Archive for February, 2010

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Daily International News 02.26.10

February 26, 2010

From this morning, but didn’t have time to post it!

Daily International News
February 26, 2010

Asia
Four South Koreans detained in North Korea
[BBC]
Myanmar court rejects Suu Kyi’s appeal for release
[AP]
Thai court orders assets seized from ex-PM Thaksin
[AP]

AfPak/India
Deadly suicide blasts rock Kabul
[Al-Jazeera] and Deadly Attacks in Kabul Strike at Foreigners in Guesthouses [NYT]
Dialogue the only way forward: Salman Bashir
[Dawn]

Middle East
Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan in ‘coup plot’ warning
[BBC]
Iraq to reinstate 20,000 Saddam-era army officers
[AP]
Iraqi journalist sees threats to press freedom
[WaPo]
EU court strikes blow against Israeli settlers
[EU Observer]
Gadhafi Calls for Jihad Against Switzerland
[WSJ]

North Africa
Egypt’s Mohamed ElBaradei creates National Front for Change
[LAT]

Europe
German parliament backs Afghan troop increase
[AP]
Goldman role in Greek crisis probed
[FT]
Iceland delegation walks out on £2.3bn Icesave debt repayment talks
[Guardian]

Americas
Ousted Honduran leader calls charges persecution
[AP]
Venezuelan official disputes report on human rights abuses
[CNN]
Mexican Drug Kingpin Sentenced to 25 Years in Secret Hearing
[NYT]

Environment
Huge iceberg breaks off Antarctica
[BBC]

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Daily International News 02.25.10

February 25, 2010

Daily International News
February 25, 2010

China
China asks U.S. to avoid further damaging bilateral ties, refutes military link with hacking
[Xinhua]
China urges Japan-U.S. military co-op not to target third party
[Xinhua]
China, DPRK sign agreement on building border bridge
[Xinhua]

Central/South Asia
India, Pakistan hold first talks in 15 months
[AP]
Afghan government claims Taliban stronghold
[AP]
Pakistan to hand over Taliban No 2
[Reuters]

Southeast Asia
Lawyer for Myanmar’s Suu Kyi optimistic on release
[AP]
Growing fury at Dubai killing reaches Australia
[Reuters]
Detained ex-army chief to contest Sri Lanka vote
[AP]

Middle East
Turkey’s Gul seeks to calm military ‘coup plot’ fears
[BBC]
Sunni Leader Decides to Take Part in Iraq Election
[WSJ]
Leaders of Iran, Syria stand united against U.S. influence
[CNN]

Europe
Yanukovich pledges to fight Ukraine’s woes
[Reuters]
EU Backs Membership Talks With Iceland
[WSJ]
French president in Rwanda in 1st visit in 25 yrs
[AP]

Africa
Darfur rebels say attacked by army, war not over
[Reuters]
President Returns to Nigeria, but Not to Work
[NYT]

Americas
Stronger Fidel Castro meets with Brazil president
[AP]
Venezuela violates human rights, OAS commission reports
[CNN]

Domestic
Preparing for Health Debate, and Its TV Audience
[NYT]

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Daily International News 02.23.10

February 23, 2010

Daily International News
February 23, 2010

NKorea
US, SKorea envoys visit China amid NKorea hopes
[AP]
South Africa says intercepted N.Korea arms shipment
[Reuters]
China stresses friendly ties with DPRK as its “consistent policy”
[Xinhua]
China supports U.S.- DPRK contact: spokesman
[Xinhua]
N.K. leader anxious over pending state matters: Seoul spy chief
[Yonhap]

China
China tightens internet controls
[BBC]
From 02.22 Chinese vocational school bored of NYT Google hacking reports [Xinhua]
China urges U.S.to work for improvement of relations
[Xinhua]
Q+A-Where does China stand on Iran sanctions?
[Reuters]

Iran
Iran says any fuel swap must be on its territory
[Reuters] and APNewsBreak: Iran nuclear offer falls short [AP]
Iran captures Sunni militant group leader
[AP]

Iraq
U.S. plans for possible delay in Iraq withdrawal
[WaPo]

Other Middle East
More British, Irish passports used in Dubai killing
[Reuters]
Egypt police kill migrant at Israel border
[Reuters]
From 02.22 Al Qaeda video rails against Turkey [CNN]

AfPak
U.S. Afghan death toll hits 1,000 as blast kills 7 civilians
[Reuters]
NATO commander makes televised apology to Afghans
[AP]
Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Kabir ‘seized in Pakistan’
[BBC]

Europe
Denmark’s prime minister shuffles government
[AP]
Minister Phil Woolas launches personal attack on Christine Pratt
[Times UK]
Republican terrorists blamed for detonating car bomb near border
[Times UK]
Clinton Calls for Closer NATO-Russian Cooperation
[Bloomberg]

Americas
Falklands: full support for Argentina from Latinamerican and Caribbean leaders
[MercoPress]
From 02.22 Homeless Haitians: aid halted to force them out [AP]

Domestic
Job Bill Clears Hurdle in U.S. Senate With Republican Support
[Bloomberg]
Obama Health Plan May Provide Roadmap for Passage by Democrats
[Bloomberg]
Toyota Probe Fueled by Politics as Well as Safety, Critics Say
[Bloomberg] and Lawmakers’ Ties to Toyota Questioned at Start of Inquiries [NYT]

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Daily International News 02.22.10

February 22, 2010

Daily International News
February 22, 2010

UPDATE: US SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR NORTH KOREA POLICY AND US SPECIAL ENVOY FOR SIX PARTY TALKS SUNG KIM WILL DEPART FOR BEIJING, SEOUL, AND TOKYO TOMORROW TO MEET WITH COUNTERPARTS IN THE SIX-PARTY PROCESS. There are no plans for them to meet with North Korean interlocutors at this time.

DPRK
North Korea seeks military talks with rival South
[Reuters]

China/Taiwan
US experts close in on Google hackers
[FT]
Chinese netizens make fun of NYT Google hacking report
[Xinhua]
China PLA officer urges new Internet control agency
[Reuters]

Pentagon paints grim picture of Taiwan air defense [AP]
China throws birthday bash for Zimbabwe’s Mugabe
[Reuters]

Afghanistan
NATO Airstrike Is Said to Have Killed Afghan Civilians
[NYT]
Dutch Courage: Now is a time for Nato to show more commitment to Afghanistan, not less
[Times of London]

Middle East/N. Africa
Former Top Generals Detained in Turkish Coup Inquiry
[NYT]
Iran to Build More Enrichment Plants
[NYT]
Israel drones ‘could target Iran’
[Al-Jazeera]
Ex-UN nuclear chief: Egypt must change
[AP]

Africa
Ugandan rebels kidnap 40 in Centr.Africa
[AFP]

Europe
Gordon Brown’s Allies Reject Bullying Charges
[NYT]
Floods, Mudslides in Madeira Leave 42 Dead
[WSJ]

Americas
Latin nations seek unity in regional summit
[CNN]
Drilling for oil set to start off the Falkland Islands
[BBC]
Venezuela’s ranchers warn against arming peasants
[AP]

Domestic
Toyota heads to Capitol Hill with team of lobbyists, history of political giving
[WaPo]

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Daily International News 12.17.10

February 17, 2010

Daily International News
February 17, 2010

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North Korea
N. Korean leader’s only sister seen to have growing power
[Yonhap]
N. Korean nuclear talks to resume soon: Seoul minister
[Yonhap]

Japan
Japan’s Iran Moment
[NYT]
Japan Surpasses China as Largest Holder of US Debt
[FT]

China/HK/TW
U.S. carrier arrives in Hong Kong amid China tensions
[Reuters]
Hu urges developing west side of Taiwan Straits
[Xinhua]

South/Southeast Asia
Pakistani army confirms arrest of Taliban commander
[Reuters]
Impasse feared in Philippine talks with rebels
[AP]
Opposition Leader Fonseka Arrested in Sri Lanka
[Dawn]

Middle East
Russia urges Iran to actively cooperate with the IAEA
[Al Jazeera]
US envoy William Burns in Syria visit
[BBC]
General Says 2 Iraq Politicians Have Ties to Iran
[NYT]
Clinton Says Iran Army Warning Was Message to Nation’s Leaders
[Bloomberg] and Iran leader accuses U.S. of “war-mongering” [Reuters]

Europe
EU deplores Libya visa ban for Europeans
[BBC]
Court suspends Ukraine result on PM’s challenge
[CNN]
Finns propose ban on handguns after shootings
[AP]

Africa
Somalia: TFG State Minister Escapes Big Blasts
[AllAfrica]

Americas
Argentina Intensifies Row With U.K. Over Falkland Islands
[WSJ]
Honduran leader keeps military chief behind coup
[AP]
French President Sarkozy arrives in Haiti
[AP]

Domestic
As the world watches, Dalai Lama will meet with Obama at the White House
[WaPo]
Obama Administration Marks Anniversary of Stimulus Legislation
[Bloomberg]
Nuclear Industry Gets Lift, No ‘Renaissance’ From U.S. Loan Aid
[Bloomberg]

Global
Toyota considers Corolla recall over steering problems
[BBC]
BP Leaves: Defections Shake Up Climate Coalition
[WSJ]

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Daily International News 12.16.10

February 16, 2010

Happy Birthday, Kim Jong-Il! News below.

Daily International News
February 16, 2010

Asia
Questions about health as NKorean leader turns 68
[AP]
Myanmar sentences 4 activists as UN envoy visits
[AP]
Sri Lanka’s opposition appeals defeat in court
[AP]

Middle East
3 world powers criticize Iranian enrichment
[AP]
Iran says will respond to any new sanctions
[Reuters]
Israeli PM pushes for Iran sanctions in Russia meet
[CNN]
Netanyahu to Hamas: Israel’s offer for Shalit is final
[Haaretz]

Europe
Spain to accept five Guantanamo detainees
[WaPo]

Africa
The Gambia expels Unicef chief Min Whee-Kang
[BBC]
EU extends Zimbabwe sanctions for another year
[Reuters]

Americas
Haiti president: 3 years needed to move rubble [AP]
Injured Haitian earthquake survivors’ fate is unclear after treatment in the U.S.
[WaPo]

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Daily International News 02.12.10

February 12, 2010

Please excuse the short hiatus – this is the first day I’ve made it into the office this week due to Snoverkill. Enjoy the news below!

Daily International News
February 12, 2010
North Korea
Report: NKorea’s top nuclear envoy to visit US
[AP]
U.N. chief sends personal message to N. Korean leader: state media
[Yonhap]
North Korea not eager to return to talks – U.N. envoy
[Reuters]

China
China urges U.S. to immediately withdraw decision on Obama-Dalai Lama meeting
[Xinhua]
China orders banks to raise reserve ratios
[FT]
Tokyo to receive 2 pandas from China next year
[AP]

South Asia
Pakistan, India to hold talks on Feb. 25
[Reuters]

Middle East
Palestinians support Abbas aide in sex scandal
[AP]
Yemen announces cease-fire with rebels
[CNN]
Ahmadinejad makes nuclear claims, stifles protests on revolution’s anniversary
[WaPo]

Europe
Brown’s tears might signal emotive UK election
[AP]
EU welcomes Ukraine’s Yanukovich
[Reuters]
Ingushetia operation against militants ‘kills 20’
[BBC]

Africa
Ex-Rwandan officer gets 15 years for inciting genocide
[AFP]

Americas
No decision yet on bail for detained Americans in Haiti
[CNN]
Clinton arrives home after heart procedure
[Reuters]
President Obama in nominee showdown
[Politico]
Patrick Kennedy Decides He Won’t Seek Re-Election to U.S. House
[Bloomberg]
Sealing Shift, Chávez Gives Contracts to Western Oil Companies
[NYT]