Archive for March, 2011

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Daily International News 03.29.11

March 29, 2011

Daily International News
March 29, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
Japan on ’maximum alert’ over nuclear crisis
[SMH]
Japan vows to review nuclear safety standards
[AP]
Japan works to stop radioactive water leaking into sea
[BBC]
Koreas
Two Koreas meet on volcano risk
[BBC]
N.Korea speaker makes rare address in the West
[AFP]
US representatives meet North Koreans at secluded German castle
[M&C]
NKorea closely monitoring radiation from Japan
[AP]
S. Korea does not oppose humanitarian food aid to N. Korea: Rep. Chung
[Yonhap]
China
Chinese president urges CPC members to excel in promoting social harmony
[Xinhua]
Dalai Lama’s announcement of “retirement” a farce, living buddha says
[Xinhua]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Australia PM Julia Gillard’s computer ‘hacked’
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Scandal-tainted Kabul Bank to be sold off
[Al Jazeera]
US Army apologises over new Afghanistan abuse images
[BBC]
UK pays Afghan civilians over deaths, injuries
[AP]
Indian investigators to visit Pakistan in Mumbai probe
[Reuters]
Pakistan says 13 soldiers killed in friendly fire incident
[Reuters]

Middle East
Israel considering annexing West Bank settlements
[AP]
Syrian Cabinet resigns amid unrest
[AP]
Syria unrest: Pro-Assad rallies in Damascus and Aleppo
[BBC]
Hostage siege kills 21 at Iraq government building
[AP]
Yemenis blame Saleh as security deteriorates
[Reuters]
Ammo factory blast in Yemen kills at least 121
[CNN]

Africa
Libya Related
FACT CHECK: How Obama’s Libya claims fit the facts
[AP]
The Obama doctrine
[WaPo]
Analysis: Obama doesn’t mention Libyan rebels
[AP]
Obama Left Libya Questions Unanswered, Critics in Congress Say
[Bloomberg]
Obama on Libya: The Doctrine Is Clear, but the Mission Isn’t
[Swampland]
Obama’s Libya Speech: Daily Beast Contributors Weigh In
[Daily Beast]
London talks focus on Libya’s future
[FT]
Libya Airstrikes Make Woodward First Woman to Lead U.S. Air War
[Bloomberg]
Italian islanders block harbor to prevent influx of NAfrican migrants
[Deutsche Welle]
Non-Libya Related
Official: Ivory Coast rebels take 2 more towns
[AP]
Zimbabwe to take over all foreign-owned mining firms
[AFP]
Sudan president heads to Qatar amid Darfur violence
[AFP]

Europe
Russia ‘kills 17 North Caucasus militants’
[BBC]
Rating cut deepens Portugal’s financial woes
[AP]
Labour claims 20,000 police officers will be forced to retire
[BBC]
Prince Harry joins injured soldiers’ North Pole trek
[BBC]

Americas
Carter in Cuba for meetings with Raúl, Ortega
[Miami Herald]

Domestic
Why I called Bradley Manning’s treatment ‘stupid’ [Guardian]
Dick Durbin’s hearing on the civil rights of American Muslims (live blog)
[WaPo]
Donald Trump defends ‘birther’ claims
[WaPo]
Despite pressure to reduce national debt, few in Congress use payback program
[WaPo]
With “time short,” Congress still at impasse on shutdown talks
[WaPo]
US house prices ‘hitting new lows’
[BBC]
BP Managers Said to Face U.S. Manslaughter Charges Review
[Bloomberg]

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Daily International News 03.28.11

March 28, 2011

Daily International News
March 28, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
High-level radiation detected in trench outside Fukushima reactor building [Kyodo]
Ocean Spill Feared as Toxic Water Rises [WSJ]
U.S. helps clear vital Japan harbor [TWT]
China
UN asks China to release missing rights lawyer [AP]
In China, microblogging sites become free-speech platform [WaPo]
Amnesty: China and US among top punishers but death penalty in decline [Guardian]
Tibet marks 52nd anniversary of serfs’ emancipation, steers into faster growth [Xinhua]
Attempts to jeopardize Tibet’s stability, development are doomed to failure: official [Xinhua]
Koreas
N. Korean economic delegation arrives in New York [Yonhap]
North Korea’s Top Lawmaker Choe Leaves Pyongyang for U.K. Visit, KCNA Says [Bloomberg]
DPRK denounces UN human rights resolution [Xinhua]
S. Korean FM leaves for China for talks [Xinhua]
Seoul to shut problematic nuclear reactors after month-long tests [Yonhap]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Philippines to bolster watch in disputed Spratlys [AP]
Khmer Rouge jailer Duch appeals against conviction [BBC]

South/Central Asia
Cricket Diplomacy at World Cup May Smooth Tension Between India, Pakistan [Bloomberg]
Taliban claims to have kidnapped 50 Afghan police [TWT]
At Least 20 Deaths in Afghan suicide blast [Al Jazeera]
India wild tiger census shows population rise [BBC]

Middle East
Syria protests: Army on Latakia streets after 12 killed [BBC]
Yemen transfer talks stalled but deal within reach [Reuters]
Bahrain denies Kuwait to mediate in political crisis [Reuters]
Israel deploys new anti-missile system [WaPo]

Africa
Sunday shows: Clinton, Gates see success in Libya [TWT]
Libya raids hit Gaddafi hometown [BBC]
Libyan Rebel Gains Could Be Fleeting, U.S. Military Says [NYT]
Turkey offers to broker Libya ceasefire as rebels advance on Sirte [Guardian]
Egypt confirms legislative election in September [Reuters]
Egypt to lift emergency laws before September vote [AP]
Rumsfeld worries Brotherhood will hijack Egyptian revolution [TWT]
Ouattara Rejects New Ivory Coast Mediator [VOA]

Europe
UK austerity protest violence: 149 people charged [Guardian]
Merkel’s coalition digests painful election defeat [AP]
Italy PM Berlusconi in court for fraud trial [Reuters]

Americas
Israel asking Argentina if it stopped inquiry into Jewish centre bombings to appease Iran [CA]
Alan Gross likely focus of Carter Cuba trip [Reuters]
Honduras drops arrest warrants for ousted Manuel Zelaya [BBC]
Obama freezes out Chavez, while Iran comes courting [TWT]
Napolitano’s comments on border ‘wrong’ [TWT]

Domestic
Opinion: Obama failing as commander in chief [POLITICO]
Obama to Lay out His Case on Libya to Nation [ABC]
Obama rewarding local stations in battleground states with biggest ‘get’ in TV news [WaPo]
Opinion: Nuclear Crisis: It Could Happen Here [NYT]
The Republicans’ Hispanic problem [WaPo]
Fiscal Showdown Looms in Capitol [WSJ]
Wal-Mart Asks Supreme Court Not to Apply Class Action Lawsuit [WaPo]

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Daily International News 03.25.11

March 25, 2011

Daily International News
March 25, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
Japan urges more evacuations as Prime Minister Kan addresses nation
[WaPo]
Breach in reactor suspected at Japanese nuke plant
[AP]
Radiation fears mount again in Japan after plant workers injured
[Reuters]
Police: More than 10,000 dead from Japan disaster
[AP]
Kim Jong Il donates S$630,000 to quake-hit Japan
[Today Online]
China
China sentences democracy activist to 10 years
[AP]
Koreas
Jimmy Carter Plans Trip to North Korea
[ABC]
Over 6 million people need food aid in North Korea – U.N.
[Reuters]
India to provide food assistance to North Korea
[Zee News]
North Korea Suggests Libya Should Have Kept Nuclear Program
[NYT]
N.Korean Delegation in Beijing to ‘Prepare for Possible Visit by Kim Jong-un’
[Chosun]
South Korea war games put Yeonpyeong Island on edge
[CSM]
South Korea Will Send Back 27 North Koreans by Sea on March 27
[Bloomberg]
South Korea sex scandal diplomats to be disciplined
[BBC]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Burma earthquake: At least 75 people killed
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Australia apology over army’s Afghan Facebook ‘racism’
[BBC]
Eight killed in suspected sectarian shooting in Kurram, Pakistan
[DAWN]

Middle East
Israel May Use ‘Great Force’ in Response; Gates Urges Peace
[Bloomberg]
Gates first U.S. defence chief to visit Palestinians
[Reuters]
Iran blasts appointment of UN rights investigator
[AP]
In Iraq, U.S. Special Forces gearing up to leave
[WaPo]
Syria braces for ‘day of dignity’ rallies
[Al Jazeera]
Syrians hold demos as media banned from key city
[AP]
Yemeni President Nears Deal to Resign
[WSJ]
Bahrain tense ahead of planned protests
[FT]

Africa
African Union: Libya needs democratic elections
[AP]
Why action in Libya is unconstitutional
[FP]
Obama avoiding major Oval Office Libya address
[POLITICO]
Op-ed: Obama and Libya: The professor’s war
[WaPo]
Samantha Power Brought Activism Inside to Sway Obama on Libya
[Bloomberg]
The Qaddafi I Know: by Uganda President Yoweri Museveni
[FP]
WikiLeaks cable shows US at odds with ElBaradei
[AP]
Nigeria’s Top Opposition Candidates Pull Out of TV Debate Against Goodluck Jonathan
[This Day]
Nearly one million Ivorians uprooted by conflict – UNHCR
[Reuters]

Europe
EU wants worldwide nuclear plant tests
[AP]
As EU agrees crisis plan, Portugal woes steal show
[AP]
Russian Stocks Fall 1st Day in Three on Blocked Rosneft-BP Deal
[Bloomberg]

Americas
Opposition to topple Canadian government
[AP]

Domestic
Your guide to the 2011 Cherry Blossom Festival
[WaPo]
Palin 2.0? Bachmann Tells ABC News, “I’m In!”
[ABC]
Number of black D.C. residents plummets as majority status slips away
[WaPo]
Mich. man accused of leaving explosive in U.S. building
[WaPo]
J Street: U.S. Group Stirs Debate on Being ‘Pro-Israel’
[NYT]
In contrast to media industry’s struggles, a boom for those who cover Congress
[WaPo]
10 Ideas That Will Change the World
[TIME]

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Daily International News 03.24.11

March 24, 2011

Daily International News
March 24, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
Cherry blossom events begin with solemn DC tribute [AP]
Anxiety in Japan over radiation in tap water [AP]
Japan’s police say disaster death toll tops 9,800 [AP]
Toyota to curb N. America production after quake [AP]
Koreas
Ex-US President High Chance of Visiting N. Korea Next Month: Source [Arirang]
North Koreans to talk with ex-US envoys in Germany [AP]
U.N. renews mandate of envoy to probe abuses in N.Korea [Reuters]
NKorea sends aid to Korean quake victims in Japan [AP]
Two Koreas agree on rare volcano talks next week [AP]
SKorea holds live-fire military drills near border [AP]
Cheonan sinking: Paper criticises S Korea military [BBC]
S.Korean island opposes anti-North leaflet launch [AFP]
with Libya: N.Korea Misreads the Libyan Situation [Chosun]
China
China to impose rare earth resource tax [Xinhua]
China central bank further tightens liquidity to control inflation expectation [Xinhua]
China to ban smoking in public places [BBC]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Thailand: No army role in Japanese reporter death [AP]

South/Central Asia
Taliban stop cell phone signals in key Afghan province [Reuters]
Two UK soldiers killed in Afghanistan [BBC]
Pakistan suicide car bombing kills five near Hangu [BBC]
Jeremy Morlock jailed for 24 years over Afghan deaths [BBC]

Middle East
Oil rises above $106 amid Middle East conflict [AP]
UN human rights body approves investigator on Iran [Reuters]
Syrian death toll mounts after Deraa unrest [BBC]
Yemen forces clash over Saleh before Friday protest [Reuters]
EU envoy defends Bahrain police action [BBC]
Jerusalem bombing: Netanyahu in security pledge [BBC]
Gates assures Egypt on sustained U.S. aid [Reuters]

Africa
Libya, Obama and the tragedy in Darfur [WaPo]
Amr Moussa Op-ed: The Goal in Libya Is Not Regime Change [NYT]
Allies Pressure Qaddafi Forces Around Rebel Cities [NYT]
Arab countries on the sidelines in Libya campaign [AP]
Rumsfeld: Unanswered questions about Libya [POLITICO]

Europe
Portugal PM Socrates’ resignation overshadows EU summit [BBC]
Policy disperse protesters at EU demonstrations with water cannons [AP]
Germany Steps Away From European Unity [NYT]
German minister says nuclear U-turn “not rational”: report [Reuters]

Americas
Cuba releases dissidents Navarro and Ferrer [BBC]
Bolivia’s Morales to take Chile sea dispute to court [BBC]
WikiLeaks: Colombia began using U.S. drones for counterterrorism in 2006 [WaPo]
Drillers propose deep-Earth quest [BBC]

Domestic
Rights Are Curtailed for Terror Suspects [WSJ]
Christmas bomber chose Detroit because plane tix cheapest [AP]
Romney moves to build fundraising advantage [WSJ]
Mitt Romney, tea party favorite: poll [WaPo]

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Daily International News 03.23.11

March 23, 2011

Daily International News
March 23, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
Japan quake becomes world’s costliest natural disaster
[Reuters]
Factbox: Restrictions on Japanese food imports
[Reuters]
U.S. halts Japan food imports, Tokyo water contaminated
[Reuters]
Koreas
North Korea experts to speak at ASU
[Standard Times]
S. Korea not considering food aid to N. Korea: official
[Yonhap]
S.Korea announces major live-fire drills
[Straits Times]
China denies UN talk about North’s uranium
[JoongAng]
HBO to develop show from book “Eating With the Enemy: How I Waged Peace With North Korea From My BBQ Shack in Hackensack”
[LA Times]
South Korean FM to visit China next week
[China Post]
China
China says talks are way forward on Iran nuclear issue
[Reuters]
China approves death sentence for 7 in Xinjiang
[AP]
Activist says China cracks down on ethnic Uighurs
[AP]

South/Central Asia
US welcomes Karzai’s Nato pullout plan from Afghanistan
[BBC]
India investigates ‘Maoist villages rampage’ by police
[BBC]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Insurgents kill 3 Muslims in Thai south
[Reuters]
Malaysia DNA ruling overturned in blow for Anwar
[BBC]

Middle East
Israel braces for flare-up as Gazan rockets hit
[Reuters]
Yemeni parliament gives president emergency powers
[AP]
6 dead in new clashes in southern Syria city
[AP]
Bahrain suspends Lebanon flights as sectarian tension rises
[Reuters]

Africa
Libyan forces pull back from western city
[AP]
W.H. to Hill: We’re not at war with Libya
[POLITICO]
Obama Confident Libya Operation Command Issues Will Be Resolved
[Bloomberg]
Mother Tells UN’s Ban How Son’s Suicide Sparked Tunisia Revolt
[Bloomberg]
Gunfire heard overnight in Burkina capital
[Reuters]

Europe
Germany set to abandon nuclear power for good
[AP]
Nuclear Industry in Russia Sells Safety, Taught by Chernobyl
[NYT]
Britain’s royal wedding to be on iTunes
[AP]
UK budget 2011: key points
[Guardian]
Inflation hits 4.4% in February
[Guardian]
Surgeons to perform first UK face and hand transplant
[Guardian]

Americas
Haiti’s politics: Titid Time
[Economist]
Analysis: War trumps peace and a president’s trip
[AP]
Opinion: Obama’s quick trip from tyrant to weakling
[WaPo]

Domestic
Is the House in play in 2012?
[WaPo]
FBI probing package with explosives left at Detroit federal building for 3 weeks
[WaPo]
Justice Department sues on behalf of Muslim teacher, triggering debate
[WaPo]
Afternoon Fix: Sharron Angle writing an autobiography
[WaPo]
Apple’s Steve Jobs ordered to testify in iTunes lawsuit
[WaPo]

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Daily International News 03.18.11

March 18, 2011

Daily International News
March 18, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan weighs need to bury nuclear plant; tries to restore power
[Reuters]
Japan raises severity of nuclear accident
[AP]

Frantic Repairs Go On at Plant as Japan Raises Severity of Crisis
[NYT]
Where Fukushima meets Stuxnet: The growing threat of cyber war
[FP]

Japan crisis: Germany to speed up nuclear energy exit
[BBC]
Five other worldwide nuclear plants of concern
[FP]
APNewsBreak: Source: minuscule fallout reaches US
[AP]
WHO says no travel bans needed for Japan
[AP]
NKorea proposes joint volcano research with South
[AP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Malaysia: Ship with illegal cargo was Iran-bound
[AP]

Fresh riots at Australia’s Christmas Island centre
[BBC]
Small bomb explodes outside Indonesia’s capital
[AP]
Alert level at Indonesia volcano raised to highest
[AP]

South/Central Asia
Indian PM Manmohan Singh denies bribing MPs for votes
[BBC]
C.I.A. Drones Kill Civilians in Pakistan
[NYT]
Punjab Assembly passes resolution against drone strikes
[Dawn]

Middle East
Yemeni snipers open fire on protesters, kill 31
[AP]
Abbas asks for Israeli permission to head for Gaza
[Xinhua]

Saudi king to announce reforms
[Al Jazeera]
Iraqi Shiites decry Sunni crackdown in Bahrain
[AP]
Iran cleric tells Bahraini Shiites to protest on
[AP]

Africa
China: ‘serious reservations’ about Libya UN resolution
[AP]

Libya Says It Will Release Times Journalists
[NYT]
Libya Calls Ceasefire After Britain and France Vow Action ‘Soon’
[NYT]
As U.N. Backs Military Action in Libya, U.S. Role Is Unclear
[NYT]
Gbagbo calls on civilians to join Ivory Coast fighting
[Reuters]
Witnesses: Tanks enter Ivory Coast district
[AP]
DR Congo blocks UK company from oil search in gorilla refuge
[BBC]

Europe
Edinburgh airport evacuated after bomb scare
[Guardian]
Air France faces charges over 2009 Atlantic crash
[AP]
G7 countries agree on intervention to control yen rise
[BBC]

Americas/Domestic
Former Haitian president returns from 7-year exile
[AP]
Mexico’s top diplomat defends US drone flights
[AP]
Obama Op-ed: Jobs at top of Latin America agenda
[USA Today]
Chile, US diplomats to sign nuclear energy accord
[AP]
Senate passes short-term government-funding measure that includes some easy cuts
[WaPo]

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Daily International News 03.17.11

March 17, 2011

Daily International News
March 17, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
Japan in desperate bid to cool reactors
[FT]
UN Scientists Project Path of Radiation Plume Towards S. California
[NYT]
U.S. seeking evacuations from Japan
[POLITICO]
G-7 Finance Chiefs to Discuss Measures to Help Japan
[NYT]
US nuclear agency chief says no water in spent fuel pool at Japan plant; Japan denies it
[WaPo]
Int’l Nuclear Issues
China suspends nuclear building plans
[BBC]
Germany’s Merkel Vows Quick Transition To Renewable Energy
[RFERL]
Hugo Chavez calls off Venezuela’s nuclear energy plans
[BBC]
Koreas/China
SKorea rejects NKorea’s offer to rejoin talks
[AP]
Tibetan monastery sealed off after self-immolation
[AFP]
Dalai Lama vows to devolve power, says leadership outdated
[Reuters]
China opposes Uighur activist’s Australia visit
[AP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Malaysia investigates seized ship cargo
[BBC]
Malaysian Christian lawyer barred from Shariah courts
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Pakistan furore over American’s release
[Al Jazeera]
US missiles kill 38 militants in NW Pakistan
[AP]

Middle East
Abbas to meet Hamas in Gaza for Palestinian unity talks
[BBC]
Bahrain detains 7 opposition figures
[AP]
At least 84 wounded in new Yemen clashes – activists
[Reuters]
Abu Dhabi Guggenheim Faces Protest
[NYT]

Africa
4 Times Journalists Are Missing in Libya
[NYT]
US offers backing for Libya no-fly zone
[FT]
Gadhafi forces bomb airport at rebel stronghold
[AP]
South Africa recognises Ouattara as winner in Ivory Coast
[Reuters]
Clinton in Tunisia to back democracy transition
[AFP]
South Sudan army clash with heavily armed militia
[Reuters]
Last ‘Egypt video’ Zimbabwe activists get bail
[BBC]
Ugandan Amisom peacekeepers jailed for shooting Somalis
[BBC]

Europe
Internet privacy and the “right to be forgotten”
[Reuters]
Gaddafi did not fund Sarkozy, Claude Gueant insists
[BBC]
UK banks must be able to cope with double dip recession, FSA says [Guardian]
NHS reforms will see ‘shut’ signs on hospitals, patients warned
[Guardian]

Americas
Magnitude 5.3 quake shakes Chile, no damage seen
[Reuters]
UN ‘supports Central America’s fight against violence’
[BBC]

Domestic
West Wing briefing: Obama starts to engage on his reelection effort
[WaPo]
GOP 2012: Return of the neo-cons
[POLITICO]
Clinton: No interest in job if Obama wins in 2012
[AP]
US cyber war defences ‘very thin’, Pentagon warns
[BBC]
House to vote on cutting off funds for NPR
[AP]
GOP begins rollback of Wall St. reform
[POLITICO]
House Republicans try to steer focus back to jobs
[WaPo]
Obama administration mum as .xxx nears approval
[POLITICO]
D.C. Mayor Gray fires chief of staff
[WaPo]
Poll: 81% fear for Social Security
[POLITICO]
EPA proposes ‘first ever’ emissions standards for power plants
[WaPo]
Fiery explosion forces evacuations in Minneapolis
[AP]
Michelle Obama to write book on gardening, healthy eating
[WaPo]