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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]

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Daily International News 12.29.09

December 29, 2009

Daily International News
12.29.09

DPRK
North Korea Detains U.S. Activist
[WSJ] – see KCNA article below

Japan
U.S. concerned about new Japanese premier Hatoyama
[WaPo]
Standoff over US base closure sours US-Japan ties
[AP]
Japan mulls selling India nuke power tech
[China Daily]

China
China Executes Briton Despite Appeals for Mercy
[NYT]

Xinjiang back online, restrictions remain [China Daily]
China Finds $35 Billion in Fraud by Officials
[NYT]

Russia
U.S. missile shield holding up nuclear deal – Putin
[Reuters]
Vladimir Putin attacks US missile defence
[BBC]

AfPak
Attack Puts Afghan Leader and NATO at Odds
[NYT]

South/Southeast Asia
Thailand begins to return 4,000 Hmong asylum-seekers to Laos
[WaPo]
Bangladesh to send home thousands of Burmese refugees
[BBC]

Iran
Iran Lashes Out at West Over Protests
[NYT] and Iran’s Ahmadinejad says opposition rallies a “masquerade” [Reuters]
Iran limits movements of an opposition leader
[AP]
Sister of Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi ‘arrested in Iran’
[BBC]
WSJ Oped: The Tipping Point in Iran
[WSJ]

Israel/Palestine
Egypt FM: Netanyahu is serious about renewing peace talks
[Haaretz]
Israeli warplanes fly over Lebanon
[Reuters]
Israeli police arrest nuclear whistleblower Vanunu
[Reuters]

Yemen
Yemen terror camps attract ‘stream of Britons’
[Guardian]
Western counter-terrorism help ‘not enough for Yemen’
[BBC]

Europe
Suspect package triggers bomb scare at Milan airport
[Reuters]
Woman found dead in Vienna diplomat’s residence
[Reuters]

Africa
Three Saudi tourists killed in Niger attack – officials
[BBC]
Somali Pirates Seize a Tanker and a Cargo Ship
[NYT]

Domestic
Health Lobby Takes Fight to the States
[NYT]
A Phrase Sets Off Sniping After a Crisis
[NYT] and Detroit scare sparks full-body scanners debate [Reuters]

Republican senator DeMint holds up nomination for TSA chief [WaPo]

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Daily International News 12.01.09

December 1, 2009

Happy December to everyone out there who happens upon this page! Remember, the holidays are just around the corner, so put your nose to the grindstone and you’ll be on vacation sooner than you think!

Daily International News
December 1, 2009

East Asia
Suspect in Philippine massacre charged with murder
[WP]
“The heir of a powerful clan was charged Tuesday in connection with the Philippines’ worst political massacre.”

South Korea knocks down rumor North leader dead [Reuters]
“South Korea’s Unification Ministry dismissed rumors Tuesday that North Korean leader Kim Jong-il had been attacked and killed, which prompted financial markets to slide briefly in what one analyst said was a reflection of fragile sentiment.”

N. Korea revalues currency for first time in 17 yrs: sources [Yonhap]
“North Korea has sharply raised the value of its currency, its first monetary reform in 17 years, in an apparent bid to tackle inflation and curb black market trading.”

China launches ad campaign to salvage global image [Reuters]
“The 30-second ads, played initially on CNN, show images of MP3 players printed with “Made in China with software from Silicon Valley.”

South Asia
India tightens security at nuclear facilities
[Reuters]
“The security move comes within weeks of intelligence warnings that militants looking for targets may have carried out reconnaissance of some of the nuclear facilities.”

AfPak Strategy – Varied Coverage

Obama Issues Order for More Troops in Afghanistan [NYT]
“Obama issued orders to send about 30,000 additional American troops to Afghanistan as he prepared to address the nation Tuesday night to explain what may be one of the most defining decisions of his presidency.”

34,000 troops will be sent to Afghanistan [WP]
“The president also plans to ask NATO and other partners in an international coalition to contribute 5,000 additional troops to Afghanistan.”

Obama, Karzai hold videoconference, talk strategy [AP]
“The call was one of several Obama was making to world leaders, including Asif Ali Zardari [and] Danish PM Lars Loekke Rasmussen.”

Middle East
Israel warns EU over east Jerusalem dispute
[AP]
“Israel sternly warned the European Union on Tuesday against recognizing east Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital, saying such a move would damage Europe’s credibility as a Mideast mediator.”

>>Israeli settlers block government inspectors [Reuters]

Iran issues warning over UK yacht crew [BBC]
“An Iranian official has said “serious” measures will be taken against a UK yacht crew if it is proved they had “evil intentions”.”

Europe
EU Lisbon Treaty comes into force [BBC]
“Lisbon has come into force about eight years after the EU started negotiations on the institutional reforms.”

UN slams ‘discriminatory’ Swiss minaret ban [AP]
“U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay said Sunday’s referendum to outlaw the construction of minarets in Switzerland was the product of “anti-foreigner scare-mongering.”

The new Iceland? Greece fights to rein in debt [Guardian]
“This is without doubt the worst economic crisis since the restoration of democracy [in 1974], said PM George Papandreou.”

Africa
Congo-Kinshasa:  Security Council Renews Arms Embargo And Sanctions
[AllAfrica]
“Council members voted unanimously to adopt a resolution continuing the regime of sanctions, which consists of an arms embargo against all armed groups that are not part of either the Government’s integrated army (known as the FARDC) or police units, through 30 November next year.”

S. Africa to treat all HIV-positive babies [WP]
“South Africa will treat all HIV-positive babies and expand testing, the president announced Tuesday, a dramatic and eagerly awaited shift in a country that has more people living with HIV than any other.”

Americas
Several nations acknowledge Lobo’s victory in Honduras
[Miami Herald]
“And Colombia, Panama and Peru recognized his victory, as did Costa Rica.”

International – IAEA
Japan’s Amano takes helm of UN atomic watchdog
[AFP]
“Japanese diplomat Yukiya Amano took the helm on Tuesday of the UN atomic watchdog, pledging a steady hand to steer the agency through the storm surrounding Iran’s nuclear drive.”

Iran says to protest over IAEA nuclear resolution [Reuters]
Iran said on Tuesday it intended to take unspecified legal action over an IAEA rebuke of its nuclear activities and would provide Iranians with enough gasoline in order to trump any further U.N. sanctions.”

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Daily International News 11.17.09

November 17, 2009

Daily International News
11.17.09

Source: New York Times; Obama shakes hands with students at a Town Hall meeting in Shanghai. He addressed both mutual interests as well as the importance of personal freedoms.

 

Koreas

Obama, Japanese premier at odds over air station negotiations [WP]

N. Korea sends military delegation to China during Obama visit [Yonhap] N. Korea extends olive branch to South ahead of Obama’s visit [Yonhap] – see corresponding KCNA articles below

Somali pirates hijack ship with 28 North Koreans aboard [Yonhap]

South Korea targets carbon cuts [BBC]

China/Taiwan

Chinese mainland and Taiwan sign banking supervision, management memorandum [Xinhua]

Mao and Chiang heirs bridge gap [BBC]

China/US

Obama, Hu vow cooperation but produce few deals [AP]

Op-ed on “Chimerica” The Great Wallop [NYT]

AfPak

Afghanistan sets up anti-graft unit [Al-Jazeera]

NATO chief confident of big troop increase [Reuters]

Middle East

EU rejects Palestinian state plan [Al-Jazeera]

IAEA wants more explanation from Iran [ILNA]

Inspectors Fear Iran Is Hiding Nuclear Plants [WP]

Americas

Brazil begins “spy” aircraft surveillance against organized crime in favelas [MercoPress]

U.S. to attend conference held by war crimes court [WP]