Archive for February, 2011

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Daily International News 02.28.11

February 28, 2011

Daily International News
February 28, 2011

Jasmine Revolution
Op-ed: Mideast Without Despots Needs Different U.S. Surge: Albert Hunt
[Bloomberg]
Libya
Clinton urges Gaddafi to step down
[Al Jazeera]
Libya oil chief: Production down 50 percent
[AP]
World raises pressure on Libya, rebels hold key towns
[Reuters]
Criticism-hit France sends aid to Libya opposition
[BBC]
EU approves wide sanctions against Libya
[AP]
Cameron: UK planning for no-fly zone over Libya
[AP]
Libyan Gov’t Continues to Blames Islamic Militants and the West for Unrest
[NYT]
NAfrica
Mubarak given travel ban by Egypt
[BBC]
Tunisian interim prime minister resigns
[LAT]
Arabian Peninsula
Bahrain protesters block parliament
[AP]
Oman protesters stage third day of unrest
[AP]

East Asia
SKorea, US begin annual drills amid NKorean
[AP]
S. Korea not mulling return of U.S. tactical nuclear weapons: gov’t
[Yonhap]
China again cracks down on planned protests across country
[McClatchy]
China says population rises to 1.34 billion
[AFP]
Diplomats slam China harassment of journalists
[AP]
Vietnam activist Nguyen Dan Que held for uprising call
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
US repositions troops in eastern Afghanistan
[AP]
Gates warns against future land wars like Iraq, Afghanistan
[LAT]
NATO: 4 service members killed in Afghanistan
[AP]
Agriculture reform key to India budget
[FT]

Middle East
Barak: Assad ready to consider Israel-Syria peace deal
[Haaretz]
Iraqi court gives Briton 20 years over slayings
[AP]
After protests, Iraq PM urges early local vote
[AP]
Iran: Outside contact with opposition leaders cut
[AP]

Africa
Sudan: Abyei ethnic clashes mar peace deal
[BBC]
Assailants attack Congo president’s home; 9 dead
[AP]
Kenya rights group warns of 2012 vote violence
[AP]

Europe
UN chief accuses Belarus of violating Ivory Coast arms embargo
[CNN]
Belarus presidential hopeful says he was tortured
[AP]
Fine Gael to open Irish coalition talks
[BBC]
Italy’s Berlusconi back on trial for tax fraud
[AP]
British Airways worker guilty of plane bomb plot
[AP]
Call to extend Catholic-Jewish amity to Islam
[Reuters]

Americas
U.S. subcontractor jailed in Cuba to face trial
[McClatchy]
Mexico arrests two more in US agent Jaime Zapata murder
[BBC]
Carnival accident kills 16 in Brazil
[AP]

Domestic
Good Newt and Bad Newt
[WaPo]
The true key states for Obama in ’12
[WaPo]
GOP spending plan would cost 700,000 jobs, new report says
[WaPo]
Wisconsin protesters stay put; defiant governor holds ground
[CNN]
Deal on Spending Cuts Would Defer Tougher Decisions
[WSJ]
Last US veteran of WWI dies in W. Va. at age 110
[AP]
Oscar 2011 winners: ‘King’s Speech’ rules the night
[EW]

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Daily International News 02.24.11

February 24, 2011

Daily International News
February 24, 2011

Jasmine Revolution
Middle East Protests: A Country-by-Country Look
[NYT]

Libya
Obama Vows to Put Pressure on Qaddafi, Sends Clinton for Talks
[Bloomberg]
Qaddafi Massing Forces in Tripoli as Rebellion Spreads
[NYT]
4,500 Chinese escape Libya by sea; Americans stuck
[AP]
Arabian Peninsula
Yemen to ‘protect protesters’
[Al Jazeera]
Iraqis rally through social media in “day of rage”
[Reuters]
Bahrain: no arrest planned for opposition leader
[AP]
Lebanon blocks Bahraini activist from flying home
[Reuters]
Egypt
Former Egyptian minister, state TV boss arrested
[AP]
Egypt’s Suleiman survived assassination bid
[Reuters]

Northeast Asia
Charities warn of food shortages in North Korea
[BBC]

Governors to Meet ‘Rising Star’ Zhou as U.S.-China Ties Deepen
[Bloomberg]
China plans 45 new airports as travel booms
[AP]
Shanghai announces ‘one-dog policy’
[BBC]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Quake death toll now 98, with 200 more missing: PM
[SMH]
Indonesian court jails Islamist preacher for spurring violence
[Reuters]

South/Central Asia
Pakistan’s intelligence ready to split with CIA
[AP]

Pakistani officials: US missiles kill 6 in NW
[AP]
The United States Talks to the Taliban
[CFR]

Afghan suicide car bombing injures dozens
[BBC]
India Maoists set new conditions for magistrate release
[BBC]

Middle East
Iranian warships arrive in Syria, witness says
[AP]
Suicide bomber in western Iraq kills 8
[AP]
Netanyahu: Israel will not suffer the bombardment of its citizens
[Haaretz]

Africa
Yemen: Somali refugees drown after boat capsizes
[BBC]
Somalia: Heavy Fighting Breaks Out in New Mogadishu Areas
[All Africa]
Zimbabwe holds 46 for attending lecture on Egypt unrest
[BBC]
Ivory Coast fighting threatens 6-year ceasefire
[AP]

Europe
Russia to buy 1000 helicopters by 2020
[Ria Novosti]
Julian Assange to be extradited to Sweden
[Guardian]

Americas
U.S. says Cuba sets trial date for jailed contractor
[Reuters]
Exclusive: Obama to offer infrastructure finance for Brazil
[Reuters]
Mexico arrests suspect in US agent Jaime Zapata killing
[BBC]

Domestic
Saudi Arabian citizen attending West Texas college charged in suspected bombing plot
[Dallas News]

Ex-Asahi Reporter Somnez Authors WaPo Blog 2chambers!
[WaPo]
In Shift, U.S. Says Marriage Act Blocks Gay Rights
[NYT] and Gay marriage policy change: Questions and answers [AP]
Wisconsin assembly agrees to union bill vote, as troopers seek Democratic senators
[WaPo]
U.S. Government Shutdown Looms as Lawmakers Deadlock Over Budget
[Bloomberg]
Huckabee, ‘Seriously’ Weighing Presidential Run, Bides His Time
[Bloomberg]
Another Runaway General: Army Deploys Psy-Ops on U.S. Senators
[Rolling Stone]
Pirates could face trial in US over American deaths
[BBC]
Toyota recalls 2.2 mln vehicles over pedal issues
[Reuters]
Space shuttle Discovery fueled for its last flight
[Reuters]
Honolulu asking for apology from Rush Limbaugh on racist China remarks
[AP]

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Daily International News 02.23.11

February 23, 2011

Daily International News
February 23, 2011

‘Jasmine Revolutions’ – North Africa
Libya: Ex-official kidnapped; interior minister said he resigned
[CNN]

Libya crew abort bombing mission on Benghazi: report
[Reuters]
Sarkozy becomes first to urge sanctions against Libya
[FT]

Report: Ex-minister says Gadhafi ordered Lockerbie
[AP] Original article – “Khadaffi gav order om Lockerbie-attentatet” [Expressen]
Italian Energy Company Suspends Gas Pipeline to Libya
[NYT]
Background: Economist’s Mapping the Arab World
From 02/22 Algeria’s state of emergency to be lifted ‘imminently’ [BBC]
Banks Scrutinize Tunisian Ben Ali Regimes’ Assets
[WSJ]
Egypt’s cabinet, under attack, meets for first time
[Reuters]
Middle East
Saudi king announces new benefits
[Al Jazeera]
Bahrain releases prisoners as king leaves country on trip
[CNN]
First Protester Deaths at Yemen Rally
[WSJ]

Northeast Asia
China/HK
Four face execution for killings in China’s Xinjiang
[BBC]
China detains citizens who spread call to protest
[AP]

‘Poisoned’ Chinese workers turn to Apple for help
[BBC]
Hong Kong grows at 6.8% in 2010 helped by Chinese money
[BBC]
Koreas
N. Korea accuses S. Korea of provoking Nov. attack on border island
[Yonhap]
SKorea, China worry over NKorea’s nuclear program
[AP]
Japan
Pakistani president asks Kan for same nuke cooperation deal given India
[Mainichi]
Pressure on Japan PM grows as MP leaves govt post
[Reuters]

South/Central/SE Asia/Pacific
US talks with Myanmar’s Suu Kyi about aid
[AP]

New Zealand police warn of rising death toll
[FT]
Thousands protest against high food prices in Delhi
[BBC]

Middle East
Israel to Europe: Iran ships augur nuclear spread
[Reuters]
Israeli tanks strike Gaza after mortar attack
[AP]

Africa
Gbagbo loyalists killed in Ivory Coast ambush
[Reuters]

Coptic Christian priest killed in southern Egypt
[AP]

Europe
Greeks return to the streets to protest austerity cuts
[Deutsche Welle]
From 02/22 Thachi re-elected Kosovo PM despite organ controversy’ [BBC]
London Mayor Boris Johnson accused of ‘barefaced lies’ over police numbers
[Guardian]

Americas
More than 11,000 migrants kidnapped in Mexico
[AP]
Mexico economic growth hits 10-year high
[BBC]
Brazil sues ex-president, ex-minister over letters
[CNN]

Domestic
Obama Said Likely to Name NSC’s Shapiro as Ambassador to Israel
[Bloomberg]
Thousands March on State Capitols as Union Fight Spreads
[NYT]
From 02/22 Rahm Emanuel elected Chicago mayor, avoids April runoff with majority of vote [WaPo]
U.S. big surfing contest wipes out, no waves
[Reuters]
Christine O’Donnell ponders ‘Dancing With the Stars’ gig
[WaPo]

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Daily International News 02.22.11

February 22, 2011

Daily International News
February 22, 2011

NAfrica/Middle East Uprisings
Bahrain
Bahrain leaders urge country to embrace ‘national dialogue’
[CNN]
Yemen
Yemen protesters clash with regime loyalists
[AFP]
Egypt
Egypt’s military to move on cabinet, march expected
[Reuters]
Libya
Desperate Gaddafi clings to power
[FT]
Fidel Castro says US plans NATO invasion of Libya
[AP]
Chinese President, Premier order “all-out efforts” to secure life, property of nationals in Libya
[Xinhua]
Libya crisis: UN security council to meet over Gaddafi crackdown
[Guardian]
Oil prices surge on Libya unrest
[CNN]
LSE cuts ties with Libyan leader’s son
[AFP]
Venezuela says Hague’s Gaddafi comments ‘irresponsible’
[BBC]
From 02/21 Sudan’s President, in Power Since 1989, Won’t Run Again, Spokesman Says [NYT]

Northeast Asia
Starving N. Korea begs for food, but U.S. has concerns about resuming aid
[WaPo]
ROK presidential aide to visit U.S. for possible talks on missile range
[Yonhap]
Japan’s ruling DPJ officially suspends Ozawa’s party membership
[Xinhua]
U.S. to buy MSDF plane propellers for use by Afghan Air Force
[Mainichi]
Japan’s credit outlook is cut to negative by Moody’s
[BBC]
China’s state news agency launches search engine
[AP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
New Zealand earthquake: Rescuers work through night
[BBC]
Thailand and Cambodia to accept monitors for border row
[BBC]
Thailand’s red-shirt leaders freed on bail
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Petraeus’s comments on coalition attack reportedly offend Karzai government
[WaPo]
Davis’s CIA link has no bearing on trial: Farhatullah Babar
[Dawn]
India Court Finds 31 Guilty of Godhra Train Burning
[WSJ]

Middle East
Iranian warships enter Suez Canal amid Israeli concern
[BBC]
Iran forces ‘raid Karroubi homes, arrest son’
[AFP]

Africa
Four Americans killed on pirated yacht off Somalia – report
[Reuters]
36 killed in stadium stampede in Mali
[CNN]
Congo colonel gets 20 years after rape trial
[AP]
Guinea bankrupted by junta – President Alpha Conde
[BBC]

Europe
David Cameron hits out at critics of Britain’s arms trade
[Guardian]
Kremlin says extremists trying to rip Russia apart
[Reuters]
Married German ordained as Catholic priest
[AP]

Domestic
Obama names dates for Brazil, Chile, El Salvador trip
[AFP]
Government shutdown threat looms over budget fight
[Reuters]
Wisconsin G.O.P. Plans to Work Without Democrats
[NYT]
Voting Today: Rahm Emanuel Ahead in Chicago Mayor’s Race
[ABC]

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Daily International News 02.15.11

February 15, 2011

Daily International News
February 15, 2011

FY2012 Budget
Looking at Budget Cuts with Pennies [ABC]
Highlights of the Obama Budget
[NYT]
Gates on Pentagon Cuts, Implementing DADT, China’s Military Build-up
[PBS]
Obama Budget Escapes Liberal Backlash, for Now
[NYT]
“WHERE IT GOES
” – Wall Street Journal’s calculations of proposed funds by department, compared with 2010: “Education, +21% … Energy, +18% … Veterans Affairs, +11% … State and other international programs, +8% … Treasury, +4% … Interior, no change … Defense, -3% … Health and Human Services, -3% … Housing and Urban Development, -3% … Homeland Security, -4% … Labor, -5% … Transportation, -9% … Agriculture, -14% … .Justice, -25% … Commerce, -34% [census has passed].”

Northeast Asia
China openly backs North Korea succession plan – report
[Reuters]
NKorea’s Kim Jong Il turning to designer fakes?
[AP]
US, South Korea Announce Major Military Exercises
[VOA]
US admiral: Carrier killer won’t stop US Navy
[AP]
Chinese inflation hits 4.9% pushed by high food prices
[BBC]
Japan mass food poisoning fears in Hokkaido schools
[BBC]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Thai Soldier Wounded in Skirmish on Thai-Cambodia border
[BBC]
Talks begin to end 40-year Philippine insurgency
[FT]

South/Central Asia
Pakistan softens on issue of American’s immunity
[AP]

NAfrica/Middle East Protests
Egypt Initiates 10-Day Rewrite of Its Constitution
[NYT]
Muslim Brotherhood to form political party; Egypt’s generals reach out to protest leaders
[WaPo]
Tunisia migrants: Italy seeks EU cash over Lampedusa
[BBC]
Yemenis trying to oust leader protest for 5th day
[AP]
Second Man Dies in Bahrain Skirmishes
[WSJ] and Bahrain protesters take control of main square [AP]

Middle East
Iran unrest: MPs call for death of Mousavi and Karroubi
[BBC]
Clinton expresses US support for Iran protesters
[BBC]

Africa
Rebels blamed after 11 slain in eastern Congo
[AP]
Kenyan sailors welcomed after Somali pirate release
[BBC]
Wagalla massacre: Raila Odinga orders Kenya probe
[BBC]
China to build new Sudan airport in Khartoum
[BBC]
211 killed: S.Sudan says Khartoum arming rebels
[AP]

Europe
Russia Embraces Risky Offshore Arctic Drilling [NYT]
5 rebels, 3 police killed in Russia’s Caucasus
[AP]
Spontaneous strike paralyzes public transport in Brussels
[Deutsche Welle]
Silvio Berlusconi faces Ruby sex charge trial in April
[BBC]

Americas
Amazon pollution: Chevron hits back in row with Ecuador
[BBC]
Colombia nabs fully submersible drug submarine
[AP]

Domestic
Dalai Lama nephew hit by car, killed on Fla. walk
[AP]
Clinton to Promote Technology to Ensure Global Internet Freedom
[Bloomberg]
Clinton picks new U.S. envoy to Afghanistan, Pakistan
[Reuters]

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Daily International News 02.14.11

February 14, 2011

Happy Valentime’s!

 

Daily International News
February 14, 2011

Northeast Asia
Koreas
N. Korea revives ‘Office 38’ managing Kim Jong-il’s funds: ministry
[Yonhap]
N. Korea halves Pyongyang in size in apparent economic bids: sources
[Yonhap]
More Propaganda Leaflets to Be Sent to N.Korea
[Chosun]
DPRK leader meets Chinese senior official
[Xinhua]
N. Korea prepares for leader Kim’s 69th birthday
[Kyodo] and [Chosun]Doctors Identify Kim Jong-il’s 3 Main Health Problems
China balks at backing UN report
[JoongAng]
Chinese FM to visit Seoul next week for talks on N. Korea
[Yonhap]
Japan/China
Japan confirmed no longer world’s No. 2 economy as China rises
[Kyodo]
DPJ executives move to suspend Ozawa’s party membership
[Mainichi]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Thailand to reject UN help over Cambodia
[BBC]
Indonesia’s Ba’asyir rejects ‘made-up’ charges
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
U.S. Postpones Meeting With Pakistan and Afghanistan
[NYT]
India’s foreign minister criticised for UN speech gaffe
[BBC]
Qadri indicted in Salman Taseer murder case
[AFP]
Blast at hotel complex in Afghan capital kills 2
[AP]

Middle East
Palestinian cabinet quits in reform move by Abbas
[Reuters]
Minor clashes as Bahrain “Day of Rage” begins
[Reuters]
Hundreds march in Iranian opposition rally
[Reuters]
Yemen police struggle to break up clashing protesters
[Reuters]
Iraqis in Baghdad protest bad services, corruption
[AP]

Egypt/Algeria
Algeria ‘to lift emergency laws’
[Al Jazeera]
Egyptians mass in Tahrir Square as police march
[Reuters]
Egypt Army Suspends Constitution, Promises Election
[Bloomberg]
U.S. sends officials to reassure nervous allies
[WaPo]
High Representative Ashton visits Tunisia and wider Middle East
[EU]
Sons of Egypt’s Mubarak nearly came to blows: paper
[Reuters]
Niall Ferguson Blasts Obama’s Foreign Policy
[Daily Beast]

Europe
Berlusconi refuses to resign, dismisses protest
[Reuters]

Domestic
Obama to Submit $3.7 Trillion Budget; Republicans Promise Fight
[Bloomberg] and Federal Budget 2012: What to watch for, part 2 [WaPo]
What new budget says about President Obama
[POLITICO]
Geithner Tells Obama Debt Expense to Rise to Record
[Bloomberg]
Boehner’s Letter to POTUS on Budget
Jihadi who helped train 7/7 bomber freed by US after just five years
[Guardian]
Winners and losers from the Conservative Political Action Conference
[WaPo]

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Daily International News 02.11.11

February 11, 2011

Daily International News
February 11, 2011

Egypt/Tunisia
Al Jazeera Live Blog: MUBARAK STEPS DOWN AS PRESIDENT
Mubarak Reportedly Leaves Cairo
[NYT]
Danish premier calls on Egypt’s Mubarak to resign
[AP]
Statement From the Supreme Council of the Egyptian Armed Forces
[NYT]
Crisis Flummoxes White House
[WSJ]
Obama officials surprised by Mubarak’s decision to stay
[McClatchy]
Egypt army vow on emergency rule
[BBC]
Chinese FM has phone conversation with Egyptian counterpart
[Global Times]
Mohamed ElBaradei: ‘Egypt will explode’
[CNN] and We need to ‘keep kicking their behinds’: Mohamed ElBaradei speaks to FP [FP]
Responding to the Worst Speech Ever
[FP]
Special Report – After Mideast, should Russia and China worry?
[Reuters]
Tunisians fleeing unrest arrive in droves in Italy
[AP]

Northeast Asia
Japan
Japan foreign minister in Moscow amid islands row
[BBC]
Japan, U.S. hold talks to discuss new common strategic goals
[Mainichi]
China
Chen Guangcheng claims in secret video that he is under house arrest
[Independent]
Observers say naval reshuffle signals weaponry push
[Global Times]
China Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi in Zimbabwe visit
[BBC]
Koreas
China against call to take N. Korea’s uranium enrichment to U.N.
[Kyodo]
N. Korea may conduct nuke test in late 2011 or early 2012: analyst
[Yonhap]
Korea talks stalemated, U.S. warns of North’s threat
[Reuters]
After talks collapse, North reprimands ‘traitor’ South
[JoongAng]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Myanmar’s parliament approves all Cabinet nominees
[AP]
Thai protesters demand prime minister’s
[CNN]
Somalia ‘pirates’ charged in Malaysia
[BBC]
Philippines Uses General’s Death to Tout Reform
[NYT]

South/Central Asia
India and Pakistan Agree to Renew Peace Talks
[NYT]
Indian authorities clear Buddhist leader in probe
[AP]
Pakistan gets smaller Cabinet in austerity effort
[AP]
Pakistan court extends detention of US embassy staffer
[Guardian]

Middle East
Turkey says 5 flotilla victims shot at close range
[AP]
Iran: Mehdi Karroubi ‘house arrest’ after protest call
[BBC]

Africa
105 die in fighting between S. Sudan army, rebels
[AP]
Charles Taylor war crimes trial extended in The Hague
[BBC]
Uganda election: Amnesty International violence concern
[BBC]

Americas
Bolivian president rattled by protests
[AP]
Colombian rebel group scheduled to release 2 hostages
[CNN]
Venezuelan legislators trade blows
[Al Jazeera]

Domestic
WikiLeaks: US spied on NATO’s top official
[AP]
Robert Gibbs’s last day in the White House
[WaPo]
CPAC gets underway on wave of 2010 midterm momentum
[WaPo]
Ron Paul Supporters Heckle Cheney, Rumsfeld at CPAC
[CBS]
‘No Apology’ for Health-Care Law May Hinder Romney in 2012 Bid
[Bloomberg]
Nokia, Microsoft in pact to rival Apple, Google
[AP]
New York Fashion Week 2011
[NYT]