Daily International News 12.29.09

December 29, 2009

Daily International News

North Korea Detains U.S. Activist
[WSJ] – see KCNA article below

U.S. concerned about new Japanese premier Hatoyama
Standoff over US base closure sours US-Japan ties
Japan mulls selling India nuke power tech
[China Daily]

China Executes Briton Despite Appeals for Mercy

Xinjiang back online, restrictions remain [China Daily]
China Finds $35 Billion in Fraud by Officials

U.S. missile shield holding up nuclear deal – Putin
Vladimir Putin attacks US missile defence

Attack Puts Afghan Leader and NATO at Odds

South/Southeast Asia
Thailand begins to return 4,000 Hmong asylum-seekers to Laos
Bangladesh to send home thousands of Burmese refugees

Iran Lashes Out at West Over Protests
[NYT] and Iran’s Ahmadinejad says opposition rallies a “masquerade” [Reuters]
Iran limits movements of an opposition leader
Sister of Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi ‘arrested in Iran’
WSJ Oped: The Tipping Point in Iran

Egypt FM: Netanyahu is serious about renewing peace talks
Israeli warplanes fly over Lebanon
Israeli police arrest nuclear whistleblower Vanunu

Yemen terror camps attract ‘stream of Britons’
Western counter-terrorism help ‘not enough for Yemen’

Suspect package triggers bomb scare at Milan airport
Woman found dead in Vienna diplomat’s residence

Three Saudi tourists killed in Niger attack – officials
Somali Pirates Seize a Tanker and a Cargo Ship

Health Lobby Takes Fight to the States
A Phrase Sets Off Sniping After a Crisis
[NYT] and Detroit scare sparks full-body scanners debate [Reuters]

Republican senator DeMint holds up nomination for TSA chief [WaPo]


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