Archive for May, 2011

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Daily International News 05.27.11

May 27, 2011

Daily International News
May 27, 2011

Northeast Asia
Koreas
N Korea ‘to release US citizen Eddie Jun Yong-su’
[BBC] and N. Korea says will release American detainee in conciliatory gesture toward U.S. [Yonhap]
China trip by North Korean leader Kim Jong-il ends
[BBC]
Iran meets North Korea, Syria in Bali
[Jakarta Post]
North Korean Dependence on China Trade Rises as Sanctions Worsen Isolation
[Bloomberg]
South Korean court jails four Somali pirates
[BBC]
Korean War POW finally buried after 60 years
[AP]
China/Taiwan
US lawmakers block China firms from Pentagon contracts
[BBC]
45 senators urge Obama to sell F-16s to Taiwan
[Bloomberg]
Taiwan Opposition Candidate Would Seek Deals With China
[VOA]
Japan
Japan beats deflation for the first time in two years
[BBC]
Japan moves to protect children as new nuclear leak revealed
[Reuters]
IAEA team inspect Fukushima plant
[Xinhua]
AP Exclusive: Fukushima tsunami plan a single page
[AP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
China, Myanmar forge partnership, ink deals
[Xinhua]
Thailand arrests US citizen for ‘insult to monarchy’
[BBC]
Australia returns passport to ex-Gitmo detainee
[AP]
Author jailed over Singapore criticism
[Al Jazeera]

South/Central Asia
Pakistan air force kills 23 militants in northwest
[AP]
India, US pledge to boost intelligence cooperation
[AP]
2 blasts hit US troops in deadly Afghan attack
[AP]
Clinton in Pakistan
Tension Marks Clinton’s Visit to Pakistan
[NYT]
Anti-Americanism will not end Pakistan’s problems: Clinton
[Dawn]
Clinton exonerates Pakistan over Osama Bin Laden
[BBC]
Hillary Clinton sees turning point in Pakistan
[POLITICO]

Middle East
Arab democracies win G8 aid pledge
[FT]
G8 leaders expected to back Obama on 1967 borders
[Haaretz]
Protesters ‘shot dead’ by Syrian forces
[Al Jazeera]
Yemen’s Saleh faces growing condemnation
[Al Jazeera]

Africa
Egyptians gather for second ‘day of anger’
[Al Jazeera]
NATO air strikes rock Libyan capital
[Al Jazeera]
Obama Says U.S., France Resolve to ‘Finish the Job’ They Began in Libya
[Bloomberg]
Russia agrees to mediate Gaddafi exit
[Al Jazeera]
Sudan’s Seizure of Abyei Region Won’t Spark New War, Ex-U.S. Envoy Says
[Bloomberg]
S.Sudan says 80,000 flee after north takes Abyei
[Reuters]
Long-sought former Hutu militia leader captured
[CNN]

Europe
Warm welcome, few policy wins for Obama in Europe
[AP]
Obama visit to Poland chance to add vigor to ties
[AP]
Mladic due in Belgrade court for extradition case
[CBS]
Embarrassment, mockery over Berlusconi’s latest gaffe
[Reuters]
Air France captain was absent when descent began
[AP]

Americas/Domestic
Colombia identifies almost 10,000 bodies in unmarked graves
[Guardian]
U.S. Congress Approves Four-Year Extension of Patriot Act Wiretap Power
[Bloomberg]
Clyburn Predicts Last-Minute Debt-Limit Deal to Cut Up to $6 Trillion
[Bloomberg]
Democrats See Revived Political Prospects for 2012 Elections
[Bloomberg]
Romney, Santorum and Bachmann all signal 2012 announcement plans
[WaPo]
Bachmann, Palin Could Compete for Same Audience, Splitting Tea Party Vote
[Bloomberg]

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Daily International News 05.23.11

May 23, 2011

Daily International News
May 23, 2011

Northeast Asia
China
China, Philippine defense chiefs discuss Spratlys
[AP]
Tibet marks 60th anniversary of peaceful liberation
[Xinhua]
China, U.S. military ties to increase transparency in Asia Pacific
[Ria Novosti]
Koreas
China confirms North Korean leader Kim Jong-il visit
[BBC]
King and USAID to Head for Pyongyang Tomorrow
[Daily NK]
Potential Kim-Jiang Zemin meeting to focus on N. Korea’s succession
[Yonhap]
S. Korea, U.S. launch joint air defense exercise
[Kyodo]
SKorean court begins trial for 5 Somali pirates
[AP]
Seoul tightens rules on cash flow to North Korea
[Korea Herald]
Korean Diplomat Named Secretary-General of New Pan-Asian Body
[Chosun]
US to help South Korea in Agent Orange inquiry
[BBC]
Elite South Korean University Rattled by Suicides
[NYT]
Japan
Sony Expects Deep Net Loss For Last FY On $4.4 Billion Writeoff
[WSJ]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Australian PM has no plans to meet Dalai Lama
[AP]
UN envoy: Myanmar does little to stop rights abuse
[AP]

South/Central Asia
Pakistan retakes naval base after just six militants lay siege
[Reuters]
Pakistan ISI in spotlight over Mumbai raid
[FT]
Taliban: Mullah Omar alive and in Afghanistan
[AP]
Roadside bomb kills 4 NATO soldiers in Afghan east
[Reuters]

Middle East
Gunbattles in Yemen after power transfer stalls
[AP]
Obama tells Israel to revive peace talks
[FT]
Obama’s ‘Jewish state’ reference jars Palestinians
[AP]
Israel approves new West Bank settlement construction: report
[Xinhua]
EU imposes sanctions on Syria’s Assad in bid to halt violence against protesters
[Haaretz]
EU tightens sanctions on Iran over nuke program
[AP]
Ahmadinejad Not to Attend OPEC Meeting: Report
[Reuters]
Kirkuk car bomb strikes police convoy
[Al Jazeera]
Saudi authorities re-arrest woman for driving
[AP]

Africa
North Sudan defies U.N., vows to stay in Abyei
[Reuters]
Daily life begins to return to Libya’s Misrata
[AP]
NATO to deploy helicopters in Libya – French source
[Reuters]
Libya: Catherine Ashton opens EU office in Benghazi
[BBC]
Niger: Aid response to crisis in south
[Guardian]

Europe
EU: Volcanic cloud affect British, Irish airspace
[AP]
Obama Arrives in Ireland for Six-Day Trip to Europe
[NYT] and Obama arrives in Europe in search of a firmer strategic alliance [Deutsche Welle]
Spain: Socialists suffer heavy election losses
[BBC]
Georgia: Anti-Saakashvili protesters vow to continue
[BBC]
Merkel: nuclear debate behind bad election showing
[AP]
Dutch court pushes ahead with hate speech trial
[AP]

Americas
Chile exhumes ex-President Salvador Allende’s remains
[BBC]
Amnesty: Jamaica must probe human rights abuses
[AP]

Domestic
Tornado kills at least 89, leaves ‘total devastation’ in Missouri town
[LAT]
Hundreds knew of bin Laden raid
[POLITICO] and Spy, Military Ties Aided bin Laden Raid [WSJ]
5 Muslim immigrants appeal NJ terror convictions
[AP]
Biden tells donors: Keep me in mind for 2016
[POLITICO]
Tim Pawlenty’s moment
[POLITICO]
Republicans ignored warnings on Paul Ryan plan
[POLITICO]
Marco Rubio takes a hard line on immigration
[POLITICO]
Steele signs up with MSNBC
[POLITICO]
Arnold Schwarzenegger-White House ties terminated
[POLITICO]

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Daily International News 05.20.11

May 20, 2011

Daily International News
May 20, 2011

Analysis of Obama Middle East Policy Speech
Think Tanks
Mideast Speech: Strong Rhetoric, Weak Plan
[CFR]
Global
Analysis: Arabs see Obama speech as late, not enough
[Reuters]
Analysis: Palestinians win Obama ’67 lines mention
[AP]
Obama speech greeted with wariness, apathy in Mideast
[WaPo]
Op-eds/Editorials
NYT Editorial: Peace and Change
[NYT]
NYT Opinion: Welcome Palestinian Unity
[NYT]
Obama’s Mideast peace gaffe
[WaPo]
WaPo Editorial: The news in Obama’s speech
[WaPo]
WaPo Opinion: Obama’s Mideast policy looks good — on paper
[WaPo]
Politicians
Obama “does not understand reality” – Netanyahu
[Reuters]
Romney: Obama ‘threw Israel under the bus’
[AP]

Northeast Asia
Japan
Japan approves plan to join child custody pact
[AP]  
Japan utility head resigns over nuclear crisis
[AP]
Japan’s central bank keeps key rate at near zero
[AP]
China
Pakistan minister: China providing 50 fighter jets
[AP]
China alleges huge tax evasion by artist Ai Weiwei
[AP]
Analysis: Hard choices for US on Taiwan arms sales
[AP]
Taiwan spy case: General Lo Hsien-che ‘had China links’
[BBC]
Factbox – Ties between North Korea and China
[Reuters]
Koreas
Confusion over North Korean leader’s China visit
[BBC]
NKorean leader Kim Jong Il in China, reports say
[AP] and North Korean leader makes surprise visit to China – media [Reuters]
NK leader Kim Jong-il, not his heir-apparent son Jong-un, visiting China: source
[Yonhap]
North Korean Missile Reach Will Extend to U.S.: Senior Intel Official
[GSN]
US envoy presses Myanmar on N.Korea ties
[AFP]
N. Korea reportedly purged senior intelligence official
[Yonhap]
‘US evangelist beaten up in N Korea’
[The News]

South/Central Asia
Al-Qaida considered oil tankers as terror targets
[AP]
Pakistan Taliban says attacked U.S. consulate convoy
[Reuters]
Tamil Tiger faction head questioned in Norway-Sri Lankan media
[Reuters]

Middle East
Iran’s President to Lead Next OPEC Meeting
[NYT]
Syrian troops fire during protests; 9 killed
[AP]
Yemeni president calls for early elections
[AP]

Africa
Kept in chains: Mental illness rampant in Somalia
[AP]
Jon Huntsman: Libya action a mistake
[POLITICO]
NATO hits 3 ports to protect rebel-held port
[AP]
South African photographer missing in Libya believed dead
[Reuters]
South Africa commuter train crash injures more than 700
[Reuters]

Europe
European support rising for Lagarde’s IMF bid
[AP]  
At I.M.F., Men on Prowl and Women on Guard
[NYT]
Belarus’ ex-presidential candidates sentenced
[AP]
Spain PM mum on breaking up pre-election protests
[AP]
Queen to visit Cashel, Cork to end Irish trip
[AP]
Vatican slams new pope John Paul sculpture
[AP]

Americas
Honduran president returns to Honduras on May 28
[AP]
Uruguay’s Congress upholds military amnesty
[AP]
Official: Prison fire kills 14 inmates in Mexico
[AP]

Domestic
Obama, Netanyahu face tense meeting on Mideast
[Reuters]
Opinion: Ties that bind Defense, State
[POLITICO]
Leaders reach Patriot Act deal
[POLITICO]
Group Unleashes Early Ad Against Romney
[NYT]
New Hampshire, meet Jon Huntsman
[WaPo]
Senate Dems launch ’12 money race
[POLITICO]
Sarah Palin: ‘Fire in the belly’ is there
[POLITICO]
Some FBI agents are angered by plan to extend tenure of Director Robert Mueller
[WaPo]
Unemployment falls in three-quarters of US states
[AP]
BP gets $1 bln settlement from Gulf well partner
[AP]
Stocks boosted by LinkedIn initial offering splash
[AP]
Oil bounces around $99 on volatile dollar
[AP]
Poll: Majority back gay marriage
[POLITICO]
Gore claims Murdoch is blocking Current over Olbermann hire
[POLITICO]

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Daily International News 05.18.11

May 18, 2011

Daily International News
May 18, 2011

Northeast Asia
Koreas
North Korean Leader Hosts Russian Spies [The Moscow Times]
N. Korea formally notified of Lee’s invitation for Kim [Yonhap]

S. Korean Christians deliver unauthorized food aid to N. Korea [Yonhap]
State Department snubs the Elders [FP]
US Ambassador Calls on N. Korea to Denuclearize in Action [Arirang]
N. Korea Willing to Denuclearize Only Under 9.19 Joint Agreement [Arirang}
China/Taiwan
China blocks release of UN report on NKorea [AP]
Pakistan, China premiers meet amid tension with US [AP]
China’s premier to visit tsunami-hit area in Japan [AP]
Taiwan hospital fined for firing transvestite employee [BBC]
Japan
PM: Japan’s nuke regulators need more independence [AP]
In Japan Reactor Failings, Danger Signs for the U.S. [NYT]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Senior US diplomat in Myanmar to meet new gov’t [AP]
UK cautions ASEAN from allowing Myanmar leadership [AP]
Bomb on Myanmar train kills 2, injures 7 [AP]

South/Central Asia
Twelve dead in protests after two women killed in Afghan raid [Reuters]
Pakistan Taliban warns of retaliation [Al Jazeera]
Security Forces Battle Militants in Northwest Pakistan [NYT]
CIA flew stealth drones into Pakistan to monitor bin Laden house [WaPo]

Middle East
AP Exclusive: Diplomats: IAEA fears Iran hackers [AP]
Iran, Kuwait move to ease diplomatic rift [AP]
Syrian president: Security forces made mistakes [AP]
Russia ‘to oppose use of force against Syria’ [Al Jazeera]
Yemen rivals set to sign GCC-brokered deal [Al Jazeera]
Yemeni caught in Pakistan “mid-level al Qaeda operative” [Reuters]
Al Jazeera journalist released from detention [Al Jazeera]
Netanyahu, headed to Washington, is pressed to take initiative in peace process [WaPo]

Hamas leaders show different views on negotiations [Xinhua]
Opinion: Hamas poisons peace process [POLITICO]

Africa
Tunisia demands Libya stop cross-border shelling [Reuters]
South Africans vote as toilet row grabs headlines [Reuters]

Europe
Queen’s visit to Ireland: Day two [BBC]
Work on Trident nuclear renewal gets go ahead [BBC]
London 2012 Olympic torch relay route revealed [BBC]
Medvedev keeps Russia guessing on 2012 election [Reuters]
Europe moves to protect claim to IMF top job [AP]

Americas
Mexico police find 500 migrants in trailers [Al Jazeera]
Ecuador probes President Correa ‘link’ to Farc rebels [BBC]
Guatemalan forces hunt killers after farm massacre [BBC]
Chavez’s influence wanes in Latin America [WaPo]

Domestic
President Obama shifts Middle East message [POLITICO]
As Uprisings Transform Mideast, Obama Aims to Reshape the Peace Debate [NYT]

GOP elite see Mitch Daniels as 2012 savior [POLITICO]
Gingrich’s bumpy start deepens doubts about his presidential candidacy [WaPo]
Opinion: Romney, you can’t govern by bullet point [WaPo]
Should he run, Huntsman to base WH campaign in Fla [AP]
IMF head on suicide watch in New York City jail [AP]
Strauss-Kahn arrest: Maid ‘did not know’ IMF leader [BBC]
NYC maid’s lawyer: Case vs. IMF chief not a setup [AP]
Shuttle Endeavour docks at International Space Station [BBC]
Maria Shriver turns to Oprah [POLITICO]
Big spike recorded in older drug, alcohol addicts [AP]

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Daily International News 05.17.11

May 17, 2011

Daily International News
May 17, 2011

Northeast Asia
Op-ed: What Asian Century? [NYT]
Koreas
SKorea: US envoy to visit NKorea for aid talks [AP]
Iran denies getting missile technology from NKorea [AP]
China downplays UN report on NKorea missile export [AP]
Chinese Ambassador Urges Korea-China FTA  [Chosun]
British Embassy launches English program for N. Korean defectors [Yonhap]
N. Korean leader back in heels again means better health? [Yonhap]
Japan
Japanese Officials Ignored or Concealed Dangers [NYT]
Tepco revises plan for cooling reactors [WaPo]
Japan keeps Fukushima shutdown target despite setbacks [Reuters]
China
Chinese FM press conference on May 17 [Xinhua]
Pakistani PM hails China as his country’s ‘best friend’ [BBC]
Fields of watermelon burst in China farm fiasco [AP]
China’s Forbidden City admits plans for ‘rich club’ [BBC]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Myanmar frees 14,600, but few political prisoners [AP]
Burma’s prison sentence reduction plan derided [BBC]

South/Central Asia
Oped: War on Terror A Conflict Without End [NYT]
U.S. speeds up direct talks with Taliban [WaPo]
Pakistan military protests after NATO incursion wounds soldiers [Reuters]
Suicide bomber attacks security police in Kazakh city [Reuters]
UN body to review Turkmenistan’s human rights record [BBC]

Middle East
Israel Leader Outlines Points Before U.S. Trip [NYT]
Op-ed: When Obama Meets with Netanyahu [NYT]
Yemen rights group seeks repatriation from Pakistan of bin Laden’s young Yemeni widow [WaPo]
Syria denies mass grave as villagers discover bodies [Reuters]
Obama to meet with Jordan’s King Abdullah II [AP]

Africa
Mubarak’s Wife Turns Over Millions in Assets [NYT]
Tunisian source: Libyan oil minister defects [AP]
Rwanda genocide court: 30 years for ex-army chief [AP]
Mediators: concern over Zimbabwe leader’s health [AP]

Europe
Medvedev purges Russian weapons makers [AP]
UK inflation rate rises to 4.5% in April [BBC]
British queen makes historic peace trip to Ireland [AP]
French Left in crisis talks over Strauss-Kahn case [Reuters]
Report: Carla Bruni-Sarkozy expecting baby [AP]

Americas
Dominican Republic’s capital on alert for cholera [BBC]
Brazil convicts US pilots for 2006 crash, no jail [Reuters]

Domestic
U.S. Calls for Global Cybersecurity Strategy [NYT]
Gingrich urges talk about his personal failings [AP]
Mitt Romney Sends a Money Message [WaPo] and Romney raises $10 million in one day of phone calls [WaPo]
Pressure rises against IMF chief held at NYC jail [AP]
Schwarzenegger reveals he had child with staffer [AP]
Flood evacuees move into enclave built for Katrina [AP]
Supreme Court affirms police action in Kentucky drug case [WaPo]
Study: $2 trillion needed for U.S. infrastructure [WaPo]

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Daily International News 05.16.11

May 16, 2011

Daily International News
May 16, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan evacuates residents beyond Fukushima no-go zone
[BBC]
Fukushima nuclear plant not built to take megaquake
[Reuters]
Chinese military chief’s visit is first in 7 years
[AP]
US Navy drones: Coming to a carrier near China?
[AP]
Detained China artist Ai Weiwei gets first family visit
[BBC]
Iran, North Korea Partnering on Ballistic Missiles, U.N. Says
[GSN]
Bosworth, U.S. Envoy on North Korea Policy, to Visit South Korea This Week
[Bloomberg] and Bosworth arrives in Seoul for talks over North [JoongAng]
North Korea takes over Mt. Kumgang tourist area, further dimming Sunshine legacy
[CSM]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Myanmar president announces clemency for prisoners
[AP]
Thaksin Shinawatra’s sister Yingluck to run for Thai PM
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Kerry arrives in Pakistan for meetings over bin Laden that could sway future aid prospects
[WaPo]
Gunmen kill Saudi diplomat in southern Pakistan
[AP]
NATO: 4 service members killed in Afghanistan
[AP]

Middle East
‘Catastrophic’ picture emerges of Syrian town
[AP]
Palestinians call mourning period for border dead
[AP]

Africa
Prosecutor requests arrest warrants for Gadhafi, two others
[CNN]
Sudan: SPLM rejects South Kordofan win for Ahmed Haroun
[BBC]
Uganda opposition leader under house arrest: wife
[AP]

Europe
Bomb warning received in London [BBC]
Russian tycoon wants to lead pro-Medvedev party
[Reuters]
Russia wants US guarantees on missile shield
[AP]

Americas/Domestic
27 people found dead at a Guatemalan farm
[CNN]
White House threatens to hold up key trade deals
[AP]
N.Y. race is referendum on GOP Medicare plan
[WaPo]
Police seek evidence of sex attack from IMF chief
[AP]
US reaches $14tn debt limit and cuts investments
[BBC]
Endeavour soars off on second-to-last shuttle flight
[Reuters]

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Daily International News 05.13.11

May 13, 2011

Daily International News
May 13, 2011

Northeast Asia
China
Homemade bomb injures 39 in China
[LAT]
China seems to rule out talks with Tibetan leader
[AP]
Government-Christian tensions highlighted in China
[AP]
U.S. Fast-Food Giant Yum Bids for Chinese Chain
[NYT]
Koreas
‘On the Record’ Broadcasts Live from North Korea for First Time, With Rare Look as Food Crisis Looms
[Fox News]
US envoy to discuss N. Korea in Seoul: diplomats
[AFP]
Offer to Kim Jong-il ‘Still Stands’
[Chosun]
NK abducted 180,000 foreigners
[Korea Times]
Hunger in North Korea: Let them eat maize husks
[The Economist]
Japan
Japan sets up compensation plan for nuclear plant
[AP]
How one Japanese village defied the tsunami thanks to sea wall
[AP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
IAEA to probe safety of Malaysia rare earth plant
[AP]
Baby leopards, bear found in luggage at Thai airport
[AP]

South/Central Asia
Bombers take bin Laden revenge in Pakistan
[Reuters]
U.S. interviews ‘hostile’ bin Laden widows, with Pakistan officials
[CNN]
US drone attack kills four militants in Pakistan: officials
[AFP]
India: Communists routed in West Bengal for first time in 30 years
[BBC]
Indian PM pledges $500m in aid to Afghanistan
[Al Jazeera]
NATO: Afghan policeman kills 2 service members
[AP]
Yunus steps down from Grameen Bank
[FT]

Middle East
Yemen’s Saleh defies crowds demanding his exit
[Reuters]
Qatar quits Yemen mediation bid; protests spread
[AP]
Syria: Opposition says Assad vows not to fire on rally
[BBC]
Thousands protest across Syria; at least 1 killed
[AP]
UK summons Syrian ambassador over violence
[AP]
Bahrain targets Shia religious sites
[Al Jazeera]
UN Says Iran Shipping Arms to Syria
[WSJ]
Al Jazeera journalist missing for two weeks
[Al Jazeera]

Africa
WikiLeaks hailed as catalyst in Arab Spring by AI
[POLITICO]
Thousands gather in Egypt’s Tahrir Square
[Al Jazeera]
Egypt extends Mubarak’s detention
[Al Jazeera]
Libyan rebels seek US endorsement
[Al Jazeera]
Libyan capital buffeted by airstrikes, protests
[AP]
No vote: Future of Uganda’s anti-gay bill in limbo
[AP]
ICC reports Djibouti to UN over al-Bashir visit
[AP]
Cameroon opposition vows to disrupt election
[AP]
World Bank: 1/2 Zimbabwe’s civil servants not qualified or not working
[BBC]

Europe
Adopted US twins return to Russian orphanage
[AP]
Arctic nations step up cooperation on safety, oil
[Reuters]
Eurozone’s economic growth accelerates
[BBC]
Experts debate destroying last smallpox viruses
[AP]

Americas
Official: suspected Sinaloa cartel leader nabbed
[AP]
Mexico deputy prison governor decapitated in Durango
[BBC]

Domestic
Friday the 13th edition: OBAMA SETS SPEECH AIMED AT ARAB WORLD AND BEYOND
[POLITICO]
Behind the Decision to Ask Bob Mueller to Stay at the FBI
[TIME]
War fatigue in House GOP
[POLITICO]
Poll: Obama Stronger Against Terrorism Than Bush
[Bloomberg]
Mark Halperin Weighs in on the Republican Party
[TIME]
Ron Paul: ‘The time is right’ for presidential run
[POLITICO]
Romney Bids to Defuse Health-Care Issues Clouding His White House Run
[Bloomberg]
Democrats, oil executives face off at hearing
[POLITICO]
Is Chicago ready for Rahm Emanuel?
[POLITICO]
SCOTUS needs an ethical code
[POLITICO]
Stakes Rise on Debt Vote
[WSJ]
Poll says 47 pct of Americans oppose debt increase
[Reuters]
Experimental AIDS vaccine ‘works in monkeys’
[Al Jazeera]
Thousands flee Mississippi River flooding
[Al Jazeera]