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Daily International News 12.02.09

December 2, 2009

Daily International News
December 2, 2009

Asia-Pacific
Japan’s New Leader to Face Inquiry
[NYT]
“Tokyo prosecutors will ask Japan’s prime minister, Yukio Hatoyama, for a written explanation of his role in millions of dollars of improperly reported political donations.”

Japan's Beleaguered Prime Minister, Yukio Hatoyama

S. Korea seeks to deploy troops in Afghanistan by 2012 [Yonhap]
“The South Korean government wants to send around 350 troops to Afghanistan next July for a two-and-a-half-year mission, officials said Wednesday after their policy coordination meeting with the ruling party.”

China showcasing its softer side [WP]
“Growing role in U.N. peacekeeping signals desire to project image of benign power.”

Tony Abbott backs nuclear talks after senate block Labor’s ETS scheme [Australian]
“Abbott has moved to turbo-charge the Coalition’s climate change policy calling for a new debate on nuclear power as the government confirmed today it would reintroduce rejected emissions trading scheme legislation next year.”

Russia
Chechen rebels claim Russian train bombing
[AP]
“Chechen rebels claimed responsibility Wednesday for blowing up a high-speed Russian train last week.”

Afghanistan
Europe welcomes Obama speech but few pledge troops
[WP]
“Rasmussen did not specify where the troops would come from and how many would be from Europe – and reluctance for major new troop contributions was palpable Wednesday across the continent.”

Taliban vow to step up resistance in Afghanistan [AFP]
“Obama will witness lots of coffins heading to America from Afghanistan,” spokesman Yousuf Ahamdi told AFP by telephone from an unknown location.”

Congress’s Tepid Reaction to Obama’s Afghanistan Plan [TIME Swampland]
“For many Dems, already worried that not enough attention is being paid to the plight of American workers (and voters), the war feels like a luxury.” And [Afghanistan strategy scrutinized at Congressional hearing WP]

Middle East
Iran releases 5 British sailors detained at sea [WP]
“The Revolutionary Guard said in a statement carried by the official IRNA news agency. “After obtaining necessary guarantees, it was decided to release them.”

Defiant Iran vows to enrich uranium even more [AP]
“Officials from the U.N. nuclear watchdog, International Atomic Energy Agency, said they had no immediate comment.”

Europe
We are in charge now, Sarkozy tells the City
[Times UK]
“The French President’s glee at the appointment of Michel Barnier as Commissioner for the Single Market took on an edge of menace yesterday when he said that unfettered City practices must end.”

Climate-change scientist Phil Jones steps down in e-mail row inquiry [Times UK]
“The head of the climate-change body at the centre of a leaked e-mail controversy has stepped down from his post while he is investigated over allegations of professional misconduct.”

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