Archive for September, 2010

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Daily International News 09.28.10

September 28, 2010

Daily International News
September 28, 2010

Northeast Asia
Koreas
A look at North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party
[AP]
North Korea: Pity the son of Kim Jong Il
[Global Post]
North Korea Braces for Lil’ Kim’s Debut
[TIME]
N. Korea Bolsters Kim’s Son and Sister
[NYT]
Greece checks NKorea cargo, in arms probe
[AP]
Japan
Japan welcomes Burmese refugees
[BBC]
Japan/China
China and Japan Use Softer Tones in Dispute
[NYT]
China tells Japan not to interfere in disputed isles
[Reuters]
Japan: China rare-earth ban could hurt economy
[AP]
China
China, U.S. militaries will have dialogue, conduct exchange: Chinese National Defense Ministry official
[Xinhua]

China seen as isolating self with tough diplomacy
[AP]
Op-ed: Blaming China Won’t Help the Economy [NYT]
China May Retaliate for Currency Measure, U.S. Businesses Say
[Bloomberg]
CPC Central Committee to hold 5th plenum Oct. 15-18
[Xinhua]
China warns Nobel official: Don’t honor dissident
[AP]
Beijing police raid gay spot, question dozens
[AP]

South/Central Asia
Weeping Karzai laments Afghan woes
[BBC]
Senior al Qaeda leader said killed in Pakistan
[Reuters]

Middle East
US soldier held over deaths of two colleagues in Iraq
[BBC]
Abbas ‘Restraint’ Gives U.S. Time to Find Compromise
[Bloomberg]

World leaders criticize Israel for refusing to extend West Bank construction moratorium
[LAT]
Israel navy intercepts Gaza blockade aid boat
[BBC]
Egypt tycoon jailed in Suzanne Tamim murder retrial
[BBC]

Africa
Sudan lays conditions for south independence vote
[AP]

First round of Comoros presidential vote delayed
[AFP]
Pirate ringleader faces execution in Somalia
[BBC]
Ransom demand after gunmen seize Nigeria schoolchildren
[BBC]

Europe/UK
Kosovo president resigns after constitutional court ruling
[EU Observer]
France on high alert as officials warn of possible terrorist attacks
[WaPo]
UK economy expands at fastest for nine years
[AFP]
Medvedev Fires Moscow Mayor in Wake of Escalating Feud
[NYT]
Six men jailed over Austrian temple attack
[BBC]

Americas/Domestic
Brazil election front-runner Rousseff holds final rally
[BBC]
Mexican governor: hundreds feared dead in slide
[AP]
Tom Donilon: The Next Rahm?
[Daily Beast]
Emanuel May Announce Decision This Week on Chicago Mayoral Run
[Bloomberg]
Biden warned Obama during Afghan war review not to get ‘locked into Vietnam’
[WaPo]
From 09.27 Pentagon oversees pulping of 9,500 copies of spy book [BBC]

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Daily International News 09.27.10

September 27, 2010

Daily International News
September 27, 2010

Northeast Asia
Koreas
Delegates Arrive for N. Korea Meeting
[NYT] and Delegates gather in NKorea for political meeting [AP]
Special security team set up for Kim Jong-il’s son
[JAIB]
China/Japan
Japan, China test each other’s diplomatic resolve
[AP] and Japan seeks damages as China trawler row lingers [Reuters]
Russia prepares to open oil pipeline to China
[Reuters]
Shippers say China slows handling of Japan goods
[AP]
From 09.26 China imposes anti-dumping duties on U.S. chicken products [Xinhua]
China police investigate ‘black jails’ for protesters
[BBC]
China to stick with one-child policy
[AP]

South/Southeast/Central Asia
SE Asia
US: Inverted Philippine flag was `honest mistake’
[AP]
Cambodia launches 5-year plan to tackle corruption
[Reuters]
Afghanistan
Woodward: Military thwarted president seeking choice in Afghanistan
[WaPo]
U.S. Probes Karzai’s Kin
[WSJ]
Pakistan/India
Nuclear-armed Pakistan chairs board of U.N. atom body
[Reuters]
Pakistan protests NATO airstrikes on its territory
[AP]
In Bid to Restore Calm, Indian Government Reopens Schools in Kashmir
[NYT]

Middle East
Israeli building ban ends
[WaPo]
Palestinians wait on decision to quit peace talks
[AP]
Mideast Talks Teeter as the Settlement Freeze Expires
[NYT]
Palestinian leader Abbas in Paris over peace talks
[Xinhua]
Activists expect Israel to stop Gaza-bound boat
[AP]
From 09.26 Omanis Arrive in Iran to Aid 2 U.S. Hikers, Paper Reports [NYT]

Africa
UN relief as Rwanda ‘drops Darfur peacekeeper threat’
[BBC]
Somali pirates leave Greek-operated vessel
[Reuters]

Europe/UK
New Labour Leader Looks to ‘Middle England’
[NYT]
Romanian minister quits over police protests
[FT]
Sweden’s Greens still spurn centre-right government
[Reuters]
Karadzic defends himself at Srebrenica war crimes trial
[CNN]
Pressure Intensifies on Irish Government
[WSJ]
Segway owner dies after falling off river cliff
[AP]

Americas/Domestic
Chavez allies win congressional majority in vote
[AP]
U.S. Wants to Make It Easier to Wiretap the Internet
[NYT]
Obama: D.C. schools don’t measure up to his daughters’ private school
[WaPo]
Tax-cuts vote unlikely until after elections
[WashTimes]

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Daily International News 09.20.10

September 20, 2010

Two days before Politics Pwn3d’s UNGA trip, here’s a special highlight on what’s going on at the United Nations.

Daily International News
September 20, 2010

United Nations
Is Clinton’s CGI the New U.N.?
[Daily Beast]
John Bolton Op-ed: Obama’s U.N. Record [AEI]
Global spotlight on helping world’s poor
[AP]
Africa: Continent’s Children to Take Centre Stage At UN Assembly
[All Africa]
From 9.19 U.N. struggles to prove its relevance [WaPo]
From 9.18 U.N. Poverty Goals Face Accountability Questions [NYT]

Northeast Asia
Japan/China
Japan urges China to act calmly in islands row
[BBC]
Boat collision sparks anger, breakdown in China-Japan talks
[WaPo]
China says it won’t repeat Japan’s mistake
[WSJ]
From 9.19 China official rebuffs Geithner over yuan [BBC]
Arrests in China over milk tainted with melamine
[BBC]
Koreas
IAEA chief notes “serious concern” about NKorea
[AP]
N. Korea must apologize for ship sinking if it wants large food aid from S. Korea: official
[Yonhap]
North Korea football side beat Middlesbrough team
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
‘Islamist gunmen’ kill 23 soldiers in Tajikistan
[BBC]
UK troops leave Helmand’s Sangin
[BBC]
Afghan vote observers: Fraud must be investigated
[AP]
From 9.19 Bodies of three kidnapped election workers are found in Afghanistan [WaPo]
Kashmir separatists shun India talks to end violence
[Reuters]
Officials: US drones kill 6 militants in Pakistan
[AP]

Middle East
Bahrain revokes citizenship of top Shiite cleric
[AP]
From 9.19 Twin blasts in Baghdad ‘kill 23’ [BBC]
Iran’s Ahmadinejad Says He’s Ready to Discuss Nuclear Issue
[Bloomberg]
US to keep pressuring Iran over nuclear program
[AP]
Iran’s leader proposes prisoner swap with US
[Boston Globe]
From 9.19 Freed U.S. hiker appeals for others’ release [WaPo]
From 9.19 US and Iran battle for Syrian affections [The National]
From 9.19 Armenian mass a sign of growing tolerance [FT]

Africa
French soldiers hunt for abducted workers in Niger
[AP]
Nigeria: Constitutional Crisis Looms as INEC Seeks Extension
[All Africa]
South Africa’s Jacob Zuma attacks ANC divisions
[BBC]
Sudan ‘too slow’ on referendum: Norway
[AFP]

Europe/UK
Swedish ruling coalition looks to block far-right from power
[DW]
France raises terror security, new threat reported
[AP]
War crimes prosecutor: Keep pressure on Serbia
[AP]
Liberal Democrats vote against free schools and more academies
[Guardian]
Beer lovers gather for Oktoberfest
[Guardian]

Americas/Domestic
Colombia claims to have killed 22 rebels in major offensive
[AFP]
More House Democrats stressing independence from Pelosi, Obama
[WaPo]
From 9.19 Obama Aides Weigh Bid to Tie the G.O.P. to the Tea Party [NYT]

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Daily International News 09.17.10

September 17, 2010

Daily International News
September 17, 2010

Northeast Asia
Koreas
South Korea sends aid to North as reunions to resume
[Reuters]
Wen says N.K. leader called power succession ‘false rumor’: Carter
[Yonhap]
Lee chooses audit board boss to be prime minister
[JAIB]
China
China ‘moves drilling equipment’ into disputed waters
[BBC]
Geithner Calls China’s Yuan Gains ‘Too Slow,’ Urges More Action
[Bloomberg]
China’s Rise Complicates Goal of Using Less Energy
[NYT]
China approves Taiwan bank branches
[AP]
Japan
Bernanke Shadow of Easing Limits BOJ Success With Yen
[Bloomberg]
Japan’s new foreign minister gets tough on China
[AP]
Japan PM rejigs cabinet and juggles yen, debt and economy
[Reuters]

Southeast Asia
Government confirms 25 dead in Sri Lanka blast
[AP]
Sri Lanka court martial convicts Fonseka for corruption
[BBC]
Burma bars elections in ‘troubled’ areas
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Karachi shut down after killing of exile Imran Farooq
[BBC]
Once Wary, Obama Relies on Petraeus in Afghanistan
[NYT]
Karzai urges Afghans to vote, ignore Taliban
[AP]

Middle East
Oman: No plans to free 2 other Americans in Iran
[AP]
Israeli troops kill Hamas militant in West Bank
[AP]

Africa
Sudan holds first open debate on unity vs secession
[Reuters]
Kenyans held in Uganda over Kampala World Cup attack
[BBC]

Europe
Germany denies Merkel said would clear Roma camps
[Reuters]
New web address hints at Putin return to Kremlin
[Reuters]
Boeing signs $3.7bn Russian contract
[BBC]
Swiss gov’t rejects call to ban assisted suicide
[AP]
Chechen separatist Zakayev arrested in Poland
[AP]

UK
UK Police: 5 arrested in alleged threat to pope
[AP]
MI5 head warns of serious risk of UK terrorist attack
[BBC]
Labour leadership contenders clash over spending cuts
[BBC]
No 10 rejects Cable immigration cap ‘damage’ claim
[BBC]
Prescott to launch legal challenge to phone hack probe
[BBC]

Americas
Tropical Storm Karl becomes hurricane over Gulf
[BBC]
BP completes relief well in Gulf of Mexico
[CNN]

Domestic
Obama to Announce Warren’s Role in Consumer Agency
[Bloomberg]
Congress Enacting Most U.S. Laws Since ’60s Gets No Respect
[Bloomberg]
The ‘tea party’ gears up for 2012
[WaPo]
Wall Street ties are a major player in midterm election
[LAT]
After Delaware, G.O.P. Senate Takeover Appears Much Less Likely
[NYT]

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Daily International News 09.15.10

September 15, 2010

Daily International News
September 15, 2010

Northeast Asia
Arnold Schwarzenegger sells California to East Asia [BBC]
Koreas
North Korea to resume talks with UN Command on sinking
[Nation]
US envoy: No quick progress likely in NKorea talks
[AP]
Bosworth seeks improved North-South relations to resume 6-way talks
[Kyodo]
Carter hopes prisoner release helps peace talks
[AP]
N. Korean website raises succession issue ahead of key party meeting
[Yonhap]
The Rapid Rise of Kim Jong-un
[Chosun]
NKorean political gathering delayed, sources say
[AP]
Japan
Kan works on new Cabinet, DPJ leadership lineups
[Kyodo]
Japan moves to combat rising yen
[BBC]
China
China rejects US trade complaint over clean energy
[AP]

Southeast Asia
Cambodia opens first methadone clinic for heroin users
[BBC]
Police arrest vigilantes for Indonesia church attack
[Reuters]

South/Central Asia
U.S. Debates Karzai’s Place in Fighting Corruption
[NYT]
Kabulbank directors were paid $500K bonuses – audit
[Reuters]
Holbrooke talks up American aid in Pakistan visit
[AP]
Pakistani printers make fake Afghan voting cards
[AP]

Middle East
Peace Talks
Israeli aircraft strike Gaza as leaders convene
[AP]
Israelis, Palestinians ‘Getting Down to Business’
[Bloomberg]
No concessions in Middle East talks
[Al Jazeera]
Iran/Iraq
American freed by Iran plans medical exam in Oman
[AP]
Former Iranian president calls on Iran to take U.S.-led sanctions seriously
[WaPo]
US-Iraqi raid on Fallujah kills 7
[AP]

Africa
Guinea election body set to decide on poll
[Reuters]
Nigeria president declares election bid on Facebook
[Reuters]

UK
Ed Miliband ‘increasingly confident’ in Labour race
[BBC]
BP’s Hayward to testify to UK lawmakers on spill
[AP]
UK MP says speed of defence review ‘could put operations at risk’
[BBC]

Europe
Europe Proposes Rules to Help Steady Markets
[NYT]
Pope’s visit: aide steps aside after comparing Britain to ‘third world’
[Guardian]
French Senate approves burqa ban
[DW]
French lawmakers OK raising retirement age to 62
[AP]

Americas
Former Chilean President to Lead New U.N. Agency
[NYT]
Self-employment key to Cuban economic overhaul
[AP]
Tropical storm Karl hits Mexico’s Yucatan
[AP]

Domestic
Tea Party win hurts Republicans’ Senate chances
[Reuters]
How Adrian Fenty lost his reelection bid for D.C. mayor
[WaPo]
Primary Voter Turnout Stays Low, but More So for Democrats
[NYT]
Lugar’s final word on new START
[FP]
Pentagon Accelerates Savings Push
[WSJ]

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Daily International News 09.13.10

September 13, 2010

Daily International News
September 13, 2010

Northeast Asia
Koreas
U.S. envoy ‘optimistic’ about prospects for engagement with N. Korea
[Yonhap]
Rare North Korea meet delayed due to leader’s health – report
[Reuters]
Two Koreas agree to hold family reunion talks Friday
[Korea Times]
S. Korean final report reaffirms DPRK’s culpability in sinking warship
[Xinhua]
SKorea to send rice, other aid to flood-hit NKorea
[AP]
Middlesbrough Ladies set to tour North Korea
[USA Today]
China
‘Direct line’ to government draws Chinese netizens
[BBC]
First Chinese female judge sworn in at ICJ
[Xinhua]
Japan
Japan frees Chinese fishing crew
[BBC]
Japan foreign minister apologizes to US POWs
[AP]
Japan PM and rival prepare for party showdown
[AFP]

South/Central Asia
Nato urged to allow partition of Afghanistan
[Telegraph]
At least 13 killed in Kashmir protests
[Dawn]

Middle East
Saudi Arms Deal Advances
[WSJ]
Israel Bends Slightly on Settlement Building
[NYT]
Erdogan claims victory in Turkey referendum
[FT]
Iran bail decision on American stirs backlash
[AP]
U.N. nuclear body and Iran clash over barred inspectors
[Reuters]
‘Rampant abuse in Iraq jails’
[Al Jazeera]

Africa
Zimbabwe court frees on bail US health workers
[AP]
Commission of Africa Hits Out Over Trade Talks, Calls for Billions in Aid
[All Africa]
Guinea suspends run-off campaigning after clashes
[BBC]

Europe
Russia denies Georgian claims of ethnic cleansing
[AP]
New UN drugs czar takes office
[AP]
UK
UK officials won’t meet US Lockerbie investigators
[AP]
Government accused of ‘abuse of power’ after cancelling 2011 Queen’s speech
[Guardian]
British unions back coordinated strikes against cuts
[AFP]
Phil Woolas campaign ‘sought to make white folk angry’
[BBC]

Americas/Domestic
On 200th birthday, Mexico battered but not broken
[AP]
Fate of tax cuts is key issue as Congress returns
[WaPo]
In Del., GOP comes out swinging against tea party
[WaPo]
Imam Rauf ‘exploring options’ over NY Islamic centre
[BBC]
Opinion: Post-9/11, we’re safer than we think [WaPo]
Immigration overhaul could leave gay couples out
[WaPo]

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Daily International News 09.10.10

September 10, 2010

Daily International News
September 10, 2010

Asia-Pacific
N.Korea Marks Founding Day Amid Talk of Succession
[Chosun]
Lee downplays N. Korea’s reported next leader
[Yonhap] and US shrugs off North Korea succession talk [AP]
South Korea ready to reconcile with North – president
[Ria Novosti] and South Korea’s Lee seeks to boost commercial ties with North [Reuters]
Sharp calls North’s capabilities ‘worrisome’
[JAIB]
China calls on Japan to release boat captain
[BBC]
Japan wary of China military, urges closer US ties
[AP]
Veteran Japanese politician battles PM for top job
[AP]
More than 230,000 Japanese centenarians ‘missing’
[BBC]
New Zealand quake no-go zones remain amid aftershocks
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
US Koran-burning protests sweep Afghanistan
[BBC]
Karzai calls on Taliban leader to join peace talks
[AFP]
U.S. troops charged with murder of Afghan civilians
[Reuters]
U.S. effort to help Afghanistan fight corruption has complicated ties
[WaPo]

Middle East
Iran’s president intervened in American’s release
[AP]
Iran denies it is building secret nuclear facility
[AP]
U.S. Urges Iraqis to Try New Plan to Share Power
[NYT]

Africa
2 Guinea election officials charged with fraud
[AP]
Peace Corps volunteer in Lesotho killed
[AP]

Europe/UK
Medvedev Gets ‘Last Chance’ to Escape Putin’s Growing Shadow
[Bloomberg]
Kremlin talks tough after Caucasus attack
[Reuters]
Merkel ally Steinbach quits in row over blame for WWII
[BBC]
France to continue deporting Roma despite EU pressure
[BBC]
U.N. resolution paves the way for Serbia-Kosovo talks
[CNN]
Belgian report: 100s come forward on church abuse
[AP]
UK minister hired private eye to snoop on staff
[AP]
London Mayor Boris Johnson to stand for re-election in 2012
[BBC]
UK’s Royal Mail to be privatised or sold, government says
[BBC]

Americas/Domestic
Racked by drug violence, Mexico wary of Calif. vote on legalizing marijuana
[WaPo]
Frustration Over U.S. Economy Saps Democratic Voter Enthusiasm
[Bloomberg]
Judge declares U.S. military’s ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy unconstitutional
[LAT]
Afghans protest, Fla. pastor plans to meet NY imam
[AP]
Gas line explosion burns San Bruno neighborhood
[SFC]