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Daily International News 11.09.09

November 9, 2009

Daily International News
November 9, 2009

DPRK

French special envoy visiting Pyongyang [Yonhap]
“A special envoy of French President Nicolas Sarkozy on North Korea arrived in Pyongyang on Monday, the North’s media said, in a visit reportedly aimed at exploring ways of improving relations with the communist state.”

U.S., N.K. may hold talks after Thanksgiving holiday: source [Yonhap]
“The bilateral meeting appears most likely to be held after the Thanksgiving holiday, which falls on Nov. 25-29,” said a senior Seoul government official, requesting to be unnamed. The U.S. State Department in Washington was reportedly expected to make either an official or unofficial announcement of the date of the bilateral talks late Monday or early Tuesday (local time) at the earliest.”

Cold War frontier gone in Germany, remains in Korea [Reuters]
“As a united Germany marks the 20th anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s fall on Monday, about 1 million soldiers face off across the Cold War’s last great divide — the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas.”

North Korean army cashes in on exports to China [SMH]
“North Korea’s military has grabbed nearly complete command of the state-run economy and staked out a lucrative trade in mineral sales to China to make money for its supreme commander, Kim Jong-il.”

 

China and Burma

China executes 9 suspects over July ethnic riots [AP]
“The official China News Service reported that the nine were executed after a final review of the verdicts by the Supreme People’s Court as required by law, but gave no specific date or other details. Earlier reports had identified those condemned as eight Uighurs and one Han.”

Obama to Meet With Prime Minister of Myanmar [NYT]
President Obama plans to meet with the prime minister of Myanmar along with other Southeast Asian leaders next Sunday, in a high-level affirmation of the new policy by Washington of engaging the military-ruled country despite its dismal human rights record.”

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi optimistic after U.S. visit [Reuters]
“Myanmar’s detained opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, expressed hope on Monday that U.S. engagement with the county’s military rulers could spur democratic reforms, her lawyer said.”

 

AfPak/India

Karzai says he’s addressing corruption [Reuters]
“”We also mean corruption of a different kind which is a lot more serious, which is new to Afghanistan, which is with the arrival of a lot of money to Afghanistan,” Karzai said in an interview with the PBS program “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.”

Afghan Foreign Ministry: UN envoy acts beyond his authority [Quqnoos]
“Afghan Ministry of Foreign affairs said UN special envoy in Afghanistan was acting beyond his authority by instructing Karzai to exclude warlords and bring reforms.”

India limits media on contentious Dalai Lama trip [AP]
“India refused to allow foreign journalists to travel to Tawang to cover the trip and tried to keep local reporters away from the Dalai Lama on Sunday.”

 

Middle East

Netanyahu’s Washington trip clouded by Abbas threat [WP]
“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Washington on Sunday with the U.S. Middle East peace drive in crisis over a threat by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to stand down.”

With Iran in mind Israeli president begins historic visit to Argentina and Brazil [MercoPress]
“Israeli President Shimon Peres begins Monday a “historic visit” to Brazil and Argentina, the first in decades to both countries for an Israeli head of state, and one of the main issues of the agenda will be the so-called “Iranian infiltration” in Latinamerica.”

Iraq election commission proposes vote on Jan. 21 [AP]
“Al-Haidari said the commission has also determined there will be 323 seats in the next parliament, up from current 275.”

 

Africa

President Al-Bashir Postpones his Visit to Turkey [Suna]
“He told the President of Turkey, Abdullah Gül, that the ongoing dialogue between the two partners -the National Congress and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) – necessitates the postponement of his visit to Turkey in order to boost the consultations and contacts for reaching solutions for the pending issues.”

Al-Bashir cancels Turkey OIC trip [Al Jazeera]
“The president of Sudan has cancelled a visit to Turkey amid an EU push to arrest him for war crimes charges.”

 

Europe

An Overview of 20 Years After the Fall of the Berline Wall [Deutsche Welle]

Blair’s last throw of the dice for presidency [Times UK]
“Tony Blair has made a belated effort to revive his attempt to be president of Europe with a flurry of personal telephone calls to continental leaders, The Times has learnt.”

 

Americas

Chavez to troops: Prepare for war with Colombia [AP]
“President Hugo Chavez on Sunday ordered Venezuela’s military to prepare for a possible armed conflict with Colombia, saying his country’s soldiers should be ready if the United States attempts to provoke a war between the South American neighbors.”

Democratic consultant says he got a warning from White House after appearing on Fox News [LA Times]
“White House Communications Director Anita Dunn said that she had checked with colleagues who “deal with TV issues” and that they had not told people to avoid Fox. On the contrary, they had urged people to appear on the network.”

Who is Cao? [TIME Swampland]
“Joe Cao (pronounced Gow) is the name on most people’s lips Inside the Beltway this morning. So, how did this freshman Republican escape GOP Whip Eric Cantor’s hammer to vote with Democrats for health care reform, ruining Cantor’s goal of unified opposition?”

 

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