Daily International News 12.17.10

December 17, 2010

Daily International News
December 17, 2010

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

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


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

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

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

Mexico summoning Interpol’s aid to catch outlaw lawmaker
US aid worker jailed in Haiti kidnapping case

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


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