Archive for May, 2010

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Daily International News 05.19.10

May 19, 2010

Daily International News
May 19, 2010

Northeast Asia
SKorea’s top diplomat: ‘Obvious’ NKorea sank ship
[AP] and S. Korea Briefs Diplomats on Torpedo Attack [NYT]
Japan backs S. Korea’s response to ship sinking, Hatoyama tells Lee
[Kyodo]
South Korea briefs China on ship sinking blamed on North
[Reuters]
Journalist says she confessed in N. Korean prison
[AP]
Geithner in PRC to Press China on Trade
[WSJ]
Report says 13 hurt in latest China knife attack
[AP]

Southeast/South Asia
Curfew in Bangkok after surrender of red-shirt leaders
[BBC]
Thai Riots Grow Despite Appeal for Calm
[NYT]
India Maoists kill four paramilitary troops
[BBC]
CIA chief briefs Pakistan on Times Square suspect
[AP]

Central Asia
Taliban attack biggest NATO base in Afghanistan
[AFP]
2 dead as ethnic clash breaks out in Kyrgyzstan
[AP]

Middle East
Iran rejects UN sanctions resolution draft
[AP]
Envoy begins new round of indirect Mideast talks
[AP]
Iran: Lawyer hopeful in case of detained Americans
[AP]

Africa
Kenya signs Nile Basin deal rejected by Egypt
[Reuters]
Somalia criticises US for putting pirate on trial
[BBC]
Darfur rebel chief detained in Chad: spokesman
[AFP]

Europe
Russian FM says US adoptions should be frozen
[AP]
Spain to raise taxes for wealthy, premier says
[AP]
Nick Clegg pledges biggest political reforms since 1832
[BBC]

Americas/Domestic
Joe Sestak defeats Arlen Specter, Rand Paul wins, Democrats claim victory in PA special election
[WaPo]
After 30 Years and Party Switch, Career Curtain for Specter
[NYT]
U.S. Inflation at 44-Year Low as Retail Prices Fall
[NYT]
Honduras drops World Court case against Brazil
[AP]
Obama, Felipe Calderon to talk immigration
[Politico]
From 05.18 Haiti leader vows to step down with ‘calm heart’ [AP]

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Daily International News 05.18.10

May 18, 2010

Daily International News
May 18, 2010

Japan/Koreas
Announcement possible as North Korea recalls parliament
[Reuters]
Poor weather halts Japan’s Venus mission
[BBC]

China
China welcomes Iran nuclear fuel swap deal
[Reuters]
Factbox: Ties binding China and Iran
[Reuters]
China to buy 7 Brazil transmission firms – reports
[Reuters]
1 dead, 5 wounded in latest China rampage attack
[AP]
Chinese tycoon jailed for graft
[AFP]
Zhang Ziyi stars as AIDS patient in new China film
[AP]

Thailand
Thai government dismisses talks to end deadly protests
[Reuters]
Thai govt says no peace talks unless protests end
[AP]

AfPak
Twelve killed by bicycle bomb in Pakistan
[Reuters]
Taliban suicide bomb hits NATO convoy, kills 18
[AP]

Middle East
Iran hopeful world powers will accept nuclear deal
[AP]
France frees man who killed Iran’s last premier
[AP]
Saudi forces rescue two German girls held in Yemen
[Reuters]

Africa
Malawi: Judge convicts gay couple
[AP]

UK
UK Parliament to meet for 1st time since election
[AP]
The battle of the Miliband brothers
[Guardian]
EU nations override UK on hedge fund rules
[AP]
Police crackdown on hate crime across London
[BBC]

Europe
Russian tycoon Khodorkovsky declares hunger strike
[AP]
Russian mine boss resigns after Putin rebuke
[Reuters]
Greece gets first 14.5 bln euros of EU rescue loans
[AFP]

Americas/Domestic
Review Cites Flaws in U.S. Antimissile Program
[NYT]
BP says more oil contained, U.S. to probe spill
[Reuters]
Two U.S. senators in jeopardy on big day of voting
[Reuters]
Microsoft Hotmail upgrade targets Gmail and Yahoo
[BBC]
Google set for probes on data harvesting
[FT]

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Daily International News 05.17.10

May 17, 2010

Daily International News
May 17, 2010

Japan/Korea
Reports: Hatoyama, Clinton to discuss US base
[AP]
U.S. nixes Japan’s proposed new Futemma base relocation site
[Kyodo]
Warning shots fired in Korean navy border skirmish
[BBC]
Shirts worn by Japan PM Yukio Hatoyama draw derision
[BBC]

China/HK
Hong Kong activists win back seats in by-election
[BBC]
U.S. urges China to keep an open technology policy
[Reuters]
Mission to free Chinese oil workers kidnapped in Yemen
[BBC]
Rio Tinto executives lose appeal in Chinese court
[BBC]
6 wounded, assailant killed, in new China rampage
[AP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Rogue Thailand general who backed protests dies
[BBC]
Filipino Muslim rebels open to talks with Aquino
[AP]

Central/South Asia
Maoist kill eight villagers in ‘revenge’ attack
[AFP]
Afghan religious leader killed
[Al-Jazeera]
Airplane with 43 on board crashes in Afghanistan
[Reuters]

Middle East
Mitchell to Return as Palestinians Get Ready for ‘Endgame’
[Bloomberg]
Iran to ship uranium to Turkey in nuclear deal
[AP]
Iraq PM suffers blow as Baghdad recount shows no change
[CNN]
Explosion at Turkish coal mine traps 32 workers
[AP]

Africa
Somali fighting kills 24, PM says government stays
[Reuters]

Europe
Labour minister Liam Byrne left note on desk: ‘There’s no money left’
[Times UK]
Russia’s Medvedev in Ukraine visit to boost ties
[BBC]
Killer of ex-Iranian PM could be freed in France
[AP]
Europe: 1,000 flights affected due to volcanic ash
[AP]
Flash floods force over 2,000 Hungarians to evacuate
[Reuters]

Americas/Domestic
Pakistani’s arrest in Chile ‘a misunderstanding,’ parents say
[CNN]
BP Reports Some Success in Capturing Leaking Oil
[NYT]
GOP filibuster unlikely on Kagan nomination
[AP]
In U.S. visit, Mexican president to discuss drug war, immigration
[WaPo]

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Daily International News 05.14.10

May 14, 2010

Daily International News
May 14, 2010

International
From 05.13 UN elects rights violators to Human Rights Council [AP]

Northeast Asia
China restores Xinjiang internet
[BBC]
Google CEO discusses China, mobile at meeting
[AP]
China’s Premier Discusses School Attacks for First Time
[NYT]
Nigeria, China sign $23 bln refinery deal
[AFP]
SKorea: Economy can withstand NKorea tensions
[AP]
Concerns over Zimbabwe’s ‘Noah’s Ark gift’ to N Korea
[BBC]

Southeast Asia
Thai Forces Move on Protesters as Tension Grows
[NYT] and Bangkok battle: Troops fire on rioting protesters [AP]
Indonesia ‘uncovers plot to kill president’
[BBC]

Central/South Asia
In India, Hitching Hopes on a Subway
[NYT]
Clashes in Kyrgyzstan kill 1, injure more than 60
[AP]

Middle East
Palestinian boy found dead in West Bank
[AP]
Russia to sell Syria warplanes, air defence systems
[Reuters] and…
Russia defends Medvedev-Hamas talks
[Al-Jazeera] and Israeli ‘disappointment’ over Russia-Hamas meeting [CNN]
Despite political uncertainties in Iraq, U.S. sticking with drawdown plan
[WaPo]
Diplomats: Iran expands enrichment facility
[AP]
Iranian cleric defends earthquake-promiscuity link
[AP]
New al-Qaida in Iraq chief vows blood-soaked days
[AP]

Africa
Four African countries sign new Nile treaty
[AFP]

Europe
Bomb explodes inside Greek courthouse, 1 wounded
[AP]
Euro plunges as growth worries mount
[FT]
French burqa ban could face legal challenge – advisory body
[Reuters]
In First Move, Cameron Is Neighborly to Europe
[NYT]
Hungary president names Viktor Orban next PM
[Reuters]

Americas/Domestic
3 Pakistanis arrested in Times Square bomb probe
[AP]
Chile police seek associates of embassy detainee
[AP]
Obama eyes ‘next steps’ in oil spill, BP sets new method
[AFP]
From 05.13 U.S. Said to Allow Drilling Without Needed Permits [NYT]
From 05.13 Mexican candidate killed in drug-plagued region [AP]

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Daily International News 05.12.10

May 12, 2010

Daily International News
May 12, 2010

Northeast Asia
NKorea claims to achieve elusive nuclear fusion
[AP]
China children ‘hacked to death’ in new school attack
[BBC]
China environmentalist released after prison term
[AP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Myanmar junta rejects international poll monitors
[AP]
From 05.11 Aung San Suu Kyi asks for her freedom [AP]
Philippines’ Arroyo picks chief justice as probe looms
[Reuters]
Thai ‘red shirts’ face midnight ultimatum
[FT]

Central Asia
Karzai Visits Washington, With Smiles All Around
[NYT]

Middle East
Israel FM: Iran, Syria, NKorea new ‘axis of evil’
[AP]
Israel says seized North Korean arms were for Hamas, Hezbollah
[Reuters]
Iraqi Deal to End De-Baathification
[NYT]
Yemen al Qaeda arm claims attack on UK ambassador
[Reuters]

Africa
Libyan jet with 104 crashes; child sole survivor
[AP]
Julius Malema of South Africa’s ANC in public apology
[BBC]
Somali pirates seize Greek ship
[BBC]

Europe
British PM Cameron names new ministers
[CNN]
Full Text of British Coalition Agreement
[NYT]
Russia, U.S. reach adoption accord
[AP]
Spain cuts civil service pay by 5%
[FT]
From 05.11 French parliament condemns full Islamic face veil [BBC]

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Daily International News 05.11.10

May 11, 2010

Daily International News
May 11, 2010

Northeast Asia
Hatoyama to revisit Okinawa around May 23 over U.S. base issue
[Kyodo]
North Korea World Cup viewing in doubt
[BBC]
Two N. Korean defectors to run in local elections
[Yonhap]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Myanmar’s Suu Kyi appeals sentence again
[Reuters]
Son of Corazon Aquino leading in Philippine presidential election
[LAT]
Protests to stay til Thai leaders report to police
[AP]

Central/South Asia
Missile barrage kills 14 in Pakistan tribal area
[AP]
Pakistan invites India for meeting on peace talks
[BBC]

Middle East (some N. Africa)
Iran sentences Newsweek journalist in absentia
[AP]
Russian, Syrian presidents hold talks in Damascus
[AP]
Disregarding peace talks, Israel announces more settlement construction
[McClatchy]
Israel sees no discord with U.S. on nuclear issue
[Reuters]
Ash affects flights in Morocco, Turkey, Spain
[AP]

Africa
EU: Somali pirates free cargo vessel after ransom
[AP]
Libya, EU see first partnership pact this year
[Reuters]

Europe
UK’s Nick Clegg faces agonizing coalition choice
[AP]
Momentum grows towards a Lib-Con deal – if Clegg can convince his party
[Times UK]
French parliament lays groundwork for veil ban
[AP]
Pope blames church’s own sins for sex scandal
[AP]

Americas/Domestic
Obama Seeks Karzai Assurances on Corruption Push, Taliban Plan
[Bloomberg]
Senate hearings prompting spill blame game
[AP]
From 05.10 Protesters blast Haiti president’s quake response [AP]
Immigration advocates woo McCain
[Politico]
From 05.10 Obama Said to Be Open to New Miranda Look [NYT]

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KCNA: Text of Hu Jintao’s Speech during KJI Visit to China

May 10, 2010

Speech Made by Hu Jintao at Banquet

Pyongyang, May 8 (KCNA) — Hu Jintao, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and president of the People’s Republic of China, made the following speech at a banquet:

“You, Comrade Kim Jong Il, general secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea and chairman of the National Defence Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, have visited China with the friendly feelings of the Korean party, government and people toward their Chinese counterparts in this beautiful spring season.

I, on behalf of the party, government and all the people of China, warmly welcome your visit to China.

It is my belief that your current visit to China would be recorded in the history of the development of the bilateral relations as an important occasion in boosting the traditional friendship.

Last year our two countries grandly celebrated the 60th anniversary of the establishment of China-DPRK diplomatic relations and held successful events to mark the “year of China-DPRK friendship,” the first of its kind in history, demonstrating the vibrant bilateral ties.

The six-decade-long history has proved that the bilateral relations can certainly make steady progress, weathering difficulties caused by the complicated international situation, if the two countries adhere to the correct orientation of the development of the bilateral relations in the spirit of “inheriting tradition, facing up to the future, building good neighborly friendship and strengthening cooperation”, help and cooperate with each other for mutual benefits and common prosperity from a broad perspective and in a far-sighted way, jointly push forward the socialist cause through an active exchange of views and close collaboration and pool efforts to defend interests common to the two countries and the two peoples.

The traditional China-DPRK friendship is a valuable asset of the two parties, the two countries and the two peoples and it is, therefore, our historic responsibility to advance the friendship with the passage of time and convey it down through generations.

The Chinese party and government have consistently defended and developed the relations of friendship and cooperation between the two countries on a strategic level, attaching utmost importance to them.

It is an unshakable policy of the party and government of China to steadily boost the bilateral friendship and cooperation.

They will exert joint efforts with their Korean counterparts to make a greater contribution to putting the relations between the two countries on a new, higher level, bringing bigger happiness to the two peoples and achieving a lasting peace and common prosperity in the region.

The diligent and resourceful Korean people are now working hard to greet the 65th anniversary of the WPK with fresh achievements.

We, as your friendly neighbor, dear comrade and true friend, sincerely hope that the DPRK would enjoy political stability, make economic growth and bring a happy life to its people.

I believe that the Korean people, under the resolute leadership of the WPK headed by you, would explore a road of development suited to the actual conditions of the country and certainly register fresh and greater achievements in their cause of building a great prosperous and powerful nation.”