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Daily International News 06.30.11

June 30, 2011

Daily International News
June 30, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
Japanese gov’t, DPJ agrees on doubling consumption tax by mid-2010s
[Xinhua]
Toyota recalls 110,000 hybrid cars on safety concerns
[BBC]
Koreas
Kim Jong-il’s Train Stops Short of Russian Border
[Chosun]
N. Korea increases grain imports from China
[Yonhap]
S. Korean pastor gets reduced sentence for illegal trip to N. Korea
[Yonhap]
South is spurned on trip to Mt. Kumgang
[JoongAng]
North Korean defector learns to live outside the world’s biggest prison
[Guardian]
Football: Sweden out for second win against N. Korea
[AFP]
China
U.N. rights boss raps China for not arresting Bashir
[Reuters] and China bolsters economic ties with Sudan [Al Jazeera]
Amnesty Int’l: China crackdown on lawyers expands
[AP]
China to celebrate CPC’s 90th birthday
[Xinhua]
Philippine president to visit China in August
[Kyodo]
Ai Weiwei Photography Exhibit: A Chinese Dissident Views New York
[NYT]
China opens world’s longest sea bridge near Qingdao
[BBC]
Taiwan unveils upgraded fighter jet
[AP]
Taiwan ex-President Lee Teng-hui ’embezzled $7.8m’
[BBC]
China raises income tax threshold
[BBC]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Japan to offer aid to improve living standards of Myanmar people
[Kyodo]
Burma: Australian publisher Ross Dunkley convicted
[BBC]
Yeoh ‘saddened’ by deportation from Myanmar
[AP]
U.N.-backed court concludes hearing on 4 Khmer Rouge leaders
[Kyodo]
Saudi Arabia bars Indonesia and Philippines workers
[BBC]
Three British students killed in Thailand coach crash
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Nato ‘kills senior Haqqani militant in Afghanistan’
[BBC]
Obama weighed military, political risk for Afghan plan
[Reuters]
Pakistan stops US from using ‘drone base’
[Al Jazeera]
French journalists held hostage by Taliban return home
[BBC]
Bangladesh abolishes caretaker gov’t for elections
[AP]

Middle East
Indictments issued in Hariri death probe
[Al Jazeera]
U.S. Monthly Combat Deaths in Iraq at 3-Year High
[NYT]
Strategic Site Is Captured by Militants in Yemen
[NYT]
Bahrain halts military-style trials for protesters
[AP]

Africa
Egypt police clash with youths; over 1,000 hurt
[Reuters]
U.S. hifts to closer contact with Egypt Islamists
[Reuters]
Morocco prepares for vote on king’s powers
[Al Jazeera]
NATO says not involved in arms aid to Libya rebels
[Reuters]
Spain: al-Qaida possibly buying Libyan war weapons
[AP]
NATO Airstrike Kills Militant Leader Linked to Kabul Hotel Attack
[VOA]
Libyan crisis tops agenda of AU summit in Equatorial Guinea
[Xinhua]
Rival Sudan forces to quit border ahead of independence
[BBC]

Europe
Greece clears final hurdle to get bailout funds
[AP]
Rebel Greek MP votes against part of austerity bill
[Reuters]
Sarkozy involved in scuffle during handshake tour
[Reuters]
Putin says Russia will expand presence in Arctic
[AP]
UK public sector strike hits services and schools
[BBC]
Jellyfish force Torness nuclear reactor shutdown in UK
[BBC]

Western Hemisphere [non-US]
Venezuela suspends summit over Hugo Chavez’s illness
[BBC]
U.S. Drops Deportation Proceedings Against Immigrant in Same-Sex Marriage
[NYT]
William, Kate off to Canada, US in first tour
[AP]

Domestic
Senate cancels July 4 recess
[POLITICO]
Dysfunctional Congress ‘worse’ than ever?
[POLITICO]
GOP governors huddle on 2012 race
[POLITICO]
TIME’s Halperin apologizes for calling Obama ‘a dick’
[POLITICO]
Minn. braces for government shutdown
[AP]
Suspected Tucson gunman can be forced to take antipsychotic drugs, judge rules
[LAT]
Bill to Aid Farm Workers Union Is Vetoed
[NYT]
Nigerian flies from NY to DC with invalid pass
[AP]
Birthers Sue Esquire Over Parody, Seeking More than $200 Million
[Forbes]

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