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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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