Archive for October, 2010

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Daily International News 10.29.10

October 29, 2010

Happy (almost) Halloween!

Daily International News
October 29, 2010

International
UN summit poised to seal pact on biodiversity
[AFP]

POTUS Asia Trip
Obama to talk up jobs on India trip
[FT]
What Obama can accomplish in India
[WaPo]
Obama in India: A high-tech trade agreement could change the playing field
[Asia Sentinel]
Obama not visiting Hiroshima, Nagasaki during Japan trip: official
[Mainichi]

Northeast Asia
Koreas
North Korea troops ‘fire into South Korea’
[BBC]
DPRK accuses South Korea of rejecting dialogue, contact
[Xinhua]
From 10/27 Activist Tells of Torture in North Korea Prison [NYT]
High-Ranking North Korean Military Official to Arrive in Cuba on Thursday
[Cuba News Agency]
WH: North Korean leadership transition in early stages
[Reuters]

Japan/China
Japanese ship intercepts ballistic missile in test
[AP]
Japan and China island row flares at ASEAN summit
[BBC] and Japanese statements violate China’s sovereignty, territorial integrity [Xinhua]
China says no to Kan, Wen bilateral
[Reuters]
ASEAN to bring in US as counterbalance to China
[AP]
Upcoming G20 summit an unprecedented test of China’s diplomatic stance
[Mainichi]
Chinese court denounces awarding of Nobel prize
[AP]
Amid disputes, US seeks common ground with China
[AP]
Clinton Presses, Courts Beijing
[WSJ]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Burma court hears Suu Kyi appeal
[BBC]
Clinton: US will push for UN commission on Myanmar
[AP]
Singapore Tightens Trading Rules With Iran, North Korea
[WSJ]
Government considers relocations after Indonesian tsunami
[CNN]
Hobbit legislation passed in New Zealand
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Wikipedia to open first office outside the US in India
[BBC]
Pakistan flood food running out, warns UN
[BBC]
Russia, US collaborate in Afghan drug raid
[AP]

Middle East
Iran ready for nuclear talks after November 10
[Reuters]
Egypt’s FM: No breakthrough in Mideast talks
[AP]
Hezbollah calls for boycott of UN Hariri tribunal
[AP]
Turkish presidential reception challenges headscarf ban
[BBC]

Africa
Botched Sudan referendum could reignite war: report
[Reuters]
Somali Islamists Kill Two Girls Branded Spies
[NYT]
Obama urges ‘peaceful and transparent’ Ivory Coast vote
[AFP]

Europe
Eurozone jobless total rises above 10%
[FT]
David Cameron claims EU budget success
[BBC]
Minister: French troops may withdraw from Afghanistan in 2011
[CNN]
France firm on burqa ban despite bin Laden threat
[AP]
Reports: Russia’s Bulava test-fire a success
[AP]

Americas
Canada cuts ties with North Korea
[AFP]
9 policemen killed in ambush in western Mexico
[AP]
Cholera’s spread raises calls to stall the election
[Miami Herald]

Domestic
Halliburton Spill Liability May Rise on BP Well Report
[Bloomberg]
Jobless Likely to Shun Election That Is Focused on Their Plight
[Bloomberg]
US economic growth rate quickens
[BBC]
Newt Gingrich: Out of the wilderness and into the mix for 2012
[WaPo]
Michelle Rhee outspoken to the end of her tenure as D.C. schools chancellor
[WaPo]

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Daily International News 10.27.10

October 27, 2010

Daily International News
October 27, 2010

Global
Global extinction crisis looms, new study says
[WaPo]

Northeast Asia
Clinton heads to Asia to assure China’s neighbors
[AP]
Clinton Starts Asia Trip to Build Trade, Alliances [Bloomberg]

China
China holds first live-fire joint drills in Tibet
[AP]
China looms large over Clinton’s Asia-Pacific tour
[Reuters]
China to expand fleet to patrol disputed seas
[Reuters]
CPC Central Committee’s proposal for 12th 5-year plan
[Xinhua]
Analysis: Rare earths next big thing or will the bubble burst?
[Reuters]
Beijing Plans to Boost Product-Safety Rules
[WSJ]

Koreas
Aid Request Snags Korea Talks
[NYT]

Japan
Kan’s desire to join Trans-Pacific Partnership talks sparks spat within DPJ
[Mainichi]
With UN nature talks stalling, Japan offers $2 bln
[AP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Philippines calls Myanmar elections a ‘farce’
[AP]
Cambodia rebuffs UN chief on Khmer Rouge trials
[AP]
Indonesia’s twin disasters kill more than 300
[Reuters]

South/Central Asia
India signs nuclear liability pact, a U.S. demand
[Reuters]
India says fears militant attack during Obama visit
[Reuters]
Afghan contractor deadline delayed
[Al Jazeera]
NATO Can’t Stop Flow Of Bomb Materials From Pakistan
[National Journal]
Suspected US missile strikes kill 7 in Pakistan
[AP]

Middle East
Washington pushes prospect of Middle East peace deal
[FT]
Iran acknowledges it funds Afghan government
[AP]
Sanctions widen gap between Iranian poor and rich
[Reuters]
Turkey seizes al-Qaeda suspects
[BBC]
Clashes as nationalists march in Israeli Arab town
[BBC]
Anbar Province, Once a Hotbed of Iraqi Insurgency, Demands a Say on Resources
[NYT]
Ruler of UAE’s Ras al Khaimah emirate dies
[AP]

Africa
Sudan president on safer ground as summit shifted
[BBC]
Jailed Eritrean journalist wins press freedom award
[BBC]

Europe
Report: Russia seeks to limit new NATO members
[AP]
Bin Laden warns France over Afghan war, veil ban
[AP]
French MPs adopt pension reform
[BBC]
Romania’s government survives no-confidence vote
[AP]
Germany hopes to make forced marriage a crime
[AP]

Americas
Latin leaders question move to legalize marijuana
[AP]
Venezuela announces takeover of U.S. glass-making plants
[CNN]
Cuba sets out rules and taxes for self-employed workers
[BBC]
Rousseff lead widens to 15 points in Brazil race
[Reuters]
Former Argentine President Nestor Kirchner dies
[AP]

Domestic
Democrats Say Jon Stewart Rally Will Spur Enthusiasm to Vote
[Bloomberg]
Obama to appear on ‘The Daily Show’
[AP]
Path for vote on New START this year goes through Kyl
[FP]
Soros gives $1M to Calif. pot legalization measure
[AP]
U.S. Deports Record Number of Illegal Aliens in 2010
[LAHT]
Fed Gears Up for Stimulus
[WSJ] and Fed looks set for new round of monetary easing [Reuters]
Rockefeller Presses Facebook, MySpace on Privacy; May Write Bill
[Bloomberg]
Bloody Video Games May Get Same Age Curbs as Porn
[Bloomberg]

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Daily International News 10.26.10

October 26, 2010

Daily International News
October 26, 2010

Northeast Asia
Koreas
South Korea to Take Lead Role in Counterproliferation Program
[Korea Herald]
Kim Jong-nam: ‘North Korea will collapse soon’
[Korea Times]
Two Kims inspect N.Korea’s secret police agency
[AFP]
N. Korea announces new ambassador to China
[Yonhap]
Ban says Korea to be bridge at G-20
[JoongAng]

Japan
Japan, worried by China, may boost submarine fleet
[AP]

China
Beijing now worried anti-Japan protests could backfire
[CSM]
China’s Xi Jinping Next Leader Hails Korean War as ‘Great and Just’
[Chosun]
Wife of jailed Nobel winner invites dozens to Oslo
[AP]
EU and WTO seeking solution over China rare earths
[Reuters]
Fast train, big dam show China’s engineering might
[AP]
From 10/25 Taking Harder Stance Toward China, Obama Lines Up Allies [NYT]

Southeast Asia
Myanmar’s democracy icon sidelined for election
[AP]
China campaigning against international probe of possible war crimes in Burma
[WaPo]
Indonesia tsunami kills 113; scores more missing
[AP]
Indonesian volcano erupts, 20 hurt by hot ash
[AP]
UN warns on Vietnam birth ratio
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Analysis: India, U.S. aim to lift defense ties during Obama trip
[Reuters]
Immelt, McNerney Among CEOs to Meet Obama in India
[Bloomberg]

Middle East
Saudi cabinet gives nod to nuclear pact with Russia
[AFP]
Iran begins inserting fuel into nuclear plant core
[Reuters]
Netanyahu visits commando unit behind Gaza ship raid
[Reuters]
Tariq Aziz sentenced to death
[Al Jazeera]
Yemen Interior Ministry imposes ban on weapons
[AP]
Yemeni journalist on trial for Qaeda with Awlaki links
[Reuters]
Syrian leader says US sows chaos overseas
[AP]

Africa
Egypt detains Brotherhood members before vote
[Reuters]
UN PKO Chief in Sudan border clash warning
[BBC]

Europe
Russia most corrupt among global powers, study says
[WaPo] and War-hit countries ‘most corrupt’ [BBC] – LINK TO REPORT
Czechs grant asylum to Cuban political prisoner
[AP]
EU foreign ministers set the stage for clash over financial regulations
[DW]
French strikes lose steam, garbage workers return
[AP]
Bosnia: bones of at least 97 people found in lake
[AP]
George Osborne: GDP figures show recovery is steady
[BBC]
Thatcher ‘making good progress’ in hospital after flu
[BBC]
Paul, the WCup predicting octopus, dies at 2 1/2
[AP]

Americas
Brazil Challenger’s Chances Dim
[WSJ]

Domestic
U.S. Corruption Ranking Slides as Confidence Wanes
[Bloomberg] – LINK TO REPORT
Voters ‘Ripe for Change’ Signal Republicans to Add 6 Governors
[Bloomberg]
G.O.P. Senate Odds Slip on Colorado, West Virginia Polls
[NYT]
In Nevada, it’s can’t live with Harry Reid and can’t live without him
[WaPo]
‘Daily Show’ kicks off visit to D.C.
[WaPo]

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Daily International News 10.22.10

October 22, 2010

Daily International News
October 22, 2010

International
G20 finance ministers resist US pressure over trade
[BBC]

Northeast Asia
Koreas
US admiral warns against another NKorea nuke test
[AP]
S.Korea cannot rule out N.Korea nuclear test
[AFP]
Forum on North Korea scheduled in Palo Alto
[Mercury News]

China/Taiwan
Op-ed: Havel/Tutu: If China frees Nobel winner, it will show its strength [WaPo]
Tokyo urges Japan, China to avoid tit-for-tat claims
[Reuters]
More Tibetan students ‘take to streets over reforms’
[BBC]
Baidu search engine’s profits more than double
[BBC]
China prompts rare earth consumers to look elsewhere
[Reuters] and Japan plans to mine rare earth metals in Vietnam [AP]
China Courts Secessionists In Sudan, Breaking a Mold
[WSJ]
7 dead, 25 missing after typhoon hits Taiwan
[AP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
UN casts doubt over Burma election
[BBC]
Indonesia confirms Papua torture
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
US to announce major military aid package for Pakistan
[BBC]
Pakistani Troops Linked to Abuses Will Lose Aid
[NYT]
Attacks on soldiers, mosque kill 9 in Pakistan
[AP]
Afghan insurgents dismiss peace talks
[Reuters]
Afghan Aid Groups Plan to Leave Over Karzai Decree
[WSJ]
Taliban hit NATO convoy in Afghanistan, killing 3
[AP]
Communists in India Fight to Hold On to Mission
[NYT]

Middle East
Report: Berlusconi doubts effect of Iran sanctions
[AP]
American Iran Embargo Thwarted When Smugglers Ship Made-In-USA
[Bloomberg]
Iraq’s Maliki finishes Mideast tour, seeks support for 2nd term
[WaPo]
Settlers Race to Build Units in West Bank
[NYT]
Influence Of Israel’s Leftist Peace Movement Wanes
[NPR]
Turkish police arrest 5 al Qaeda suspects
[Reuters]

Africa
Niger junta confirms it crushed coup attempt
[Reuters]
Guinea presidential run-off election in doubt
[BBC]

Europe
Police clear refinery as French unions defiant
[Reuters]
France forced to import electricity
[Telegraph]
UK nuclear submarine grounded in accident
[AP]

Americas
Cuba agrees to release five more dissidents
[BBC]
Cholera outbreak hits rural Haiti – 142 dead
[AP]

Domestic
Former president Clinton on mission to rescue Democratic Party in fall elections
[WaPo]
Where President Obama is headed (and what it means)
[WaPo]
AP source: McDonough to be No. 2 security adviser
[AP]
WikiLeaks near release of secret US war documents
[AP]
Costly virtual border fence in tatters
[LA Times]
Barney Frank Lends to Campaign to Fight Anti-Democratic Wave
[Bloomberg]

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Daily International News 10.21.10

October 21, 2010

Daily International News
October 21, 2010

Northeast Asia
Koreas
North wants dialogue with the South
[JoongAng]
Activity detected at North Korea nuclear test site – report
[Reuters]

SKorean gov’t denies North is planning 3rd nuke test
[JoongAng] and Japan Has No Info On North Korean Nuclear Test Plan – Kyodo [WSJ]
Human rights vital for N.Korea ties: US Human Rights Official
[AFP]
South Korea Begins Blocking New North Korean Website
[PC World]
Eruption at Blue House over Xi Jinping’s leaked remarks
[JoongAng]
Korean, U.S. lawmakers ask for changes to FTA
[JoongAng]

China
Blast injures American student in central Beijing [AP]
US official says China’s Hu will visit in January
[AP]

US general: China buildup real but clash avoidable
[AP]
China lashes out at Japan over reported insult
[AP]
China online game allows people to fight officials
[BBC]
Chinese woman forced to abort 8-month-old fetus
[AP]
China’s Economic Growth Cools as Inflation Accelerates
[Bloomberg]

Southeast Asia
Myanmar Supreme Court ‘to consider Suu Kyi appeal’
[AFP]

Myanmar unveils new national flag
[AP]
Bomb kills nine on Philippine bus
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Afghan peace council wants Saudi Arabia’s help
[AP]
Security forces step up patrols in Karachi
[Dawn]

Middle East
Settlers start 600 new homes after ban ends: watchdog
[BBC]
US-Saudi arms deal ripples from Iran to Israel
[AP]

WikiLeaks Prompts U.S. Alert to Iraqis
[WSJ]
Official says President Mubarak to seek new term
[AP]

Africa
Rwanda to charge US lawyer with genocide denial
[AP]
Guinea: Presidential Second Round Run-Off Delayed, Says French Foreign Minister
[All Africa]
UN drops award sponsored by Equatorial Guinea’s Obiang
[BBC]

Europe
French Leader Vows to Punish Violent Protesters
[NYT]
Europe Seen Avoiding Keynes’s Cure for Recession
[NYT]
Russia earmarks 900 state firms for public sale
[BBC]
Putin’s chief of staff named new mayor of Moscow
[AP]
EU Court on Human Rights condemns Moscow gay pride bans
[AP]
Russia close to taking seat at WTO economic table
[WaPo]

Belgian woman who altered parachute gets 30 years
[AP]

Americas
Canadian commander sentenced to life for murders
[AP]
Mexican student given police chief role
[BBC]
Cuba dissident Farinas awarded Sakharov Prize by EU
[BBC]
Brazil presidential candidate Serra hit during scuffle
[BBC]
Lula da Silva promises to defend currency from further appreciation
[MercoPress]

Domestic
Efforts to Prosecute Blackwater Are Collapsing
[NYT]
NPR fires Juan Williams over anti-Muslim remarks
[WaPo]
Military wins temporary reprieve for ‘don’t ask’ policy
[WaPo]
Fannie, Freddie bailout could double, regulator says
[WaPo]
Obama Urges Democrats to Rally Behind Candidates on Nov. 2
[Bloomberg]
Republicans Seek Gains on Bailouts, Health Care: Races to Watch
[Bloomberg]
Christine O’Donnell regrets ‘I’m not a witch’ ad
[AP]
Democrats: McCain is violating campaign spending law bearing his name
[WaPo]
Report Says State Senators Manipulated Casino Bidding
[NYT]
Toyota to Recall 1.5 Million Vehicles for Brake Concerns
[WSJ]

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Daily International News 10.20.10

October 20, 2010

Daily International News
October 20, 2010

Northeast Asia
Koreas
Seoul Arrests Alleged N. Korean Spy
[NYT]
South Korea says open to calls for six-party talks
[Reuters]
South Korea calls on North to honour nuclear deal
[Reuters]
Reporters Without Borders Annual Press Freedom Report puts NKorea 177 out of 178′
[RFERL] [link to report here]

China
China’s Xi lambasted Lee’s North policy
[JoongAng]
China Seeks to Block U.N. Report on Darfur, Diplomats Say
[Reuters]
Tibetan students protest use of Chinese in classes
[AP]
US inquiry into China rare earth shipments
[BBC] and China denies reports of rare earth export quota cut [Xinhua]
China prepares for first census in 10 years
[AP]
China’s Move May Push Capital Controls in Asia
[WSJ]
Southern China braces for deadly typhoon
[AP]

Japan
Japan’s empress, 76, says she’s slowing down
[AP]

South/Central Asia
Toll in Karachi bloodshed rises to 33
[Dawn]
Afghanistan annuls nearly a quarter of ballots
[AP]
Taliban Elite, Aided by NATO, Join Talks for Afghan Peace
[NYT]
Systemic failures led to Afghanistan suicide attack, CIA says
[WaPo]

Middle East
Iran to try US hikers accused of spying in November
[BBC]
In Qom, Iran’s supreme leader Khamenei aims to cement leadership over clerics
[CSM]
Kuwait drama stirs debate on Gulf Arab ties to Iran
[Reuters]
Roadside Bombing in Iraq Strikes Convoy Carrying U.N. Diplomat
[NYT]
Iraq auctions off three major gas fields
[Reuters]

Africa
Africa: Continent Fails to Benefits From Foreign Trade
[All Africa]
British aid worker kidnapped in Somalia freed
[AP]
Ethiopia using aid to suppress dissent: rights group
[AFP]

Europe
UK government stakes its future on austerity plan
[AP]
French police break blockades at three oil depots
[BBC]
Embattled Zapatero shuffles Spanish cabinet
[CNN]
Czech neo-Nazis jailed for Roma attack
[BBC]
Italian court keeps block on Vatican Bank funds
[Reuters]
Pope names D.C. archbishop, 23 others to be new cardinals
[WaPo]

Americas
Dilma Rousseff seems back on track and leads with 51% vote intention
[MercoPress]
Colombia tries to stop rebels from getting nuclear arms
[BBC]
Canadian Commander Videotaped Murders
[NYT]

Domestic
Military Can’t Enforce ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ During Appeal
[Bloomberg]
GOP in Lead in Final Lap
[WSJ]
President Obama to stop by ‘The Daily Show’
[WaPo]
Obama Heads West Aiming to Defend Democratic Hold on Key States
[Bloomberg]
Clarence Thomas’s Wife Asks Anita Hill for Apology
[NYT]
Bank of America Accused of Racketeering in Foreclosure Lawsuit
[Bloomberg]
Microsoft Agrees to Unbundle Software in Deal With NYC
[NYT]

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Daily International News 10.19.10

October 19, 2010

Daily International News
October 19, 2010

Northeast Asia
Japan
Japanese economy ‘at standstill’
[BBC]
Japan Calls for Currency-Market Cooperation
[WSJ]

China
US diplomat praises Chinese premier’s reform talk
[AP]
China says committed to U.N. sanctions on Iran
[Reuters]
China Nobel winner’s wife still under house arrest
[AP] and Holder asks China to release Nobel winner [AP]
Report: China to reduce rare earths exports
[AP]
China surprises with first rate rise since 2007
[Reuters]
AP Interview: Taiwan’s Ma moves ahead with China
[AP]
After 13 die in Philippines, typhoon aims at China
[AP]

Japan/China
Japan PM and ministers avoid war shrine amid China row
[Reuters]
Japan promises to talk to China despite protests
[AP]

South/Central Asia
Indian gov’t: Pakistan spies tied to Mumbai siege
[AP]
Pakistan suspends scores of MPs
[Al Jazeera]
Curfew clamped in four districts of Kashmir Valley
[Times of India]
2 NATO service members killed in south Afghanistan
[AP]

Middle East
Netanyahu says loyalty oath bill to be amended
[AP]
Saudi says it warned of al-Qaida threat from Yemen
[AP]
Saudi prince found guilty of murdering servant in hotel
[BBC]
U.S. Envoy to Meet With Iran’s Neighbors
[WSJ]
Iran joins international group’s talks on Afghan strategy
[WaPo]
Iran welcomes Chavez as partner against Western “bullies”
[Reuters]
Iraq blast targeting policeman kills 8 relatives
[AP]

Africa
Killings in Nigeria Are Linked to Islamic Sect
[NYT]
Int’l court rejects ex-Congo VP war crimes appeal
[AP]
South Sudanese agree on post-secession elections, census
[Reuters]
UN redeploys peacekeepers in Sudan’s Abyei flashpoint
[AFP]
Status quo in W. Sahara ‘untenable’: UN envoy
[AFP]

Europe
Gunmen Dead After Attack on Chechen Parliament
[NYT]
UK’s Cameron announces military austerity plan
[AP]
French retirement protests take violent turn
[AP]
EU drops legal action against France over Roma
[Reuters]
Russia to go to NATO summit, eyeing missile role
[Reuters]
Dutch anti-Islam MP been denied fair trial -lawyer
[Reuters]

Americas
Mexican authorities seize 105 tons of marijuana
[AP]
Threat grows as Mexican cartels move to beef up U.S. presence
[WaPo]
Top Canadian Commander Pleads Guilty to Murders
[NYT]

Domestic
Judge tentatively rejects ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ stay request
[LAT]
Meeting Pakistanis, U.S. Will Try to Fix Relations
[NYT]
Obama Wave That Swept Out Republicans Recedes in House Rematch
[Bloomberg]
U.S. Pushes to Ease Technical Obstacles to Wiretapping
[NYT]
Geithner Weak Dollar Seen as U.S. Recovery Route
[Bloomberg]
Geithner vows U.S. will not devalue dollar
[Reuters]
Banks Restart Foreclosures
[WSJ]