Daily International News 05.17.11

May 17, 2011

Daily International News
May 17, 2011

Northeast Asia
Op-ed: What Asian Century? [NYT]
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]
Japanese Officials Ignored or Concealed Dangers [NYT]
Tepco revises plan for cooling reactors [WaPo]
Japan keeps Fukushima shutdown target despite setbacks [Reuters]
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]

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]

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]

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

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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