Archive for December, 2010

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Daily International News 12.30.10

December 30, 2010

Daily International News
December 30, 2010

Northeast Asia
Koreas
North Korea threat grows with new forces – South report [Reuters]
Is Iran About to Test a Nuclear Bomb In North Korea? [Fox News]
Russia urges North Korea to return to IAEA control [Voice of Russia]
Unification Ministry adopts policy of aggressive pressure against N.Korea [Hankyoreh]
N.Korea’s Cross-Border Business with China Picking Up [Chosun Ilbo]
Train carrying gifts for North Korea heir derailed – report [Reuters]
North Korea bends it like Beckham in UK film first [BBC]
Russia calls on Koreas to stop “muscle flexing” [Reuters]
China
China’s online population hits 450 million [AP]
China to go after Internet phone services [AP]

South/Central/Southeast Asia
Sri Lanka bans BBC again from war inquiry panel [BBC]
Thai court jails ‘yellow shirt’ group over TV invasion [BBC]
India Struggles to Protect Flow of Iranian Oil [NYT]
Blast kills at least 14 civilians in Afghanistan [AP]

Middle East
Former Israeli president convicted of rape [AP]
Israel – Iran nuclear bomb ‘still three years away’ [BBC]
Israel Confirms Major Gas Find [NYT]
Yemen frees jailed Shia rebels in ‘peace deal’ [BBC]

Africa
Ivory Coast on brink of “genocide” – envoy to U.N.[Reuters]
UN: Forces obstruct Ivory Coast mass grave probe [AP]
Sudan’s President Bashir calls time on Darfur talks [BBC]
Somaliland jails Russians over weapons for Puntland [BBC]
Nigerian Islamist attacks kill police and civilians [BBC]
Guinea President Alpha Conde purges top civil servants [BBC]

Europe/UK
Greek motorcycle bomb damages court buildings [AP]
1 suspect in Denmark terror case released, 3 held [AP]
Russian tycoon Khodorkovsky gets 6 more years [AP]
Vatican creates financial watchdog amid bank probe [AP]
NI water crisis may continue until next week [BBC]
Ed Miliband says planned cuts are choice, not necessity [BBC]
Charity chief warns cuts could ‘kill off’ Big Society [BBC]
Union leader says 2011 will be ‘horrible’ year [BBC]

Americas
US revokes Venezuela ambassador’s visa amid Chavez row [BBC]

Domestic
The List: what’s out, what’s in as 2011 dawns [WaPo]
James Cole appointed to deputy AG job; new ambassador dispatched to Syria [WaPo]
What the tea party wants from the Constitution [WaPo]
State to certify Murkowski as Alaska Senate winner [AP]
Some GOP stalwarts defend first lady’s anti-obesity campaign from Palin’s shots [WaPo]
Economic forecasters see growth in 2011, but risk factors remain [WaPo]
Christine O’Donnell, ex-Senate candidate, subject of federal campaign funds probe [WaPo]
Ex-car czar Rattner settles NY probe for $10M [AP]

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Daily International News 12.29.10

December 29, 2010

Daily International News
December 29, 2010

Northeast Asia
Koreas
South Korea’s Lee calls for six-party talks
[WaPo]

S. Korea outlines plan to push N. Korea to drop nuclear arms, open up
[Yonhap]
S Korea to seek strengthened military deterrence against DPRK
[Xinhua]
Gates to add quick stop in Seoul
[Global Times]
Kim Jong-un in Running for CNN’s Most Intriguing Person of 2010
[Chosun]

South Korea Names North’s Regime ‘Enemy,’ Seeks Change
[Bloomberg]
The latest must haves in North Korea: Skinny jeans, blue crabs… and human excrement
[Daily Mail]

China
Chinese missile shifts power in Pacific
[FT]

China’s FM to Visit U.S. Ahead of President Hu Jintao
[Chosun]
China’s spats call into question ‘peaceful rise’
[AP]
China issues first anti-corruption white paper, pledging firmer actions
[Xinhua]
China to cut crucial rare earths export quotas
[AP]

Japan
Okinawa governor hoping to visit U.S. for direct talks on base issues
[Mainichi]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Aung San Suu Kyi: Burma’s First Lady of Freedom
[Time]
Rising rivers prompt evacuations in Australia
[AP]

Central/South Asia
Commander: US can’t seal Afghan-Pakistan border
[AP]

Pakistan’s ruling party in crisis negotiations
[AP]
NATO strikes kill Taliban in Afghanistan’s Tora Bora
[Reuters]
2 French reporters captive in Afghanistan for year
[AP]

Middle East
Suicide bombers kill police chief in Mosul attack
[Reuters]
India Joins U.S. Effort to Stifle Iran Trade
[WSJ]
MPs file ‘no co-operation’ motion against Kuwait ruler
[BBC]

Africa
Envoys to return to Ivory Coast next week – Cape Verde
[Reuters]
Islamist sect kills 3 in fresh Nigeria attack
[Reuters]
Tunisian president criticizes rioters, urges calm
[AP]

Europe
Danish, Swedish police arrest 5 terror suspects charged with Muhammad cartoon plot
[AP]
Package at U.S. embassy to Vatican false alarm
[Reuters]

Hungary’s tough new laws worry other EU countries
[AP]
German airport boss sparks debate about passenger profiling
[Deutsche Welle]
Clegg aims to calm Lib Dem fears in New Year message
[BBC]
Lib Dem deputy Simon Hughes appointed to education role
[BBC]
Pope to issue new bank norms amid laundering probe
[AP]
Northern Ireland faces mounting water crisis
[AP]

Americas
Cuba commutes sentence of last death row inmate
[BBC]
Colombia drug lord Pedro Guerrero ‘may be dead’
[BBC]
41 Mexican prison guards charged in mass jailbreak
[AP]

Domestic
Obama’s Traveling Team Stays Focused on Terror
[NYT]
Hawaii’s governor wants to reveal Obama birth info
[AP]
The Most Interesting Senate Race of 2012? It Might Be Virginia
[NYT]
Murkowski takes first step toward certification as Alaska Senate race winner
[WaPo]
With health-care overhaul plan, Wyden and Brown become Senate’s odd couple
[WaPo]
Housing Recovery Stalls
[WSJ]
New GOP House Rules Pave The Way For More Tax Cuts, Deficits
[TPM]

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Daily International News 12.28.10

December 28, 2010

Daily International News
December 28, 2010

Northeast Asia
Koreas
South Korea must unite to survive, says President Lee
[BBC]
Gates to show S Korea solidarity
[FT]
SKorean activists rally against NKorean shelling
[AP]
North Korean Air Force increases training flights
[JoongAng]

China
Chinese FM to visit U.S.to prepare for Hu’s visit
[Xinhua]
China moving toward deploying anti-carrier missile
[AP]
China shrinks rare earths export quota
[AP]
Top China blogger shuts down magazine
[AP]
Uighur reporter jailed for life in secret Chinese trial
[Radio Australia]
Chinese investigative reporter dies after attack
[AP]

Japan
Leaked Senkaku video (part 3) shows direct collision
[Mainichi]
Japan DPJ’s Ozawa to appear at ethics panel
[Reuters]
Japan’s greenhouse gas emissions fall by 5.7 percent; on target to meet Kyoto Protocol
[Mainichi]
Japan postpones launch of emissions trading from 2013
[Mainichi]

South/Central Asia
Drone strike kills 18 alleged militants in Pakistan
[WaPo]
India issues nationwide terror alert
[Guardian]
India launches sharia stock index for Muslims
[AFP]

Middle East
Netanyahu says interim deal possible if talks fail
[Reuters]
Israeli companies to help build Palestinian city
[AP]
Iran says West hostility jeopardizes nuclear talks
[AP]
Iran hangs man convicted of spying for Mossad – IRNA
[Reuters]
2 Germans detained in Iran meet family members
[AP]
Iraqi PM Maliki: Troops out by 2012
[Politico]
Two suicide bombings kill 17 in central Iraq
[The National]

Africa
Radical Nigerian Muslim group claims attacks
[AP]
Gbagbo camp rebuffs presidents’ Ivory Coast ultimatum
[Reuters]
Youth unemployment sparks Tunisian tinderbox
[AFP]
One of only ten ‘Ghostly’ Saharan cheetah filmed in Niger
[BBC]

Europe
Assange’s memoir advance tops $1 million
[Politico]
Russia rejects criticism of Khodorkovsky’s trial
[AP]
Online petition plan for Parliament to go ahead
[BBC]

Americas
No police in Mexico town after last officer kidnapped
[BBC]
Haiti PM criticises post-earthquake rebuilding efforts
[BBC]

Domestic
2011 starts with China up front
[Politico]
U.S. plans push for fissile material ban: official
[Reuters]
New House Members Wake Up to Redistricting
[NYT]
Tests of ‘Roe’ more frequent since justices upheld late-term abortion ban in ’07
[WaPo]
Obama administration steps up monitoring of banks that miss TARP payments
[WaPo]
Obama’s Budget Delayed a Week
[WSJ]
The Northeast Blizzard: One More Sign of Global Warming
[TIME]

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Daily International News 12.20.10

December 20, 2010

Daily International News
December 20, 2010

Northeast Asia
Koreas
North Korea blinks
[FP]
North Korea Says It Will Not Retaliate After South’s Drills
[NYT]
Richardson: North Korea offers to return remains of U.S. troops
[CNN]
From 12/19 U.N. Security Council deadlocked on Korean crisis [Reuters]
South Korea on ‘high alert’ after exercises
[FT]
South Korea detains Chinese fishermen
[FT]
China
Chinese, Russian FMs call for restraint on Korean Peninsula
[Xinhua]
Chinese envoy arrives in Taiwan for talks
[AP]
Facebook’s CEO visits China’s top search engine
[AP]
Chinese endure power shortages as coal runs short
[AP]
Japan
Public support for Kan Cabinet dips to 24 percent: Mainichi poll
[Mainichi]

South/Central Asia
Afghanistan guardedly backs U.S. review
[Reuters]
Afghanistan plans to open parliament on January 20
[Reuters]
China PM Wen Jiabao hails Pakistani anti-terror efforts
[BBC]

Middle East
Iran hangs 11 Jundallah Sunni militants
[BBC]
Iran set for fuel hike backlash
[Al Jazeera]
Egypt charges businessman for spying for Israel
[AP]
Allawi will take part in Iraq’s coalition government
[CNN]

Africa
Islamic Sudan Envisioned if South Secedes
[NYT]
Côte d’Ivoire: UN Chief Underlines Warning Against Attacking Peacekeepers
[All Africa]
U.N.: Thousands flee Ivory Coast amid fears of regional conflict
[CNN]

Europe
British Police Detain 12 on Suspicion of Terrorism
[NYT]
Lord chief justice approves use of Twitter for court reporting
[Guardian]
West decries flaws, violence in Belarus election
[AP]
Snow disrupts travel across northern Europe
[CNN]

Americas
WikiLeaks: Uribe willing to accept US military forces fearing an attack from Venezuela
[MercoPress]
Brazil’s Lula says he might seek office again
[Reuters]
Oil pipeline explosion kills 27 in Mexico
[CNN]

Domestic
Rare-Earth Miner in U.S. Tackles China, Its Own Past
[WSJ]
Republicans fail in second bid to amend START
[Reuters]
Senate Democrats Make Final Push to Ratify Nuclear Arms Treaty
[Bloomberg]
Gates Says ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal Will Be Successful
[Bloomberg]
Food-safety measure passes Senate in Sunday surprise
[WaPo]
NY Rep. King: I’ll hold hearings on radical Islam
[AP]
Top Secret America
[WaPo]

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Daily International News 12.17.10

December 17, 2010

Daily International News
December 17, 2010

Northeast Asia
Koreas
As Richardson Visits, North Korea Assails South
[NYT]
N Korea vows retaliation if S. Korea conducts live-fire drills near border
[Yonhap]
JCS General: South Korea drill could cause ‘chain reaction’
[CNN]
Russia calls on South Korea to halt military drill
[Reuters]
North Korea Breaks Into Twitter, Facebook, YouTube
[The Atlantic]
IAEA awaiting deal to send nuclear inspectors back to N.Korea
[Ria Novosti]
Japan
Japan Announces Defense Policy to Counter China
[NYT]
China responds to Japan’s new defense guidelines, saying China poses no threat to anybody
[Xinhua]
China
China Set to Lease North Korean Islands for free-trade zone
[Jakarta Globe]
Family: China denies prison visits to Nobel winner
[AP]
Dalai Lama said climate trumps Tibet politics
[AP]
Vatican in new clash with China over church
[AP]
China PM to bolster strong Pakistan ties after India
[Reuters]

South/Central Asia
Kabul silent over Obama’s Afghan war review
[Reuters]
India accused of widespread Kashmir torture – cables
[Reuters]
Fourth drone strike in two days kills 24 in Pakistan
[Reuters]
Kyrgyzstan sets up new coalition [BBC]

 

Middle East
Bomb hits US Embassy vehicle in Yemen
[AP]
Iraq offers Iran anti-terror help
[AFP]
‘Israeli spying devices’ found in Lebanon
[BBC]

Africa
Sudan: UN Peacekeeping Chief Warns of Risks Ahead of Independence Vote in Southern Sudan
[All Africa]
Ivory Coast: Gbagbo under pressure to stand down
[BBC]
Zimbabwe’s Mugabe vows retaliation against West
[AP]
Kenya’s water minister questioned over corruption
[Reuters]

Europe
UK, German officials: No new holiday terror plot
[AP]
Italy’s Berlusconi says will see out his term
[Reuters]
Fierce fight in Ukraine parliament injures 6
[AP]
Dutch government to seek approval for new Afghan mission
[AP]
European Report Cites Need to Regain Ground With U.S.
[NYT]
EU leaders agree to more economic cooperation
[AP]

Americas
Mexico summoning Interpol’s aid to catch outlaw lawmaker
[WaPo]
US aid worker jailed in Haiti kidnapping case
[AP]

Domestic
Local
DC metro anti-terrorism teams to begin random bag inspections to avert attacks
[WaPo]
Congress
Reid Says Senate Vote on Russia Arms Treaty Expected Next Week
[Bloomberg]
Senate plans vote this weekend on ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’
[WaPo]
Rape Victims Ask, Military Won’t Tell on Assaults: Ann Woolner
[Bloomberg]
Republicans Kill $1.2 Trillion ‘Omnibus’ U.S. Spending Measure
[Bloomberg]
Obama to sign tax deal Friday afternoon
[CNN]
Foreign Relations
Replacing Holbrooke not so easy
[WaPo]
WikiLeaks: Julian Assange says he expects US to charge him with spying
[Telegraph]
Blackwater: ‘US at fault’ for killings
[Al Jazeera]
Other
Big Settlement With Madoff Investor Near
[NYT]
California Adopts Cap And Trade
[WSJ]
Mark Twain autobiography, embargoed for 100 years, a bestseller
[NYT]

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Daily International News 12.16.10

December 16, 2010

Daily International News
December 16, 2010

Northeast Asia
Koreas
Bill Richardson arrives in Pyongyang
[AP]
N. Korea says it supports dialogue but will never “beg” for it
[Yonhap]
South Korea moves to boost ties with China in wake of North Korea attacks
[CSM]
N.Korea’s Nuke Tech ‘Much More Advanced’ Than Iran’s
[Chosun]
North Korea digging tunnel for spring nuclear test – report
[Reuters]
S. Korea to stage live-fire drill on border island shelled by N. Korea
[Yonhap]
Strategist tapped for top ROK Army post
[JoongAng]
U.S. missile-defense test fails over Pacific
[Reuters]
China
Wen brings finance to cement India ties
[FT]
China tunnel links last isolated Tibetan county to highway
[AP]
27 fishermen missing after boat capsizes off China
[AP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
PM defends Australia’s border policies
[CNN]
WikiLeaks: Singapore Lee says Myanmar ‘stupid’
[AP]
Malaysia MPs suspend Anwar Ibrahim over Israel comment
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Obama to speak on Afghan review, visit tribal chiefs
[WaPo]
Overview of the AfPak Review
[NYT]
July troop withdrawal on track, review of Afghan war strategy indicates
[WaPo]
Pakistani officials say US missiles kill 7 in NW
[AP]

Middle East
Arabs reject Middle East peace talks without US plan
[BBC]
Palestinian Authority cracks down on mosques to promote moderate Islam
[WaPo]
U.N. Security Council votes to end several Hussein-era sanctions against Iraq
[WaPo]
Israel can’t defeat Hezbollah – Israeli expert
[Reuters]
Iran arrests eight behind suicide blasts – report
[Reuters]

Africa
Côte d’Ivoire: Ouattara Urges Supporters to Take Charge of State TV And Top Office
[All Africa]
Ivory Coast: Ouattara’s party says 18 dead
[AP]
ICC names Kenya violence suspects
[Al Jazeera]
Senegal recalls Tehran ambassador over arms shipment
[BBC]
Mugabe’s wife sues paper over Wikileaks story: report
[AFP]
Nigeria oil delta raids kill 14
[AFP]

Europe/UK
High court grants bail to Julian Assange
[Guardian]
UK’s Ed Miliband rebukes ex-DefMin over ‘legalise drugs’ call
[Guardian]
Sweden: Bomber may not have acted alone
[AP]
Fears of Extremism Widen to Scandinavia
[WSJ]
Court backs tourist ban for Dutch cannabis coffee shops
[BBC]
New Turkish military coup trial begins for 200
[AP]
Russian ethnic riots: Hundreds arrested in Moscow
[BBC]
Kosovo PM seeks to sue European investigator
[AP]
Court: Irish abortion ban violates women’s rights
[AP]
Discord remains as EU leaders prepare to tackle eurozone stability
[Deutsche Welle]

Americas
Gulf of Mexico leak: BP shares hit over legal move
[BBC]
Wikileaks on Cuba: Fidel Castro ‘nearly died’
[BBC]

Domestic
Congress
House votes again to end ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’
[WaPo]
Senate agrees to open talks on new arms treaty with Russia
[WaPo]
Congress is on the brink of major action – or not
[LAT]
State Department
U.S. Tries to Build Case for Conspiracy by WikiLeaks
[NYT]
Hillary Clinton’s vision for foreign policy on a tight budget
[CSM]
White House
U.S. Rethinks Strategy for the Unthinkable
[NYT]
Presidential commission urges caution on ‘synthetic biology’
[WaPo]
Other
Liberal media watchdog: Fox News e-mail shows network’s slant on climate change
[WaPo]
Florida judge to rule on health-care challenge by states
[WaPo]
Stuxnet ‘virus’ could be altered to attack US facilities, report warns
[CSM]
Artist asks to withdraw work from ‘Hide/Seek’ exhibit to protest video removal
[WaPo]

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Daily International News 12.13.10

December 13, 2010

Daily International News
December 13, 2010

Northeast Asia
Koreas
NKorea threatens SKorea with nuclear war
[AP]
South Korean drills draw more threats from North Korea
[WaPo]
N.Korea Sends Top Diplomat to Russia
[Chosun]
Fishermen missing in Antarctic as South Korea ship sinks
[BBC]
North Korea campaigned for Eric Clapton performance, cable reveals
[CNN]

Japan/China
New Japanese defense plan emphasizes threat of China
[WaPo] and Strength and power in seas off Japan [BBC]
China’s Wen to visit India amid trade, land spats
[AP]
BBC website unblocked in China
[BBC]
Mongolian activist likely released from China jail
[AP]
Chinese archaeologists unearth 2,400-year-old ‘soup’
[BBC]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Indonesian cleric Ba’asyir facing terrorism charges
[BBC]
Myanmar: a pariah nation with lots of friends
[AP]
Aussie spooks feared Iran nuclear war
[The Australian]

South/Central Asia
Arrests in Afghan attack that killed 6 US troops
[AP]

Middle East
Netanyahu rules out Jerusalem split
[Al Jazeera]
Middle East peace: Elders urge ‘revised’
[BBC]
Iran’s president fires foreign minister
[AP]
Iran conducts large military exercise
[AP]
Joint Chiefs chair in Iraq, meeting prime minister
[AP]
Iraq: Two suicide bomb attacks kill 13
[BBC]

Africa
Ivorian troops gather close to Ouattara HQ
[Reuters]
Darfur leader ‘ready to do battle’
[Al Jazeera]
Egypt protesters say new parliament is ‘void’
[AP]
Nigerian military seizes rebel camps in oil region
[AFP]

Europe
Police: Stockholm attacker had 3 sets of bombs
[AP]
UK fears pro-WikiLeaks attacks on gov’t websites
[AP]
Berlusconi pleas with parliament ahead of vote
[AP]
Medvedev Warns Against Ethnic Attacks
[NYT]
Kosovo PM Hashim Thaci claims election victory
[BBC]
Ukraine to open Chernobyl area to tourists in 2011
[AP]

Americas
Haiti re-opens election appeals in plea for calm
[AP]
Mexicans march in support of ‘Craziest’ kingpin
[Miami Herald]
Ousted Honduran leader rejects leaked memo charges
[AP]

Domestic
Obama faces fight over missile defense as he presses New START ratification
[WaPo]
Clinton off to Canada for North America talks
[AP]
Holbrooke’s Rare Condition Is Painful, Often Fatal, Doctors Say
[Bloomberg]
Decision Day for Michael Steele at RNC?
[WaPo]
Tax Deal Set to Pass Senate
[WSJ]