Archive for September, 2011

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Daily International News 09.30.11

September 30, 2011

Daily International News
September 30, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
Japan lifts some nuclear evacuation advisories
[AP]
Japan’s answer to next tsunami: mini-Noah’s Ark
[AP]
Koreas
S. Korea Ruling Party Head Calls for Flexible Policy on Visit to DPRK
[Bloomberg]
Ban urges more help for North Korea
[UPI]
NKorean leader’s grandson joins Bosnia school
[AP]
N. Korean, Russian vice foreign ministers hold talks
[Yonhap]
South Korea to launch campaign promoting benefits of reuniting with North
[Stars & Stripes]
China/Taiwan
Chinese Stocks Plummet on News of Justice Department Inquiry
[NYT]
AP EXCLUSIVE: US scientist trapped in China
[AP]
Russian PM to visit China in mid-October
[Xinhua]
Taiwan professor accused of spying for China
[AP]
‘America the Beautiful’ accompanies China launch
[AP] 
China denies int’l baby trafficking reports
[AP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
New Zealand Suffers Double Ratings Downgrade
[NYT]
Burma dam: Work halted on divisive Myitsone project
[BBC]
Asia reels from floods as storm whacks Vietnam
[AP]
Philippine immigrant maid wins landmark Hong Kong case
[BBC]
Sri Lanka releases 1,800 former Tamil rebels
[AP]

South/Central Asia
NATO presses Pakistan on ‘terrorist’ safe havens
[AFP]
Pakistani Politicians Reject Mullen’s Charges
[NYT]
Telangana: India new state protest enters 18th day
[BBC]

Middle East
US strike kills American al-Qaida cleric in Yemen [AP]
Blast outside paramilitary building in southern Turkey – media [Reuters]
Iran’s hosting of Taliban reflects desire for greater role
[WaPo]
Abbas to tour for more support for statehood bid
[Xinhua]
Syrians protest as army and defectors clash
[Reuters]
Yemeni president sets new conditions to quit
[Al Jazeera]
U.N. condemns Bahrain over jail terms for doctors
[Reuters]

Africa
Libyan fighters seize Sirte airport
[Al Jazeera] 
McCain head Senate delegation to Tripoli
[NYT]
Italian FM in first visit to post-Gadhafi Libya
[AP]
U.N. court acquits two ex Rwandan ministers of genocide
[Reuters]
Kenya’s Kenyatta at Hague, blames Odinga
[Reuters]
Somali Shebab fighters attack border town
[AFP]

Europe
Russia’s Medvedev defends Putin swap plan
[Reuters]
Ukraine ex-PM Tymoshenko’s trial adjourned to October 11
[Reuters]
US fugitive wants to serve time in Portugal
[AP]
NATO troops raid Serb barricade in Kosovo’s north
[Reuters]

Americas
Ecuador’s Correa says opposition, US groups behind last year’s coup attempt
[McClatchy]
Hugo Chavez denies media reports of health emergency
[BBC]
Education reform debate begins in Chile while angry students clash with riot police
[MercoPress]

Domestic
On Solyndra, the buck stops with Secretary Steven Chu
[POLITICO]
Obama administration widens challenges to state immigration laws
[WaPo]
Jon Huntsman moves his campaign headquarters to New Hampshire
[WaPo]
Herman Cain: The GOP’s next big thing?
[WaPo]

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Daily International News 09.28.11

September 28, 2011

Daily International News
September 28, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
DPJ divided over whether to resume operations at nuclear power plants, build new facilities
[Mainichi]
Koreas
North Korea ‘Intent’ on Engaging in Proliferation, Treasury Undersec. Says
[Bloomberg]
North Korea unlikely to give up nuclear arms, outgoing British ambassador says
[Telegraph]
N. Korean vice FM urges U.S. be more proactive for talks
[Yonhap]
Kim Jong Un marks 1 year as N. Korea heir, ranking up to 3rd
[Kyodo]
Scott Snyder: DPRK-China Ties Discourage Reform
[Atlantic]
Russia Wary of Guaranteeing Pipeline Through N.Korea
[Chosun]
SKorean military hit by 2,770 hacking attempts
[AP]
China/Taiwan
China currency vote puts pressure on White House
[POLITICO]
China opposes attempts to internationalize South China Sea disputes
[Xinhua]
China: Taiwan arms sale will disrupt US exchanges
[AP]
Taiwan’s Soong: Beijing does not want me to run
[AP]
In Taiwan military, Chinese spy stirs unease
[WaPo]
News conference held on China’s first space-docking procedure
[Xinhua]
US urges China on Tibetan rights after monks’ protest
[BBC]
China authorities under fire after subway crash
[Reuters]

South/Central Asia
Adm. Mullen’s words on Pakistan come under scrutiny
[WaPo]
UN: Clashes, bombings on rise in Afghanistan
[AP]

Middle East
U.N. committee to take up Palestinian bid Friday
[POLITICO]
Europe and US condemn Israel settlement plans
[Al Jazeera]
Yemenis protest again, tribesmen shoot down plane
[Reuters]
Bahrain upholds life sentences for Shia activists
[BBC]
West drops immediate Syria sanctions demand at UN
[Al Jazeera]
Nuclear engineer assassinated in central Syria
[AP] 
Kurdish lawmakers end boycott of Turkish parliament
[AP]

Africa
Egypt sentences former information minister
[Al Jazeera]
Libya’s NTC thinks Gaddafi hiding near Algeria
[Reuters]
Anti-Gadhafi commander killed in loyalist bastion
[AP]
Deadly crackdown on protests in Guinea
[Al Jazeera]
UN reports gains in fight against Somalia’s famine
[AP] 
France rejects Rwanda’s Habyarimana extradition bid
[BBC]

Europe
Russia’s Putin faces warnings of crisis
[Reuters]
Ukraine ex-premier’s lawyer asks court to free her
[AP]
Kosovo-Serbia talks off after renewed clashes
[BBC]
NATO reinforces tense Kosovo border crossing
[Reuters]
Irish presidency election: nominations to close
[BBC]
Shrien Dewani’s South Africa extradition approved by UK home sec.
[BBC]
Amanda Knox cautious about appeal verdict, sister says
[BBC]
Expanded Euro Bailout Fund Clears Hurdle
[NYT]
Barroso: Greece will remain in the eurozone
[Al Jazeera]

Americas
Five severed heads left outside Mexican school
[BBC]
More resignations over Bolivia road row
[Al Jazeera]
Chile students agree to education reform talks
[BBC]

Domestic
US fugitive hijacker caught after 41 years
[Al Jazeera]
Supercommittee operating in secret
[POLITICO]
US tries to block release of bin Laden images
[Al Jazeera]
Defiant Team Perry’s plan: Hit harder
[POLITICO]
Christie Again Rebuffs Pleas For Presidential Run
[TPM]
Michael Moore likes Jon Huntsman 2012: From the Dept. of Unhelpful Praise
[POLITICO]
Amazon’s Kindle Fire tabled unveiled (live blog)
[WaPo]
Deaths in US listeria outbreak
[Al Jazeera]
E. coli scare prompts Tyson to recall ground beef
[AP]

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Catch Up: Daily International News 09.27.11

September 28, 2011

Daily International News
September 27, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
Noda dismisses Obama’s reported comment seeking conclusion to Futenma relocation
[Mainichi]
Hiroshima groups irked over Foreign Ministry’s discouragement of Obama visit
[Mainichi]
China’s sea claims to top Japan-Philippines summit
[AFP]
First delivered Boeing 787 flies away to Japan
[AP]
Koreas
South Korea Approves Trip to North by Head of Ruling Party in Sign of Thaw
[Bloomberg]
North Korean PM Meets With Hu Jintao
[VOA] and China, DPRK underscore further promotion of bilateral ties [Xinhua]
NGOs Protest Delays in US Food Aid to North Korea
[VOA]
South Korea eyes spending hike in a bid to boost growth
[BBC]
China/Taiwan
China to suspend some US military ties
[FT]
China shares info about Uighur insurgents with Pakistan
[Kyodo]
US ambassador to Beijing admired, reviled
[AP]
Shanghai subway crash injures hundreds
[Al Jazeera]
Taiwan man sets himself alight in protest
[AP]
World media leaders meet in Beijing to discuss IPR, new media, cooperation
[Xinhua]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Australia lifts ban on women in military combat roles
[BBC]
Insurgents commit “war crimes” in Thai south: Amnesty
[Reuters]
Typhoon lashes eastern Philippines
[Al Jazeera]

South/Central Asia
Deadly suicide bombing in Afghanistan’s south
[Al Jazeera]
Afghanistan: 11 children killed in Herat bus blast
[BBC]
Pakistanis Tied to 2007 Border Ambush on Americans
[NYT]
Pakistan turns to China as ties with U.S. suffer
[Reuters]
India cap on text messages to deter tele-marketers
[BBC]

Middle East
U.N. Security Council to send Palestinian state bid to admissions committee
[CNN]
Israel approves 1,100 new homes in east Jerusalem
[AP]
U.S. against Israeli settlement halt as condition for talks
[Reuters]
UN Showdown Ushers in Critical Period for U.S. Middle East Peace Efforts
[Bloomberg]
Syrian tanks storm strategic town of Rastan
[Al Jazeera]
Yemeni defence minister survives attack
[Al Jazeera]
Saudi woman to be lashed for defying driving ban
[BBC]

Africa
Egypt polls to start in November
[Al Jazeera]
Gaddafi loyalists “ask for truce” in besieged city
[Reuters]
South Africa may block Dalai Lama visit to Tutu
[AP]
Opposition march dispersed in Guinea’s capital
[AP]

Europe
Putin names Anton Siluanov new Russian finance minister
[BBC]
Norway charges three in terror plot over cartoons
[BBC]
Labour conference: System doesn’t work says Miliband
[BBC]
GLOBAL MARKETS: European Stocks Post Strong Gains
[WSJ]
Former IMF boss claims immunity in civil case
[Al Jazeera]
Trial of Ukraine ex-PM resumes
[Reuters]

Americas
Fidel Castro calls Obama UN speech ‘gibberish’
[BBC]
Bolivian anti-drugs cop jailed for cocaine trafficking
[BBC]

Domestic
Whispers on Hill: Romney or Perry?
[POLITICO]
Christie to Chide Candidates From Republican Shrine as He’s Urged to Run
[Bloomberg]
Stephanie Cutter to join Obama 2012 campaign at end of year
[POLITICO]
Government shutdown averted by Senate deal
[POLITICO]
In Turn to Politics, Facebook Starts a PAC
[NYT]
Air Force official resigned over spy ring charges
[POLITICO]
FBI paid deputy to smuggle cellphone in jail sting
[LA Times]
World famous black bear Hope is believed killed
[BBC]

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Catch Up: Daily International News 09.26.11

September 28, 2011

Daily International News
September 26, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
IAEA seeks funds for post-Fukushima nuclear safety
[Reuters]
Key Japan lawmaker’s aides convicted in scandal
[AP]
Boeing to deliver first 787 Dreamliner to Japan
[BBC]
Koreas
China presses North Korea to return to nuclear talks
[Reuters]
Japan launches spy satellite to monitor North Korea
[Telegraph]
China/Taiwan
Taiwan’s Ma mum on initiating political talks with China if reelected
[Kyodo]
2 Tibetan monks self-immolate amid Dalai Lama feud
[AP]
Dalai Lama clouds S.Africa trade trip to China
[Reuters]
Top Chinese security official visits Pakistan
[AP] 
China prepares to launch its 1st space lab module
[Kyodo]
China top banker says fighting inflation priority
[AP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Myanmar police stand by as protesters test limits
[AP]
Flooding claims at least 97 lives in Cambodia
[Kyodo]

South/Central Asia
Gunman Kills American at Kabul CIA Office
[WSJ]
Pakistan army chief cancels UK visit
[Al Jazeera] 
Pakistan seeks diplomatic support in row with U.S.
[Reuters]
Pakistan’s top commanders meet amid Haqqani accusations
[Telegraph]
India floods situation worsens in UP, Bihar and Orissa
[BBC]

Middle East
UN Security Council to consider Palestinian membership
[BBC]
Fresh protests rock Yemen after Saleh speech
[Al Jazeera]
Syria unrest: ‘Tanks bombard central town of al-Rastan’
[BBC]
Online activists hack official Syrian sites
[Al Jazeera]
Saudi Monarch Grants Women Right to Vote
[NYT]
Bahrain to hold second round of by-elections
[Al Jazeera]

Africa
NATO paves way for fresh NTC push into Sirte
[Al Jazeera]
Italy’s Eni: Oil production resumes in Libya
[AP]
Ahmadinejad in Sudan to boost ties
[Al Jazeera]
First African woman to win Nobel Peace Prize dies
[AP]

Europe
Putin ‘will not end Russia impasse’ – Gorbachev
[BBC]
Six men due in UK court on terrorism charges
[Al Jazeera] 
Mass arrests follow Bulgaria violence
[Al Jazeera]
Eurozone rescue plan ’emerging’ as IMF and Greece talk
[BBC]

Americas
Jamaican prime minister to resign in November
[Al Jazeera]
Mexican newspaper editor Maria Macias found decapitated
[BBC]
Bolivia to hold referendum on forest road
[Al Jazeera]

Domestic
Congress Forced to Stay as a Shutdown Looms
[WSJ]
Obama On Perry: ‘You’ve Got A Governor Whose State Is On Fire, Denying Climate Change’
[TPM]
Herman Cain Wins Shocker At Presidency 5 Straw Poll
[TPM]
BP seeks permission for new Gulf drilling
[Al Jazeera]

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Catch Up: Daily International News 09.16.11

September 28, 2011

Daily International News
September 16, 2011

UNGA
Abbas to lay out Palestine UN bid
[Al Jazeera]
Britain prepared to back UN vote calling Palestinian Authority a state
[Guardian]
No arrangements for Abbas-Netanyahu meeting in NY: sources
[Xinhua]
Chinese FM to address UN General Debate
[Xinhua]
Pakistan PM cancels U.S. visit due to floods
[Reuters] and Gilani to address 66th session of UNGA on 21st [The News]
Ahmadinejad to offer UN delegates special gift
[AFP]

Northeast Asia
Japan
Japan eyes tax hikes, stake sales for rebuilding
[Reuters]
Koreas
Officials: Koreas’ nuke envoys to meet next week
[AP]
NKorean defector arrested in alleged attack plot
[AP] 
SKorea trying to scuttle NKorea’s tour program
[AP]
Koreas sound out orchestral maneuvers, but are strings attached?
[Reuters]
China/Taiwan
Obama agrees to upgrade F-16 A/Bs for Taiwan
[TWT]
Ma’s party seizes on US official’s Taiwan comments
[AP]
Chinese premier Wen Jiabao calls for more democracy
[BBC]
China Consolidates Grip on Rare Earths
[NYT]
Jade mining ban in western China
[Al Jazeera]
Independent poll candidates on the rise in China
[AP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Myanmar authorities unblock some banned websites
[AP]
Thai agency seeks new probe into death of Reuters cameraman
[Reuters]

South/Central Asia
Senior al-Qaeda fighter ‘killed by US drone’
[Al Jazeera]
After militant siege, questions hang over Kabul security
[Reuters]

Middle East
Palestinians rebuff Obama, edge closer to statehood bid
[McClatchy]
Syrian forces kill six villagers near Hama: activists
[Reuters]
U.S., Europe See Syrian Stalemate
[WSJ]
Bahrain Boils Under the Lid of Repression
[NYT]

Africa
Egyptians rally against emergency laws
[Al Jazeera]
Turkey’s Erdogan visits Libya
[Al Jazeera]
Libyan government fighters move on besieged towns
[Reuters]
13 rebels killed as fighting rages in Kadafi’s hometown
[LAT] 
Sudan bars SPLM-North and other ‘southern parties’
[BBC]
Ugandans jailed for Kampala World Cup bombing
[BBC]
Ethiopia arrests five for plotting ‘terrorist’ acts
[AFP]
IMF says to give loan to Ivory Coast
[AFP]

Europe
Austrian minister criticizes Geithner intervention
[AP]
Global shares rise on central banks’ loan move
[BBC]
Denmark to Be Led by Its First Female Premier as Leftists Win
[NYT]
Kosovo, EU deploy customs, police in restive North
[Reuters]
Paris ban on Muslim street prayers comes into effect
[BBC]
Trader in UBS case charged
[AP]

Americas/Domestic
U.S. expands its drug watch list to include all Central America
[McClatchy]
White House Weighs Limits of Terror Fight
[NYT]
Poll: 1/3 say U.S. would be better off with Hillary Clinton
[POLITICO]
Obama Reaches Out To Nervous Dems, Puts 2012 Into Perspective
[TPM]
Supreme Court Issues Temporary Stay Of Controversial Texas Execution
[TPM]
U.S. House Republicans Embrace Obama’s Push to Ease SEC Rules on Capital
[Bloomberg]

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Daily International News 09.15.11

September 15, 2011

Daily International News
September 15, 2011

UN General Assembly
The U.N. Is Open; Mark Your Dance Card
[NYT]
UN chief: Palestine bid ‘understandable’
[Al Jazeera]
Netanyahu to address UN on day Palestinians submit statehood bid
[Haaretz]
Venezuela oppose rebels in Libya’s UN seat
[AP]
Cuba urges UN General Assembly to vote against U.S. embargo
[Xinhua]
UK to boycott U.N. racism conference anniversary
[Reuters]
Haitian Groups to Rally at United Nations Headquarters in New York
[Defend.HT]
UN aims to fight cancer, diabetes, heart, lung diseases
[Detroit Free Press]

Northeast Asia
Japan
Earthquake off northeast Japan
[Al Jazeera]
S. Korea proposes talks with Japan over wartime sex slaves
[Kyodo]
Japan hunts 195 whales in northwest Pacific Ocean
[AP]
Taiwan gets Japanese cranes in gift from Hokkaido city
[Mainichi]
Koreas
S. Korea to respect free will of N. Korean defectors in Japan
[Yonhap]
US, S. Korea Negotiate Drone Support Near DMZ
[VOA]
IAEA Leans on North Korea Over Nuke Program
[GSN]
A look at life in North Korea’s remote northeast
[AP]
North Korea Food Crisis Worsens as Prices Jump, Aid Vanishes
[Bloomberg]
Hiroshima doctors aim to visit A-bomb survivors in North Korea in Oct.
[Mainichi]
China
China warns India on South China Sea exploration projects
[The Hindu]
China sentences 4 Uighur men to death over attacks
[AP]
Chinese petitioners detained during Biden’s visit
[AP] 
2011 Summer Davos enters 2nd day
[Xinhua]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Indonesia, Vietnam agree to joint sea patrols
[China Post]
Myanmar sentences journalist to 10 more years
[AP]
Cambodian, Thai leaders agree to work for border peace
[Kyodo]
New species of dolphin discovered near Australia
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Panetta expresses frustration with Pakistan, says U.S. will do all it can to root out militants
[WaPo]
U.S. names Indian Mujahideen to terror blacklist
[Reuters]
Deadly blast at funeral in Pakistan
[Al Jazeera]
Mongolia bans external talks on nuclear waste storage plans
[Kyodo]

Middle East
Renewed violence rocks Yemen
[Al Jazeera]
Settler attacks raise West Bank tension ahead of U.N.
[Reuters]
Israel evacuates embassy in Jordan
[Al Jazeera]
Syrian activists form opposition council
[AP]
Syrian protesters mark six months of revolt
[Al Jazeera]

Africa
French and British leaders visit Libya
[Al Jazeera]

Europe
Amid Political Rancor, Russian Party Leader Quits
[NYT]
NATO says ready to act to stop violence in Kosovo
[Reuters]
UBS man held over $2bn ‘rogue trades’
[Al Jazeera]

Americas
Students continue to protest in Chile’s capital for reforms
[Xinhua]
Peru’s first black minister: barefoot singer
[AP]

Domestic
House casts a symbolic vote against lifting debt ceiling
[LAT]
John Boehner to urge reform of tax code
[POLITICO]
Obama green-tech program that backed Solyndra struggles to create jobs
[WaPo]
NASA unveils plan for space vehicle to go beyond low-Earth orbit
[LAT]

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Daily International News 09.14.11

September 14, 2011

Daily International News
September 14, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
9 North Korean refugees transferring to Nagasaki, say they want to go to S. Korea
[Mainichi]
New Japan PM ‘concerned’ by rise of Chinese military
[Times of India]
DPJ eyes restricting media coverage of politicians after minister quits over gaffe
[Mainichi]
Koreas
US to North Korea: Cease nuclear activity
[AP]
Russia Announces Joint Military Exercises With N. Korea
[Epoch Times]
U.S. ambassador Stevens urges S. Korea not to forget Korean War abductees
[Yonhap]
South Korean maestro conducts NKorean orchestras
[AP]
China/Taiwan
China dissident Yang Maodong writer free after 5 years in jail
[AP]
Anti-terror drill held in east China’s Shanghai
[Xinhua]
China to study lifting UN sanctions on Libya: spokesperson
[Xinhua]
Taiwan-U.S. FTA not in cards: U.S. official
[Kyodo]
Taiwan finds bodies of pilots killed in crash
[AP] 
Wen says China cannot grow alone
[Al Jazeera]
LPGA says China tournament canceled
[AP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
US envoy says Myanmar sanctions will remain
[AP]
Philippine Pres. Aquino sets visit to U.S.
[Kyodo]
Dutch court: Compensate Indonesian massacre widows
[AP]

South/Central Asia
Assault in Afghan capital leaves 27 dead
[AP]
U.S. Blames Kabul Assault on Pakistan-Based Group
[NYT]
Flood-hit Pakistani region braced for rains
[Al Jazeera]
9 killed, 100 injured in train accident in southern India
[Kyodo]

Middle East
Europe, U.S. in Mideast peace push before U.N. showdown
[Reuters]
Hamas keeps aloof from PLO statehood bid
[Al Jazeera]
Syrian troops attack mourners after US envoy visit
[AP]
Armoured Syrian forces storm towns near Turkey border
[Reuters]
Oman plane to Iran amid bail efforts for Americans
[AP]
Erdogan slams Israel on start of Arab tour
[Al Jazeera]
Turkey joins NATO’s missile defense shield
[AP]
Saleh’s offer sparks mass protests in Yemen
[Al Jazeera]
Alarmed West dismisses Iran nuclear “charm offensive”
[Reuters]
Strikes against Iraq security forces kill 19
[AP]

Africa
U.S. envoy hails Tripoli leaders, pledges support
[Reuters]
American Military Team Visits Libya to Assess Risks of Reopening U.S. Embassy
[NYT]
Libyans turn page on Gaddafi’s ‘Green Book’
[Al Jazeera]
Somalia’s al Shabaab says it did not kidnap Briton
[Reuters]
Nigeria to clean up oil delta agency – president
[Reuters]
Kenyans make arrest in kidnapping case
[Al Jazeera]
Angola: Huambo air force plane crash ‘kills generals’
[BBC]

Europe
Church sex-abuse victims urge ICC prosecution
[Al Jazeera]
Geithner says Europe ready to do more to help euro
[AP]
Italy seeks final approval for austerity plan [AP]
UK unemployment rises above 2.5m milestone
[Guardian]
Ex-French PM acquitted in Sarkozy slander case
[Al Jazeera]
Credit agency downgrades two French banks
[Al Jazeera]

Domestic
Senate panel moves to freeze Pentagon budget
[POLITICO]
On Fox, Donald Rumsfeld trashes New York Times
[POLITICO]
US poverty numbers hit record high
[Al Jazeera]
Pessimism Rises as 72% See U.S. on Wrong Course
[Bloomberg]
Super Committee Riven By Major Divide Over Basic Facts
[TPM]
Bachmann’s ‘Retardation’ Attack On Perry Spreads Vaccine Myth
[TPM]
Perry’s Merck Donations Raise Questions About Vaccine Mandate
[Bloomberg]
Republicans Score Upset Win in N.Y. House
[Bloomberg]