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NEWS: Morning Int’l News Roundup 10.22.09

October 22, 2009

Even more going on this morning —

East Asia

US defense secretary says NKorea still a threat [AP]

Two Koreas held secret talks for summit: report [Reuters]

U.S. pressures Japan on military package [WP]

China cracks down on Chongqing’s gangsters [CNN]

Middle East

Iranian officials accept draft deal on uranium transfer [WP]

Draft nuclear deal is a victory for Iran [Haaretz]

Senior Iran MP casts doubt on atom fuel deal [Reuters]

South/SE Asia

India: Climate deal can’t sacrifice poor nations [AP]

US Burma trip begins long process [BBC]

AfPak

Now, a Cheney surge: Blasts Obama for Afghan ‘dithering,’ delays and indecision [LAT]

NATO chief demands greater efforts in Afghanistan [Reuters]

Election officials deliver Afghan runoff ballots [WP]

Africa

Pirates hijack cargo ship near Seychelles [CNN]

China mulls military options over hijacked ship [Reuters]

Europe

EU to sanction Guinea junta over opposition massacre [Deutsche Welle]

Karadzic plans to boycott trial [BBC]

The Other Tug Of War With Russia: Viktor Bout [TIME]

Postal workers promise fresh misery with new three-day strike [WSJ]

Americas/Domestic Incl.

Pay Czar to Slash Compensation at Seven Firms [WSJ]

More die amid Rio slum violence [BBC]

Fuel Oil Is Spilled Into Gulf of Mexico [NYT]

Polls: Chavez’s popularity slips in Venezuela [WP]

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