Archive for March, 2010

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Daily International News 03.16.10

March 16, 2010

Daily International News
March 16, 2010

China
Chinese premier, British foreign secretary underline free trade
[Xinhua]
China criticizes US pressure over currency
[AP] and Senate bill threatens stiff new penalties on China [Reuters]
China without Google: ‘a lose-lose scenario’
[AP] and Foreign investment environment won’t be affected in China if Google quits: FM spokesman [Xinhua]
China shows no sign of budging on Iran sanctions
[AP] and China more concerned about Iran, wary on sanctions [Reuters]
Mystery of missing Chinese lawyer Gao Zhisheng deepens
[BBC]

Israel/Palestine
US envoy cancels Mideast trip, Israel feud deepens
[AP] and U.S. pushing Netanyahu to accept demands for peace talks [WaPo]
Netanyahu affirms settlement project that U.S. considers ‘affront’
[Miami Herald]
Hundreds of Palestinians riot in Jerusalem
[AFP]
Israeli FM reportedly boycotts Brazil’s President Lula
[BBC] and Mercosur/Israel free trade agreement becomes effective April [MercoPress]

(Other) Middle East
Iran Plans to Execute 6 Arrested in Protests
[NYT]
Eight dead, 11 wounded in Iraq bomb attacks
[Reuters]
Yemen says militants died in raid
[BBC]

Central/South Asia
U.S. Is Reining In Special Forces in Afghanistan
[NYT]
U.S. missile strike kills 10 militants in Pakistan
[Reuters]
Gunbattle erupts at Indian space centre in Bangalore
[Reuters]
Sri Lankan opposition leader faces court-martial
[AP]

SE Asia
Thai red-shirts splash blood in anti-government protest
[BBC]
CAPITAL CULTURE: Indonesia remembers young Obama
[AP]
Vietnam releases dissident priest Nguyen Van Ly
[BBC]

Africa
Somali pirates free North Korean chemical tanker
[AP]
Nigeria presidential vote set for Jan 22 or April 23
[Reuters]

Europe
European finance ministers agree Greece rescue plan
[BBC]
Irish Catholic leader won’t quit for abuse coverup
[AP]

[UK]
Six MPs’ expenses appeals are dismissed
[BBC]
Brussels berates Britain for disappointing Budget plan [Telegraph]
Kidnapped Oldham boy Sahil Saeed found safe in Pakistan
[BBC]
Glamour boy Beckham to miss World Cup after injury
[AP]

Americas
Aftershock hits off coast of Chile, no damage
[Reuters]
Chavez defends ETA suspects wanted in Spain
[AP]
FBI, DEA join probe of slayings near Mexican border
[WaPo]

Domestic
House may try to pass Senate health-care bill without voting on it
[WaPo]
US plans to give high-speed broadband to every American
[BBC]

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Daily International News 03.15.10

March 15, 2010

Daily International News
March 15, 2010

East Asia
China hits at currency ‘protectionism’
[FT] and Premier Wen says China will keep yuan “basically stable” [Xinhua]

AfPak
Contractors Tied to Effort to Track and Kill Militants
[NYT]
Rocket attack kills 1 at NATO base in Afghanistan
[AP]
Pakistan bombs ‘Taliban positions’
[Al Jazeera]

India
2 held for plot to attack BARC, ONGC terminals
[Times of India]

SE Asia
Protestors against the Thai governemnt take to the streets again
[Economist]

Middle East
Israeli prime minister calls settlement dispute with U.S. regrettable, hurtful
[WaPo] and Officials: US wants Israel to cancel building plan [AP]
Israelis nab senior Hamas leader
[CNN]
Allawi takes surprise Kirkuk lead
[Al Jazeera]
US military hands over prison to Iraqi government
[AP]
Yemen launches new airstrikes on al-Qaida hideout
[AP]

Europe
EU ready ‘to take unilateral sanctions against Iran’
[AFP]
Socialists triumph over Sarkozy’s party in regional elections
[France 24]
EU ministers map out Greek rescue plan
[DW]
Panic in Georgia After a Mock News Broadcast
[NYT]

Africa
Darfur rebel row jeopardises Sudan peace deal
[BBC]
Zimbabwe: Zuma Intervenes
[AllAfrica]
SAfrican youth leader convicted of hate speech

Americas
Two Drug Slayings in Mexico Rock U.S. Consulate
[NYT] and Narcos blamed for killings of 3 with US consul tie [AP]
Widespread power blackout hits Chile
[CNN]

Domestic
Dodd’s New Plan for Finance Rules Aims to Give More Muscle to Fed
[WSJ]

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Times of London: BNP still racist, membership list closed

March 12, 2010
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From Times Online
March 12, 2010

Revised BNP membership rules ‘still racist’

A BNP badge

Nico Hines

The British National Party faced a serious set back in its bid for legitimacy today when a judge ruled that its new membership rules were still likely to discriminate against non-white people.

The far-right party will be forced to close its membership list until it complies with race discrimination legislation.

BNP officials voted to abolish its whites-only policy at a heated meeting last month after the threat of a possible court injunction from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

But today at Central London County Court, Judge Paul Collins ruled that the party was still likely to discriminate on racial grounds.

“I hold that the BNP are likely to commit unlawful acts of discrimination within section 1b Race Relations Act 1976 in the terms on which they are prepared to admit persons to membership under the 12th addition of their constitution,” he said. “The membership list will have to be closed.”

Nick Griffin, the party leader, was confronted by a small group of protesters outside the court. They chanted “Nazi scum” as he entered the building.

Speaking before the ruling, Mr Griffin said: “The constitution was always legal.”

Last month, the group scrapped its whites only policy following the threat of a possible court injunction from the EHRC.

The BNP said it had a “waiting list” of black and Asian people. Millionaire Asian businessman Mo Chaudry said he would apply to join the party to “fight them from the inside”.

But he was told his application would be blocked. Speaking earlier, Mr Chaudry, 49, from Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, said: “I’m hoping the court will take a robust approach and question the real intent of the change in the constitution.

“They have no real intention of allowing people like me into the fold. It is just a camouflage to appease the system.”

Pakistan-born Mr Chaudry, who is worth £60 million, runs a string of businesses around Stoke-on-Trent, which has eight BNP members on the city council.

The decision to change the BNP constitution came after the far-right party held an extraordinary general meeting in Essex on February 14.

A reporter for The Times, Dominic Kennedy, was violently ejected from the meeting despite having been invited to attend.

Following the meeting, Mr Griffin said he soon expected to welcome the party’s first non-white member, Sikh Rajinder Singh.

Lawyers from the EHRC were considering the precise wording of the new rules to decide whether they believed the constitution was still discriminatory.

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Daily International News 03.12.10

March 12, 2010

Daily International News
March 12, 2010

Japan
Japanese Coast Guard Arrests Anti-Whaling Skipper
[NYT]

Koreas
Senior U.S. official handling N. Korea sanctions visits S. Korea
[Yonhap]

China
Britain says China won’t risk isolation over Iran
[Reuters]
China fires back at US human rights criticisms
[AP]
and China strikes back with report on U.S. human rights record [Xinhua]
Chinese minister insists Google obey the law
[AP] and China Tells Google To Go To Hell, Again [Business Insider]
China slams U.S. house speaker’s statement on Tibet
[Xinhua] – original Pelosi Statement

Israel
Israel seals off West Bank amid heightened tension
[AFP]

Israel moves to change law after Biden “mishap”
[AP]
2 Israeli soldiers indicted for Gaza war conduct
[AP]

(Other) Middle East
In Early Tally, Tight Iraq Race Deepens Splits
[NYT]
Iraqi PM starts laying groundwork for new govt
[AP]
New Jersey man suspect in Yemen rampage
[CNN]

Central/South/SE Asia
Suicide bombs kill 43, wound 100 in Pakistani city
[AP]
Thousands evacuated as flooding batters Kazakhstan
[AFP]
Thai protesters start bid to topple government
[Reuters]

Africa
Somali rebels attack in capital for third day
[Reuters]

Europe
Nicolas Sarkozy meeting UK party leaders
[BBC]

Americas
Three strong earthquakes strike Chile in quick succession
[CNN]
Mexico City hosts nation’s first gay marriages
[LAT]

Domestic
Obama delays Asia trip to deal with health care
[AP]

US State Department launches site to gather views on US foreign policy
[Guardian]
Obama Says He Backs New Push to Overhaul U.S. Immigration Laws
[Bloomberg]

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North Korean News Agency [KCNA] Reports on Dance Party

March 8, 2010

Something fun from KCNA, North Korea’s news agency:
Dancing Party Held in Hamhung

Pyongyang, March 6 (KCNA) — A dancing party of youth and students in Hamhung was held in Hamhung Square on Saturday in celebration of the completion of a modern vinalon factory.

Among the spectators were persons of labor innovators of organs related to the February 8 Vinalon Complex, officials of the party and power bodies and working people’s organizations in South Hamgyong Province.

In the dancing party started with song “Glory to General” the participants danced to the tune of such songs as “Lets’ Sing of General Dear to People”, “His Ideal”, “It Is a Great Auspicious Event of the Country”, “Let’s Drink a Toast” and “Arirang of Prosperity”.

They enthusiastically danced to the tune of “Appearing in the East and in the West, It’s the Anti-Japanese Guerilla Style” and other songs recollecting with deep emotion the great exploits of leader Kim Jong Il.

Presented on the ground of the square were large letters reading “CNC” representing the pride of Songun Korea which is making great innovations and leap forward on all the fronts of building a great prosperous and powerful nation. Then followed merry peasant dances spiced with national flavor which added to the festive atmosphere of the dancing party

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Daily International News 03.08.10

March 8, 2010

Daily International News
March 8, 2010

North Korea
NKorea says ready to ‘blow up’ SKorea, US
[AP]
N. Korea puts forces on combat alert as U.S., S. Korea begin drill
[Yonhap]

Japan
U.S. Reaches Out to Tokyo’s Real Power
[NYT]
Japan defends dolphin hunt in Oscar-winning ‘Cove’
[AP]

China
China cautions against expecting fast yuan rise
[Reuters]
FM rejects accusations of China’s “tough stance”, calls for objective views on China
[Xinhua]
Xinjiang official stresses fighting separatism, says 198 sentenced for deadly riot
[Xinhua]
Heavy security is the new normal in China’s Tibet
[AP]

SE Asia
Burma military passes key election laws
[BBC]

Iraq
In Iraq, a day of votes, violence
[WaPo]
Iraqi PM’s coalition seen leading vote
[AP]
Sunnis Go to Polls, This Time, to Retain a Voice
[NYT]

(Other) Middle East
Iran launches short-range cruise missile production line
[Tehran Times]
Strong earthquake slams eastern Turkey, kills 51
[AP]
Israel OKs new settlement work despite slowdown
[AP]
Biden in Israel after pledging U.S. support on Iran
[Reuters]
Palestinians: indirect talks last chance for peace
[AP]

Central/South Asia
Afghan leader to host peace conference in spring
[AP]
Gates meeting with military, political leaders
[AP]
Qaeda Operative Arrested in Pakistan
[NYT]

Europe
Iceland Voters Reject Repayment Plan
[NYT]
Civil servants in 48-hour redundancy pay strike
[BBC]
EU’s foreign policy chief seeks to spell out agenda
[Reuters]

Africa
Nigeria: Jos – Another Massacre
[AllAfrica]
Guinea sets June 27 presidential election date
[AP]
Dictator’s son declared winner in Togo election
[CNN]

Americas
US troops withdrawing en masse from Haiti
[AP]
Chileans didn’t get warning of arriving tsunami
[Miami Herald]
Ex-Honduran leader to pen book about 2009 coup
[AP]

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Daily International News 03.05.10

March 5, 2010

Daily International News
March 5, 2010

East Asia
Toyota chief holds morale-boosting meet in Japan
[AFP]
Chinese President calls for balanced, coordinated, sustainable development
[Xinhua]

SE Asia
Malaysian Catholics angered by Muslim Communion act
[BBC]
8 jailed for plot to kill Fiji’s prime minister
[AP]

AfPak
Suicide bomber kills at least 10 in Hangu
[Dawn]

Middle East
Turkey recalls ambassador after US resolution on ‘Armenian genocide’
[CSM]
Israel, Palestinians set for indirect talks
[Reuters]

Africa
Chad prime minister resigns: statement
[Reuters]
Rwanda – Kigali hit by twin grenade attacks
[BBC]
Fugitive Rwandan general tracked to South Africa
[AP]
Rwanda grenade attack wounds 16 in capital
[AP]
Togo opposition claims ‘irregularities’ in poll
[AP]

Europe
Iraq invasion was right decision for right reasons, says Brown
[Guardian]
Dutch anti-Islam politician creates stir in UK
[AP]
Russia and Ukraine pledge to mend relations
[BBC]
Iceland’s Prospects Hinge on Vote
[WSJ]

Americas
Clinton pushes Honduras recognition
[AP]
UN envoy: Haiti should hold presidential election
[AP]

Domestic
U.S. criticized on Iran sanctions
[WaPo]
Shooter of Two Pentagon Police Officers Dies
[NYT]
Obama advisers set to recommend military tribunals for alleged 9/11 plotters
[WaPo]
Senators: Lift ban on gays donating blood
[Salon]