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Daily International News 10.12.11

October 12, 2011

After a wonderful week in Istanbul, I am back! Enjoy the news…

Daily International News
October 12, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
Japan to decide on joining Pacific trade pact
[AP]
Koreas
Opposition leader calls for reconciliation with N. Korea
[Yonhap]
China to send 20 defectors back to N. Korea: report
[Kyodo]
China/Taiwan
Russia’s Putin holds talks with China’s Hu
[AFP]
Taiwan, China to sign nuclear safety pact
[Kyodo]
Lawmakers Pass Bill Targeting China Yuan Policy
[WSJ]
China calls for firm opposition to U.S. legislation scapegoating yuan policy
[Xinhua]
H.K. leader anticipates 2nd global recession
[Kyodo]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
China and Vietnam Move to Reduce Tensions in South China Sea
[NYT]
Myanmar releases dissidents, keeps many locked up
[AP]
Press conference of “The Lady” held at Busan Int’l Film Festival
[Xinhua]
Philippines unveils $1.6 billion stimulus package
[AP]
Thai floods: Roads turn to rivers in hard-hit city
[AP]
Captain in NZ ship wreck crisis charged
[Al Jazeera]
Australia’s Lower House Narrowly Passes Carbon Tax
[NYT]

South/Central Asia
U.S. open to Afghan peace deal including Haqqani
[Reuters]
Situation in Pakistan to remain volatile: Panetta
[Pakistan Tribune]
Tiny kingdom of Bhutan prepares for royal wedding
[AP] 
India encephalitis outbreak kills 400, mainly children
[BBC]

Middle East
Hamas and Israel confirm prisoner swap
[Al Jazeera]
US aims to punish Iran for Saudi envoy plot
[AP]
Tens of thousands rally to support Assad in Damascus
[Reuters]
Insurgents Attack Security Forces Across Baghdad
[NYT]

Africa
A Top Egyptian Minister Quits in Protest Over Killings
[NYT]
Gaddafi loyalists in two small pockets of Sirte
[Reuters]
Al Qaeda’s Zawahri calls on Algerians to revolt
[Reuters]
Vote counting under way in Liberia’s election
[Al Jazeera]
Uganda MPs block oil deals after corruption claims
[BBC]

Europe
Berlusconi seeks confidence vote to save coalition
[Reuters]
UK unemployment total reaches 17-year high
[BBC]
BlackBerry problems hit four continents
[Reuters]
EU calls on banks to increase capital buffers
[AP]
EU Pins Hopes on Second Slovak Vote This Week
[Der Spiegel]
Greek tax inspectors declare strike as austerity protests spread
[Reuters]
Diary shows Germans could have known of Nazi horrors
[Reuters]

Americas/Domestic
Hurricane Jova lashes Mexican resorts, villages
[AP]
Trial of ‘underwear’ bomber begins in US
[Al Jazeera]
Hillary Clinton: Don’t cut my budget
[POLITICO]
President’s Jobs Measure Is Turned Back in Key Senate Test
[NYT]
Mitt Romney solidifies his front-runner status in Republican debate
[WaPo]
Cain ‘9-9-9’ Tax Plan Captures Debate Spotlight
[Bloomberg]
Michael Jackson did not cause own death, says doctor
[BBC]

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