Archive for August, 2010

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Daily International News 08.31.10

August 31, 2010

Daily International News
August 31, 2010

Northeast Asia
Korea-related
Japan says too early to resume Korea nuclear talks
[AP]
Kim Jong Il, Amid U.S. Sanctions, Extols China’s Economic Gains
[Bloomberg]
South Korea offers North aid, China wants nuclear talks
[Reuters]
North Korean Pair Viewed as Key to Secret Arms Trade
[WSJ]
ANALYSIS-North Korea’s “family firm” sidles up to China
[Reuters]
The Korea discount: blame the businessmen
[FT]
Jang Song-thaek to get North’s No. 2 post: source
[JoongAng]
Reading Between the Lines of Kim’s Secret China Trip
[Chosun]
President Lee views N.K. leader’s China trip positively
[Yonhap]
Op-ed [Victor Cha]: Jimmy Carter’s N.Korea Mission Was a Success [Chosun]
ROK, US to hold joint naval drills in West Sea Sept. 5-9
[Korea Times]

China
China court ‘accepts first HIV job discrimination case’
[BBC]

Japan
Ichiro Ozawa confirms Japan leadership bid
[BBC]
Japanese stocks drop 3.5% on yen fears
[BBC]
Japan Airlines slashes workforce
[BBC]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Burma’s Than Shwe ‘remains senior general’
[BBC]
Australia’s Gillard rejects new vote, vows stability
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
India’s economy grew 8.8 percent in June quarter
[AP]
Petraeus: Afghan concern about Pakistan is legit
[AP]
Libdem coalition partner Clegg in surprise visit to Afghanistan
[Guardian]
Afghanistan bomb attacks kill twenty-one US soldiers in 48 hours
[Telegraph]

Middle East
Abbas, Barak held secret meeting in Jordan
[AFP]
Abbas seeks active US mediation in Mideast talks
[AP]
Netanyahu heads to U.S. for peace summit
[Reuters]
PM says Iraq wins independence as U.S. ends combat role
[Reuters]

Africa
South Sudan to end use of child soldiers
[BBC]
S.African gov’t ups wage offer to civil servants
[AP]
From 08.30 Gaddafi seeks EU funds to curb illegal migrants [FT]

Europe
Eurozone unemployment still at 10%
[BBC]
Dutch arrests may have been dry run, U.S. source says
[CNN]
WikiLeaks founder questioned by Swedish police
[AP]
Bjørn Lomborg: $100bn a year needed to fight climate change
[Guardian]
Greenpeace blocks Greenland drilling
[AP]

Americas/Domestic
Mexican Police Arrest Alleged Drug Kingpin
[NYT]
US investigates potential terrorist test run
[AP]
Op-ed: Obama speech on Iraq has risks [WaPo]
Why Gloom Looms Over Obama’s Iraq Address
[TIME]
Exclusive: Glenn Beck Launches “News And Opinion” Website, The Blaze
[Mediaite]
Clemens Pleads Not Guilty to Perjury, Obstructing Steroid Probe
[Bloomberg]

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Daily International News 08.30.10

August 30, 2010

Phew! After flying to Boston on a few hours notice to see former President Jimmy Carter return AmCit Mr. Gomes to his family, I’m back from the state of Massachusetts (and also New Hampshire and Maine along the way…) with your daily news brief!

Daily International News
August 30, 2010

International
UN climate body ‘needs reforms’, review recommends
[BBC]

Northeast Asia
North Korea
North Korea ‘hopes for early nuclear talks restart’
[BBC]
Pyongyang’s New Leader for the Old Guard
[WSJ]
N.Korea accuses S.Korea of blocking access to Twitter
[AFP]
Chinese state TV confirms visit by NKorea’s Kim
[AP]

China
China Fortifies State Businesses to Fuel Growth
[NYT]
Will Chinese Mining Venture Bring Wealth or Heartbreak to Afghanistan?
[Politics Daily]
China media: Police accidentally killed Tibetan
[AP]
Op-ed: China’s economic model isn’t the answer for the U.S. [WaPo]
Op-ed from 08.29: Brazil, India and China — not quite superpowers yet [WaPo]

Japan
Japan’s Ozawa may drop from ruling party race – report
[Reuters]
World stocks up after Bank of Japan eases policy
[AP]

Southeast Asia
Myanmar parties complain election fee too high
[AP]
From 08.29 Top brass in Burma resign to run in poll [Bangkok Post]
Indonesia volcano erupts again after long dormancy
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Afghan district chief killed in strike on compound
[AP]
India BlackBerry ban averted for 60 more days
[AP]
Flood spares historic town Thatta as waters recede
[DAWN]

Middle East
What can Obama say about Iraq?
[FP]
Israel rabbi calls for ‘plague’ on Mahmoud Abbas
[BBC]
From 08.29 Abbas: No peace talks with settlement building [AP]
From 08.29 Jordanian King Faces Backlash Over Role in the Peace Process [Medialine]
From 08.29 U.S. Commander Fears Political Stalemate in Iraq [NYT]
Dissident breaks with Egypt opposition on election
[AP]
Iran media call French first lady ‘prostitute’
[AP]

Africa
South Africa’s Zuma tells ministers to end strike
[BBC]
From 08.29 Obama administration intensifies efforts in Sudan [WaPo]

Europe/UK
First pictures of David Cameron’s new daughter released
[BBC]
Mandelson fears Labour U-turn ‘electoral cul-de-sac’
[BBC]
Superbug hits baby ward at University College Hospital
[BBC]
Gunman kills 6, wounds 9 in Slovakia
[AP]
Anger at German banker’s comments on Jews, Muslims
[AFP]

Americas/Domestic
Drilling to reach Chilean miners to begin
[CNN]
Economy Puts Democrats’ Senate Majority in Play: Albert R. Hunt
[Bloomberg]
Investors braced for week of key data
[FT]
Bernanke Faces Skepticism on Monetary-Policy Tools
[Bloomberg]
Muslims see Tennessee mosque fire as sign of hate
[Tennessean]
Beck Says Rally Illustrated Unhappiness With State of Nation
[Bloomberg]
Obama says not worried by Muslim “rumors”
[Reuters]
A Katrina Photographer Returns to New Orleans
[TIME]
Hurricane Earl lashes Caribbean, threatens US
[AP]

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Daily International News 08.25.10

August 25, 2010

Daily International News
August 25, 2010

Northeast Asia
Carter lands in Pyongyang to bring home American
[AP]
Setting the mood for 6-nation talks
[Korea Herald]
Amid succession fears, Kim Jong-un rising to power
[Korea Times]
North Korea Denies Claims of Mistreating World Cup Soccer Team
[Bloomberg]
China’s top nuclear envoy to visit Japan on Sat.: sources
[Kyodo]
US to supply Taiwan air force radar equipment
[AP]
Chinese Airport Drew Safety Concerns Before Crash
[NYT]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Thailand delays Viktor Bout extradition
[BBC]
Khmer Rouge jailer Duch submits appeal
[BBC]
Australian PM contenders promise no early election
[AP]
Solomons Islands get new PM weeks after election
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Afghan driver kills Spanish officers, interpreter
[AP]
Indian parliament to vote on key nuclear bill
[AFP]
Pakistanis flee new monsoon floods in south
[BBC]

Middle East
Israel’s FM says no extending settlement slowdown
[AP]
50 dead in attacks targeting Iraqi security forces
[AP]
CIA sees increased threat from al-Qaeda in Yemen
[WaPo]
Iran says it test-fires new missile and is ready to sell arms to Lebanon
[AP]

Africa
Police: Plane crashes in west Congo, killing 19
[AP]
Train hits van in SAfrica; kills at least 9 kids
[AP]
Third day of fighting in Somalia’s capital kills 8
[AP]

Europe/UK
Greek FinMin: recession milder than forecast
[AP]
3 arrested in Moldova in uranium smuggling plot
[AP]
Europe steps up criticism of France’s Roma policy
[DW]
Ireland angered by S&P downgrade
[FT]
Body of suspected British spy found
[AP]
Camerons’ baby doing well, Downing Street says
[Guardian]

Americas
Canada intercepts two Russian bombers
[AP]
Dozens of bodies found at Mexico ranch
[BBC]
Argentine president moves to control newsprint
[AP]

Domestic
Primaries test establishment vs. outsiders in Florida, Arizona and Alaska
[WaPo]
DOJ will appeal stem-cell ruling
[Politico]
Obama’s anti-Semitism envoy vs. the ADL
[Salon]

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Daily International News 08.23.10

August 23, 2010

Daily International News
August 23, 2010

Northeast Asia
Japan execution chamber opening could spark debate
[Reuters]
Pressed to Act, Bank of Japan Sees Few Ways to Lift Demand
[NYT]
From 08.21 Japan and India in nuclear co-operation talks [BBC]
North Korean Reformer’s Return Fuels Speculation
[NYT]

Official: Seoul not considering food aid to NKorea
[AP]
N.Korea develops camouflage tactics
[AFP]
Mass Evacuations From Floods Along China-North Korea Border
[VOA]
China may drop death penalty for economic crimes
[BBC]

China’s top political advisor urges Xinjiang people to fight against extremism, separatism, terrorism
[Xinhua]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Thailand to resume diplomatic ties with Cambodia
[BBC]

Indonesia presidential term limits challenged
[BBC]
Australia election: Talks start after hung vote
[BBC]
Philippines bus hostage crisis ends with 7 dead
[AP]

Central/South Asia
Militants break out of Tajik jail
[BBC]
Air base expansion plans reflect long-term investment in Afghanistan
[WaPo]

Four U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan
[WaPo]
Karzai says he intervened to secure release of imprisoned aide
[WaPo]
Pakistan to seek IMF help for flood-battered economy
[Reuters]

3 bombs kill 36 in northwest Pakistan
[AP]

Middle East
Netanyahu: Peace ‘Difficult But Possible’
[Bloomberg]
Palestinians: No talks if settlement freeze ends
[AP]
Iran begins loading fuel at its Bushehr nuclear reactor
[Guardian]

Iran’s President Unveils New Long-Range Drone Aircraft
[NYT]
3 suspended from Iran judiciary over prison deaths
[AP]
Lebanese aid ship delays Gaza blockade-busting trip
[BBC]

Africa
Over a quarter of Somalis still need aid: UN’s FAO
[Reuters]
Rebel LRA attacks in south Sudan ‘on the increase’
[BBC]
S.Africa deploys soldiers to hospitals during strike
[AFP]

Europe
Spain says two al Qaeda hostages freed
[Reuters]
Eurozone growth loses some momentum
[FT]
Turkish fiscal rule reform delay raises concerns -S&P
[Reuters]
German man faces terrorism charges in US plot
[AP]

Americas
Chile secures lifeline to trapped miners
[Reuters]
From 08.22 Venezuela, More Deadly Than Iraq, Wonders Why [NYT]

From 08.22 Wyclef Jean Says He’ll Challenge Election Ruling [NYT]

Domestic
Proliferation of old-style coal plants increases despite public outcry
[WaPo]
Far from Ground Zero, other plans for mosques run into vehement opposition
[WaPo]

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Daily International News 08.20.10

August 20, 2010

Happy World Humanitarian Day!

Daily International News
August 20, 2010

Northeast Asia
Koreas
Nuclear talks discussed at China-North Korea meeting
[BBC]
North Korea reportedly joins Facebook
[AP]

The Trouble with Kim Jong-il’s Succession
[Chosun]
South Korea pastor arrested on return from North visit
[BBC]
N. Korea lukewarm to children’s forest in DMZ: U.S. teenage boy
[Yonhap]
Iran sanctions challenge South Korea to balance interests
[WaPo]

China/Japan
Official: Attack in western China targeted police
[AP]
Okada to visit India, Thailand to discuss nuke pact, journalist’s death
[Kyodo]
Japan man ‘kept dead mother in a backpack’
[BBC]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Thai court rules arms dealer suspect Bout can be extradited to U.S.
[CNN]

Myanmar junta proxy party opens offices
[AP]
Australia election rivals neck and neck
[BBC]

Central/South Asia
Pakistan to clamp down on Islamist militant charities
[Reuters]
Pakistan accepts Indian aid for flood relief
[WaPo via AP]

Karzai: Anti-corruption units can be independent
[AP]
Bodies recovered after attack on Afghan road crew
[AP]
US official denies ‘threat’ over loan and Bhopal leak
[BBC]
Indian MPs get their pay more than tripled
[BBC]

Middle East
Israelis and Palestinians to Resume Talks, Officials Say
[NYT]
U.S. Assures Israel That Iran Threat Is Not Imminent
[NYT]

Al Qaeda claims responsibility for attack in Iraq
[Reuters]
Iraq: What Will the Remaining 50,000 U.S. Troops Do?
[TIME]
New restrictions provoke unusually strong wave of criticism among Jordanians
[WaPo]

Africa
Benin MPs want president impeached over fraud scandal
[BBC]
Swazi anger at prince’s HIV exaggeration claim
[BBC]

UK/Europe
Britain tells Libya not to celebrate Lockerbie bomber anniversary
[CNN]

Barclays agrees to forfeit $298 million to settle sanction violations charges
[WaPo]
Nick Clegg: Lib Dems not damaged by Tory coalition
[BBC]
France pushes on with Roma expulsions
[AFP]

Americas
Wyclef Jean reportedly excluded from list of Haiti presidential candidates
[LAT]
Calderon: Mexico should consider anonymous judges
[AP]

Domestic
NY mosque imam: extremism is global threat
[AP]
It’s Obama Versus Bush as Growth Slows Before November Election
[Bloomberg]
Roger Clemens Indicted for Obstruction, Lying About Steroid Use
[Bloomberg]
US police catch ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ fugitive couple
[BBC]

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Daily International News 08.19.10

August 19, 2010

Daily International News
August 19, 2010

Northeast Asia
China
Several dead in China explosion
[Al Jazeera]

China: Mechanical failures to blame for North Korean plane crash
[CNN]
Letter from Europe: Building Up Connections With China
[NYT]
From 08/18 S Korean treasuries sought by China [FT]
From 08/18 U.S. says SE Asia concerned by China assertiveness [Reuters]

Foxconn to hire more workers in China
[BBC]

Koreas/Japan
North Korea Confirms Detention of South Korean Boat
[NYT]

North Korea Twitter account banned in South Korea
[Guardian]
Japan’s Ozawa may challenge PM in party vote – report
[Reuters]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Myanmar lays down tough rules for upcoming polls
[AP]

Australia judge orders witness to remove niqab in court
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Clinton to announce new aid to Pakistan Thursday
[FP]

Indian, Pakistani troops clash on Kashmir border
[CNN]
Delhi Games boycott call by Dawn Fraser rejected
[BBC]
Afghanistan Focus Of Obama Summits With EU, NATO
[Defense News]
From 08/18 Taliban prison said found in Afghanistan, 27 freed [Reuters]

Middle East
Hezbollah hands over ex-PM murder ‘evidence’
[BBC] and Lebanese doubt Hariri tribunal will deliver justice [Reuters]

Israel/Palestine
US ‘ready’ to unveil Middle East talks plan
[BBC]

Israeli Settlements Said to Delay Start of Direct Peace Talks
[Bloomberg]
Al Qaeda Plans for Israel War
[Daily Beast]
Report Criticizes Gaza Restrictions
[NYT]

Iran/Iraq
Khamenei: Iran won’t talk with U.S. in current climate
[Reuters]

Germany: 2 men charged over Iran arms embargo
[AP]
Goodbye Iraq: Last US combat brigade heads home
[AP]

Iraq war was illegal, repeats Clegg
[Indie]

Africa
Violence erupts during South Africa strike
[AP]
Lockerbie bomber: 500 youths to celebrate first anniversary of Megrahi’s release
[Telegraph]

Kenya accused of illegal World Cup bomb extraditions
[BBC]
Mandela charity’s ex-chief cuts ties over diamonds
[AP]
Food supplies most at risk in Afghanistan, Africa
[Reuters]

Europe
Continent
From 08/18 A Mission to Modernize Germany’s Armed Forces [NYT]

France begins deporting Roma Gypsies
[BBC]
Rampaging bull injures 40 in Spanish arena
[BBC]

UK
Britain’s David Cameron seeks smaller government, more citizen involvement
[WaPo]
Ditch the queen: UK public’s wild ideas for cuts
[AP]

Russia/Former Soviet States
Moscow on Alert After Pyatigorsk Blast
[Moscow Times]
Moscow to ban vodka sales after 10pm
[Telegraph]
Russia to beef up military presence in former Soviet space
[Telegraph]

All cafes ordered shut in Chechnya during Ramadan
[Reuters]

Americas
Mexican mayor found dead 3 days after kidnapping
[AP]
US National Guard troops deployed at Mexico border
[BBC]

Venezuelan Brokerages Banned from Bond Markets
[LAHT]

Domestic
Gov. Paterson: New spot for mosque would be ‘magic moment’ in history
[NYDN]
TIME Poll: Majority Opposes Mosque, Many Distrust Muslims
[TIME]
Poll shows more Americans think Obama is a Muslim
[WaPo]
Intel to Acquire McAfee, Moving Into Online Security
[NYT]

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Daily International News 08.18.10

August 18, 2010

Daily International News
August 18, 2010

Northeast Asia
Koreas
Report: NKorea proposed summit talks with SKorea
[AP]
N.Korea producing badges of heir apparent: report
[AFP]
North Korean MiG jet crashes in China
[LAT] and Pilot Killed in China Crash Believed to Be Korean Defector [WSJ]
Tweets With North Korea May Breach Law, South Warns
[Bloomberg]
Hungary reveals North Korean debt request
[FT]
South Korea stages anti-terror drill
[BBC]

China/Taiwan
US opposes use of force in South China Sea dispute [AP]
China Defense Ministry refutes Pentagon’s China report
[Xinhua]
Taiwan-China trade deal passed by Taipei legislators
[BBC]
iPhone-maker rallies workers after China suicides
[AP]

Japan
Japan analysing damage to tanker in Hormuz Strait
[Reuters]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
White House: US to support UN inquiry in Myanmar
[AP] and U.S. supports creation of U.N. commission of inquiry into war crimes in Burma [WaPo]
Thai Groups Denounce Website Censorship
[WSJ]
Indonesia’s coral reefs dying at alarming rate
[AP]

South/Central Asia
WikiLeaks: Pentagon ready to discuss Afghan files
[AP]
Medvedev talks with Afghan, Pakistani leaders
[AP]
Pakistan aid ‘will not fall to extremists’
[BBC]
Pakistan floods: EU pledges 30m euro aid boost
[BBC]
India panel suggests tougher nuclear liability bill
[Reuters]
Three Indian U.N. peacekeepers killed in Congo attack
[Reuters]

Middle East
Israel hits suspected weapons manufacturing site
[CNN]
Netanyahu’s visit to Greece signals strategic rapprochement
[DW]
BlackBerry users eye alternatives as curbs loom
[AP]
Iraqi Leaders Fear for Future After Their Past Missteps
[NYT]
Ireland, North Korea’s ambassadors meet Ahmadinejad
[Tehran Times]

Africa
Sudan says will deport foreign NGO workers
[AP]
Workers plan further South Africa strike
[CNN]

Europe/UK
Nick Clegg promises to overhaul social mobility
[BBC]
UK HMRC staff sacked over race abuse
[BBC]
France Prepares to Deport Foreign Gypsies
[WSJ]
Germany charges ex-Rwandan mayor with genocide
[AP]

Americas
Lawmakers in Mexico to Debate Drug Fight
[NYT]
Brazil candidates begin daily election broadcasts
[BBC]
Haiti delays ruling on Wyclef Jean’s presidential run
[BBC]

Domestic
Some Republican figures urge candidates not to focus on Ground Zero mosque issue
[WaPo]
Obama remarks on mosque take root in races
[WashTimes]
Blagojevich Prosecutors to Retry After One Conviction
[Bloomberg]
Dr. Laura Says She’s Quitting Radio After N-Word Flap
[ABC]