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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]

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