Archive for October, 2011

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Daily International News 10.31.11

October 31, 2011

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Daily International News
October 31, 2011

Indian baby picked as world’s seven billionth person [BBC]
ILO: World economy on verge of new jobs recession
[BBC]

Northeast Asia
Japanese Officials Intervene to Weaken Yen
[NYT]
Japan, India agree to move talks forward on civilian nuclear pact
[Mainichi]
WSJ Lee Myung-bak Interview
[WSJ]
South Korean Minister to Visit Washington This Week
[VOA]
Seoul seeks more nuclear talks with Pyongyang: official
[Yonhap]
US, NK discuss family reunions
[Korea Times]
China arrests 12,000 in online drug bust
[Al Jazeera]
China, 3 countries meet over Mekong River security
[AP]
China to launch Shenzhou-8 early Tuesday, ready for first docking
[Xinhua]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Qantas returns to the skies after fleet grounding
[AP]
Philippine army strikes al-Qaeda-linked group
[Al Jazeera]
Bangkok near chaos, with flood mobs and drinking water shortage
[Xinhua]

South/Central Asia
Three Afghan UNHCR staff killed in Kandahar suicide
[Reuters]
Hopes for Peace as Kyrgyzstan Votes for New President
[NYT]

Middle East
Arab League hands Syria plan to end unrest
[Al Jazeera]
Explosions rock Yemeni airbase
[Al Jazeera] 
Palestine becomes member of UN cultural body
[AP]
Gaza violence simmers after truce announced
[Reuters]
Israel aircraft hit Gaza, 2 found dead
[AP] 
Iran parliament to question Ahmadinejad
[Al Jazeera]

Africa
NATO concludes Libya mission after seven months
[Reuters]
Aid Group Says Refugee Camp in Somalia Was Hit by Airstrike
[NYT]
Liberia election commission chief resigns
[Al Jazeera]
Uganda opposition leader arrested for walking
[AP]

Europe
Russia Ready to Offer Europe $10 Billion in Aid Through IMF
[Bloomberg]
Obama to meet with Blair, sign economic order
[AP]
Rosen Plevneliev elected new Bulgarian president
[AP] 
GCHQ chief reports ‘disturbing’ cyber-attacks on UK
[BBC]
New Amy Winehouse album to be released in December
[AP]

Americas/Domestic
‘Hackers’ threaten Mexican drug cartel in YouTube film
[BBC]
Exclusive: 2 women accused Herman Cain of inappropriate behavior
[POLITICO]
Cain, Romney Top Des Moines Register Poll
[TPM]
New Perry ad: ‘I’m a doer, not a talker’
[WaPo]
Obama to sign executive order to address prescription-drug shortage
[WaPo]
California Move to Raise Retirement Age to 67 Puts State in Rare Company
[Bloomberg]
Snowstorm hits US East Coast killing at least nine
[BBC]
Saudi police arrest Canadian imam at Hajj
[Al Jazeera]

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Daily International News 10.28.11

October 28, 2011

Daily International News
October 28, 2011

Northeast Asia
China, Japan, ROK vow to strengthen disaster management cooperation
[Xinhua]
Japan factory output falls 4 percent in September
[AP]
S. Korea, U.S. agree to complete joint operational plan against N. Korea this year
[Yonhap]
Eurozone seeks bailout funds from China
[BBC]
1st biofuel test flight of China conducted in Beijing
[Xinhua]
Chinese Carmakers Agree to Buy Saab, Pulling It Back From the Brink
[NYT]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Main Thailand river swells to record highs
[Al Jazeera]
Myanmar police charge 7 for staging land protest
[AP]

South/Central Asia
Pakistan tests nuclear-capable cruise missile
[Kyodo]
Musharraf: I’ll run for president
[FP]
Suspected U.S. drone kills 13 Pakistani Taliban
[Reuters]
Pakistan suicide bomber kills two policemen in Nowshera
[BBC]
India: Tibetan exiles walk on ‘home soil’ in Dharamsala
[BBC]
Anxiety marks Kyrgyzstan poll run-up
[Al Jazeera]

Middle East
Deadly explosions rock Baghdad, 32 dead
[Al Jazeera]
Syrian protesters renew call for protection, 20 killed
[Reuters]
Syrian army ‘laying mines on Lebanese border’
[Al Jazeera]
Saudi Arabia names new crown prince
[Al Jazeera]

Africa
U.N. Votes to End Foreign Intervention in Libya
[NYT]
Int’l Court in indirect talks with Gadhafi son
[AP]
Tunisian town hit by post-poll protests
[Al Jazeera]
U.S. drone base in Ethiopia is operational
[WaPo]
Kenyans in first al-Shabab battle in Somalia
[BBC]

Europe
Royal succession gender equality approved by Commonwealth
[Guardian]
Aid Arriving in Turkey Quake Area
[NYT]
Sarkozy calls Greek euro entry a mistake
[Al Jazeera]
Deal for Russia to Join W.T.O. Is Accepted by Georgians
[NYT]
Michael D. Higgins favored to win Irish presidency
[AP]
Gunman fires at U.S. embassy in Sarajevo – witness
[Reuters]
St Paul’s seeks injunction to evict Occupy London camp
[Guardian]

Domestic
Boehner rejects Democrats’ $3 trillion deficit reduction proposal to ‘supercommittee’
[WaPo]
On campaign to act on his own, Obama unveiling 2 more economic steps
[WaPo]
Herman Cain raises $3 million in October, Mark Block reports
[POLITICO]
Ron Paul defends student loan plan
[POLITICO]
Perry Campaign Attacks to Stall Romney’s Bid for Nomination
[Bloomberg]
Statue Of Liberty’s 125th Anniversary
[TPM]
2011 World Series: David Freese caps Cardinals’ unbelievable comeback
[WaPo]

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Daily International News 10.27.11

October 27, 2011

Department of State
October 27, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
Japanese cyber security in question after data stolen from gov’t, defense contractor
[Mainichi]
TEPCO won’t build retaining wall to stop radioactive water seeping into ground water
[Mainichi]
86 Japanese citizens listed as Pyongyang residents in leaked North Korean data
[Mainichi]

Koreas
Pentagon chief doubts N. Korea will give up nukes
[AP]
North Korea Expanding WMD Production Capabilities: South Lawmaker
[GSN]

Chinese VP says N. Korea willing to seek talks with S. Korea to ease tensions
[Yonhap]
Diplomacy with North Korea Takes Center Stage in Seoul
[VOA]
North Korea bans citizens working in Libya from returning home
[Telegraph]
S. Korea calls for pressure on N. Korea to resolve abduction issue
[Yonhap]
Leftist wins Seoul mayoral race: How it could alter South Korea’s ties with North Korea
[CSM]
China/Taiwan
China invites Japanese FM to visit
[Xinhua]

China, South Korea pledge to enhance exchanges
[Xinhua]
China’s internet users targeted in online rumour probes
[BBC]
Protests hit China as property prices fall
[AFP]
China issues white paper on socialist legal system
[Xinhua]
Tawian pays compensation for wrongful execution
[BBC]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Indonesian foreign minister to visit Myanmar over ASEAN’s chairmanship
[Kyodo]
Bangkok floods: Thousands flee as waters approach
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Rare Taliban praise for Pakistan’s Maulana Abdul Ghani
[BBC]
Insurgents attack US-run base in Afghanistan
[AP]
Pakistan drone attack ‘kills’ top militants
[BBC]
ISI may act if Afghanistan gets too close to India: Musharraf
[Times of India]

Middle East
Saudi king prepares to name new crown prince
[Reuters]
Quartet bid to restart Israeli-Palestinian talks fails
[Xinhua]
Israel frees Egytian prisoners in swap deal
[Al Jazeera]
Iran pulls out of Ping-Pong ‘diplomacy’
[AP]
EU sanctions on Syrian oil “unjust”: minister
[Xinhua]
Arab Spring activists awarded Europe’s Sakharov prize
[BBC]

Africa
Saif al-Islam Qaddafi wants plane to surrender; Tunisia frees ex-PM al-Baghdadi
[Al Arabiya]
Tunisian Islamists await word on election win
[Reuters]
France: No need to extend NATO’s Libya mission
[AP]
Kenya has right to pursue al Shabaab: Somali PM
[Reuters]
Kenya-Somalia border attack: Al-Shabab suspected
[BBC]
South Africa DA elects first black parliamentary leader
[BBC]

Europe
Turk quake survivors plead for tents, foreign aid flows
[Reuters]
Turkey earthquake: Deaths rise to 523
[BBC]
EU Forges Greek Bond Deal
[WSJ]
Ireland goes to polls after bitter presidential campaign
[Guardian]
London cleric quits over cathedral protest camp
[Reuters]
St. Paul’s Cathedral to reopen Friday
[AP]

Americas
Praise and dollars from the World Bank to Peruvian president Humala
[MercoPress]
Uruguay overturns amnesty for military-era crimes
[BBC]
Argentina jails officials from ‘Dirty War’
[Al Jazeera]
Argentina ‘Angel of Death’ Alfredo Astiz convicted
[BBC]

Domestic
Perry Plans to Bypass Some Republican Debates
[Bloomberg]
Romney as Client for Turnaround Applies Lessons Learned in White House Run
[Bloomberg]
Quran Burning Pastor Terry Jones Is Running For President
[TPM]
Gay troops to file suit challenging Defense of Marriage Act
[WaPo]
U.S. Economy Shows Modest Growth
[NYT]
Oakland protesters return to the streets
[Al Jazeera]

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Daily International News 10.21.11

October 21, 2011

Daily International News
October 21, 2011

Northeast Asia
Pentagon chief Panetta on first trip to Asia [AP]
Japan
Japan Cabinet OKs $158B extra budget for tsunami [AP]
Koreas
UN says North Korea needs food aid, not politics [AP]
NK to hold onto nukes after Gadhafi fall [Korea Times]
S. Korea, US Jet Fighters Stage Major Drill [Jakarta Globe]
Wi expresses cautious hope for US-NK talks [Korea Times]
S. Korea keeps pressure on N. Korea to accept conditions for 6-party talks [Yonhap]
Delegates to North-South Korea relations summit calls for adherence to past nuclear agreements [WaPo]
Koreas react differently to Gadhafi’s death [Yonhap]
China
China’s military in diplomatic charm offensive [AP]
Chinese toddler ignored after hit-and-run dies [AP]
Gadhafi goes from ‘strongman’ to ‘madman’ in China [AP]
China-EU summit shelved due to debt talks [AP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Thais battle to shore up Bangkok as floods threaten [Reuters]
Three dead at Papua Freeport mine, as strike continues  [BBC]

South/Central Asia
Clinton warns Pakistan on insurgent havens [WaPo]

Middle East
Turkey and Iran to co-operate against PKK [Al Jazeera]
Syrian protesters take inspiration from Libya [AP]
U.N. council to vote on Yemen resolution on Friday [Reuters]

Africa
U.N. Panel Calls for Inquiry Into Qaddafi’s Death [NYT]
Gaddafi , in meat locker, still divides Libya [Reuters]
Libya plans secret burial for Muammar Gaddafi [BBC]
NATO: It didn’t know Gadhafi was in bombed convoy [AP]
Al-Shabab claims peacekeepers’ killings [Al Jazeera]
Uganda sued over maternal deaths [Al Jazeera]

Europe
EU launches its first satellite navigation system [AP]
Spain rules out talks with armed Basque group ETA [AP]
Germany, France grappling to agree debt deal [AP]
Greece adopts austerity bill amid protests [Reuters]
Murdoch set to face shareholders’s ire [Al Jazeera]

Americas
Venezuelan president declares recovery from cancer [Xinhua]
Guatemala leader apologises for 1954 coup [Al Jazeera]
Chile students disrupt Senate meeting to press demands [BBC]
Mexico’s Calderon: US dumping criminals at border [BBC]
Massive floods sweep El Salvador [Al Jazeera]

Domestic
Two charged in US over alleged Iran plot [Al Jazeera]
Obama to sign free-trade agreements [AP]
US jobs plan: Senate blocks key proposal [BBC]
Steve Jobs vowed to ‘destroy’ Android [BBC]

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Daily International News 10.18.11

October 18, 2011

Daily International News
October 18, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
PM hints at approval for some nuclear reactors under construction
[Mainichi]
Japan’s leader to return looted royal Korean books
[AP]
Samsung to seek ban for iPhone 4S in Japan
[JoongAng]
Koreas
UN’s Valerie Amos assesses North Korea food shortages
[BBC]
Seoul skeptical of nuke talks unless U.N. acts on North’s uranium enrichment
[Yonhap]
North Korea holds talks with US on war remains
[BBC]
N. Korea commits to playing in int’l table tennis tourney with S. Korea: report
[Yonhap]
North Korea: Capitalism is fading from history
[Reuters]
China/Taiwan
Taiwan and China to sign nuclear power safety deal
[AP]
South Africa court action over Dalai Lama visa dispute
[BBC]
China’s top communists call for cultural campaign
[AP]
China police shoot Tibetans, nun self-immolates in protest
[AP]
China vaccinates 9 million amid polio outbreak
[AP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
US urges end to abuses of Myanmar minorities
[AP]
Production ‘resumes’ at strike-hit Indonesia mine
[BBC]
Malaysia frees Ugandan women in trafficking operation
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Anwar al-Awlaki’s family speaks out against his son’s death in airstrike
[WaPo]
Clinton to give Pakistan diplomacy one more big push
[FP]
Afghan security to cost “$5 billion a year” after pullout
[Reuters]

Middle East
Israeli soldier freed in swap for 1,000 prisoners
[AP]
Ahmadinejad rejects US ‘murder plot’ claims
[Al Jazeera]
Deaths reported in violence across Syria
[Al Jazeera] 
Yemeni forces kill 7 in new protests
[AP]

Africa
American Held in Egypt as Israeli Spy Could Be Freed
[NYT]
Clinton in Tripoli; Gaddafi forces counter-attack
[Reuters]
NATO nearing decision to end Libya operation
[AP]
Al-Shabab threatens to attack Kenya
[Al Jazeera]
Suicide car bomb rattles Somali capital; 4 killed
[AP]
Madagascar premier resigns for consensus govt
[AP]

Europe
EU: Yanukovych trip to Brussels canceled
[AP]
Negotiators urge ETA to end violence
[Al Jazeera]
Greece braces for shutdown as austerity vote nears
[Reuters]
UK CPI inflation rate rises to 5.2% in September
[BBC]
Milan court throws out Berlusconi tax fraud case
[AP] 
Leaked phone recording embarrasses Berlusconi
[Al Jazeera]
Goldman Sachs reports $393m loss on eurozone impact
[BBC]
European court ruling ‘threatens stem cell work’
[BBC]

Americas
Venezuela court bars Chavez rival from office
[Al Jazeera]
Brazil sports minister Orlando Silva denies corruption
[BBC]

Domestic
Obama to sign 3 trade deals on Friday
[AP]
Barack Obama pushes jobs bill North Carolina
[POLITICO]
Dems In Tug-Of-War Over Occupy Wall Street
[TPM]
Iowa sets caucuses for Jan. 3
[POLITICO]
Republican debate: Five things to watch
[WaPo]
Cain Explains The Cash Spent On Books: I’m Trying To Tell My Life Story
[TPM]
What’s Wrong with Rick Perry
[Newsweek]

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Daily International News 10.14.11

October 14, 2011

Daily International News
October 14, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
IAEA team praises Japan after Fukushima visit
[AP]
Koreas
Obama, S. Korea’s Lee to promote trade deal in heart of US auto industry
[WaPo]
Obama, Lee hail trade deal, pressure North Korea
[Reuters]
South Korean opposition resists US trade pact
[Al Jazeera]
North Korea’s megahotel to finally open for business
[FP]
China
Taiwan to deploy advanced missiles on disputed islands
[AHN]
Chinese fighter jet nose-dives into field at show
[AP]
China’s inflation rate eases further in September
[BBC]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
NZ salvage crews race to pump oil from stricken vessel
[BBC]
India welcomes Myanmar leader for neighborly talks
[AP]
Confusion reigns as Thai capital braces for floods
[AP]

South/Central Asia
India Sept Inflation Remains High
[WSJ]
‘Senior Haqqani commander killed’ in Pakistan
[Al Jazeera]
Petraeus tells CIA analysts to heed troops on war
[AP]

 

 

Middle East
Cost of “Arab Spring” more than $55 billion – report
[Reuters]
Iran official denies direct contact with U.S. over alleged plot [Reuters]
Alleged Iran Plot’s WikiLeaks Link
[Daily Beast]
Syria uprising: UN says protest death toll hits 3,000
[BBC]
Family: Israeli soldier likely home Tuesday
[AP]

Africa
Panetta warns of retreat in Africa due to budget cuts [TWT]

Libya government tanks try to end Sirte resistance [Reuters]

Search for aid workers in Kenya yields vehicle [AP]
Somali PM ‘open to dialogue with al-Shabab’
[Al Jazeera]
Discontent Simmers in a Market as Uganda’s Economy Staggers
[NYT]
Italy’s Berlusconi wins confidence vote [AP]
Ukraine’s EU neighbours to block ties over Tymoshenko
[Reuters]
Bulgarian journalist’s car blown up; no injuries
[AP]
Spain credit rating downgraded ahead of G20 meeting: live
[Guardian]
Slovakia backs rescue fund by big majority
[Guardian]
Greek government vows to pass cuts in “fight for existence”
[Reuters]
Strauss-Kahn Is Not Charged in French Case
[NYT]
France teacher sets herself on fire at Beziers school
[BBC]
Liam Fox faces fresh questions on Sri Lanka links
[Guardian]
UK fund manager wants Murdochs off News Corp board
[AP]

Domestic
Barack Obama holds MLK Jr.’s dream in view, activists at distance
[POLITICO]
White House state dinner: Rainy day diplomacy
[POLITICO]
Supercommittee Weighs Old Ideas as ‘Ridiculous’ Deadline Nears
[Bloomberg]
Romney raised $14.2 million in third quarter
[WaPo]
Cain’s Economic Adviser Says 9-9-9 Plan Didn’t Take an Economist to Create
[Bloomberg]
House committee defeats D.C. concealed gun amendment
[TWT]
Wall Street sit-in goes global Saturday
[Reuters]
Fans pay tribute to Jobs as new iPhone goes on sale
[MSNBC]

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Daily International News 10.13.11

October 13, 2011

Daily International News
October 13, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
Japan PM Noda could visit China in early Dec.: vice minister
[Kyodo]
Tokyo radiation hotspot ‘not linked to Fukushima’
[BBC]
Koreas
Tending a Small Patch of Capitalism in North Korea
[NYT]
Obama, South Korea’s Lee to talk trade, North Korea strategy
[Reuters]
S. Korea’s Lee at White House after trade approval
[AP]
Lee makes unprecedented visit to Pentagon
[Korea Times]
South Korea puts military on heightened state due to North’s unusual activity
[Telegraph]
S. Korea’s top nuclear envoy heads to Tokyo for N. Korea talks
[Yonhap]
N. Korea leader’s grandson arrives in Bosnia for 2-year study
[Kyodo]
China/Taiwan
Taiwan’s former leader gets new conviction
[AP]
Ai Weiwei is named ArtReview’s ‘most powerful artist’
[BBC]
China’s Sept. trade surplus narrows by 12.4% on year
[Kyodo]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Australian PM Julia Gillard drops Malaysia asylum plan
[BBC]
Bhutan king Jigme Wangchuk marries commoner Jetsun Pema
[BBC]
Indonesia’s Bali shaken by quake; dozens injured
[AP]
Salvage crew returns to New Zealand oil spill ship
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
US missiles kill Haqqani ‘coordinator’ in Pakistan
[AP]
U.S. not sincere about Afghan peace – Haqqanis
[Reuters]
Kyrgyzstan Bets on Air Base, Woman Reformer to Win UN Election
[Bloomberg]

Middle East
U.S. Takes Iran Case to UN After Assassination Plot Against Saudi Diplomat
[Bloomberg]
Unlikely Turn for a Suspect in a Terror Plot
[NYT]
Accusations Against Iran Fleshed Out
[WSJ]
Gilad Shalit: Israel and Palestinians welcome deal
[BBC]
Palestinians aim to join U.N. bodies
[Reuters]
Bahrain opposition unites to decry “police state”
[Reuters]

Africa
Gaddafi’s son captured in Libya’s Sirte – NTC
[Reuters]
Uganda ministers deny corruption allegations
[BBC]
Amnesty urges Libya to tackle ‘stain’ of detainee abuse
[BBC]

Europe
Berlin firebomb alert: New device found on train line
[BBC]
Berlusconi seeks confidence vote, expects to win
[Reuters]
Geithner to Press Europe to Move Faster on Crisis
[Bloomberg]
European banks may need to raise 200bn euros
[BBC]

Domestic
Obama gets win as Congress passes free-trade agreements
[WaPo]
Cain 9-9-9 Tax Code Scrap Keeps Federal Levies on Gasoline, Beer
[Bloomberg]
Carlson: Romney Victory, Looks Presidential
[Bloomberg]
LA city council backs “Occupy LA”, protesters’ reactions mixed
[Xinhua]
California shooting: Eight killed at Seal Beach salon
[BBC]