Posts Tagged ‘African Union’

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Daily International News 06.30.11

June 30, 2011

Daily International News
June 30, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
Japanese gov’t, DPJ agrees on doubling consumption tax by mid-2010s
[Xinhua]
Toyota recalls 110,000 hybrid cars on safety concerns
[BBC]
Koreas
Kim Jong-il’s Train Stops Short of Russian Border
[Chosun]
N. Korea increases grain imports from China
[Yonhap]
S. Korean pastor gets reduced sentence for illegal trip to N. Korea
[Yonhap]
South is spurned on trip to Mt. Kumgang
[JoongAng]
North Korean defector learns to live outside the world’s biggest prison
[Guardian]
Football: Sweden out for second win against N. Korea
[AFP]
China
U.N. rights boss raps China for not arresting Bashir
[Reuters] and China bolsters economic ties with Sudan [Al Jazeera]
Amnesty Int’l: China crackdown on lawyers expands
[AP]
China to celebrate CPC’s 90th birthday
[Xinhua]
Philippine president to visit China in August
[Kyodo]
Ai Weiwei Photography Exhibit: A Chinese Dissident Views New York
[NYT]
China opens world’s longest sea bridge near Qingdao
[BBC]
Taiwan unveils upgraded fighter jet
[AP]
Taiwan ex-President Lee Teng-hui ’embezzled $7.8m’
[BBC]
China raises income tax threshold
[BBC]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Japan to offer aid to improve living standards of Myanmar people
[Kyodo]
Burma: Australian publisher Ross Dunkley convicted
[BBC]
Yeoh ‘saddened’ by deportation from Myanmar
[AP]
U.N.-backed court concludes hearing on 4 Khmer Rouge leaders
[Kyodo]
Saudi Arabia bars Indonesia and Philippines workers
[BBC]
Three British students killed in Thailand coach crash
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Nato ‘kills senior Haqqani militant in Afghanistan’
[BBC]
Obama weighed military, political risk for Afghan plan
[Reuters]
Pakistan stops US from using ‘drone base’
[Al Jazeera]
French journalists held hostage by Taliban return home
[BBC]
Bangladesh abolishes caretaker gov’t for elections
[AP]

Middle East
Indictments issued in Hariri death probe
[Al Jazeera]
U.S. Monthly Combat Deaths in Iraq at 3-Year High
[NYT]
Strategic Site Is Captured by Militants in Yemen
[NYT]
Bahrain halts military-style trials for protesters
[AP]

Africa
Egypt police clash with youths; over 1,000 hurt
[Reuters]
U.S. hifts to closer contact with Egypt Islamists
[Reuters]
Morocco prepares for vote on king’s powers
[Al Jazeera]
NATO says not involved in arms aid to Libya rebels
[Reuters]
Spain: al-Qaida possibly buying Libyan war weapons
[AP]
NATO Airstrike Kills Militant Leader Linked to Kabul Hotel Attack
[VOA]
Libyan crisis tops agenda of AU summit in Equatorial Guinea
[Xinhua]
Rival Sudan forces to quit border ahead of independence
[BBC]

Europe
Greece clears final hurdle to get bailout funds
[AP]
Rebel Greek MP votes against part of austerity bill
[Reuters]
Sarkozy involved in scuffle during handshake tour
[Reuters]
Putin says Russia will expand presence in Arctic
[AP]
UK public sector strike hits services and schools
[BBC]
Jellyfish force Torness nuclear reactor shutdown in UK
[BBC]

Western Hemisphere [non-US]
Venezuela suspends summit over Hugo Chavez’s illness
[BBC]
U.S. Drops Deportation Proceedings Against Immigrant in Same-Sex Marriage
[NYT]
William, Kate off to Canada, US in first tour
[AP]

Domestic
Senate cancels July 4 recess
[POLITICO]
Dysfunctional Congress ‘worse’ than ever?
[POLITICO]
GOP governors huddle on 2012 race
[POLITICO]
TIME’s Halperin apologizes for calling Obama ‘a dick’
[POLITICO]
Minn. braces for government shutdown
[AP]
Suspected Tucson gunman can be forced to take antipsychotic drugs, judge rules
[LAT]
Bill to Aid Farm Workers Union Is Vetoed
[NYT]
Nigerian flies from NY to DC with invalid pass
[AP]
Birthers Sue Esquire Over Parody, Seeking More than $200 Million
[Forbes]

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Daily International News 03.25.11

March 25, 2011

Daily International News
March 25, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
Japan urges more evacuations as Prime Minister Kan addresses nation
[WaPo]
Breach in reactor suspected at Japanese nuke plant
[AP]
Radiation fears mount again in Japan after plant workers injured
[Reuters]
Police: More than 10,000 dead from Japan disaster
[AP]
Kim Jong Il donates S$630,000 to quake-hit Japan
[Today Online]
China
China sentences democracy activist to 10 years
[AP]
Koreas
Jimmy Carter Plans Trip to North Korea
[ABC]
Over 6 million people need food aid in North Korea – U.N.
[Reuters]
India to provide food assistance to North Korea
[Zee News]
North Korea Suggests Libya Should Have Kept Nuclear Program
[NYT]
N.Korean Delegation in Beijing to ‘Prepare for Possible Visit by Kim Jong-un’
[Chosun]
South Korea war games put Yeonpyeong Island on edge
[CSM]
South Korea Will Send Back 27 North Koreans by Sea on March 27
[Bloomberg]
South Korea sex scandal diplomats to be disciplined
[BBC]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Burma earthquake: At least 75 people killed
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Australia apology over army’s Afghan Facebook ‘racism’
[BBC]
Eight killed in suspected sectarian shooting in Kurram, Pakistan
[DAWN]

Middle East
Israel May Use ‘Great Force’ in Response; Gates Urges Peace
[Bloomberg]
Gates first U.S. defence chief to visit Palestinians
[Reuters]
Iran blasts appointment of UN rights investigator
[AP]
In Iraq, U.S. Special Forces gearing up to leave
[WaPo]
Syria braces for ‘day of dignity’ rallies
[Al Jazeera]
Syrians hold demos as media banned from key city
[AP]
Yemeni President Nears Deal to Resign
[WSJ]
Bahrain tense ahead of planned protests
[FT]

Africa
African Union: Libya needs democratic elections
[AP]
Why action in Libya is unconstitutional
[FP]
Obama avoiding major Oval Office Libya address
[POLITICO]
Op-ed: Obama and Libya: The professor’s war
[WaPo]
Samantha Power Brought Activism Inside to Sway Obama on Libya
[Bloomberg]
The Qaddafi I Know: by Uganda President Yoweri Museveni
[FP]
WikiLeaks cable shows US at odds with ElBaradei
[AP]
Nigeria’s Top Opposition Candidates Pull Out of TV Debate Against Goodluck Jonathan
[This Day]
Nearly one million Ivorians uprooted by conflict – UNHCR
[Reuters]

Europe
EU wants worldwide nuclear plant tests
[AP]
As EU agrees crisis plan, Portugal woes steal show
[AP]
Russian Stocks Fall 1st Day in Three on Blocked Rosneft-BP Deal
[Bloomberg]

Americas
Opposition to topple Canadian government
[AP]

Domestic
Your guide to the 2011 Cherry Blossom Festival
[WaPo]
Palin 2.0? Bachmann Tells ABC News, “I’m In!”
[ABC]
Number of black D.C. residents plummets as majority status slips away
[WaPo]
Mich. man accused of leaving explosive in U.S. building
[WaPo]
J Street: U.S. Group Stirs Debate on Being ‘Pro-Israel’
[NYT]
In contrast to media industry’s struggles, a boom for those who cover Congress
[WaPo]
10 Ideas That Will Change the World
[TIME]

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Daily International News 01.19.11

January 19, 2011

Daily International News
January 19, 2011

Hu-Obama Summit
Op-ed: Mr. Obama, speak up for human rights in China
[WaPo]
Obama pressured to speak out on China human rights
[Reuters]
Clinton: Building trust with Beijing a must for US
[AP]
The Weekly Standard: Liu Matters, Hu Doesn’t
[NPR]
President Obama to Announce Jointly Funded Center for Nuclear Security in China
[ABC]
Ballmer, Blankfein Invited by Obama to Hu Discussion on Business in China
[Bloomberg]

Northeast Asia
Top Pentagon Asia official, Gregson, to step down
[FP]

China
Report: China largely restores aircraft carrier
[AP]

China’s Internet population rises to 457 million
[AP]
Chinese Firm to Invest in North Korea
[WSJ]

Chinese consumer price inflation ‘down to 4.6%’
[BBC]
Koreas
N. Korea working on uranium enrichment ‘since 1990s’
[AFP]
South Korea seeks longer-range missiles – report
[Reuters]
and Korea, U.S. negotiate revision of pact on missiles [JoongAng]
Kim and Jong-un get beefed up security
[JoongAng]
Defector Offers Insights into N.Korean Arms Buildup
[Chosun]
Japan
Japan wants China leadership on North Korea
[Reuters]
Sugiyama, Japan’s point man on N.Korea to visit China
[Straits Times via AFP]

Donations pour into Okinawa city after gov’t withdraws funds tied to hosting U.S. base
[Mainichi]
Sting meets dolphin advocate, hopes for debate
[AP]

Southeast Asia
Group says survey confirms Myanmar rights abuses
[AP] – a link to the report is here

South/Central Asia
Judges seek delay in opening Afghan parliament
[AP]
Bomb blast kills 20 Afghan civilians in southeast
[Reuters]
Afghan journalist attacked with acid
[AP]
Scandal-hit India PM skirts major cabinet changes
[Reuters]

Middle East
Hariri tribunal: Saudi Arabia quits Lebanon mediation
[BBC]

Powers to press defiant Iran in nuclear row
[Reuters]
Insurgents Renew Attacks on Iraqi Security Troops
[NYT]
Lebanon Shows Shift of Influence in Mideast
[NYT]

Africa
Arab League chief says Tunisia is dire warning
[AP]
Tunisia probes foreign assets of deposed leader
[AP]
AU’s Odinga says Ivory Coast mediation fails
[Reuters]

DR Congo army commander ‘led mass rape’ in Fizi
[BBC]

Europe
Former Swiss banker linked to WikiLeaks goes on trial
[Reuters]
New UK law means queen’s secrets to stay that way
[AP]
UK unemployment total rises further
[BBC]
Ministers seek to answer critics as NHS bill published
[BBC]
Euro MPs adopt cross-border healthcare law
[BBC]
Germany approves anti-dioxin action plan
[Reuters]

Americas
Haiti election officials downplay OAS conclusion
[AP]

From 01/18 Bolivia launches coca leaf diplomatic offensive [BBC]
Deal ends Chile Magallanes gas protest
[BBC]

Domestic
SOTU: State of the Seating Chart
[WaPo]

Lieberman Is Said to Decide Against Seeking Re-Election to Senate in 2012
[Bloomberg]
Sen. Kent Conrad retirement boosts GOP Senate hopes
[Politico]
House Republicans Move to Dismantle Obama’s Health-Care Law
[Bloomberg]
Issa Said to Consider Focusing First Hearing on TARP Inspector’s Report
[Bloomberg]
FBI: Bomb found on MLK march route
[MSNBC]

Parenting by Gays More Common in the South, Census Shows
[NYT]
Goldman Sachs profits down by half on weak debt trading
[BBC]
Apple makes record profits of $6bn in last three months
[BBC]

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Daily International News 12.10.10

December 10, 2010

Daily International News
December 10, 2010

Nobel Peace Prize/Liu Xiaobo
Xinhua: Insult of the Nobel Peace Prize
[Xinhua]
At Peace Prize Ceremony, Winner’s Chair Stays Empty
[NYT]
Nobel head: Liu’s prize based on “universal values”
[Reuters]
Witness – Memories of Sakharov, another absent Nobel winner
[Reuters]
China clamps down on dissidents, media ahead of Nobel
[AFP]
Serbia reverses Nobel boycott
[AP]
Speaker Nancy Pelosi attends Nobel ceremony
[USA Today]

Northeast Asia
What I Found in North Korea
by Siegfried Hecker [Foreign Affairs]
North Korea says forced to build nuclear might – report
[Reuters]
Senior Chinese Official Meets North Korean Leader
[NYT]
SKorea says reunification with North not long off
[AP]
Colombo denies North Korean arms purchase
[TamilNet]
North Korea focus means Jim Webb sure to run
[Politico]
China hikes bank reserve ratio in fight against inflation
[Xinhua]

Southeast Asia
WikiLeaks cables suggest Burma is building secret nuclear sites
[Guardian]
Myanmar’s Suu Kyi, US official discuss sanctions
[AP]

South/Central Asi
Wikileaks: Pakistan hoaxed by bogus anti-India cables [BBC]
India offers olive branch at UN climate talks
[AFP]
Suicide attack kills 2 civilians in Afghanistan
[AP]

Middle East
U.S. debates role in Mideast peace effort
[LAT]
Gates Meets With Emirates Counterpart
[NYT]
Iran state TV ‘films new stoning woman confession’
[BBC]
Saudi pro-democracy group plans first sit-in
[AP]

Africa
African Union suspends Ivory Coast amid political chaos
[CNN]
Mozambique becoming major drug transit hub: WikiLeaks
[Reuters]

Europe
British Parliament approves tuition hike despite widespread student protests
[WaPo]
Student fees protest: Questions on police handling after Prince car attacked
[BBC]
Former WikiLeaks worker: rival site under way
[AP]
Kremlin aide says Medvedev wants second term – report
[Reuters]
Gorbachev warns about Russia’s stability
[AP]
Croatian police issue arrest warrant for ex-PM
[AP]
Berlusconi battles back from brink in Italy
[AP]
Bankers’ bonuses to face limits in Europe
[BBC]

Americas
Haiti candidates move toward direct confrontation
[AP]
Palin to visit Haiti for humanitarian effort
[AP]
US cable: Cuba to be insolvent within 2-3 years
[AP]
Mexico police break Morelia drug gang blockade
[BBC]

Domestic
Making Sense of the 111th Congress as the End Nears
[NYT]
Pact Lifts Limits on Civilian Nuclear Projects With Russia
[NYT]
Senate delivers potentially fatal blow to ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ repeal efforts
[WaPo]
Obama, Bill Clinton to meet Friday
[WaPo]
2012 White House Hopefuls Watch and Wait
[WSJ]
Could a Democrat challenge Obama?
[WaPo]
Obama Directing Staff to Look at Options for U.S. Tax Overhaul
[Bloomberg]
Obama family lights the National Christmas Tree
[WaPo]

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Daily International News 11.29.10

November 29, 2010

Daily International News
November 29, 2010

WikiLeaks
NYT WikiLeaks Tranche Release
[NYT]

Leaked U.S. Cables Expose Tensions With China
[WSJ]
Iran May Have North Korean Missiles, WikiLeaks Shows
[Bloomberg]

WikiLeaks’ unveiling of secret State Department cables exposes U.S. spying
[WaPo]
Iran dismisses Wikileaks release
[BBC]
Israeli PM: Release of memos could hurt diplomacy
[AP]
US memos: Iran armed Hezbollah through ambulances
[AP]
Israel says Arabs agree on Iran threat
[AP]

Northeast Asia
South Korea Warns North Against New Attack
[NYT] and Lee Vows North Korea Will Pay as China Calls for Talks [Bloomberg]
SKorea cancels new artillery drill on tense island
[AP]

From 11/28 South Korea-US military exercises stoke tensions [BBC]
China seeks emergency meeting on Koreas
[LAT]

China’s North Korean Alliance Risks Alienating Trading Partners
[Bloomberg]
Chinese dissident released after 12-year jail term
[AP]
China AIDS death toll up nearly 20,000 in a year
[AFP]
Okinawa governor wins second term, demands U.S. base be moved out of prefecture
[Mainichi]

Southeast Asia
From 11/28 UN envoy: Myanmar must address criticism of polls [AP]
Thai court dismisses governing party funding case
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Transparency Int’l Alleges Pakistan Threats
[WSJ]
‘Islamist militants killed’ in Kyrgyzstan raid
[BBC]
From 11/28 ‘Afghan policeman’ kills six Nato troops [BBC]

Middle East
Tariq Aziz sentenced on crimes against Iraqi Kurds
[AP]
Bomb Kills Iranian Nuclear Scientist
[NYT]

Africa
Egyptians demonstrate after flawed elections
[AP]
From 11/28 Libya: Sudan president not to attend EU-AU summit [AP]
Somali pirates hijack Malaysian-flagged ship
[AP]

Europe
Spanish debt rate hits eight-year high
[AFP]
Pro-European alliance ahead in Moldova elections
[AP]

Americas
12 out of 17 Haiti presidential candidates denounce election fraud
[BBC]

Aztecas gang boss Gallegos ‘admits Mexico murders’
[BBC]
Brazilian forces seize large drugs haul in Rio favela
[BBC]
U.N. climate talks seek to bridge rich-poor divide
[Reuters]

Domestic
From 11/28 “Don’t Ask” Showdown Looms in Senate This Week [Time]
Obama to Freeze Pay for Most Federal Workers for 2 Years
[NYT]
From 11/28 Review calls for State Department to focus more on civilian response to conflict [WaPo]
Wal-Mart to buy 51 percent of South Africa company
[AP]

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Daily International News 07.29.10

July 29, 2010

Daily International News
July 29, 2010

Northeast Asia
North Korea to hold more talks with US
[AAP]
US watching for NKorea nuclear test
[Wash Times]
North Korea minister visits Burma amid nuclear fears
[BBC]
SKorean PM Chung resigns, hastening Lee’s cabinet reshuffle
[JoongAng Ilbo]
Japanese tanker probe eyes possible Persian Gulf collision
[AP]
Tiananmen dissident to seek re-entry to China
[Reuters]
Official: Water safe after chemical spill in China
[AP]

Central/SE Asia
Emergency ruled ended in six more Thailand provinces
[BBC]
U.S. Military Scrutinizes Leaks for Risks to Afghans
[NYT] and Military Probe Again Targets Manning [WSJ]
Local strongman is U.S. troops’ most reliable friend in Kandahar province
[WaPo]
2nd US Navy sailor’s body recovered in Afghanistan
[AP]
David Cameron defends ‘frank’ comments about Pakistan
[BBC]
Monsoon flooding kill 60, strand more in Pakistan
[AP]

Middle East
Arab League backs Palestinians on restarting talks
[AP]
Clinton “burning up phone lines” to Middle East
[Politico]
Militants kill 17 security forces across Iraq
[AP]
US seeking fuel-swap meeting with Iran
[J-Post]
Lawyer in Iran stoning case ‘missing’
[BBC]

Africa
AU Rejects Change to Somalia Mandate
[All Africa]
China and Rio Tinto complete Guinea mining deal
[BBC]
South African unions threaten to strike ‘in seven days’
[BBC]
DR Congo boat sinking ‘kills 140’
[BBC]

UK/Europe
Cameron ‘unsure of government’s form’ as he met Queen
[BBC]
UK fixed retirement age to be axed
[BBC]
Koh-i-Noor diamond ‘staying put’ in UK says Cameron
[BBC]
Russia grants more powers to KGB successor agency
[AP]
Greek police clash with hauliers amid crippling strike
[BBC]
Gruesome charges detailed against suspected Nazi
[AP]

Americas
Fidel Castro to Publish Book Account of His Revolutionary Youth
[Bloomberg]
Unasur set to address Venezuela’s rift with Colombia
[BBC]
Four Journalists Kidnapped in Mexico
[WSJ]
Guatemala tries Mexican massacre suspects
[BBC]

Domestic
Arizona Will Appeal Ruling on Immigration Law, Governor Says
[Bloomberg]
Majority of spilled oil in Gulf of Mexico unaccounted for in government data
[WaPo]
Obama, on ‘The View,’ Discusses the ‘Roses’ and ‘Thorns’ of the Presidency
[ABC]
Fallen Soldiers’ Families Denied Cash Payout as Insurers Profit
[Bloomberg]
Details of 100m Facebook users collected and published
[BBC]
Congress Rethinks Its Ban on Internet Gambling
[NYT]
Obama Speaks to Civil Rights Group on Education
[NYT]

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Daily International News 07.27.10

July 27, 2010

Daily International News
July 27, 2010

Northeast Asia
Wikileaks documents: N. Korea sold missiles to al-Qaeda, Taliban
[WaPo]
North Korean team slammed over World Cup failure
[Korea Herald]
Koreas mark truce, but drills underscore tensions
[AP]
Clinton comments, Korea drills roil US-China ties
[AP] and U.S. involvement will only complicate South China Sea issue [Xinhua]
China Three Gorges flooding set to peak
[BBC]
Move to Limit Cantonese on Chinese TV Is Assailed
[NYT]
Japan Panel to Propose Defense Policy Changes, Asahi Reports
[Bloomberg]

AfPak/Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan seeks $1bn in international aid pledges
[BBC]
WikiLeaks disclosures unlikely to change course of Afghanistan war
[WaPo]
Bin Laden among latest Wikileaks Afghan revelations
[BBC]
Afghanistan questions U.S. silence over Pakistan’s role
[Reuters]
NATO: 1 missing sailor killed in Afghanistan
[AP]

South/Southeast Asia
UK’s Cameron in India on mission to woo old ally
[AP]
Myanmar’s top military leader in India for talks
[AP] and Burma leader expects silence from India visit [BBC]
Convicted Khmer Rouge jailer Duch ‘will appeal’
[BBC]

Middle East [non-Iran related]
Audit: US can’t account for $8.7B in Iraqi funds
[AP]
Hamas leader says group considering Gaza draft
[AP]

Iran
Iran fuel imports nosedive as sanctions bite: source
[Reuters]
Iran ready to resume nuclear fuel swap talks
[Guardian]
Ahmadinejad says expects U.S. to attack MidEast soon
[Reuters]
Russia objects to EU Iran sanctions
[AP]
Germany must change for EU sanctions on Iran to have bite
[LAT]
Iran Air Force To Stage Weeklong Drill: Reports
[AFP]

Africa
UK to boost trade with Sudan despite rights concerns
[Reuters]
Group says suing UK over Congo conflict minerals
[Reuters]
African Union pledges to reinforce its Somalia force
[BBC]

Europe
EU Floats Serbia-Kosovo Talks Offer, Ratchets Up Iran Sanctions
[RFERL]
Serbia lawmakers vow never to recognize Kosovo
[AP]
Cameron ‘anger’ at slow pace of Turkish EU negotiations
[BBC]
PM Fillon says France “at war” with al Qaeda
[Reuters]
London celebrates 2-year countdown to 2012 Games
[AP]
Spain’s Catalonia expected to ban bullfights
[Reuters]

Americas/Domestic
Fugees singer Wyclef Jean could join Haiti’s presidential race
[Telegraph]
In Cuba, Revolution Day Without Castro at Podium
[NYT]
Arlington mismarked graves could be in the 1000s
[NYP]