Archive for April, 2011

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Daily International News 04.29.11

April 29, 2011

Daily International News
April 29, 2011

Northeast Asia
China
China rights lawyer resurfaces after detention
[AP]
China pushes back after U.S. criticism on rights
[Reuters]
Tibetan leader seeks release of 400 monks in China
[AP]
China’s yuan rises past 6.50 against the US dollar
[BBC]
Koreas
U.N. body starts emergency food aid to North Korea
[Reuters]
“Korean Wave” set to swamp North Korea, academics say
[Reuters]
Japan
Dalai Lama prays for tsunami victims in Japan
[AP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Thai-Cambodia clashes resume despite truce
[BBC]

Middle East
In Shift, Egypt Warms to Iran and Hamas, Israel’s Foes
[NYT]
Senators press Obama to take strong action against Syria
[WaPo]
U.N. atom watchdog may clamp down on Syria: sources
[Reuters]
Yemeni protesters decry Saleh transition deal
[Reuters]

Africa
Libyan forces breach border with Tunisia
[AP]
Foreign victims identified in Morocco cafe attack
[AP] 
Morocco says Marrakesh blast a “terrorist attack”
[Reuters]
Ugandan police fire at protesters, one killed
[Reuters]

Europe
Royal wedding: A stylish marriage for William and Kate
[Guardian]
Pope John Paul body exhumed ahead of beatification
[Reuters]

Domestic
Tornadoes tear across U.S. South, killing over 300
[Reuters]
Documents offer hints of legal strategy in WikiLeaks case
[WaPo]
Democrats gear up to match GOP fundraising effort
[WaPo]
Obama to tour Alabama tornado zone Friday
[WaPo]

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Daily International News 04.28.11

April 28, 2011

Daily International News
April 28, 2011

Northeast Asia
Koreas
S. Korea says Carter failed to meet with N. Korean leader
[Yonhap]
North Korean leader ready for talks on any issue: Carter
[Reuters]
N.Koreans “regret” loss of South Korean lives: Carter
[Reuters]
U.S. not to engage N. Korea if inter-Korean nuclear talks bear no fruit: experts
[Yonhap]
EU-ROK FTA may be in jeopardy
[JoongAng]
Japan
Increased water injection helping to cool No. 1 reactor faster
[Kyodo]
Buddhists remember Japan’s tsunami dead
[AP]
China
FM press conference on April 28
[Xinhua]
US envoy says rights talks with China yield little
[AP]
U.S. ends rights talks with China “deeply concerned”
[Reuters]
Beijing ‘back-sliding on rights’
[BBC]
Taiwan official sentenced for spying for China
[AP]
China’s population grows older and more urban
[Reuters]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Myanmar leader enlists Suu Kyi friend as adviser
[AP]
Cambodia, Thailand agree to ceasefire after clashes
[Reuters]
Sri Lanka website LankaeNews is suspended
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Timothy Roemer, top US diplomat in India, resigns
[BBC]
Pakistan: Karachi naval bus bomb kills five
[BBC]
Kashmir soldier ‘kills’ four colleagues
[BBC]
India: Activist Binayak Sen attacks sedition laws
[BBC]
Kandahar jail governor detained after mass breakout [Reuters]
Afghan Military Officer Kills 8 U.S. Service Members
[NYT]

Middle East
Surprise Palestinian unity deal challenges Israel
[Reuters]
Turkey urges Syria to stop crackdown
[AP]
IAEA chief: Syria tried to build nuclear reactor
[AP]
Dozens arrested in Syrian town
[Al Jazeera]
Syria’s Assad facing dissent over Deraa crackdown
[Reuters]
Bahrain sentences four to die over police killing
[Reuters]
Yemen opposition warns bloodshed may derail deal
[Reuters]
Blast in Morocco tourist cafe kills 14 people
[Reuters]

Africa
Libya rebels battle for Misurata airport
[Al Jazeera]
Libyan doctor says NATO airstrike killed 12 rebels
[AP]
Nigerian states of Kaduna and Bauchi vote after riots
[BBC]
Ivory Coast renegade warlord Ibrahim Coulibaly killed
[BBC]
Uganda’s Kizza Besigye arrested for fourth time
[BBC]
Zimbabwe PM vows to crackdown on violence
[AP]

Europe
Roma Defenseless against Extremist Vigilantes
[Der Spiegel]
The TV Column: Your guide to watching the royal wedding
[WaPo]
Police raid five squats before royal wedding
[Guardian]
UK Stem cell treatments threatened by European patents ruling
[Guardian]
Reykjavik Mayorial Race: From Punk Rocker to Mayor
[Der Spiegel]
Germany Finally Opens Labor Market to Eastern Workers
[Der Spiegel]
Outlook Dim for Climate Agreement by Year’s End
[NYT]

Americas/Domestic
Mexican officials recover 96 bodies so far in Durango
[BBC]
Tornadoes rip through U.S. South, more than 220 dead
[Reuters]
Guantánamo Detainee’s Lawyer Seeks a Voice on WikiLeaks Documents
[NYT]
Files Reveal Many Inmates Were Minors
[Der Spiegel]
Obama’s Pentagon and C.I.A. Picks Show Shift in How U.S. Fights
[NYT]
EPA proposes stricter controls on water pollution
[WaPo]
Checklist could spot children with autism earlier
[WaPo]
Economic growth slows to 1.8% in first months of 2011
[WaPo]

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Daily International News 04.14.11

April 14, 2011

Daily International News
April 14, 2011

Northeast Asia
Koreas
NKorea celebrates founder Kim Il Sung’s birthday
[AP]
North Korea Prepares to Indict American
[NYT]

CSM Opinion: How the US is like North Korea
[CSM]
Japan
Japan emperor makes first trip to disaster zone
[AP]
Japan quake: Police search for bodies near plant
[BBC]
Newseum gets Japan quake handwritten newspapers
[AP]

Aftershocks Threaten More Damage to Crippled Japan Nuclear Plant
[Bloomberg]
Sony considers two-week shutdown due to power shortages
[BBC]
China
Paper: China accuses famed artist of tax evasion
[AP]; Original: 因为涉嫌經濟犯罪,內地行為藝術家艾未未近日接受警方調查 [Wen Wei Po]
‘Stand-off’ at Tibetan monastery in Sichuan, China
[BBC]
Taiwan universities accept Chinese mainland students
[BBC]
China Policy Main Topic for the G-20
[NYT]

China FX reserves soar past $3 trillion, add to inflation
[Reuters]

South/Central Asia
Pakistan would back Taliban office in Turkey, official says
[Reuters]

India and Pakistan to resume sporting ties
[Al Jazeera]
Pakistan Protests Latest U.S. Missile Strike as Tensions With CIA Increase
[Bloomberg]
AP Exclusive: 2 French militants held in Pakistan
[AP]
Karzai blasts ‘foreign agents’ for Afghan suicide attack
[McClatchy]

Clinton warns NATO on speedy Afghan withdrawal
[AP]

Middle East
UN Gaza report co-authors round on Goldstone
[Guardian]

Israeli Foreign Minister Faces Indictment on Corruption Charges
[NYT]
E.U. sanctions 32 Iranian officials for human rights abuses
[WaPo]
U.S. Says Iran Helps Crackdown in Syria
[WSJ]

Bahrain seeks to dissolve main opposition group
[Reuters]
Yemen opposition spurns talks, sets Saleh deadline
[Reuters]

Africa
Libya: Nato foreign ministers hold talks in Berlin
[BBC]
Libya rebels say NATO must stop “massacre” in Misrata
[Reuters]
Allies to step up military pressure on Libya
[Al Jazeera]
Countries Agree to Try to Transfer Some of Qaddafi’s Assets to Libyan Rebels
[NYT]
Egypt army reconsiders cases of jailed protesters
[AP]
Russia criticises U.N. force role in Ivory Coast
[Reuters]
Ugandan police fire teargas at food price protest
[Reuters]
Uganda: Politician Kizza Besigye wounded at protest
[BBC]

Europe
Silvio Berlusconi vows not to run for new term in 2013
[BBC]
Belarus says five detained after metro bombing
[Reuters]
BRICS nations call for Russia to be admitted to WTO
[Ria Novosti]
David Cameron: ‘I want good immigration, not mass immigration’ – video
[Guardian]
Vince Cable attacks Cameron’s ‘very unwise’ immigration remarks
[Guardian]
Phone hacking: senior News of the World journalist arrested
[Guardian]
BP faces protests at shareholder meeting in London
[AP]
Council of Europe criticizes treatment of migrants
[AP]
Heavyweight directors at 2011 Cannes festival
[AP]

Americas
Cuba faces its worst drought for 50 years
[BBC]
Brazil police arrest Rio lawmaker for paramilitary ties
[BBC]

Domestic
Obama Embraces Debt Commission Ideas, Shuns Ryan’s Medicare Plan
[Bloomberg]
Gates Sets ‘Comprehensive Review’ to Find $400 Billion in Cuts
[Bloomberg]
Obama’s Money Pump for 2012 Re-Election Bid Primed by Chicago
[Bloomberg]
Obama announces framework for cutting deficit by $4 trillion over 12 years
[WaPo]

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Daily International News 04.13.11

April 13, 2011

Daily International News
April 13, 2011

Northeast Asia
Asia-Pacific Governments Play Catch-Up on Minimum Wages
[NYT]
Obama’s top China hand Jeffrey Bader leaves job
[Taipei Times]

China
US says China’s navy has been less aggressive in 2011
[BBC]
Chinese democracy activist charged with subversion
[AP]

Ai Weiwei’s wife: ‘Still no information’
[BBC]
US: China’s 1st aircraft carrier watched by region
[AP]
China security puts Tibetan monastery on lockdown
[AP]
Japan
TEPCO still working on plan to end Japan nuclear crisis
[Reuters]
Japan nuclear plant evacuees demand compensation
[AP]
Japan’s government downgrades its outlook for growth
[BBC]
Solace in the Stadium as Baseball Resumes in Japan
[NYT]
Korea
AmCit detained in DPRK likely Korean-American from CA
[JoongAng]

South Korea raises inflation forecast as prices rise
[BBC]
S.Korea simulates N.Korea attack on nuclear site
[Straits Times]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
EU eases Burma sanctions on some civilian ministers
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
CIA, Pakistan look to repair widening rift
[WaPo]
Afghan police: Suicide bomber kills 10
[AP]
2 US missile attacks kill 6 near Afghan border
[AP]

Middle East
U.S. plans new push on Arab-Israeli peace: Clinton
[Reuters]

Daughter of prominent rights activist in Bahrain on hunger strike
[CNN]
Women march in Syria to demand jailed men be freed
[Reuters]
Rival Military Factions Clash in Yemen
[NYT]
Top White House aide delivers Obama letter to Saudi king
[WaPo]

Africa
Clinton’s ‘Failed State’ Warning Hangs Over Libyan Conflict
[Bloomberg]

Doha meeting reveals divisions on Libya
[Reuters]
Delegates Meet in Support of Libya Rebels
[NYT]
Clinton off to Berlin for NATO talks on Libya
[AP]
2 blasts heard outside Libyan capital
[AP]

Egyptian Prosecutors Order 15-Day Detention of Mubarak
[NYT]
Egypt’s Mubarak detained and army win protest respite
[Reuters]
Ivory Coast generals pledge loyalty to Ouattara
[WaPo]
Ivory Coast president: strongman will face charges
[AP]

Reprisals rock Ivory Coast after strongman deposed
[AP]
Swazi police fire tear gas on teachers for 2nd day
[AP]

Europe
Belarus questions dissidents in subway bombing
[AP]

Dutch anti-Islam politician’s speech trial resumes
[AP]
Russia’s space chief promises new spaceship
[AP]
Medvedev to decide soon on second term
[FT]

More than 800 approach Austrian church abuse commission
[Reuters]

Americas
Brazil lawmakers to propose referendum on gun law
[BBC]
Mexico: Zetas cartel blamed over Tamaulipas mass graves
[BBC]

Domestic
President Obama’s debt speech: What to watch for
[WaPo]
Lawmakers urge Obama to accept mandatory restraints on spending
[WaPo]
Obama Said to Call for Curbing Entitlements, Raising Taxes
[Bloomberg]
Seeking Execution Drug, States Cut Legal Corners
[NYT]
CIA’s brain drain: Since 9/11, some top officials have moved to private sector
[WaPo]
Congress, in a First, Removes an Animal From the Endangered Species List
[NYT]
Sidney Harman, audio equipment mogul and owner of Newsweek, dies at 92
[WaPo]

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Daily International News 04.11.11

April 11, 2011

Daily International News
April 11, 2011

Northeast Asia
Strong Aftershock as Japan Urges More Evacuations
[NYT]
Japan to evacuate more towns around crippled nuclear plant
[CNN]
Japan’s nuclear refugees confused by policy shifts
[AP]
China sees first quarterly trade deficit in seven years
[BBC]
China issues report criticizing US human rights
[AP]
China ordains new Vatican-approved Catholic bishop
[AP]
Chinese police detain suspect in tainted milk case
[AP]
N.Korea boosts security on China border
[Straits Times]
China and US gang up on N Korea
[SMH]
Ex-U.N. Panel Head Worries About Another North Korean Nuke Test
[Global Security Newswire]
Seoul’s nuclear envoy to visit U.S. for N. Korea talks
[Yonhap]
Whatever happened to North Korea?
[Global Post]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Lugar Wants Probe Into Myanmar-North Korea Ties
[Global Security Newswire]
US set to appoint envoy to revive Myanmar policy
[AP]

South/Central Asia
India state elections: Assam holds final phase of polls
[BBC]
India frees 39 Pakistan prisoners
[AFP]
Afghan president hammers West over bank crisis
[AP]

Middle East
Student protest in Syria turns violent
[AP]
Gulf proposal fails to ease Yemen political crisis
[AP]
War-weary Iraq sees economic rebound
[TWT]

Africa
Libya Rebels Spurn African Cease-Fire Plan Without Qaddafi Exit
[Bloomberg]
Gaddafi forces shell town after he accepts peace plan
[Reuters]
French Embassy: Forces arrest Ivory Coast’s Gbagbo
[AP]

Ivory Coast: UN and France launch reprisal attacks on Gbagbo
[Guardian]
Egypt protesters defy call to leave Cairo square
[Reuters]
Nigerian ruling party set to lose election
[FT]

Europe
France’s ban on burqas, niqabs takes effect
[CNN]
Berlusconi in court for tax fraud trial
[FT]
Legal action looms as Icelanders vote No [FT]

Americas
Runoff likely in tight Peruvian presidential race
[CNN]
Ingrid Betancourt’s ‘kidnapper’ killed in combat
[BBC]
With Aid and Migrants, China Expands Its Presence in a South American Nation
[NYT]

Domestic
Tense Meetings, Stalled Talks Led to a ‘Painful’ Agreement on U.S. Budget
[Bloomberg]
Obama Girds for Struggle With Republicans Over Debt Limit
[Bloomberg]
Ros-Lehtinen brings anti-communist fervor to once-staid committee
[WaPo]
Supreme Court declines to clarify rights of Guantanamo Bay detainees
[WaPo]

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Daily International News 04.07.11

April 11, 2011

Daily International News
April 7, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
Another strong quake strikes off tsunami-hit Japan [AP]
Japan quake: Nitrogen pumped into nuclear reactor [BBC]
Japan May Enlarge Evacuation Zone [WSJ]
China
Ai Weiwei’s family denounce ‘absurd’ economic crimes investigation [Guardian]
Departing U.S. Envoy Criticizes China on Human Rights [NYT]
Koreas
North Korea parliament watched for signs of succession [BBC]
N. Korea to convene parliament amid keen attention on heir-apparent son [Yonhap]
North Korea parliament praises progress on economy [AP]
Koreas to hold 2nd round of rare volcano talks [AP]
N. Korea has 1 mln tons of rice for military: lawmaker [Yonhap]
Some SKorean schools shut amid radiation fears [AP]

South/Central Asia
Afghanistan: Taliban gunmen attack Kandahar police base [BBC]
Hunger-striker piles pressure on Indian govt [AFP]

Middle East
Gulf States Seek Saleh’s Departure as Part of Yemen Accord [Bloomberg]
Fighting flares in Gaza, shattering lull [Reuters]
The Debate that Changed Goldstone’s Mind? [FP]
Defense Chief is on Mission to Mend Saudi Relations [NYT]
Bahrain’s Rulers Tighten Their Grip on Battered Opposition [NYT]

North Africa
Libya: US rebuffs letter from Gaddafi, says he must go [BBC]
Italy gives Tunisia migrants ‘humanitarian’ permits [AFP]

Sub-Saharan Africa
Ivory Coast leader in bunker vows not to surrender [AP]
French strikes hit Gbagbo forces in Ivory Coast [Reuters]
French FM: Laurent Gbagbo ‘running out of troops’ [BBC]
Kenyan leaders appear at Hague court over killings [Reuters]
S.Africans ‘must vote ANC for Mandela health’ [AFP]

Europe
Iranian dies after setting himself alight in Amsterdam [BBC]
Eurozone interest rates raised to 1.25% by ECB [BBC]
Google in German solar investment [AFP]
Portugal admits financial aid is needed [CNN]

Americas
Mass grave discovered in Mexico [Al Jazeera]
Brazil gunman kills 12 in Rio school massacre [Reuters]

Domestic
GOP seeks 1-week extension as gov’t shutdown looms [AP]
Obama to remake national security team [WaPo]
Obama Approval Slips Among Blacks, Hispanics in March [Gallup]

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Daily International News 04.01.11

April 11, 2011

Daily International News
April 1, 2011

Northeast Asia
U.S. Aids Japan in Final Sweep for Quake Victims
[NYT]
Japan pressed to expand evacuation zone; new safety questions for workers at plant
[WaPo]
Japan’s PM vows to win battle against nuke plant
[AP]
China white paper highlights US military ‘competition’
[BBC]
China’s first onshore yuan options quoted in line with offshore
[Reuters]
S. Korea’s Lee says N. Korea not sincere on talks
[AFP]
World Food Programme to Announce Humanitarian Aid for N.Korea
[Chosun]
Seoul Allows Humanitarian First Aid Since Cheonan to N.Korea to Resume
[Chosun]
SKorea inflation jumps to 4.7 percent in March
[AP]
US: SKorea trade pact will bar imports from NKorea
[Bloomberg]
US rep: good progress on Pacific Rim trade talks
[AP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Thais seize 2 tons of ivory in largest bust ever
[AP]

South/Central Asia
Census reveals that 17% of the world is Indian
[Guardian]
3 guards killed at NATO terminal in NW Pakistan
[AP]
Kazakh leader set to coast to election victory
[AP]
Six US soldiers killed in Afghanistan
[CNN]

Middle East
Syria braces for mass demonstrations
[Al Jazeera]
Yemenis hold largest protest yet against leader
[AP]
Kuwait cabinet quits to avoid ministers’ grilling
[Reuters]
Officials: Bomber kills 3 outside Iraqi mosque
[AP]
Israel asks U.N. to help block planned Gaza flotilla
[Reuters]
Israel holds secret talks with Russia in bid to thwart recognition of Palestinian state
[Haaretz]

Africa
Libya
Qaddafi Envoy Visits London as Tensions Mount in Libya
[NYT]
Gaddafi’s forces battle rebels for Brega
[Al Jazeera]
Libyan opposition sets conditions for cease-fire
[AP]
Qaddafi Exile Options Reach to Venezuela as Defections Rise
[Bloomberg]
Nato Libya air raid ‘killed civilians’
[BBC]
Gates warns on protracted Libya conflict
[FT]
Opinion: Mr. Gates Oversteps
[CFR]
U.S. Military Not Happy Over Libya
[Daily Beast]
Non-Libya
Thousands call for trials of Egypt regime figures
[AP]
Ivory Coast Rebels Seize State TV, Attack Gbagbo Palace
[Bloomberg]
Zimbabwe pre-poll violence condemned at Africa summit
[AFP]
Nigeria shuts borders for Saturday poll: official
[AFP]
Obama names retired ambassador as new Sudan envoy
[AP]

Europe
Italian anarchists claim Greek, Swiss parcel bombs
[AP]
Italy moves African migrants to mainland from Lampedusa
[BBC]
World court drops Georgia vs Russia case
[Reuters]
Nuclear energy firm RWE sues German state of Hesse
[BBC]
Ireland’s Banks Get Failing Grades
[WSJ]

Americas
Mexico: Attorney General Arturo Chavez resigns
[BBC]
Former Argentine Gen Eduardo Cabanillas jailed
[BBC]

Domestic
John Boehner faces moment of truth
[POLITICO]
Upbeat US jobs figures boost stocks, dollar
[AP]
Rubio’s Demands Signal Tea Party May Not Bend on Raising U.S. Debt Limit
[Bloomberg]
As Budget Talks Continue, Hard-Liners Get Support From Tea Party
[NYT]
Mitt Romney set to start raising cash in April
[POLITICO]