Daily International News 12.20.10

December 20, 2010

Daily International News
December 20, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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