Archive for August, 2010

h1

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]

h1

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]

h1

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]

h1

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]

h1

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]

h1

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]

h1

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]

h1

Daily International News 08.17.10

August 17, 2010

Daily International News
August 17, 2010

East Asia/Pacific
Koreas
From 08.16 U.S. and South Korea Begin War Drills [NYT]
NKorea rejects SKorean unification proposal
[AP]
Jang Song-taek Named as a Caretaker for Kim Jong-un
[Arirang]
With Kim ailing, signs of big changes in N. Korea
[Asahi Shimbun]
North Korea says it has joined Twitter, YouTube
[AP]

Leading anti-U.S. activist in Korea arrested
[Yonhap]
Opinion: Deter Pyongyang through Beijing
[The American]

China/Taiwan
US says China’s military has seen secret expansion
[BBC]
and China unlikely to satisfy US on military openness [AP]
Taiwan urges US to sell island advanced weapons
[AP]
China tests space station module to launch in 2011
[AP]
36 killed, hundreds injured in new China flooding
[AP]

Japan
Suspect ship seen before Japan tanker blast: report
[Reuters]

Japanese Officials Step Up Response to Slowdown as Yen Gains
[Bloomberg]

Pacific
Australia facing possibility of hung parliament
[Telegraph]
Australia’s Gillard backs republic after Queen’s death
[BBC]

Central/South Asia
Karzai to Bar Security Firms
[WSJ]

Taliban call for joint inquiry into civilian Afghan deaths considered
[Guardian]
Pakistani leader attempts damage control after European trip during disaster
[LAT]
UN says millions without help in Pakistan floods
[AP]
Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan confirms leader Tahir Yuldashev killed
[Long War Journal]

Middle East
Iraq/Iran
Suicide Bomber Kills Dozens in Attack on Iraqi Army Recruits
[NYT]
Iran to build 10 uranium enrichments plants in mountain strongholds
[Telegraph]

Analysts see Iranian nuclear dispute continuing despite sanctions
[The National]
Iranian Anti-Stoning Lawyer Continues Fight from Exile
[Der Spiegel]
Iranian fighter jet crashes near nuclear plant
[AP]

Arabian Peninsula
‘Open gate’ in Oman means trade with Iran and influx of drugs
[The National]
Arrest of Shiite activists sparks riots ahead of Bahrain election
[The National]

Israel
Israel to refuse to stop building settlements
[Telegraph]

Israeli says she didn’t humiliate Arab on Facebook
[AP]

Turkey
Brownback’s case against proposed Turkish ambassador Ricciardone
[FP]
U.S. Tells Turkey Weapons Deals At Risk: Report
[Defense News]
American freelance writer arrested in Turkey
[WaPo]

Africa
In ANC bill, South African media see threat to press freedom
[CSM]
Libya: BP to Start Drilling By October
[WSJ]
Nigerian police ‘use torture’ to extort cash
[AFP]
Jordanian UN officers abducted in Darfur freed
[AFP]
Nigeria’s former military leader launches challenge for presidency
[Guardian]

Cholera kills 87 in Nigeria: official
[AFP]
Wounded buffalo kills Zimbabwean conservationist
[AP]

Europe
START expiration ends U.S. inspection of Russian nuclear bases
[WaPo]

Suicide Bomber Attacks Police in North Caucasus
[NYT]
Russia expels Romanian diplomat accused of spying
[AP]
Medvedev summons Russian oligarchs to help after wildfires
[Telegraph]
Barclays in Sanctions Bust
[WSJ]
Eurozone inflation hits 20-month high
[BBC]

Americas
Judge orders longtime Gitmo detainee released for lack of evidence
[CNN]

Star’s Candidacy in Haiti Puts Scrutiny on Charity
[NYT]
U.S. Said to Plan Easing Rules for Travel to Cuba
[NYT]
Mexico supreme court upholds gay adoptions
[AP]
Protesters in Bolivia’s Potosi region end blockade
[BBC]
Brazil forbids election spoofing
[AP]

Domestic
FP interview with Bob Gates: The Transformer
[FP]
AP Exclusive: Terrorist tapes found under CIA desk
[AP]
Pentagon Misspends Emergency Fund on Afghan Power, Skelton Says
[Bloomberg]
Glenn Beck’s plans for rally on a hallowed date and spot spurs countermarches
[WaPo]
Fox parent gives $1 million to RGA
[Politico]
California Gay Marriage Ban Will Continue During Court Appeal
[Bloomberg]
Plumes of Gulf oil spreading east on sea floor
[CNN]

h1

Daily International News 08.13.10

August 13, 2010
Happy Friday the 13th!

AP: In this photo released by the semi-official Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA), the reactor building of Iran's Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant is seen. Russia's nuclear agency spokesman Sergei Novikov said Friday Aug. 13, 2010 it will load fuel into Iran's first nuclear power plant next week, marking the start of its launch.

Daily International News
August 13, 2010

Northeast Asia
Gates says Kim Jong-il’s son seeks military “stripes”
[Reuters]

N. Korea enacts new laws on economy
[Yonhap]
S. Korea to allow rare civilian visit to N. Korea amid tension
[Yonhap]
N.Korea ‘Plotting Biochemical Attack’
[Chosun Ilbo]
N.Korean Football Coach ‘Given 2nd Chance’
[Chosun Ilbo]
Beijing suspicious of Japan’s war crime apology
[The National]

Japan’s Renho Shakes Up Tokyo Politics
[WSJ]

Southeast Asia
Myanmar junta sets election date of Nov. 7
[AP]

Malaysia men guilty in ‘Allah’ row church attack
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Pakistan Fight Stalls for U.S.
[WSJ]

2-3% of Pakistan’s GDP wiped out in floods
[Xinhua]
Relief activities will not impact fight against militants: army
[Dawn]
BlackBerry ‘optimistic’ it can avert India ban
[AFP]

Sri Lankan military court convicts ex-army chief
[AP]
U.S., British troops to train with Kazakh forces
[Reuters]

Middle East
Russia: Iran’s nuclear plant to get fuel next week
[AP]
Lose in 2011 and I’ll quit as party chief: Erdogan
[Reuters]
Clinton prods Netanyahu on Mideast peace talks
[Reuters]

Ambassador Leaves Iraq With Much Still Unsettled
[NYT]
Saudi king limits fatwa authority
[The National]

Africa
Goodluck Jonathan ‘has right to contest Nigerian election’
[Telegraph]
Group bans Marange diamonds
[The Zimbabwean]

Europe/UK
EU budget plans for 2011 cut by ministers
[BBC]
EU attempts to repair relations with Pakistan
[Guardian]
Liam Fox unveils plans for ‘leaner’ UK Ministry of Defence
[BBC]
Danish PM hopes troops to leave Afghanistan by 2015
[Reuters]
Greatest Economic Boom Since German Reunification
[Der Spiegel]
Zero Tolerance in the Fight against ETA
[Der Spiegel]
BP agrees to pay record $50.6m fine for Texas explosion
[BBC]

Americas/Domestic
Bolivia protesters demand talks with Evo Morales
[BBC]
Obama to sign bill approving $600 million for border security
[CNN]

Pentagon push to phase out top brass causing much consternation
[WaPo]
Gates Gives Frank Assessments of World Trouble Spots
[AFPS]

Gates Orders Marine Corps Force Structure Review
[AFPS]
California gay marriage can resume next week
[Reuters]
WikiLeaks Comes Under Fire from Rights Groups
[TIME]
Investigators Question Flight Attendant Slater’s Tale
[WSJ]

h1

Daily International News 08.12.10

August 12, 2010
”]

Daily International News
August 12, 2010

Northeast Asia
China
China’s army condemns South Korean-US sea drills
[AP]
Xinhua, China Mobile to establish internet search engine joint venture
[Xinhua]
China admits only foreigners hit by anti-trust law
[AP]
Group: Tibetan businessman gets life in prison
[AP]
Hopes fade for landslide survivors
[Global Times]
Hidden trillions widen China’s wealth gap – report
[Reuters]
Korea
Korean President to grant special pardons
[JAIB]
A day after Japan’s apology, ambassador looks to bright future
[JAIB]
Japan
Japan Hints at Yen Intervention
[WSJ]
Missing centenarians cause angst in aging Japan
[AP]

South/Central Asia
Pakistan
New Flood Warnings Raise Fears in Pakistan
[NYT]
President Zardari makes first visit to flood zone
[Dawn]
Holbrooke: Pakistan Aid Inadequate
[CFR]
Afghanistan
Aid group: Fighters not thieves killed 10 workers
[AP]
Unrest Is Undermining Hopes for Afghan Vote
[NYT]
India
India sets Aug. 31 deadline for BlackBerry info
[AP]
India rejects UK scientists’ ‘superbug’ claim
[BBC]
India approves caste-based census
[BBC]
Kazakhstan
Two dead in Kazakh prison riot
[BBC]

Middle East
Israel/PA
Israel said to reject Palestinian formula for talks
[Reuters]
Resistance on Gaza flotilla more than expected, Israeli military chief says
[WaPo]
Iran/Iraq
Iran TV airs ‘confession’ from woman facing stoning
[BBC]
Iraq army ‘not ready’ until 2020
[Al Jazeera]
White House: US on track to end Iraq combat role
[AP]
Murr slams ‘conditional’ US military aid
[Daily Star]
Kuwait
US to sell Kuwait Patriot anti-ballistic missile system
[BBC]

Africa
South Sudan independence vote ‘risks being derailed’
[AFP]
Moroccan police ‘break up 18-strong militant cell’
[BBC]
Uganda LRA rebels ‘on massive forced recruitment drive’
[BBC] Original Report: CAR/DR Congo: LRA Conducts Massive Abduction Campaign [HRW]
Grenade Strikes Rwanda’s Capital Two Days After Election
[NYT]

Europe
Greek economy shrinks, jobless rate jumps
[Telegraph]
French police dismantle some 40 Gypsy camps
[AP]
Deadly fires rage on in Portugal
[BBC]
UK
Sinn Fein: British, Irish talk with IRA dissidents
[AP]
BAA airport staff vote for strike action
[BBC]
British officers face charges over an attack on Babar Ahmad
[BBC]
Beckham no longer wanted by national team coach
[AP]

Americas
Brazil signs on to UN sanctions against Iran
[AFP]
Car bomb explodes in Colombian capital
[Reuters]
Guantanamo jury recommends 14 years for Al Qaeda cook
[LAT]
Suriname under scrutiny as ex-dictator returns
[AP]
Ecuador rocked by 6.9 quake, no major damage
[Reuters]

Domestic
Judge to rule on stay Thursday in Prop. 8 case
[AP]
Google-Verizon Pact May Herald Demise of Equal-Access Internet
[Bloomberg]
Senate hustles through $600M border bill
[WashTimes]
Despite Scandal, Rangel Draws a Crowd
[NYT]
Palin Joins Armey as Republicans Aid Tea Party Hostile Takeover [Bloomberg]
Get well, Robert Gibbs!
[Salon]
Stocks plunge as U.S. trade deficit is wider than expected
[WaPo]
100,000 in D.C. area without power after storm
[WashTimes]