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Daily International News 02.15.11

February 15, 2011

Daily International News
February 15, 2011

FY2012 Budget
Looking at Budget Cuts with Pennies [ABC]
Highlights of the Obama Budget
[NYT]
Gates on Pentagon Cuts, Implementing DADT, China’s Military Build-up
[PBS]
Obama Budget Escapes Liberal Backlash, for Now
[NYT]
“WHERE IT GOES
” – Wall Street Journal’s calculations of proposed funds by department, compared with 2010: “Education, +21% … Energy, +18% … Veterans Affairs, +11% … State and other international programs, +8% … Treasury, +4% … Interior, no change … Defense, -3% … Health and Human Services, -3% … Housing and Urban Development, -3% … Homeland Security, -4% … Labor, -5% … Transportation, -9% … Agriculture, -14% … .Justice, -25% … Commerce, -34% [census has passed].”

Northeast Asia
China openly backs North Korea succession plan – report
[Reuters]
NKorea’s Kim Jong Il turning to designer fakes?
[AP]
US, South Korea Announce Major Military Exercises
[VOA]
US admiral: Carrier killer won’t stop US Navy
[AP]
Chinese inflation hits 4.9% pushed by high food prices
[BBC]
Japan mass food poisoning fears in Hokkaido schools
[BBC]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Thai Soldier Wounded in Skirmish on Thai-Cambodia border
[BBC]
Talks begin to end 40-year Philippine insurgency
[FT]

South/Central Asia
Pakistan softens on issue of American’s immunity
[AP]

NAfrica/Middle East Protests
Egypt Initiates 10-Day Rewrite of Its Constitution
[NYT]
Muslim Brotherhood to form political party; Egypt’s generals reach out to protest leaders
[WaPo]
Tunisia migrants: Italy seeks EU cash over Lampedusa
[BBC]
Yemenis trying to oust leader protest for 5th day
[AP]
Second Man Dies in Bahrain Skirmishes
[WSJ] and Bahrain protesters take control of main square [AP]

Middle East
Iran unrest: MPs call for death of Mousavi and Karroubi
[BBC]
Clinton expresses US support for Iran protesters
[BBC]

Africa
Rebels blamed after 11 slain in eastern Congo
[AP]
Kenyan sailors welcomed after Somali pirate release
[BBC]
Wagalla massacre: Raila Odinga orders Kenya probe
[BBC]
China to build new Sudan airport in Khartoum
[BBC]
211 killed: S.Sudan says Khartoum arming rebels
[AP]

Europe
Russia Embraces Risky Offshore Arctic Drilling [NYT]
5 rebels, 3 police killed in Russia’s Caucasus
[AP]
Spontaneous strike paralyzes public transport in Brussels
[Deutsche Welle]
Silvio Berlusconi faces Ruby sex charge trial in April
[BBC]

Americas
Amazon pollution: Chevron hits back in row with Ecuador
[BBC]
Colombia nabs fully submersible drug submarine
[AP]

Domestic
Dalai Lama nephew hit by car, killed on Fla. walk
[AP]
Clinton to Promote Technology to Ensure Global Internet Freedom
[Bloomberg]
Clinton picks new U.S. envoy to Afghanistan, Pakistan
[Reuters]

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Daily International News 01.18.11

January 18, 2011

Daily International News
January 18, 2011

Hu Jintao State Visit/Hu-Obama Summit 2011
Overall

Biden greets China’s Hu upon arrival in the US
[AP]
Obama holding first China state dinner in 13 years
[AP]

Hu Gets Full State Honors as Visit Displays Obama’s Dueling Views of China
[Bloomberg]
China’s Hu to engage in rare Q&A with media in US
[AP]
From 01/15 U.S.-China Relationship Difficult, Lugar Says Before Hu Visits White House [Bloomberg]
From 01/17 For Chinese Leader’s Visit, U.S. to Take a Bolder Tack [NYT]
Q&A with WaPo’s John Pomfret on Hu Visit
[WaPo]
Issues

Hu Jintao arriving for state visit focused on economics, security, human rights
[WaPo]

Editorial: The U.S. finds its voice on China and human rights
[WaPo]
On Faith: President Hu Jintao, Tibet, and the Dalai Lama
[WaPo]
Before meeting Obama, Hu positive on peninsula
[JoongAng]
Energy Could Be a Key Area of Cooperation for the U.S. and China
[TIME]
US companies expand goals as China leader arrives
[AP]

Northeast Asia
Koreas

2011’s Top Risks: Will North Korea spin out of control?
[FP]
UN Should Discuss North Korean Uranium, South Korea’s President Lee Says
[Bloomberg]

North Korea willing to resume U.S. missions to recover remains of MIAs
[CNN]
N. Korea’s actual military spending estimated at US$8.77 bln in 2009
[Yonhap]
China/Taiwan

Taiwan Stages Missile Tests on Eve of U.S.-China Meeting
[NYT] and Video: Taiwan in live-fire missile tests [BBC]
Senators accuse China of violating sanctions against Iran
[FP]

China’s Military Comes Into Its Own
[StratFor]
China commercial nuclear fuel reprocessing far off
[AP]
China sees importance of trilateral cooperation with Japan, ROK
[Xinhua]
Summary Box: China rare earths exports up in 2010
[AP]
China, Russia to hold fifth strategic security negotiations
[Xinhua]
“Experience China” debuts at NYC’s Times Square
[Xinhua]

South/Central Asia
Major earthquake hits SW Pakistan
[AP]
Pakistani troops search homes in Karachi crackdown
[AP]
Nobel laureate Yunus in Bangladesh court
[AFP]

Southeast Asia
Vietnam reshuffles leaders, but policy seen consistent
[Reuters]
Top UN official to visit Sri Lanka’s war victims
[AFP]

Middle East
Palestinian resolution on Israel to be put to UN council
[AFP]

Palestinians raise flag at Washington office
[AP]
Russia reaffirms recognition of Palestinian state
[BBC]
Palestinian killed along Gaza-Israel border
[AP]
Va. teen detained in Kuwait sues U.S.
[WaPo]
Netanyahu rewards Barak with Israel cabinet seats
[Reuters]
Suicide bombing in Iraq kills 52 police recruits [AP]
Turkey to join Lebanon ‘contact group’ to help solve political crisis
[Hurriyet]

Iran suspends hanging sentence in stoning case: MP
[Reuters]
Pirates seized record 1,181 hostages in 2010 – report
[BBC]

Africa
UN team examines seized Iranian weapons in Nigeria
[AP]
Officials: 4 ministers quit new Tunisia government
[AP]
Rwanda issues arrest warrant for dissent exiles
[BBC]

Europe
Spain holds 10 in first anti-Eta raids since ceasefire
[BBC]
Iraq inquiry: Notes from Tony Blair to George Bush will not be published
[Guardian]

Berlusconi urged to resign over latest sex probe
[Reuters]
EU to detail objections to Hungary media law in letter
[Reuters]
Irish Prime Minister Cowen wins confidence vote
[AP]
Vatican warned Irish bishops not to report abuse
[AP]
UK gay couple wins discrimination case against Christian hoteliers – video
[Guardian]

Americas
Paraguay leader tells police to shut down rebels
[AP]
‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier charged with corruption in Haiti
[Guardian]
Mexico police: founding member of Zetas captured
[AP]

Domestic
Inside Holbrooke’s War With the White House
[Daily Beast]
Obama Launches Rule Review, Pledging to Spur Jobs, Growth
[WSJ]
Supreme Court refuses to revive effort to put D.C. same-sex marriage law to vote
[WaPo]
Videos show Tucson shooting in detail, sources say
[WaPo]
Release Nears for Giffords
[WSJ]
Sarah Palin Defends “Blood Libel” Phrase, Says Liberals Can’t “Shut Me Up”
[CBS]
Dick Cheney on ‘Today’: I may need a heart transplant (VIDEO)
[WaPo]
From 01/17 Apple boss Steve Jobs takes ‘medical leave’ [BBC]
Facebook U-turns on phone and address data sharing
[BBC]

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Daily International News 12.17.10

December 17, 2010

Daily International News
December 17, 2010

Northeast Asia
Koreas
As Richardson Visits, North Korea Assails South
[NYT]
N Korea vows retaliation if S. Korea conducts live-fire drills near border
[Yonhap]
JCS General: South Korea drill could cause ‘chain reaction’
[CNN]
Russia calls on South Korea to halt military drill
[Reuters]
North Korea Breaks Into Twitter, Facebook, YouTube
[The Atlantic]
IAEA awaiting deal to send nuclear inspectors back to N.Korea
[Ria Novosti]
Japan
Japan Announces Defense Policy to Counter China
[NYT]
China responds to Japan’s new defense guidelines, saying China poses no threat to anybody
[Xinhua]
China
China Set to Lease North Korean Islands for free-trade zone
[Jakarta Globe]
Family: China denies prison visits to Nobel winner
[AP]
Dalai Lama said climate trumps Tibet politics
[AP]
Vatican in new clash with China over church
[AP]
China PM to bolster strong Pakistan ties after India
[Reuters]

South/Central Asia
Kabul silent over Obama’s Afghan war review
[Reuters]
India accused of widespread Kashmir torture – cables
[Reuters]
Fourth drone strike in two days kills 24 in Pakistan
[Reuters]
Kyrgyzstan sets up new coalition [BBC]

 

Middle East
Bomb hits US Embassy vehicle in Yemen
[AP]
Iraq offers Iran anti-terror help
[AFP]
‘Israeli spying devices’ found in Lebanon
[BBC]

Africa
Sudan: UN Peacekeeping Chief Warns of Risks Ahead of Independence Vote in Southern Sudan
[All Africa]
Ivory Coast: Gbagbo under pressure to stand down
[BBC]
Zimbabwe’s Mugabe vows retaliation against West
[AP]
Kenya’s water minister questioned over corruption
[Reuters]

Europe
UK, German officials: No new holiday terror plot
[AP]
Italy’s Berlusconi says will see out his term
[Reuters]
Fierce fight in Ukraine parliament injures 6
[AP]
Dutch government to seek approval for new Afghan mission
[AP]
European Report Cites Need to Regain Ground With U.S.
[NYT]
EU leaders agree to more economic cooperation
[AP]

Americas
Mexico summoning Interpol’s aid to catch outlaw lawmaker
[WaPo]
US aid worker jailed in Haiti kidnapping case
[AP]

Domestic
Local
DC metro anti-terrorism teams to begin random bag inspections to avert attacks
[WaPo]
Congress
Reid Says Senate Vote on Russia Arms Treaty Expected Next Week
[Bloomberg]
Senate plans vote this weekend on ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’
[WaPo]
Rape Victims Ask, Military Won’t Tell on Assaults: Ann Woolner
[Bloomberg]
Republicans Kill $1.2 Trillion ‘Omnibus’ U.S. Spending Measure
[Bloomberg]
Obama to sign tax deal Friday afternoon
[CNN]
Foreign Relations
Replacing Holbrooke not so easy
[WaPo]
WikiLeaks: Julian Assange says he expects US to charge him with spying
[Telegraph]
Blackwater: ‘US at fault’ for killings
[Al Jazeera]
Other
Big Settlement With Madoff Investor Near
[NYT]
California Adopts Cap And Trade
[WSJ]
Mark Twain autobiography, embargoed for 100 years, a bestseller
[NYT]

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Daily International News 12.16.10

December 16, 2010

Daily International News
December 16, 2010

Northeast Asia
Koreas
Bill Richardson arrives in Pyongyang
[AP]
N. Korea says it supports dialogue but will never “beg” for it
[Yonhap]
South Korea moves to boost ties with China in wake of North Korea attacks
[CSM]
N.Korea’s Nuke Tech ‘Much More Advanced’ Than Iran’s
[Chosun]
North Korea digging tunnel for spring nuclear test – report
[Reuters]
S. Korea to stage live-fire drill on border island shelled by N. Korea
[Yonhap]
Strategist tapped for top ROK Army post
[JoongAng]
U.S. missile-defense test fails over Pacific
[Reuters]
China
Wen brings finance to cement India ties
[FT]
China tunnel links last isolated Tibetan county to highway
[AP]
27 fishermen missing after boat capsizes off China
[AP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
PM defends Australia’s border policies
[CNN]
WikiLeaks: Singapore Lee says Myanmar ‘stupid’
[AP]
Malaysia MPs suspend Anwar Ibrahim over Israel comment
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Obama to speak on Afghan review, visit tribal chiefs
[WaPo]
Overview of the AfPak Review
[NYT]
July troop withdrawal on track, review of Afghan war strategy indicates
[WaPo]
Pakistani officials say US missiles kill 7 in NW
[AP]

Middle East
Arabs reject Middle East peace talks without US plan
[BBC]
Palestinian Authority cracks down on mosques to promote moderate Islam
[WaPo]
U.N. Security Council votes to end several Hussein-era sanctions against Iraq
[WaPo]
Israel can’t defeat Hezbollah – Israeli expert
[Reuters]
Iran arrests eight behind suicide blasts – report
[Reuters]

Africa
Côte d’Ivoire: Ouattara Urges Supporters to Take Charge of State TV And Top Office
[All Africa]
Ivory Coast: Ouattara’s party says 18 dead
[AP]
ICC names Kenya violence suspects
[Al Jazeera]
Senegal recalls Tehran ambassador over arms shipment
[BBC]
Mugabe’s wife sues paper over Wikileaks story: report
[AFP]
Nigeria oil delta raids kill 14
[AFP]

Europe/UK
High court grants bail to Julian Assange
[Guardian]
UK’s Ed Miliband rebukes ex-DefMin over ‘legalise drugs’ call
[Guardian]
Sweden: Bomber may not have acted alone
[AP]
Fears of Extremism Widen to Scandinavia
[WSJ]
Court backs tourist ban for Dutch cannabis coffee shops
[BBC]
New Turkish military coup trial begins for 200
[AP]
Russian ethnic riots: Hundreds arrested in Moscow
[BBC]
Kosovo PM seeks to sue European investigator
[AP]
Court: Irish abortion ban violates women’s rights
[AP]
Discord remains as EU leaders prepare to tackle eurozone stability
[Deutsche Welle]

Americas
Gulf of Mexico leak: BP shares hit over legal move
[BBC]
Wikileaks on Cuba: Fidel Castro ‘nearly died’
[BBC]

Domestic
Congress
House votes again to end ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’
[WaPo]
Senate agrees to open talks on new arms treaty with Russia
[WaPo]
Congress is on the brink of major action – or not
[LAT]
State Department
U.S. Tries to Build Case for Conspiracy by WikiLeaks
[NYT]
Hillary Clinton’s vision for foreign policy on a tight budget
[CSM]
White House
U.S. Rethinks Strategy for the Unthinkable
[NYT]
Presidential commission urges caution on ‘synthetic biology’
[WaPo]
Other
Liberal media watchdog: Fox News e-mail shows network’s slant on climate change
[WaPo]
Florida judge to rule on health-care challenge by states
[WaPo]
Stuxnet ‘virus’ could be altered to attack US facilities, report warns
[CSM]
Artist asks to withdraw work from ‘Hide/Seek’ exhibit to protest video removal
[WaPo]

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Daily International News 08.05.10

August 5, 2010

Daily International News
August 5, 2010

East Asia
S. Korea holds anti-submarine drills near western sea border
[Yonhap]
Report: US to sell Taiwan decommissioned warships
[AP]
Chinese missile could shift Pacific power balance
[AP]
Workers Question China’s Account of Oil Spill
[NYT]
UN chief in Nagasaki calls for nuclear disarmament
[AP]
US, nuclear powers to attend Hiroshima memorial
[AP]
U.S., Hanoi in Nuclear Talks
[WSJ]
Military shakeup could derail Thai peace moves
[Reuters]

AfPak
Karzai Targets Two U.S.-Backed Task Forces
[WSJ]
Petraeus establishes new rules of conduct for Western forces in Afghanistan
[LAT]
Suicide bomber kills 7 Afghan police in north
[AP]
Pakistan floods head south after devastating trail
[Reuters]
Assassination of key U.S. ally adds to Pakistan’s crises
[WaPo]

Middle East
AP Exclusive: Iran defiant in nuclear documents
[AP]
Iran sees regional alliance to counter NATO
[Reuters]
Iran publishes new Holocaust-denying website
[AP]
UN: Israel did not cross border
[Al Jazeera]
Israel returns Turkish aid ships seized near Gaza
[Reuters]
Israel indicts 3 Arabs on espionage charges
[AP]
Egypt admits rocket attack from its own soil
[AP]
Illicit liquor trade uncovered in Dubai
[Gulf News]

Africa
Sudan’s Bashir in Libya to meet Kadhafi
[AFP]
Rwanda government denies link to assassinations
[BBC]
Naomi Campbell tells Taylor trial of ‘dirty stones’
[BBC]
Kenyan voters back new constitution
[Al Jazeera]

Europe
Medvedev sacks officers over Russia fire failures
[BBC]
Greece makes ‘strong start’ in cutting debt, IMF says
[BBC]
Chechen rebel leader revokes resignation
[AP]

Domestic
Ruling against Prop. 8 could lead to federal precedent on gay marriage
[LAT]
Google, Verizon Said to Have Web Deal as U.S. Talks Continue
[Bloomberg]
Geithner Sees No Evidence Tax Cuts Pay for Themselves
[Bloomberg]
‘Static kill’ of oil well deemed a success; gulf waters begin clearing
[WaPo]
Obama Returns to Illinois to Stump for Democrat Amid Scandals
[Bloomberg]

Americas
Canadian accused of buying weapons for al-Qaeda freed
[BBC]
Fidel Castro set to address Cuba national assembly
[BBC]
Panama ‘serial killer’ case: more bodies recovered
[BBC]

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Daily International News 07.13.10

July 13, 2010

Daily International News
July 13, 2010

Koreas
N.Korea postpones talks with UN Command on warship
[AFP]
ANALYSIS – N.Korea’s call for talks hardly welcome by South, US
[Reuters]
S Korea, U.S. to hold security talks on July 21
[Xinhua]
S.Korea says location of war games undecided
[AFP] and U.S. Ships Could Move to East Sea for Joint Drill [Chosun Ilbo]
S.Korea deploys sentry robot along N.Korea border
[AFP]

Asia-Pacific [non-Korea related]
Japan government signals tax reform
[Reuters]
China urges India to honor Tibet-related commitment
[Xinhua]
China promises tougher action on toxic dairy
[AP]
China seeks to reduce Internet users’ anonymity
[AP]
Chinese Factories Now Compete to Woo Laborers
[NYT]
Fiji’s expulsion of Australia envoy “of grave concern”
[BBC]

AfPak
NATO chief says pullout plans put troops at risk
[Reuters]
Afghan soldier attacks, kills 3 British troops
[AP]
Pakistan orders ‘crackdown’ on militants: police
[AFP]

Middle East
Pakistan Says Iran Scientist in U.S. Fled to Its Embassy
[NYT]
Strikes on Iran becoming more likely
[Wash Times]
Oil smuggling to Iran embarrassment for Iraq
[AP] and Iran’s threat in Iraq on the rise, says US general [AP]
Israeli bulldozers raze 4 east Jerusalem buildings
[AP]
Israel orders Gaza-bound aid ship to Egypt
[AP]

Africa
‘Suicide vest’ found after Uganda World Cup blasts
[BBC]
Deadly Uganda bombings could indicate new roles for al-Qaeda affiliates
[WaPo]
UN: HIV among young people going down in Africa
[AP]

Europe
French lawmakers to approve full veil ban
[AFP]
300 arrested in major anti-crime sweep in Italy
[AP]
French Labor Minister Quits Party Post
[NYT]
82 police injured in Belfast’s 2 nights of riots
[AP]

Domestic
U.S. Detains 12th Person in Russian Spy Probe
[WSJ]
BP Is Set to Test if New Cap Stops Oil
[NYT]
Offshore Drillers See Little Gain in Amended U.S. Ban
[Bloomberg]
U.S. Regulatory Bill Nears Passage as 3 Republicans Add Support
[Bloomberg]
US vows continued pursuit of Roman Polanski
[AP]
US rule could keep Iroquois from lacrosse tourney
[AP]

Americas
Both Frail and Feisty, Fidel Castro Goes on TV
[NYT]
7 Cuban political prisoners arrive in Spain
[AP]
Haiti: Summer storm floods ‘safe’ refugee camp
[AP]

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Daily International News 05.21.10

May 21, 2010

Daily International News
May 21, 2010

Northeast Asia
Clinton Op-Ed: US-China Achievements go Beyond Expo
[Global Times]
Clinton Says North Korea Ship Attack Requires Action [Bloomberg]
South Korea vows caution over ship, North sees war
[Reuters]
Dalai Lama tweets to Chinese citizens about Tibet
[AP]
Singapore, Hong Kong surpass US in competitiveness
[AP]
Toyota recalls Lexus cars in Japan, US to follow
[AP]

Southeast/South Asia
Thai PM committed to reconciliation but no poll offer
[Reuters]
Experts: Bangkok crackdown no replay of Tiananmen
[AP]
Cyclone Laila hits southeast India, 23 killed
[AP]

AfPak
Pakistan’s Musharraf to “join politics” – report
[Reuters]
No survivors found at Afghan airline crash site
[AP]
New U.S. troops arriving in Afghanistan quickly learn about challenges
[WaPo]

Middle East
Israel releases Hamas man jailed after Shalit capture
[BBC]
Jews in Arab east Jerusalem defy Obama peace push
[AP]
U.N.’s Ban hopes Iran deal may bring atom settlement
[Reuters]
Iran sanctions won’t stop missiles: Russian senator
[Reuters]

Africa
Salva Kiir sworn in as Southern Sudan president
[BBC]

Europe
German parliament approves eurozone rescue package
[DW]
First Trip Abroad Takes British Leader to Europe
[NYT]
3 Basques convicted in 2006 Madrid airport bombing
[AP]

Americas/Domestic
Calderón Again Assails Arizona Law on Detention
[NYT]
Leader of Mexico Indian community, wife killed
[AP]
Obama Replacing Blair as Intelligence Director Amid Criticism
[Bloomberg]
Senate Passes Reforms Designed to Prevent Worst U.S. Collapse
[Bloomberg]
BP denies coverup as spilled oil keeps coming
[Reuters]
Researchers Say They Created a ‘Synthetic Cell’
[NYT]