Daily International News 05.23.11

May 23, 2011

Daily International News
May 23, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

EU: Volcanic cloud affect British, Irish airspace
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
Georgia: Anti-Saakashvili protesters vow to continue
Merkel: nuclear debate behind bad election showing
Dutch court pushes ahead with hate speech trial

Chile exhumes ex-President Salvador Allende’s remains
Amnesty: Jamaica must probe human rights abuses

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


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