Archive for June, 2010

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Daily International News 06.29.10

June 29, 2010

Daily International News
June 29, 2010

Koreas
N. Korea warns of attack ahead of S. Korea-U.S. naval drill
[Yonhap]
North Korean leader’s son Kim Jong-un ‘in parliament’
[BBC]
NKorea: G-8 ‘evil’ for criticism over ship sinking
[AP]
China fends off Obama pressure over North Korea
[Reuters]
Seoul says UNSC measure similar to G-8 statement on North Korea would be acceptable
[Yonhap]

China/Taiwan
China to conduct live-fire sea drill this week
[AP] and China denies military exercise aimed at U.S. [Reuters]
Google in ‘new approach’ on China
[BBC]
Taiwan and China sign landmark trade agreement
[BBC]
Foxconn plans China plant amid suicide scrutiny
[AP]

SE/Central Asia
Indonesia militant jailed over Jakarta bomb attacks
[BBC]
Afghan Aid on Hold as Corruption Is Probed
[WSJ]
Top U.S. general plays down Afghan expectations
[Reuters]
Kyrgyzstan faces tricky political future
[AP]

Middle East
Iran sets conditions for nuclear talks
[LAT] and Iran says nuclear talks to resume with Brazil and Turkey [Reuters]
No Palestinian state before 2012 – Israeli minister
[Reuters]
Palestinian boycott of Israeli settlement goods starts to bite
[Guardian]
8 killed in Iraq attacks, including army general
[AP]

Africa
Sudan to close border with Libya due to Darfur rebels
[BBC]
Kenyan prime minister has fluids drained from head
[AP]
Madagascar postpones referendum on constitution
[Reuters]

Europe
Russia says U.S. spy accusations baseless and improper
[Reuters]
Ex-spy: May be 50 undercover Russian couples in US
[AP]
Strikes hit Greece and Spain as ECB deadline looms
[Reuters]
Berlusconi attacker found unfit for trial
[AP]

Domestic/Americas
Kagan says she would take a ‘modest’ approach on Supreme Court
[WaPo]
Death of Byrd Complicates Democrats’ Strategy
[NYT]
Fitch lifts Brazil’s credit rating to investment-grade; further ‘improvement’ needed
[MercoPress]
Killing Escalates Mexico Drug War
[WSJ]

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Daily International News 06.28.10

June 28, 2010

Daily International News
June 28, 2010

@ G20
At Summit, Banks Avoid New Global Regulations
[NYT]
President Obama urges G-20 nations to spend; they pledge to halve deficits
[WaPo]
Police arrest more than 600 at Toronto summit
[AP]
Op-ed: The Third Depression
[NYT]

Koreas
North Korea threatens ‘new’ nuclear deterrent
[BBC]
From 06.26 North Korea to hold rare party meet ‘to elect leaders’ [BBC]

China/Taiwan
West worries China may undermine Iran sanctions efforts
[LAT]
Trade Deal Draws Taiwan Closer Into China’s Embrace
[Bloomberg]
Barack Obama invites China’s Hu Jintao for state visit
[BBC]
Prime Minister David Cameron plans China visit
[BBC]
Obama Tells Hu U.S. Welcomes China’s Move on Currency
[Bloomberg]
China yuan rate pegged at five-year high
[BBC]
Tibetan cultural figures ‘detained after protests’
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
OSCE observers back Kyrgyzstan referendum
[BBC]
Pakistan’s Plan on Afghan Peace Leaves U.S. Wary
[NYT]

Middle East
Iran postpones any nuclear talks until late August
[AP]
Turkey bars Israel military flight after Gaza raid
[BBC]
Israeli flotilla inquiry to question premier
[AP]
Outside powers hope for continuity in Egypt
[Reuters]
UN summer camp in Gaza vandalized
[AP]

Africa
Burundi votes with Pierre Nkurunziza the only candidate
[BBC]
Somaliland election observer killed; ballots being counted
[CNN]

Europe/UK
Britain to announce interim cap on non-EU migrants
[DW]
New Czech Prime Minister Is Named
[NYT]
BP oil spill: Barack Obama and David Cameron agree BP must not collapse
[Telegraph]
Manuel Noriega goes on trial in Paris
[Guardian]
Belgium church panel on sex abuse shuts after raid
[AP]

Domestic/Americas
Elena Kagan’s confirmation hearing to start Monday
[LAT]
Robert Byrd, Respected Voice of the Senate, Dies at 92
[NYT]
Justices Say Gun Rights Apply Locally
[NYT]
OPEC: US should reconsider offshore drilling ban
[AP]
Haiti’s president picks date for elections
[Miami Herald]

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Daily Interntional News 06.23.10

June 23, 2010

Daily International News
June 23, 2010

International
G8, G20: A View of Canada’s Summits
[CFR]

Koreas/Japan
SKorea, Japan activists fly leaflets toward NKorea
[AP]
SKorea seeks jail for NKoreans in defector plot
[AP]
Nations fail to agree on curbing Japan whale hunt
[AP]
Japan PM apologises for US bases in Okinawa
[BBC]
Japan to announce date of upper house election on Thursday
[Kyodo]
Japan Finance Minister: China at ‘Start Line’ on Yuan Reform
[WSJ]

China
Honda again halts China production due to strike
[AP]
China gives 257 military trucks to Cambodia
[AP]
Nearly 200 dead in China flooding, government says
[CNN]

SE Asia/Pacific
US jails Cambodia coup plotter Chhun Yasith for life
[BBC]
Australia’s Rudd calls leadership vote
[AP]
Myanmar: No chanting to drum up political support
[AP]

Central/South Asia
OSCE calls for international police force in Kyrgyz south
[Reuters]
Pakistani PM ignores US warning on Iran gas deal
[AP]
Australia may start Afghanistan pullout in 2 years
[AP]
Bulgaria to send more troops to Afghanistan
[AP]

Middle East
Iraqi PM accepts electricity minister’s resignation
[AFP]
Israel launches Ofek 9 spy satellite
[BBC]

Africa
Zimbabwe PM fires 4 ministers after reviews
[AP]
Zimbabwe: State Threatens to Pull Out of Kimberley Process
[AllAfrica]
Two German aid workers kidnapped in Darfur: UN
[AFP]
World Cup 2010: South Africa proud of team – Parreira
[BBC]

Europe/UK
Britain Unveils Emergency Budget
[NYT]
Russia tightens grip on Belarus gas in debt row
[DW]
Manet self-portrait sold for record $33M in London
[AP]

Domestic
McChrystal’s Fate in Limbo as He Prepares to Meet Obama
[NYT]
White House asks for possible McChrystal replacements
[CNN]
Afghan leaders warn against firing Gen. McChrystal
[AP]
Op-ed: Why McChrystal Has to Go [WSJ]
Op-ed: Judging McChrystal’s War [NYT]
Op-ed: The President and His General [NYT]
Op-ed: Gen. McChrystal’s fireable offense [WaPo]
Obama requests $600 million for border security
[LAT]
Haley wins GOP gubernatorial nomination in S.C.
[USA Today]
BP puts Bob Dudley in key Gulf clean-up role
[AP]
Obama seeks new drill ban as oil still spews
[Reuters]
US World Cup fate set to be determined
[AP]

Americas
Alleged drug lord “Dudus” Coke captured in Jamaica
[Reuters]
Coca cultivation falls in Colombia, rises in Peru
[CNN]

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Daily International News 06.22.10

June 22, 2010

Daily International News
June 22, 2010

Northeast Asia
US-Japan security pact turns 50, faces new strains
[AP]
U.S. in consultations with China on N. Korea: U.S. ambassador in China
[Yonhap]
China says “concerned” about South Korea-U.S. drill
[Reuters]
China seriously concerned over U.S. aircraft carrier reports: FM spokesman [Xinhua]
China’s more flexible yuan edges down vs. dollar
[AP]
China says it has cracked ‘major’ terrorist ring
[AP]
Joint military drill could come this month
[JoongAng IB]
UN action on Cheonan faces delay
[JoongAng IB]

South/Central Asia
Pakistan PM reverses stance on U.S. sanctions on Iran
[Reuters]
Pakistan arrests ‘German militant’ disguised in a burka
[BBC]
Refugees return to shattered Kyrgyz city as vote looms
[Reuters]
U.S. Said to Fund Afghan Warlords to Protect Convoys
[NYT]
NATO, Afghan forces capture senior Taliban figure
[AP]

SE Asia/Pacific
Security tight in Bangkok for general’s funeral
[BBC]
Australia restores race discrimination act
[BBC]

Middle East
Defense chief criticizes Jerusalem demolition plan
[AP]
Three dead in Iraq unrest
[AFP]
Four killed in Istanbul bus bomb attack
[DW]

Africa
Diamond Find Could Aid Zimbabwe, and Mugabe
[NYT]

Europe/UK
G20 leaders (mainly US and Europe) seem divided stimuli timing withdrawal
[MercoPress]
UK makes sharpest cuts in decades in new budget
[AP]
Oil execs in London slam Obama’s drilling ban
[AP]
Medvedev to tour Silicon Valley, seek investors
[AP]
Belarus cuts Russia gas transit
[Reuters]
Cyprus probes weapons on Sudan-bound ship
[Reuters]
Komorowski: pullout from Afghanistan in 2012
[AP]

Domestic
Rahm Emanuel expected to quit White House
[Telegraph]
Peter Orszag to bail next month; likely successors are inside
[Politico]
Wikileaks makes contact with US government
[BBC]
Gen. Stanley McChrystal coming to Washington to explain anti-administration comments
[WaPo] and White House summons top U.S. Afghanistan general [Reuters]
Dodd, Berman Reach Agreement on Iran Gasoline, Bank Sanctions
[Bloomberg]
Times Square car bomber details his chilling plot
[AP]
Obama uses powers to expand federal rights, benefits for gays and lesbians
[WaPo]
BP boss retreats from spill as shares hit 13-year low
[Reuters]
US Senate report says Haiti rebuilding has stalled
[AP]

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Daily International News 06.21.10

June 21, 2010

Daily International News
June 21, 2010

Northeast Asia
Abnormal radiation detected near Korean border
[AP]
Portugal beats North Korea in 7-0 rout
[AP]
Japan PM eyes sales tax hike, voters divided
[Reuters]
AP Exclusive: Uighurs flee China after riots
[AP]
China unshackles yuan ahead of G20
[Reuters]
Pragmatism Drove Beijing’s Decision to Drop Peg
[WSJ]

South/Central Asia
Witnesses say Kyrgyz police attack Uzbeks, kill 2
[AP]
India May Increase Compensation to Victims of 1984 Union Carbide Gas Leak
[Bloomberg]
Gates Urges More Afghan Funding
[WSJ]

Middle East
Jerusalem revives plan to raze Palestinian homes
[AP]
Lebanon permits Gaza-bound ship to sail to Cyprus
[AP]
Iran bans 2 IAEA inspectors from entering Iran
[WaPo]
Car Bombs Hit Crowds Outside Bank in Baghdad
[NYT]
Fury over Iraq power rationing spreads in harsh heat
[AFP]

Afirca
Nigeria’s Jonathan Is Not Ready to Declare Candidacy
[Bloomberg]
S.Africa union says hopes to reach deal with Eskom
[Reuters]
Lawyers: Murder of Congolese PM was war crime
[AP]
Zimbabwe diamonds ‘bloodstained’: HRW
[AFP]

Europe
Russia cuts Belarus gas supplies over debt
[BBC]
Late Polish president’s twin heads to runoff vote
[AP]

Americas/Domestic
Obama and Netanyahu to Meet July 6
[Reuters]
Medvedev’s U.S. Trip Aids Push to Reset Economic Ties
[Bloomberg]
Record number of Indian-Americans seeking office
[AP]
Kagan Hearing Gives Nominee Chance to Make Good on Candor View
[Bloomberg]
BP Gulf spill costs hit $2 billion, no end yet
[AP]
Lapses Found in Oversight of Failsafe Device on Oil Rig
[NYT]
Santos declares victory in Colombian presidential runoff
[CNN]
Mexican officials: Mayor of Guadalupe killed by gunmen
[CNN]

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Daily International News 06.18.10

June 18, 2010

Daily International News
June 18, 2010

Korea(s)
U.S. envoy calls for strong message to North Korea on ship
[Reuters]
N. Korean footballers suspected missing accounted for: FIFA official
[Yonhap]
SKorea’s new army chief vows to beef up readiness
[AP]
S.Korea, India agree to launch nuclear energy talks
[AFP]
South Korea military alert over children’s balloons
[BBC]

Japan/China/TW
Future of commercial whaling ban rests with Japan
[AP]
Taiwan court extends detention for ex-leader
[Xinhua]
China says yuan exchange rate not up for discussion at G-20
[MarketWatch]
Study Criticizes Swine-Flu Follow-Up
[NYT]
NZ lawmaker claims Chinese security attacked him
[AP]

SE/Central Asia
Flooding, landslides kill nearly 60 in Myanmar
[AP]
Sri Lanka president condemns critics in victory pageant
[BBC]
U.S. envoy urges probe into Kyrgyz killings
[Reuters]
Interim leader: Up to 2,000 dead in Kyrgyz clashes
[AP]
Refugees Begin Returning to Kyrgyzstan
[NYT]

Middle East
Iran calls U.N. sanctions “illegal and invalid”
[Reuters]
U.S., Europe target Iran investment, trade
[WaPo]
Turkey: May air raid killed 100 Kurdish rebels
[AP]
Hamas, PA demand complete halt to closure
[JPost]
Sunni fighter’s killing is latest in attacks on former al-Qaeda insurgents
[WaPo]
Iraqi interpreter for U.S. shot dead by son and nephew [Reuters]

Africa
Ethiopia supreme court rejects election appeal
[AFP]
Somali pirates get 5 years in prison
[CNN]
Court Grants Bail and Frees American Lawyer in Rwanda
[NYT]
UN: Zimbabweans top asylum seekers worldwide
[AP]
S.Africa union delays power strike threat
[Reuters]

Europe
President Sarkozy: Britain helped save our honour
[Times UK]
IMF says Spain taking right steps towards stability
[BBC]
EU leaders back Estonia’s bid to adopt euro
[BusinessWeek]
Finnish PM quits, makes way for party’s new leader
[AP]

Domestic
U.S. may strip-search Guantanamo suspect – judge
[Reuters]
Secretary Clinton says DOJ will Challenge Arizona Immigration Law
[ABC]
Democrats lack consensus on climate bill
[Politico]
Loopholes Grow in Bill to Offset Ruling on Campaigns
[NYT]
BP’s U.S. Future Teeters After CEO, Lawmakers Clash
[Bloomberg]
Texas Congressman’s Apology to BP Is Denounced by His Own Party
[Bloomberg]
Pew: Muslims, Americans down on Obama’s foreign policy
[FP]
Utah firing squad executes convicted killer
[Reuters]
For the Lakers, victory has never been harder — or sweeter
[LAT]

Americas
Vigil for dozens trapped in Colombian coal mine
[AP]
Brazil suspends retaliation in U.S. cotton row
[Reuters]

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Daily International News 06.16.10

June 16, 2010

Daily International News
June 16, 2010

Northeast Asia
UN warship hearing angers N Korea
[BBC]
North Korea rejects torpedo findings, threatens war
[CNN]
Obama upholds US sanctions on NKorea
[AFP]
Diet closed as Kan rejects opposition calls, election set on July 11
[Kyodo]
Expert sees need for more China-U.S. communication channels
[Xinhua]

South/Southeast Asia
Indonesia is struck by three powerful earthquakes
[BBC]
$300 mln to cope with Agent Orange in Vietnam
[AP]
Pakistan: US bin Laden hunter on mission from God
[AP]

Central Asia
After 4 days, violence subsides in Kyrgyzstan, but ethnic resentments linger
[WaPo]
Stand-off at Kyrgyz oil depot held by ethnic Uzbeks
[BBC]
Kyrgyz army tries to get control in riot-hit south
[AP]
China flies 960 nationals home from Kyrgyzstan; evacuation continues
[Xinhua]
Taliban Kill Official Vital to U.S. Plans
[WSJ]

Middle East
Iran says to set terms for any new nuclear talks
[Reuters]
Iran plans more powerful nuclear research reactor
[AP]
EU to introduce new Iran sanctions
[Guardian]
Israeli ministers to vote on easing Gaza blockade
[AP]
Suspected Hezbollah financier arrested in Paraguay
[AFP]
Attacks threaten unusual Turkish outreach to Kurds
[AP]

Africa
2 Sudan war crimes suspects surrender
[AP]
Somali Insurgents Detain Soccer Fans
[NYT]
South Africa may pay penalty for World Cup labour action
[Reuters]

Europe
French raise retirement age to 62
[BBC]
Poll: 86 pct dissatisfied with German government
[AP]
Ireland’s premier survives confidence vote 82-77
[AP]
Tragedy sets tone in race for new Polish president
[AP]
Mladic’s family petitions court to declare him dead
[Reuters]

Domestic
In Oval Office Speech, Obama Calls for New Focus on Energy Policy
[NYT]
Estimates of Oil Flow Jump Higher
[NYT]
Op-ed: Obama vs. BP (and You) [WSJ]

Americas
Calderon asks for Mexicans’ support as toll rises
[AP]
Owner of anti-Chavez TV channel flees Venezuela
[AP]
Vatican foreign minister in Cuba amid high hopes
[AP]