Archive for November, 2011

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Daily International News 11.22.11

November 22, 2011

Daily International News
November 22, 2011

Northeast Asia
Koreas
South Korea ratifies long-delayed US trade deal
[BBC]
US Official Sherman Spells Out Steps For N. Korea Overture
[VOA]UN General Assembly Concerned Over Rights Abuses In Iran, North Korea, Myanmar [RTT]
Number of N. Korean defector arrivals jumps 19 pct this year
[Yonhap]
(Yonhap Interview) Bosworth dissatisfied with ‘management strategy’ on N. Korea
[Yonhap]
China
Stealth fighter J-20 conducts test flights in SW China
[Xinhua]
Tibet group video allegedly shows nun burning
[AP] – Original Video Footage [SFT]
Mystery over China’s Wenzhou bullet-train crash inquiry
[BBC]
China Outlines Cuts in Carbon Emissions
[NYT]
Ai Weiwei’s supporters strip off to show backing
[BBC]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Myanmar makes rare progress in ethnic ceasefire talks
[Reuters]
Nuon Chea defends actions in Khmer Rouge genocide trial
[BBC]
Philippine ex-President Arroyo faces civil case over 2009 massacre
[Kyodo]
Fans die in Indonesia football stampede
[Al Jazeera]

South/Central Asia
Pakistan army denies reports of talks with Taliban
[AFP]
Pakistan telecoms body delays ban on ‘obscene’ texts
[BBC]
India rupee hits all-time US dollar low
[BBC]

Middle East
Turkish premier urges Syrian leader to step down
[AP]
Saudi security forces ‘fire on protesters’
[Al Jazeera]
U.N. envoy says Yemen power transfer deal in place
[Reuters] 
Iran says new sanctions from West “in vain”
[Reuters]
Iraqi civilians win legal bid for torture inquiry
[BBC]

Africa
Three Americans arrested in Cairo as unrest enters 4th day
[WaPo]
Wider Protests Urged in Egypt as Crackdown Enters Day 4
[NYT]
Egypt activists call for ‘million-man’ rally
[Al Jazeera]
ElBaradei approached for Egypt PM post
[Al Jazeera]
ICC prosecutor in Libya for trial talks
[Al Jazeera]
Africa sees dramatic improvement in HIV treatment
[Mail & Guardian]
Warplane targets rebel-held village in south Somalia
[Reuters]
S Africa adopts contentious secrets bill
[Al Jazeera]

Europe
Turkish journalists on trial for ‘anti-government plot’
[BBC]
Moody’s Warns France on Rating
[WSJ]
IMF and EU consider further help for Hungary
[Al Jazeera]
Strauss-Kahn sues media and Sarkozy aide – lawyers
[Reuters]

Americas
Brazil to fine Chevron millions in ocean oil spill
[SF Chronicle]

Domestic
Republican debate: Five questions
[WaPo]
Both Parties Set to Use Failure of Debt Deal for 2012 Campaign
[Bloomberg]
BofA Warned to Get Stronger
[WSJ]
US growth revised down for third quarter
[BBC]
UC Davis chancellor apologizes for pepper-spray incident
[LA Times]

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Daily International News 11.17.11

November 17, 2011

Daily International News
November 17, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
Japan bans rice grown near crippled nuke plant
[AP]
Koreas
Obama: US will act vs NKorea nuke proliferation
[AP]
Food aid intended for N. Koreans to be offered to third countries
[Yonhap]
U.N. envoy on N. Korean human rights to visit S. Korea next week
[Yonhap] 
North Korea to get $100 million annually for Russian gas transit
[Ria Novosti]
Benetton Ad shows Kim Jong-Il, Lee Myung-bak kissing
[Ads of the World]
China
China’s central authorities congratulate success of first space docking mission
[Xinhua]
UC Berkeley reveals plan for engineering center in China
[NYT]
7 Tibetans arrested for illegally crossing into Nepal
[Kyodo]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
A look at the top issues at Southeast Asia meeting
[AP]
Closer US-Australia security ties irk China
[Al Jazeera]
Suu Kyi party likely to register for Myanmar polls
[AP]
ASEAN agrees to let Myanmar lead bloc
[Al Jazeera]
Thais angry over flood handling
[Al Jazeera]
Clinton sees flood evacuees on quick Thailand trip
[AP]
Philippine’s Arroyo calls off medical trip
[Al Jazeera]

South/Central Asia
Pakistani ambassador offers resignation
[WaPo]
Afghanistan: Rockets ‘aimed at Kabul elders meeting’
[BBC]
India minister says rural jobs funds spent on toys
[BBC]

Middle East
Arab League offers Syria a reprieve as deaths mount
[NYT]
Raids in Syria as pressure mounts on Assad
[Al Jazeera]
Ford to return to Syria
[POLITICO]
Russia compares Syria violence to ‘civil war’
[Al Jazeera]
China ‘highly concerned’ about crisis in Syria
[AP]
Protesters storm Kuwaiti parliament
[BBC]
Barak tries damage control after ‘Iran sympathy gaffe’
[Al Jazeera]
U.N. nuclear chief says “must alert world” about Iran
[Reuters]

Africa
Regional leaders seek to step up war on Somalia rebels
[Reuters]
Al Shabaab vow to defeat Kenya after Mogadishu attacks [Mail & Guardian]
U.N. court convicts former Rwandan mayor of genocide
[Reuters]

Europe
Italy Premier Appoints Emergency Government
[WSJ]
Protesters clash with police in Athens
[Al Jazeera]
Spain’s borrowing costs hit 14-year high
[BBC]
Vatican pledges legal action against Benetton
[AP]

Americas
Mexican police reveal cross-border drugs tunnel, seize 17 tonnes marijuana
[Guardian]
Noriega one step closer to extradition
[Al Jazeera]
Brazil 2010 census shows changing race balance
[BBC]

Domestic
Obama’s ‘lazy America’ remark catches fire
[POLITICO]
U.S. to Review Cases Seeking Deportations
[NYT]
Congress Deficit-Cut Panel Members Hardening Positions as Deadline Nears
[Bloomberg]
Protesters and officers clash near Wall Street
[NYT]
CA Prop. 8 gay marriage decision due today from California Supreme Court
[LA Times]
Chu presents strong defense of Solyndra loan guarantee
[WaPo]
Gingrich Defends Payments From Freddie Mac as He Gets Increased Scrutiny
[Bloomberg]
Herman Cain ducks Cuba questions
[POLITICO]
Christie clowns about 2012 run
[POLITICO]

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Daily International News 11.16.11

November 16, 2011

Daily International News
November 16, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
TPP could revive debate over ex-PM Koizumi’s structural reform policies
[Mainichi]
Japan central bank keeps interest rate near zero
[AP]
Koreas
Photos show North Korea progress on new reactor
[AFP]
North Korea Reported to Have Test-Fired Anti-Ship Missile
[VOA]
Reclusive North Korea opens its door a crack for tourists
[WaPo]
SKorea opposition refuses to ratify US trade deal
[AP]
China
Clinton: South China Sea Dispute Must Be Resolved Peacefully
[WSJ]
China welcomes entry of Russia, U.S. into East Asia Summit
[Xinhua]
Ai Weiwei: Feels like I just paid $1.3M ransom
[AP]
Top political advisor urges US to properly handle Taiwan-related issues
[Xinhua]
Chinese grandmother ‘dies in self-immolation’
[Al Jazeera]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
U.S. Marines to Be Deployed in Australia
[Bloomberg]
ASEAN ministers say Myanmar’s chairmanship of group could boost openness
[Kyodo]
Thai cabinet ‘endorses Thaksin amnesty plan’
[Al Jazeera]
Arroyo plans new bid to leave Philippines
[Al Jazeera]
Hillary Clinton car hit with ‘paint ambush’ in Philippines
[POLITICO]

South/Central Asia
Karzai lays out conditions for US partnership
[Al Jazeera]
Key Afghan elders’ grand council convenes in Kabul
[AP]
Drone strike in South Waziristan kills 16
[Pakistan Tribune]
Kazakh president calls early elections
[Al Jazeera]

Middle East
Syria shunned by Arab League, security HQ attacked
[Reuters]
France recalls ambassador to Syria
[AP]
Yemeni forces kill 7 al-Qaida fighters in south
[AP]
France summons Israeli envoy over Gaza attack
[Al Jazeera]

Africa
Fearing Libya vacuum, ex-PM urges rapid vote
[Reuters]
Paris Club cuts Ivory Coast’s debt burden
[Reuters]
Mugabe thanks Hong Kong for ‘protecting daughter’
[BBC]

Europe
China, Japan, Canada urge greater action from the EU on the Euro crisis
[MercoPress]
Monti forms new Italian govt with no politicians
[AP]
Mixed reviews for German call to elect EU prez
[AP] 
Greek government set to win confidence vote despite sniping
[Reuters]
Eviction notices posted on Occupy London tents
[AP]
Portugal, Croatia, Ireland and the Czech Republic qualify for Euro 2012
[Al Jazeera]

Americas
Colombia’s FARC name a new leader and promise to fight on
[MercoPress]
Nicaragua electoral body confirms Ortega win
[Al Jazeera]
Lopez Obrador to run for Mexican presidency
[Al Jazeera]

Domestic
Secret Service says bullet hit White House
[AP]
Supercommittee on the brink
[POLITICO]
Romney Leads in New Hampshire Where Voters Can Deliver Surprises
[Bloomberg]
Gingrich Said to Be Paid $1.6M by Freddie Mac
[Bloomberg]
Solyndra: Energy Dept. pushed firm to keep layoffs quiet until after midterms
[WaPo]
Occupy Wall Street: Night thins Zuccotti Park crowd
[BBC]

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Daily International News 11.14.11

November 14, 2011

Daily International News
November 14, 2011

International
UN chief urges leaders to finalize climate fund
[AP]

Northeast Asia
Pacific summit exposes divisions over Iran
[Al Jazeera]
Japan
Japan to make decision on TPP in line with national interests: Noda
[Mainichi]
Gov’t aims for ‘cold shutdown’ of Fukushima reactors, but bemoans lack of data
[Mainichi]
Japan’s economy rises out of earthquake slump
[AP]
Koreas
New Reports Link N. Korean, Iranian Nuclear Programs
[VOA]
North Korea ‘opens luxury goods store’
[AFP]
No Cheering Allowed for Japanese at North Korean Soccer Showdown
[ABC]
China
China ‘to give Tibetan monks welfare benefits’
[BBC]
Obama: China must play fair on trade
[Al Jazeera]
China’s recalled bullet trains to resume service
[AP]
China completes second space docking test
[Xinhua]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Philippines rejects new Chinese territorial claim
[AP]
Suu Kyi: Myanmar has made progress, more is needed
[AP]
Burma house blast ‘kills children’ in Kachin state
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Taliban spox Zabiullah Mujahid denies being captured
[NYT]
Pakistan and China stage war games
[AP]
Leaked Afghan security plan deemed authentic
[Al Jazeera]

Middle East
Syria: Arab League suspension threat illegal
[Al Jazeera]
EU imposes new sanctions on Syria
[AP]
Jordan’s king urges Syria’s Assad to step down
[AP]
Quartet group meets sides in bid to restart peace talks
[Xinhua]

Africa
Deadly protest over chemical plant in northern Egypt
[BBC]
Equatorial Guinea holds constitutional polls
[Al Jazeera]
Swazi king must give up power, says Bishop Mabuza
[BBC]

Europe
Italy’s new premier Monti rushes to build new govt
[AP]
Norway mass killer admits July massacre
[Reuters]
Greek conservative hard stance threatens bailout
[Reuters]
France keeps a watchful eye on Italy’s troubled finances
[NYT]
Russian, U.S. crew blast off safely for space station
[Reuters]
Belarus seeks death penalty for metro bomb suspects
[Reuters]
Strauss-Kahn and wife to sue over divorce claims
[Reuters]

Americas
Mexican drug traffickers undermine elections
[LA Times]
Peru Vice-President Chehade ‘steps aside’ over scandal
[BBC]

Domestic
Obama nixes funny shirts for APEC photo
[WaPo]
Supreme Court to hear challenge to Obama’s health-care overhaul
[WaPo]
Obama administration to announce effort to expand health-care workforce
[WaPo]
Congress’ week: Supercommittee scramble, balanced budget pitch, gun debate
[LA Times]
Will Gloria Cain Matter?
[WaPo]
Gabrielle Giffords in first TV interview since shooting
[BBC]
20 to 25 protesters arrested at Occupy Oakland
[LA Times]

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Daily International News 11.10.11

November 10, 2011

Daily International News
November 10, 2011

APEC
Eyes on whether APEC leaders will don aloha shirts
[AP]
Asia-Pacific talks to seek unity on euro crisis
[Reuters]
Obama to discuss N. Korea with Chinese, Russian, Japanese leaders
[Korea Times]

Northeast Asia
Asian stocks plunge; Hong Kong shares dive 4.48%
[Times of India]
Japan
Japan postpones decision on whether to join Pacific free trade talks
[Mainichi]
Koreas
North Korea says new reactor to start soon
[AFP]
South Korea Seeking Trilateral Talks on North
[GSN]
Exercise focuses on potential N. Korea biological, chemical attack
[Stars & Stripes]
Rice prices in Pyongyang jump more than 50 percent in 2 months
[Yonhap]
Top U.S. military intelligence official visits S. Korea: Yonhap
[Kyodo]
S. Korea’s chief nuclear envoy, U.S. point man on Pyongyang to meet in Vienna
[Yonhap] 
New U.S. ambassador arrives in S. Korea to take up post
[Kyodo]
China
Witness: Man sets self ablaze to protest China
[AP]
Ai Weiwei’s wife says they will fight $2M tax bill
[AP]
HRW: China’s human rights unlikely to improve before leadership change
[Kyodo]
China: Yunnan mine hit by ‘deadly gas outburst’
[BBC]
China’s Trade Surplus Widens, Falls Short of Forecast
[WSJ]
Premier Wen meets with Christine Lagarde
[Xinhua]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Australia cigarette ‘plain packaging’ law passes Senate
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
India PM calls for new chapter in Pak relations
[AP]
Taliban besiege governor’s office in Paktia
[Al Jazeera]

Middle East
U.N. envoy in new push for Yemen power transfer
[Reuters]
Khamenei warns U.S., Israel against attack on atom sites
[Reuters]
China says sanctions no solution to Iran nuclear issue
[Xinhua]
New attack on Egypt gas pipeline to Israel and Jordan
[BBC]

Africa
Officials: Sudan bombs South Sudan camp, kills 12
[AP]
Liberia’s Sirleaf may offer rivals govt posts
[Reuters]
Amnesty urges Shell to pay for Nigeria spills
[Al Jazeera]
Somali legislator killed in Mogadishu
[Al Jazeera] 
Guilty: Julius Malema suspended from ANC
[Mail & Guardian]
Western black rhino declared extinct
[BBC]

Europe
Eurozone’s growth has stalled, says EU
[BBC]
Greek parties tap former central banker as prime minister
[Deutsche Welle]
New Italian government seen within days
[Reuters]
Russia poised to join world trade body
[AP]
Turkish police fire tear gas in quake city
[Reuters]
Turkish quake kills at least 8, topples hotels
[AP]
James Murdoch rejects MP’s ‘mafia’ attack
[BBC]

Americas
Brazil police: Rio’s most-wanted trafficker caught
[AP]
Nationals catcher Ramos kidnapped in Venezuela
[AP]
Nicaragua deaths in post-election violence
[Al Jazeera]
Pope may visit Cuba, Mexico next spring
[AP]

Domestic
Remains of war dead dumped in landfill
[WaPo]
Alleged bomber of US navy ship in court
[Al Jazeera] 
Poison Control Centers in danger of losing funding
[WaPo]
Ohio back on President Obama’s dance card
[POLITICO]
Republicans Oppose Further Bailouts for Banks, Europe in Candidate Debate
[Bloomberg]
Rick Perry stumbles badly in Republican presidential debate
[WaPo]
Debate crowd cheers Cain in face of sexual harassment claims
[The Hill]
Jefferson County, Ala., files for biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history
[WaPo]
Penn State to be investigated by Department of Education
[POLITICO]
Applications for unemployment benefits fall to 390,000, lowest level since April
[WaPo]
Nixon secret Watergate testimony unsealed
[POLITICO]

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Daily International News 11.08.11

November 9, 2011

Daily International News
November 9, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
Olympus concealed over 100 bil. yen in losses: financial sources
[Mainichi]
Koreas
New commander of US 7th fleet says he worries most about North Korea, not so much about China
[WaPo]
South Korea Approves Sending Medical Aid to the North
[NYT]
Gag Order Issued Over N.Korean Boat People
[Chosun]
Opinion: Kim Jong-Il’s nukes are good for nothing
[Al Jazeera]
China
China Will Patrol Mekong With Southeast Asian Neighbors
[NYT]
Senior exiled Tibetan urges end to immolations
[Reuters]
Chinese inflation falls sharply in October
[FT]
Web portal Sina posts $336 million quarterly loss
[AP]
Chinese state councilor urges closer Sino-U.S. efforts on women’s development
[Xinhua]
China’s State Council approves plan to curb greenhouse gas emission
[Xinhua]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
At least 100 people dead in Vietnam flooding
[Al Jazeera]
Thai opposition wants more for flood relief
[AP]

South/Central Asia
Agencies warn of acute Pakistan floods relief shortfall
[BBC]
Up to 70 Taliban dead as Afghan attack thwarted
[AFP]
Indian court convicts 31 over Gujarat riots
[Al Jazeera]
Chinese, Indian officials pledge closer sub-national cooperation
[Xinhua]

Middle East
Ahmadinejad: Iran won’t retreat from nuclear path
[AP]
U.S., Europe Press Iran Sanctions After UN Shows Atom-Bomb Work
[Bloomberg]
China opposes nuclear proliferation in Middle East
[Xinhua]
Syria opposition leaders set upon in Cairo
[Al Jazeera]
Palestinian Bid for U.N. Membership Faces Near-Certain Defeat
[NYT]
UK says would abstain in U.N. vote on Palestine
[Reuters]

Africa
Qaddafi’s Ex-Prime Minister Ordered Extradited to Libya
[NYT]
International court prosecutor says it is a “matter of time” before Gadhafi son arrested
[WaPo]
Liberia counts votes after opposition poll boycott
[Reuters]
US Lobby Groups Want A No-Fly Zone in Sudan
[VOA]
UN: Repression ahead of this month’s presidential vote in Congo could lead to more violence
[WaPo]

Europe
IMF chief warns of a ‘lost decade’ for global economy
[BBC]
Greece waits for new PM amid party bickering
[AP]
Berlusconi will not stand for re-election
[Al Jazeera]
Russians desperately try to save Mars moon probe
[AP]
News Corp. Inquiry Turns on Staff Ahead of U.K. Hearing
[Bloomberg]

Americas
Bolivia says US drug agents not welcome
[Al Jazeera]
UN hit with cash demand over Haiti cholera
[Al Jazeera]
Mariela Castro Twitter debut sparks Cuba dissident spat
[BBC]

Domestic
Alleged bomber of US navy ship to face judge
[Al Jazeera]
US soldiers remains mishandled on return
[Al Jazeera]
Republican debate: Five key questions
[WaPo]
Karen Kraushaar interested in press conference with all Cain accusers
[CBS]
Debates Transform Primary Race as Candidates Vie to Knock Out Mitt Romney
[Bloomberg]
GOP poised to take over Virginia Senate
[WaPo]
Republican Deficit Plan Said to Increase Tax Revenue, Raise Medicare Age
[Bloomberg]
Mississippi Votes Down Amendment To Define Personhood At Fertilization
[TPM]
Ohio Repeals Union Law as U.S. Voters Reject Leaders’ Policies
[Bloomberg]

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Daily International News 11.03.11

November 4, 2011

Daily International News
November 4, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
Post-Fukushima nuclear generation could fall 15 percent
[Reuters]
Tepco to get $11bn government aid after plan approval
[BBC]
Koreas
Russian think tank expects North Korea to collapse in late 2020s
[Korea Times]
U.S. House panel OKs bill on tougher sanctions on N. Korea
[Yonhap]
Political stalemate over FTA with U.S. likely to persist
[Yonhap]
China/Taiwan
China is World’s Biggest Cyber Thief: U.S. Report
[Bloomberg]
China envoy Zhang Yan in India map outburst
[BBC]
Tibetan exile sets self on fire in Indian capital
[AP]
7 miners rescued from China mine, 50 still trapped
[AP]
China seizes 65M counterfeit pills, some harmful
[AP]
Death of petitioner to be investigated in Hunan
[BBC]
Guangdong Gov. Huang Huahua resigns, reasons not cited
[Kyodo]
Taiwan makes prostitution legal in red-light zones
[AP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Thai Rice Exports Seen Plunging 50% on Government Buying Program, Flooding
[Bloomberg]
Trekkers stranded by bad weather on Mount Everest
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Pakistan “backtracked” on India trade status
[Reuters]
India fighter jet deal soars to $20bn
[FT]
India campaigner Anna Hazare ends ‘vow of silence’
[BBC]

Middle East
Palestinians will push for full UN seat only
[Al Jazeera]
France to abstain in vote on Palestinian U.N. seat
[Reuters]
Israeli navy boards 2 protest boats bound for Gaza
[AP]
Syrian troops fire during protests; 9 killed
[AP]
Bahrain security forces clash with protesters
[Al Jazeera]
Saudi Arabia marks first day of Hajj
[Al Jazeera]
Iran boosts anti-U.S. rhetoric ahead of nuclear report
[Reuters]

Africa
Libyan PM says disarming rebels could take months
[AP]
Kenya raises concerns Eritrea arming Somali rebels
[AP]
Suicide attackers, bombs target north Nigeria city
[AP]

Europe
G-20 leaders fail to agree on IMF help for Europe
[AP]
Greek PM faces survival vote, bailout in balance
[Reuters]
Russia lashes out at US over conviction of Viktor Bout
[Guardian]
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi agrees to IMF oversight of austerity measures
[Telegraph]
News Intl: Compensation plan for hacking victims
[AP]
Ireland closes Vatican embassy to save funds
[Al Jazeera]

Domestic
Report Shows a Mere 80,000 Jobs Added in U.S. in October
[NYT]
Conservative Group Investigates Top Cain Aide
[TPM]
Romney Says Only Essential Spending Should Be Exempt From Debt Trimming
[Bloomberg]
New Hampshire speech puts Rick Perry on defensive
[POLITICO]
Toughest U.S. Abortion Law Nears Passage in Mississippi ‘Personhood’ Vote
[Bloomberg]
House GOP backs spending bill
[POLITICO]
Former NJ governor Corzine steps down from collapsed MF Global, rejects $12M severance package
[WaPo]
AP Exclusive: CIA following Twitter, Facebook
[AP]
DOE Report: Global carbon dioxide output soaring
[Al Jazeera]
Groupon raises $700 mln in biggest Internet IPO since Google
[Reuters]