Archive for May, 2011

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Daily International News 05.12.11

May 12, 2011

Daily International News
May 12, 2011

Northeast Asia
Koreas
U.S. envoy on N. Korean human rights seeking visit to Pyongyang
[Yonhap]
American detained in NKorea speaks to family
[AP]
North Korea Spurns 2012 Nuclear Summit as “Ridiculous”
[GSN]

Human Rights Commissioner Apologizes to N.Korean Defectors
[Chosun]
NATO strike damages North Korean embassy: Libyan TV
[Reuters]
China
New Tibetan leader open to talks with China
[AP]

China arrests 40 suspected child traffickers
[AP]
China unofficial Christian churches petition ministers
[BBC]
Down-Under Hypocrites Bet All on China’s Boom: William Pesek
[Bloomberg]
China Orders Banks to Set Aside More Cash
[Bloomberg]
Japan
Lawmakers US military plans in Japan unaffordable
[AP]

Fukushima reactor water leak risks delaying crisis plan
[Reuters]
Experts: Early warnings mitigated Japan disaster
[AP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Thailand: Two ‘red-shirts’ leaders returned to jail
[BBC]
‘People smuggler’ charged over Christmas Island tragedy
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Exclusive: PM Gilani Warns of ‘Trust Deficit’ Between U.S. and Pakistan
[TIME]
Bin Laden death ‘not an assassination’ – Eric Holder
[BBC]

Bin Laden Journal Detailing Plans for Attacks Said to Be Recovered in Raid
[Bloomberg]
U.S. attacks militants in Pakistan as bin Laden pressure grows
[Reuters]
Even in Death, Bin Laden Exacts Multitrillion-Dollar Toll on U.S. Taxpayer
[Bloomberg]
Pakistani Is Seeking Inquiry On U.S. Raid
[NYT]
Indian PM Manmohan Singh visits Afghanistan for talks
[BBC]
India backs Afghan aims to reconcile with Taliban
[AP]

Middle East
Yemeni forces open fire on protesters
[Al Jazeera]
Security forces target Bahrain medics
[Al Jazeera]
Deaths reported as tanks shell Syrian cities
[Al Jazeera]  
Syria protests: Thousands of students rally in Aleppo
[BBC]
Iraqi lawmaker survives assassination attempt
[AP]

Africa
After nearly 2 weeks out of sight, Gadhafi appears on Libyan TV
[CNN]
Cameron invites Libya rebels to open office in UK
[BBC]

Libya Rebels Advance Toward Brega After Taking Control of Misrata Airport
[Bloomberg]
NATO air strikes hit Gaddafi compound in Tripoli
[Reuters]
Ugandan president sworn in as thousands welcome rival
[AFP]
400,000-plus women raped in Congo yearly: study
[Reuters]
France cancels all of Togo’s debt: minister
[AFP]

Europe
EU studies plan to change Schengen border treaty
[BBC]

John Demjanjuk guilty of Nazi death camp murders
[BBC]
Finnish parties agree to support bail-out for Portugal
[BBC]
Vote will show how badly Berlusconi hurt by scandals
[Reuters]
Spaniards fearing aftershocks flee quake city
[AP]
UK: Lib Dem David Laws to be suspended over expenses claims
[BBC]
Seychelles quiet on reported royal honeymooners
[AP]

Americas
Honduras ex-president Manuel Zelaya wants to go home
[BBC]
Guantanamo Bay detainees’ family members may be allowed to visit
[WaPo]
BP gets final approval to buy Brazilian oilfields
[FT]

Domestic
Why Obama’s Not a Lock
[TIME]
Huntsman: The Cool Kid
[TIME]
Newt Gingrich Promises New ‘Contract With America’ in His Presidential Bid
[Bloomberg]
Romney Disowns Health-Care Bill He Signed
[Bloomberg]
Democrats Embrace Tax Increases Against Medicare Cuts as Political Winner
[Bloomberg]
GOP seeks new Medicare message
[POLITICO]
Bernanke Says Fed to Propose Financial Rules
[Bloomberg]

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Daily International News 05.11.11

May 11, 2011

Daily International News
May 11, 2011

US-China S&ED Coverage
China rejects US criticism of human rights record
[BBC]
China-US make progress on trade but differences remain
[BBC]
U.S., China reach ‘milestone’ agreement on security, economic policy
[WaPo]
China-U.S. S&ED yields satisfactory outcome: Chinese vice premier
[Xinhua]
U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue creates new opportunities
[Xinhua]

Northeast Asia
China [non-S&ED]
Detained artist Ai Weiwei’s exhibits in UK
[AP]
Korean Bible instructor held following China raid
[AP]
Three ex-Xinhua Finance bosses face US fraud charges
[BBC]
Koreas
Pro-Pyongyang newspaper reacts coldly to Lee’s invitation
[Yonhap]
North Korea Readying New Surprise?
[The Diplomat]
U.S. evangelist Franklin Graham in N. Korea, meets foreign minister
[Kyodo]
U.S. ponders food-team trip to North
[JoongAng]
Debate rages about food aid to North Korea
[AP]
S. Korea, Japan Agree on 3-step Process to 6-party Talk Resumption
[Arirang TV]

Satellites show more poppy fields in the North
[JoongAng]
S. Korea urges North Korea to halt cyber attacks
[Kyodo]
S. Korea and N. Korea invited to field joint team in table tennis
[Yonhap]
Japan
Japan to set up govt-backed nuke compensation plan
[AP]
Japan nuclear operator seals radioactive water leak
[Reuters]
Kan orders probe into Fukushima failures
[FT]
Toyota quarterly profits drop but recovery expected
[BBC]

Southeast Asia/Japan
U.N. envoy arrives in Myanmar to meet gov’t officials, Suu Kyi
[Kyodo]

Bangladesh rejects rights group’s criticism
[AP]

South/Central Asia
U.S. granted access to speak to bin Laden’s wives
[CNN]

Pakistan military aid safer than the economic aid
[FP]
Senator Kerry heads to Pakistan to smooth bin Laden fury
[Reuters]
Bin Laden Sons Say U.S. Broke International Law
[NYT]

Taliban resistance ‘under-estimated’ by Britain
[BBC]
India puts Pakistani army officers on “most wanted” list
[Reuters]
India’s Supreme Court rejects harsher Bhopal charges
[BBC]

Middle East
Hamas accepts 1967 borders, but will never recognize Israel, top official says
[Haaretz]

Syria tanks ‘shell’ protest city of Homs
[BBC]
Exclusive: Kuwait opens bid for Syrian seat on U.N. Human Rights Council
[FP]
Protests bring two Yemen cities to standstill, 2 dead
[Reuters]
Bahrain should set up torture investigation body – HRW
[Reuters]
Iraq to discuss extension of U.S. troops this month – PM
[Reuters]

Africa
Libya rebels ‘capture Misrata airport’
[BBC]

Ban Ki-Moon calls for Libya cease-fire as NATO assault intensifies
[WaPo]
Sudan: UN peacekeepers attacked in Abyei
[BBC]
Uganda opposition leader Kizza Besigye ‘allowed home’
[BBC]
Uganda’s anti-gay bill not on agenda after outcry
[AP]

Europe
Protesters clash during Greek strike
[FT]
German police raid homes of suspected extremists
[AP]
Lithuania jails Soviet commando for Medininkai shooting
[BBC]
Earthquake fever hits Rome as some fear “the big one” [Reuters]
Germany ‘could back Italy’s Draghi for ECB chief’
[AFP]
Clegg: Lib Dems to be ‘more muscular’ in coalition
[BBC]
David Cameron’s Prime Minister’s Questions – in full
[BBC]

Americas
FARC files show ties with Venezuela’s Chavez and Ecuador’s Correa
[Miami Herald]

Guatemalan Court Acquits Former President of Embezzling
[NYT]
Venezuela begins electricity rationing after blackouts
[BBC]

Domestic
President to Renew Muslim Outreach
[WSJ]
Obama administration boasting about border security
[WaPo]
Five Democratic Senators to watch in Obama debt meeting
[WaPo]
Gingrich is in, but can he win?
[WaPo]

Romney focused on outraising — by far — Republican presidential competitors
[WaPo]
Navy revokes guidance on same-sex marriages
[WaPo]
Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks about separation from Maria Shriver
[LAT]

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Daily International News 05.06.11

May 6, 2011

Daily International News
May 6, 2011

OBL
Al Qaeda confirms bin Laden’s death, group says
[CNN]
Al Qaeda plotted 9/11 anniversary rail attack – U.S.
[Reuters]
Data Show Bin Laden Plots; C.I.A. Hid Near Raided House
[NYT]
No foreign policy pivot for Barack Obama
[POLITICO]
Opinion: Obama’s fickle European fans
[WaPo]
Judge Files Complaint against Merkel over Bin Laden Comments
[Der Spiegel]

Northeast Asia
Japan
Japan PM orders halt at Hamaoka nuclear plant
[BBC]
Japan wants 3 reactors halted for quake measures
[AP]
China
China pushes U.S. on debt ahead of high-level talks
[Reuters]
Norway feels sting of China’s Nobel anger
[AP]
A booze blowout for China’s oil giant
[WaPo]
China’s Growing Interests in Siberia
[Der Spiegel]
Chinese regulators suspend TV crime and spy dramas
[BBC]
Koreas
12 Nations to Discuss Victims of N.Korean Abduction
[Chosun]
Beijing prepares for visitor from North: Sources
[JoongAng]
N. Korea accuses Seoul of blocking talks, aid
[Korea Herald]
‘N. Korea rejected Carter`s call to release detained American’
[Dong-A]
Richardson sees momentum for N. Korea talks
[AFP]
Carter was shocked by Pyongyang priorities
[JoongAng]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Vietnam ‘seals ethnic Hmong protest site’
[BBC]
Australia row over PNG ‘asylum camp plan’
[BBC]
Thai Leader Will Ask King to Dissolve Parliament
[NYT]
EU Hopes to Sign Trade Pact With Singapore in 2011
[WSJ]
Singapore ruling party faces tough election but should prevail
[Reuters]

South/Central Asia
Suspected U.S. strike kills 15 near militant hub in Pakistan tribal area
[WaPo]
Pakistan Warns U.S. Against Raids
[WSJ]
Thousands of Afghans Rally in Kabul to Reject Any Peace With Taliban
[NYT]

Middle East
Thousands protest on Syria ‘day of defiance’
[Al Jazeera]
Activists: 6 killed in Syria by security forces
[AP]
Suicide attack kills 21 police officers south of Baghdad
[CNN]
Saleh defiant as GCC exit deal stalls
[Al Jazeera]
Crackdown reins in Bahrain activists
[Al Jazeera]

Africa
Morocco Arrests Three for Deadly Marrakesh Cafe Bomb, Al-Qaeda Tie Alleged
[Bloomberg]
Sudan divides Darfur in five smaller states
[Reuters]
Sudan deploys troops at Libya border, evicts envoy
[Reuters]
Ivory Coast: Alassane Ouattara to take oath
[BBC]
UN heads to suspected Ivory Coast mass grave site
[AP]
Sheryl Cwele: SA minister’s wife gets 12-year jail term
[BBC]

Europe
UK Vote 2011: Lib Dems suffer election losses
[BBC]
Northern Ireland vote may put Sinn Fein in top job
[AP]
UK 7/7 inquests: Emergency delays ‘did not cause deaths’
[BBC]
France Expels 14 Libyan Officials
[NYT]
Moscow murders: Two Russian nationalists jailed
[BBC]
Greece: Police clash with striking doctors
[AP]

Americas
Same-sex unions recognized by Brazil’s high court
[CNN]
Calderon urges Mexicans not to abandon drugs battle
[CNN]
Inmates free hostages at Venezuela prison
[AP]

Domestic
House GOP won’t push Medicare vouchers
[AP]
Obama to speak on immigration policy in Texas
[AP] 
GOP Rivals Hit Obama on Foreign Policy Despite Bin Laden Killing, Hit Harder on Economy
[Fox]
Possible 2012 White House Candidate Daniels Says He’ll Decide Within Weeks
[Bloomberg]
Economy adds 244k jobs, rate ticks up to 9 pct.
[AP]
This time, it’s for real, believers say: Doomsday coming this month.
[WaPo]

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Daily International News 05.05.11

May 5, 2011

Daily International News
May 5, 2011

Osama bin Laden
Photos show three dead men at bin Laden raid house
[Reuters]
Pakistan army says US personnel to be cut
[AP]

Pakistan gives warning against further raids
[Al Jazeera]
Analysis – Legal questions remain over bin Laden killing
[Reuters]
U.S. will stand by Pakistan, Clinton says
[Reuters]
Obama Visits Ground Zero After Bin Laden Death
[Bloomberg]
Fidel Castro criticizes US for bin Laden kill
[AP]
China: Bin Laden burial ship applies to visit HK
[AP]

Northeast Asia
Japan
Workers enter Japan reactor for 1st time since blast
[Reuters]

China/Taiwan
Taiwan’s Ma: ‘Sooner or Later, Beijing Will Move Toward Democracy’
[Der Spiegel]

China boosts foreign investment in Latin America
[BBC]
Ship hijacked with 24 Chinese crew in Arabian Sea
[AP]
Pandas Tian Tian and Yang Guang to arrive in Edinburgh in July
[BBC]
Migrants push Beijing population to 19.6 million
[AP]
Koreas
S.Korean Buddhists Deliver Aid to N.Korea
[Chosun]
South Korea in final approval of EU trade deal
[BBC]
Korea’s 1st Female Navy Patrol Pilot Goes to Work
[Chosun]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Vietnam quashes rare Hmong uprising lasting days
[AP]
Last WWI combat veteran Claude Choules dies aged 110 in Australia
[BBC]
Indonesia economy grows by 6.5% in the first quarter
[BBC]
Singapore leaders admit faults, face election test
[AP]

Middle East
Clinton Leaves Door Open After Palestinian Deal
[NYT]

Syrian troops ‘begin withdrawal’ from Deraa
[Al Jazeera]
Two mid-level al Qaeda leaders killed in Yemen
[Reuters]
Suicide bomber kills 20 policemen in central Iraq
[AP]

Africa
Allies offer Libyan rebels cash lifeline
[Reuters]
Egypt’s former interior minister sentenced
[Al Jazeera]

Egypt’s new diplomacy worries Washington
[Al Jazeera]
Red Cross finds mass grave in Ivorian city
[Al Jazeera]
Canadian HR Org: Albinos in Tanzania murdered or raped as AIDS “cure”
[Reuters]

Europe
Britain Votes on Changes to Election System
[NYT]

AMAP: study warns of mercury in Arctic
[AP]

Americas/Domestic
Earthquake rattles Mexico City and buildings shake
[Reuters]
A foreign policy void in GOP 2012 field
[AP]
Poll: Number of ‘birthers’ plummets
[WaPo]
AP, Reuters sitting out GOP S.C. debate
[POLITICO]
Obama Said to Consider Ambassador to India Roemer for Commerce Secretary
[Bloomberg]
Brooklyn Enclave Helps New York Top L.A. as Diversity Capital
[Bloomberg]

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Daily International News 05.04.11

May 4, 2011

Daily International News
May 4, 2011

OBL News
Uzbekistan, North Korea ignore bin Laden news
[FP]

For Obama, Big Rise in Poll Numbers After Bin Laden Raid
[NYT]
Pakistan Says ‘Whole World’ Shared Failures of Intelligence on Bin Laden
[NYT]

Tensions Rise as U.S. Officials Press Pakistan for Answers
[NYT]
Holder concerned over revenge for bin Laden’s death
[TWT]
Bin Laden Raid Revives Debate on Value of Torture
[NYT]
Obama to lay wreath at Ground Zero
[AP]

Opinion: Pax bin Laden is no more [WaPo]
About 57 million watch Obama’s Sunday night bin Laden announcement
[WaPo]

Northeast Asia
Japan
Cables Show U.S. Concern on Japan’s Disaster Readiness
[NYT]

ADB sees ‘Asian Century’ by 2050 with Japan among key players
[Kyodo]
China
China Establishes New Internet Regulator
[NYT]
Friend says Chinese civil rights lawyer resurfaces
[AP]

China says US report on religious policy biased
[AP]
China urges U.S. to more fairly assess China’s IPR protection
[Xinhua]
China ready to strengthen cooperation with Japan in reconstruction, says VP
[Xinhua]
Koreas
NKorea detains 2 Japanese over drugs, fake money
[AP]
N. Korea confirms detention of two Japanese nationals
[Yonhap]
North Korean political prison camps growing – Amnesty
[BBC]
Original Report: Images reveal scale of North Korean political prison camps [Amnesty]
North Korea hands over British pilot’s remains
[AP]
S. Korea presses N. Korea to address provocations ahead of six-party talks
[Yonhap]
North Korea Seizes Cell Phones
[MobilMedia]
SKorean lawmakers ratify EU free trade deal
[AP]
White House ready to send Congress key trade deals
[AP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Vietnam: Ethnic Hmong ‘in mass protest in Dien Bien’
[BBC]
Thailand-Cambodia border crossing reopens
[BBC]
U.S. wants Sri Lanka to act first on wartime rights violations
[Reuters]

South/Central Asia [non-OBL]
Afghanistan: Pakistan had to know bin Laden there
[AP]
NATO chief says Afghan mission on track after bin Laden
[Reuters]

Middle East
Palestinians say end division at Cairo ceremony
[Reuters] and Palestinian factions celebrate unity deal [Al Jazeera]

Gun, grenade attack on Turk police after PM rally
[Reuters]
‘Hundreds jailed’ over Syria protests
 [Al Jazeera]
Syrian leader: Army operation in south to end soon
[AP]

Africa
NATO chief says he favors financing Libyan rebels
[AP]
ICC prosecutor to seek arrest of 3 Libyans
[AP]

Libyan govt forces shell port as aid ship docks
[AP]
Dozens dead as Ivorian troops clash with militia
[Reuters]
Clashes in Sudan kill 20 near border, oil regions
[AP]
Muslim sect suspected of killing 5 in Nigeria
[AP] 
Sub-Saharan Africans Risk Everything to Flee Libya
[Der Speigel]

Europe
EU considers tightening border rules
[Al Jazeera]
London police under fire for G20 death
[Al Jazeera]
AV poll indicates crushing defeat for yes campaign
[Guardian]
Russian Is Charged in Absentia With Betraying Spies in U.S.
[NYT]
U.S., Romania announce plan for missile shield site
[TWT]
Prince Charles visits D.C. urban farm Common Good
[WaPo]

Americas
Incumbent casts big shadow over Peru election
[AP]
Colombia prosecutor suspends Bogota Mayor Samuel Moreno
[BBC]
Honduras drops ex-President Manuel Zelaya charges
[BBC]

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Tweeting the Abbottabad Bin Laden Raid

May 2, 2011

Sohaib Athar, a 33-year-old computer programmer who moved to the ‘sleepy’ town of Abbottabad to escape the big city, unknowingly liveblogs the US raid against Bin Laden’s compound…and picks up 30K followers in a matter of hours. Catch this reluctant insta-star @ReallyVirtual.