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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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