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
Gates on Pentagon Cuts, Implementing DADT, China’s Military Build-up
Obama Budget Escapes Liberal Backlash, for Now
” – 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
NKorea’s Kim Jong Il turning to designer fakes?
US, South Korea Announce Major Military Exercises
US admiral: Carrier killer won’t stop US Navy
Chinese inflation hits 4.9% pushed by high food prices
Japan mass food poisoning fears in Hokkaido schools

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

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

NAfrica/Middle East Protests
Egypt Initiates 10-Day Rewrite of Its Constitution
Muslim Brotherhood to form political party; Egypt’s generals reach out to protest leaders
Tunisia migrants: Italy seeks EU cash over Lampedusa
Yemenis trying to oust leader protest for 5th day
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
Clinton expresses US support for Iran protesters

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

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

Amazon pollution: Chevron hits back in row with Ecuador
Colombia nabs fully submersible drug submarine

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

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