what’s happening to me’
“Savoie, a law student who already has a Ph.D and a M.D., will spend 10 days in jail while Japanese prosecutors sort out the details of the case.”

China’s Founding Anniversary: Xinhua coverage
China marks 60 years with spectacle of power
“The soldiers goose-stepping past at exactly 116 steps a minute carried the theme that the Party knows how to run a show — and a huge country.”
Dozens of Tibetan protesters arrested in Nepal
“About five dozen Tibetan exiles involved in anti-Chinese activities were detained here Thursday, police said.”

U.S. and Allies Begin Nuclear Talks With Iran
“The morning session was devoted mostly to a restatement of positions, with the six powers saying a generous incentive was on the table if Iran would open its nuclear program to inspection and Iran countering that the discussion needed to be broadened to other issues.”
Iran Meets U.S. and Allies for Nuclear Talks in Geneva
“Washington would still like to begin bilateral talks with Iran on a broader relationship, including trade and Tehran’s support for Palestinian, Lebanese and Iraqi insurgent and terrorist groups, including Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad.”
U.S., Iran face off at six-power nuclear talks
“In Washington, senior Obama administration officials said the United States would not threaten Iran with fresh sanctions at the one-day talks. “This is the engagement track … not the pressure track,” one senior official said.”
Don’t threaten Iran, Carter says
“I think the best thing we can do is engage them and stop making these idle threats.”

Turkey: student protester hurls shoe at IMF chief [AP]
“A student journalist threw a shoe at IMF Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Thursday and ran toward the stage shouting “IMF get out!” as the finance official answered questions at a university in Istanbul.”

Breakthrough in talks: Hamas to give Israel video of Shalit
“Israel stated it was willing to release 20 female Palestinian prisoners in exchange for a recent video of the captive soldier [Gilad Shalit ].”


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