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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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