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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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