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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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