Archive for November, 2009

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Daily International News 11.30.09

November 30, 2009

Daily International News
November 30, 2009

DPRK
U.S. wants to close dialogue with N. Korea in single phase: official
[Yonhap]
“The U.S., which is set to hold direct bilateral talks with North Korea next week to lure the country back to denuclearization talks, wants the contact to be a one-off event but the North is expected to attempt to drag out the two-way dialogue, a senior Seoul official said Monday.”

Japan
Japanese prime minister apologizes for scandal
[WP]
“Hatoyama apologized Monday in parliament for the donations scandal but suggested he will remain prime minister unless he is prosecuted.”

China
Reporters face charges for mine coverup
[China Daily]
“Ten journalists and nearly 50 officials are facing prosecution after a State Council probe found they allegedly took bribes to cover up a mine disaster in Hebei province.”

China rejects EU calls for yuan appreciation [Global Times]
“Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao rejected “unfair” calls for the yuan to appreciate Monday and reaffirmed China’s determination to take its own gradual steps on the value of its currency.”

AfPak
Obama’s Speech on Afghanistan to Envision Exit
[NYT]
“It’s accurate to say that he will be more explicit about both goals and time frame than has been the case before and than has been part of the public discussion,” said a senior official.”

Zardari Cedes Power to Pakistani Premier [WSJ]
“In an attempt to defuse the situation, Mr. Zardari over the weekend transferred command of the country’s nuclear arsenal to Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, signaling his willingness to shed some of his powers.”

Defense lawyer for Mumbai attack accused dismissed [Reuters]
“The lawyer for the lone surviving gunman accused of the Mumbai attacks was removed from the case on Monday for non-cooperation.”

Middle East
Iran says UN criticism prompted new nuclear plans
[AP]
“Iran’s nuclear chief on Monday said U.N. criticism pushed his country to retaliate by announcing ambitious plans for more uranium enrichment. With tensions rising over deadlocked negotiations, France said diplomacy was not working and sanctions against Iran were needed.”

 

”]Israel says enforcing West Bank settlement moratorium [Reuters]
“Israeli inspectors armed with aerial maps and empowered to confiscate construction equipment have begun enforcing a limited government moratorium on new building in West Bank settlements, officials said on Monday.”

 

Israeli right, settlers seethe over settlement ease [AFP]
“In an act of defiance, Gershon Messika, the director of a regional settlement council in the occupied West Bank, tore up the government moratorium order when he received it from the military, his spokesman said.”

Hamas Bans Women Dancers, Scooter Riders in Gaza Push (Update1) [Bloomberg]
“The Islamic Hamas movement banned girls last month from riding behind men on motor scooters and forbade women from dancing at the opening of a folk museum.”

Europe
Switzerland votes to prohibit the building of mosque minarets
[WP]
“Official results on Sunday showed a surprisingly strong 57.5 percent of those voting endorsed it.”

Africa
Rwanda and France restore diplomatic relations
[BBC]
“On Sunday Rwanda was also admitted to the Commonwealth.”

Americas
Honduras hopes to move past coup with election
[WP]
“Election organizers also said that more than 60 percent of registered voters cast ballots.”

United States, Brazil at odds over Honduras crisis [Reuters]
“Conservative opposition leader Porfirio Lobo easily won the election on Sunday, but he will struggle to get recognition in Latin America where many leftist governments see the election as a nail in the coffin of ousted President Manuel Zelaya.”

Exit polls: Ex-guerrilla wins Uruguay presidency [CNN]
“Exit polls had Mujica defeating former president Luis Alberto Lacalle by a margin of 4 to 8 percentage points.”

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Daily International News 11.25.09

November 25, 2009

Daily International News
November 25, 2009

DPRK
DPRK top leader meets visiting Chinese defense minister
[Xinhua]
Kim Jong-Il said the DPRK-China friendship had stood the test of history and was unbreakable.

N. Korea calls for implementation of int’l aid commitments [Yonhap]
North Korea has urged the United Nations’ food and agriculture agency to take steps to ensure that developed nations implement their proclaimed aid commitments, amid reports of chronic food shortages in the communist country.

China
China expert warns of pandemic flu mutation
[Reuters]
China must be alert to any mutation or changes in the behavior of the H1N1 swine flu virus because the far deadlier H5N1 bird flu virus is endemic in the country.

Philippines

Eleven more bodies found at Philippine massacre site [Reuters]
Philippine security forces found 11 more bodies Wednesday at the site of an election-related massacre in the south of the country, taking the toll to 57 dead.

AfPak
Taliban leader rules out talks with Karzai
[AP]
In a statement, Mullah Omar also insisted foreign troops were losing the war in Afghanistan.

Pakistan charges 7 suspects in Mumbai attacks [AP]
The indictments before an anti-terrorism court came on the eve of the first anniversary of the attacks.

Middle East
Israel set to declare settlement limits: government sources
[Reuters]
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu intends to announce Wednesday a formal plan to limit settlement construction for 10 months, hoping to revive talks with the Palestinians, government sources said.

Prisoner deal hits snag on Hamas demands [Reuters]
Israel has rejected a demand for the release of two Hamas commanders as part of any exchange for a captured Israeli soldier, a source close to negotiations said Wednesday.

U.S., U.N. present proposals to end Iraq vote impasse [Reuters]
U.S. and U.N. officials have proposed solutions to Iraq’s Sunni Arab vice president to stop him vetoing for a second time a law needed for an election to take place next year, an official said on Wednesday.

Rare, heavy rains soak pilgrims at Islam’s hajj [AP]
The downpours add an extra hazard on top of intense concerns about the spread of swine flu. [CNN Video coverage]

Europe
Polanski wins bail in Switzerland, in jail for now
[AP]
A Swiss court has approved Roman Polanski’s bail offer of $4.5 million to be released from prison and kept under house arrest and electronic monitoring at his Swiss chalet.

Gordon Brown to push for royal Roman Catholics law change [Times UK]
Brown backs the sweeping away of 300-year-old laws that prevent Roman Catholics ascending to the Throne and wants to change the primogeniture rule, which stipulates that men always take precedence over women in line to the throne.

Domestic

Obama Will Go to Copenhagen [NYT Caucus]
Mr. Obama, who had previously not committed to making an appearance at the summit, will deliver a speech on Dec. 9 en route to Oslo, Norway, where he will accept the Nobel Peace Prize on Dec. 10.

War speech to outline escalation and exit [WP]
Obama set to address nation next week on his Afghanistan plan.

Official Charged With Closing Guantánamo Quits [NYT]
Phillip Carter, deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee policy, resigned last Friday because of “personal issues.”

Modern Flourishes at Obamas’ State Dinner [NYT]
At their first state dinner on Tuesday night, the Obamas made sure to infuse the glittering gala with distinctive touches.

Gursharan Kaur, the first lady of India, Michelle Obama, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India, and President Obama arrived for the state Dinner. The FLOTUS wore a gold dress designed by Naeem Khan.

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Daily International News 11.24.09

November 24, 2009
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Daily International News
November 24, 2009

Singh in Washington
Obama hosts Indian prime minister
[AP]
President Barack Obama hosts Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (MAHN’-moh-hahn SING) at the White House on Tuesday, the first state visit of his presidency

Obama Says He Intends to ‘Finish the Job’ in Afghanistan [NYT]
President Obama
said on Tuesday that he will announce his decision on how many more troops to send to Afghanistan next week

DPRK
Russian Federation Council
, Singaporean Foreign Ministry, and Chinese Minister of National Defense visiting DPRK [KCNA]
Top military officials of North Korea and China pledged to further strengthen their countries’ alliance that was “sealed in blood” during the Korean War, Pyongyang’s media said Monday

China
China executes 2 for role in tainted milk scandal
[AP]
China executed a dairy farmer and a milk salesman Tuesday

Philippines
Philippines declares emergency after 46 killed
[AP]
The Philippine president placed two southern provinces under emergency rule Tuesday as security forces unearthed more bodies, pushing the death toll to 46 in some of the deadliest election violence in the nation’s history.

India
Indian probe blames mosque attack on Hindu leaders
[AP]
An Indian government investigation…into the 1992 demolition of a mosque…reportedly accused top Hindu nationalist politicians of complicity in the attack

India Officials Angered by Leak of Attack Report [NYT]
The leaking of a long-awaited confidential report on one of the most divisive attacks in modern Indian history raised a furor in India’s Parliament on Monday

Middle East
Iran says needs guarantees to ship nuclear fuel
[Reuters]
Iran
could consider sending its low-enriched uranium abroad, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday

Netanyahu says Hamas prisoner deal may not happen [Reuters]
“There is still no deal, and I do not know if there will be one,” Netanyahu said

Iraq national vote unlikely in January [Reuters]
Iraq will be unable to hold a national election in January as planned, a poll official said on Tuesday, heaping more uncertainty on a vote meant to cement democracy and pave the way for a partial U.S. troop withdrawal

UK
Chilcot Iraq Inquiry: secret talks on ousting Saddam Hussein began in 2001
[Times UK]
British and American officials secretly discussed overthrowing Saddam Hussein two years before the invasion of Iraq, the public inquiry into the war was told today.

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Daily International News 11.23.09

November 23, 2009

Daily International News
November 23, 2009

DPRK
N. Korea says naval skirmish demonstrates need for peace treaty with U.S.
[Yonhap]
North Korea urged the United States on Monday to replace their armistice agreement with a peace treaty, citing a recent skirmish between the two Koreas’ navies as “proof” that such a treaty is necessary for peace on the peninsula

China and North Korea defence ministers pledge ties [BBC]
Chinese and North Korean defence chiefs have pledged to strengthen their long-standing military alliance

China/Taiwan
Taiwan concedes territorial waters near China
[Reuters]
Taiwan retains control over the tiny island chains of Kinmen and Matsu but does not claim the ocean around them, the Taiwan government said in a notice stating its position for the first time

China families protest mine disaster; toll hits 104 [Reuters]
Relatives of miners killed by a gas blast at a coal pit in northeast China scuffled with police and demanded answers

China activist who spoke out on quake gets 3 years [AP]
A veteran dissident was sentenced Monday to three years in prison after casting a spotlight on poorly built schools that collapsed during China’s massive earthquake last year

Philippines
Philippine kidnappers kill 21 in ‘political massacre’
[AFP]
Supporters of a prominent local politician in Maguindanao province and local journalists were among those murdered

Central/South Asia
Afghan security plans ‘a tall order’
[AFP]
Afghan government plans to boost army and police numbers massively have been greeted with scepticism by diplomats and military experts who say the figures are too ambitious

India tests nuclear-capable missile after sunset [Reuters]
India’s army tested a nuclear-capable Agni missile after sunset on Monday for the first time to demonstrate it could be fired whenever required

Middle East
Israel, Hamas near swap of prisoners for soldier
[AP]
Israel and Hamas are close to a deal to swap 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for an Israeli soldier held for more than three years

Iraq parliament passes new vote law [Reuters]
Iraq’s fractious parliament on Monday approved an amended version of a law needed to hold a general election next year

Iran stages war games, sits on West’s nuclear offer [WP]
Military issues warning to Israel, tries to show defensive capacity

Europe
Germany attacks Israel settlement plan before visit
[Reuters]
Germany on Monday criticized Israeli plans to expand settlements in the occupied West Bank, in unusually explicit terms a week before the two countries’ leaders meet in Berlin

From Sunday>> N.Ireland on edge after huge car bomb found [AFP]
Northern Ireland
was on edge Monday after a huge car bomb only just failed to cause devastation

Russia says new blast at arms depot kills 8 [Reuters]
Eight soldiers were killed and two injured Monday when munitions exploded at a Russian navy arms depot

Africa

Sudan announces slight delay to upcoming elections [Sudan Tribune]
The Sudanese NEC announced a six day delay to the elections in order to allow more time for voters to register

From Sunday>>Algeria acquits two former Guantanamo Bay detainees [BBC]
Two Algerian men held at Guantanamo Bay for seven years on terror charges have been acquitted at a trial on being returned home

Americas
Brazil: World should engage, not isolate Iran
[AP]

Engaging, not isolating Iran is the way to push for peace and stability in the Middle East, said Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva

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Daily International News 11.18.09

November 19, 2009

Daily International News
11.19.09

Koreas
U.S. Envoy to Visit North Korea
[WSJ]

Lee, Obama vow efforts to denuclearize N. Korea, ratify FTA
[Yonhap]

AfPak
Karzai Sworn In for Second Term as Afghan President
[NYT]
Debate Shifts to Afghan Exit Plan
[WSJ]

Middle East
U.S. warns Iran of consequences over standoff
[Reuters]

EU
Decision time looms for EU top jobs
[EU Observer]

U.S. makes debut attendance at Hague war crimes court
[Reuters]

Americas
CHILE – Continued Disqualifications
[Poder 360]

Domestic
Obama Aims to Allay Auto Lobby Concern on Korea Trade
[Bloomberg]

Showdown Set for Health Bill
[WSJ]
FOX rolls wrong video, heads may roll
[Swamp]

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Daily International News 11.17.09

November 17, 2009

Daily International News
11.17.09

Source: New York Times; Obama shakes hands with students at a Town Hall meeting in Shanghai. He addressed both mutual interests as well as the importance of personal freedoms.

 

Koreas

Obama, Japanese premier at odds over air station negotiations [WP]

N. Korea sends military delegation to China during Obama visit [Yonhap] N. Korea extends olive branch to South ahead of Obama’s visit [Yonhap] – see corresponding KCNA articles below

Somali pirates hijack ship with 28 North Koreans aboard [Yonhap]

South Korea targets carbon cuts [BBC]

China/Taiwan

Chinese mainland and Taiwan sign banking supervision, management memorandum [Xinhua]

Mao and Chiang heirs bridge gap [BBC]

China/US

Obama, Hu vow cooperation but produce few deals [AP]

Op-ed on “Chimerica” The Great Wallop [NYT]

AfPak

Afghanistan sets up anti-graft unit [Al-Jazeera]

NATO chief confident of big troop increase [Reuters]

Middle East

EU rejects Palestinian state plan [Al-Jazeera]

IAEA wants more explanation from Iran [ILNA]

Inspectors Fear Iran Is Hiding Nuclear Plants [WP]

Americas

Brazil begins “spy” aircraft surveillance against organized crime in favelas [MercoPress]

U.S. to attend conference held by war crimes court [WP]

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Daily International News 11.16.09

November 16, 2009

DPRK

N. Korea unwilling to give up nuclear ambition: former U.S. diplomat [Yonhap]

N. Korea demands U.N. Command’s dissolution [Yonhap]

First H1N1 infection reported at joint park in N. Korea [Yonhap]

 

Japan

Despite Japan visit, wrestling over U.S. base continues [WP]

 

China

Obama Pushes Rights With Chinese Students [NYT]

China rounds up dissidents as President Obama touches down in Beijing [Times UK]

 

Burma

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi seeks meeting with junta chief [AP]

 

India

India puts nuclear plants on alert: report [Reuters]

 

Middle East

Israel could annex more of West Bank: minister [Reuters]

Frustrated Palestinians to seek UN backing for separate state [Times UK]

 

Europe

Italian women disappointed by Gaddafi “party” [Reuters]

Al-Qaeda still biggest threat to British security, says Gordon Brown [Times UK] and Obama says al Qaeda still greatest threat to U.S. [Reuters]