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Daily International News 12.10.09

December 10, 2009

Daily International News
December 10, 2009

Japan/China
Japan PM prods China ahead of visit by leader
[Reuters]
“Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama on Thursday urged China to make progress on democracy, just as China announced a rising leader will visit Japan in a sign of deepening ties between the two biggest Asian powers.”

DPRK
N. Korea agrees on need for six-way nuke talks: Bosworth
[Yonhap]
“North Korea and the United States have reached a “common understanding” on the need to resume the six-party nuclear talks and implement a 2005 historic deal on the North’s denuclearization, a senior U.S. envoy said Thursday after a three-day trip there.”

Clinton says NKorea-US talks are ‘positive’ [AFP]
“For a preliminary meeting, it was quite positive,” Clinton told reporters after US envoy Stephen Bosworth left Pyongyang saying both sides agreed on the need to resume the negotiations but without setting a date for them.”

Nobel
War president addresses incongruity of accepting peace prize
[WP]
“In his acceptance speech, Obama directly confronted the seeming paradox of receiving the prestigious peace prize while serving as a war president. In trying to pursue both security and peace, he said, “war is sometimes necessary.”

Obama’s Nobel snub angers Norwegians [Guardian]
“The White House has cancelled many of the events peace prize laureates traditionally submit to, including a dinner with the Norwegian Nobel committee, a press conference, a television interview, [and] a lunch invitation from the King.”

Copenhagen
Walkout Threat Over ‘Danish Text’
[AllAfrica]
“DEVELOPING states at the United Nations (UN) climate change conference, including SA, were unanimous yesterday in condemning the “Danish text.”

Europe
Russian missile test launch fails
[BBC]
“A Russian test launch of an intercontinental missile has failed, resulting in a white light seen over parts of Norway.”

Abortion pill gets final approval in Italy [BBC]
“Unlike in other European countries, the pill, also known as mifepristone, will be administered solely in hospitals.”

Middle East
Thousands in Jerusalem protest settlement freeze
[Reuters]
“The demonstration, which generally went off without incident, was the first major gathering in several years of settlers to protest an Israeli government’s actions to suspend settlement activity in the occupied West Bank.”

Iraq PM orders security reshuffle [Al Jazeera]
“Nouri al-Maliki, the Iraqi prime minister, has reshuffled the leadership of the country’s security forces, in the wake of a series of deadly bomb attacks in Baghdad.”

Iraq’s March vote won’t affect troop plan, U.S. says [Reuters]
“U.S. Defence Secretary Robert Gates met Iraqi leaders on Thursday as U.S. commanders said plans to reduce troop levels sharply by next summer were on track despite delayed elections and a major al Qaeda attack.”

Iran may face new U.N. sanctions – U.S., UK, France [Reuters]
“If it continues to refuse the slightest confidence measures, to refuse dialogue, transparency … we must draw all of the necessary conclusions and that means that we must move on to a new resolution involving sanctions,” French Ambassador to the U.N. Gerard Araud told a U.N. Security Council meeting on Iran.”

India/AfPak
Petraeus sees short-term rise in Afghan violence
[Reuters]
“Violence in Afghanistan and turmoil within the Karzai government are likely to rise in the short term, General David Petraeus said on Wednesday.”

Andhra MLAs resign protesting Telangana creation decision [Times of India]
“Andhra Pradesh plunged into a fresh political crisis on Thursday with 60 MLAs…resigning in protest against the Centre’s decision to carve out a separate Telangana state.”

Africa
Mugabe backers raped opponents in election – report
[Reuters]
“AIDS-Free World said the 64-page report — entitled “Electing to Rape” — is based on interviews with 72 survivors and witnesses, and documents 380 rapes committed by 241 perpetrators across Zimbabwe’s 10 provinces.”

Americas
Fate of Ex-Honduran Leader Is in Doubt
[NYT]
“A plan for the ousted Honduran president, Manuel Zelaya, to leave the country for Mexico ran aground late Wednesday when negotiations over his safe passage fell apart, the leader and the Mexican authorities said.”

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