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Daily International News 08.30.11

August 30, 2011

Daily International News
August 30, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
Yoshihiko Noda becomes Japan’s new prime minister
[BBC]
Japan’s new leader Noda sparks wariness in China
[AP]
Tokyo Electric to start Fukushima compensation in October
[Reuters]
Koreas
Suspected North Korean cyberattack on a bank raises fears for S. Korea, allies
[WaPo]
S. Korea replaces point man on N. Korea
[AFP]
WikiLeaks cable: Manila transit point for North Korean defectors
[ABC-CBN]
China/Taiwan
Bird flu deaths in Asia prompt call for scrutiny
[Reuters]
China’s air force to debut 2 new aerial teams
[AP]
China announces plans to boost secret detention powers
[Reuters]
Huntsman: China’s one-child policy causes instability and sex trafficking
[FP]
China Takes Aim at Rural Influx
[NYT]
Bank of America to sell shares in China’s CCB
[Al Jazeera]
China Central Bank Moves in Secret to Curb Lending
[WSJ]
19 China miners rescued after week, 3 more missing
[AP]
Taiwan’s prosecutor launches investigation into HIV-positive organ transplant case
[Xinhua]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Myanmar jails ex-army captain for dissent
[AP]

South/Central Asia
AP EXCLUSIVE: US-Taliban talks were making headway
[AP]
Rajiv Gandhi murder: Court stays hanging of plotters
[BBC]

Middle East
EU chief: UN bid ‘for Palestinians to decide’
[Al Jazeera]
Syrian protesters ‘killed’ after Eid prayers
[Al Jazeera]
Yemen’s Saleh commits to presidential elections: agency
[Reuters]
‘Al-Qaeda-linked fighters’ kill Yemen troops
[Al Jazeera]

Africa
Egyptians celebrate Eid without Mubarak, pray in Tahrir
[Reuters]
Libya rebel leaders give ultimatum to Gaddafi fighters
[BBC]
NTC seeks extradition of Qaddafi family from Algeria
[Al Jazeera]
Gaddafi to be handed over if he attempts to enter Algeria: media
[Xinhua]
NK yet to recognize Libya’s rebel NTC
[Korea Times]
Sudan sends complaint against South to U.N. Council
[Reuters]
Report: ‘Indiscriminate bombing’ in Sudan
[Al Jazeera]
Nigeria president vows more security after U.N. bomb
[Reuters]
Nigeria youths kill several Muslims during prayers
[Reuters]
Cholera outbreaks kill 46 in Nigeria’s north
[AP]
Dozens killed in Uganda landslides
[Al Jazeera]
South African Malema riots: Not in our name, say ANC
[Mail and Guardian]

Europe
French NATO jet collides with Lithuanian air force
[Reuters]
1 killed, 2 injured in shooting near Danish mosque
[AP]
Murdoch company puts other UK papers under review
[AP]
Spain lawmakers give first OK to deficit amendment
[AP]
Europe still can avoid double-dip recession: S&P
[Xinhua]

Americas
US scientists ‘knew Guatemala syphilis tests unethical’
[BBC]
Brazil to increase primary surplus and make room for cut in interest rates
[MercoPress]
Mexico arrests 5 linked to deadly casino attack
[Reuters]
Hugo Chavez tells supporters he’s beating cancer
[AP]
Chile acts against police over teen death
[Al Jazeera]

Domestic
Obama approval rating hits low mark
[POLITICO]
WikiLeaks Leaves Names of Diplomatic Sources in Cables
[NYT]
$30B wasted by DOD in Iraq, Afghanistan?
[POLITICO]
Former VP Cheney defends practice of waterboarding
[AP]
Republicans to Unveil Bill to Force Major Changes at the UN
[Bloomberg]
Muslim Americans say life is more difficult since 9/11
[WaPo]
U.S. Nuclear Operators Survey Damage, Boost Output After Irene
[Bloomberg]

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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 06.28.11

June 28, 2011

Daily International News
June 28, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
Japan utility behind damaged nuke plant apologizes
[AP]
Tepco gets to keep nuclear reactors despite shareholder ire
[Reuters]
Koreas
‘Kim to Russia’ Gathering Media Steam
[Daily NK]
North Korea shuts down universities for 10 months
[Telegraph]

North Korea slashes food rations: aid worker
[AFP]
China/Taiwan
Beijing seeks nearly $2 million from Ai Weiwei
[AP]

Top Chinese leaders to meet with Sudan’s Bashir
[Xinhua]
China stops short of backing warrant for Gadhafi
[AP]
Chinese premier urges redoubled efforts to promote China-Germany business ties
[Xinhua]
China insists on bilateral talks to resolve South China Sea disputes
[Xinhua]
South China Sea disputes could lead to Asian war – report
[Reuters]
China rejects US Senate criticism over sea dispute
[AP]
Ma says Taiwan’s US F-16 bid ‘not going smoothly’
[AP]

First group of individual tourists leaves mainland for Taiwan
[Xinhua]
Taiwan ex-leader gets green light for jail writing
[AFP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
U.S., Philippine navies kick off 11-day joint exercise
[Xinhua]
Khmer Rouge defendant challenges genocide tribunal
[AP]
Suu Kyi via video: Dropping non-violent protest is ‘possible’
[BBC]

Film star Yeoh ‘deported from Myanmar’
[Al Jazeera]

South/Central Asia
Afghan, NATO forces nab militant dressed as woman
[AP]
Afghanistan’s central bank chief quits
[Al Jazeera]

Middle East
Yemen president’s TV speech ‘after Thursday’
[Al Jazeera]

Hamas says Gaza ready to receive flotilla
[Xinhua]
Gaza flotilla ship ‘sabotaged by divers’
[Al Jazeera]
Iran test fires 14 missiles
[Xinhua]

Turkish parliament to open amid boycott
[Al Jazeera]

Africa
Egypt court orders local councils dissolved
[Al Jazeera]
Prosecutor presses inner circle on Gadhafi arrest
[AP]
Qaddafi Has Few Options as Indictment Limits Exile Destinations
[Bloomberg]
Fresh protests hit Senegal’s capital
[Al Jazeera]
Somali parliament approves new prime minister
[AP]

Europe
Protesters clash with riot police in Athens strike
[AP]
Berlusconi ally warns of government fall over austerity
[Reuters]
U.S. Endorses France’s Lagarde as New I.M.F. Chief
[NYT]
IMF could pick Lagarde as chief as soon as Tuesday
[AP]

Spain plans new reforms before legislature ends
[Reuters]
Russia to resume buying Dutch, Belgian vegetables
[AP]
Doctors vote against cutting UK abortion time limit from 24 to 20 weeks
[Guardian]

Domestic
W.H. mum on Dalai Lama meeting
[POLITICO]

Court Conservatives Prevail
[WSJ]
NY’s Gay Marriage Law May Give Economic Boon
[Bloomberg]
Michele Bachmann’s thin legislative résumé
[POLITICO]
Obama, Republicans Focus on Narrower Deal on U.S. Debt as Deadline Nears
[Bloomberg]
Los Alamos residents evacuate as wildfire approaches
[LA Times]
Gabrielle Giffords Appears With Mark Kelly for Spaceflight Medal Ceremony
[ABC]
Report: Anthony Weiner playing powerbroker
[POLITICO]

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Daily International News 06.27.11

June 27, 2011

Daily International News
June 27, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
Japan PM adds Cabinet jobs on tsunami, nuke crisis
[AP]
Japan trips in key effort to cool nuclear reactors
[Reuters]
Radioactive cesium from Fukushima expected to reach U.S. West Coast in 5 years
[Mainichi]
Tepco treats radioactive water at Fukushima plant
[BBC]
Koreas
Russia prepares for possible visit by North Korea’s Kim
[Reuters]
N. Korea to hold ‘Arirang’ mass games from Aug. 1
[Kyodo]
Seoul to send delegation to seized North Korea resort
[Reuters]
China
Kurt Campbell: China’s Military Expansion Raises Concerns in Asia-Pacific
[VOA]
China and Vietnam Agree to Talks on South China Sea Dispute
[NYT]
China activist Hu Jia under house arrest, wife says
[BBC]
UK PM signs China deals but urges respect for human rights
[BBC]
Sudan president’s arrival in China delayed
[AP]
China tests Beijing-Shanghai bullet train
[BBC]
US cable: China official, Taiwanese spy had affair
[AP]
Chinese immigrants in Paris say they’re being systematically attacked
[BBC]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Cambodia: First hearing ex-Khmer Rouge leaders’ trial
[BBC]
Japanese gov’t official arrives in Myanmar
[Kyodo]
Malaysian activists detained over banned rally
[BBC]
Philip Morris battles Australia on cigarette packaging
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Karzai accuses Pakistan of shelling
[Al Jazeera]
Pakistan expels British counter-terrorism trainers
[Reuters]
Pakistan’s Taliban vow attacks on West
[Reuters]
Gunmen kill senior Pakistani Taliban commander
[AP]

Middle East
Yemen’s Saleh to reappear as violence grips south
[Reuters]
Lebanon expects Hariri indictments soon
[Reuters]
Bahrain tries more medics accused in protests
[AP]
Iran parliament summons Ahmadinejad for questioning
[Reuters]
Israel drops threat to deport, ban journalists for covering flotilla
[AP]
Palestinians seek support for UN recognition
[AP]
Turkey police disperse pro-Kurdish protesters
[Al Jazeera]
Syria dissidents meet in Damascus to discuss transition
[BBC]

Africa
ICC issues Gaddafi arrest warrant
[Al Jazeera] 
Libya: Fierce fighting south-west of Tripoli
[BBC]
Somalia: Three Britons pardoned by president
[BBC]

Europe
Greek lawmakers poised to debate on austerity plan
[BBC]
Bill on Humane Slaughter Yields New Front for Muslim Tensions in Netherlands
[NYT]
E. coli death toll up to at least 47
[AP]
Knox trial: Convicted Ivorian to testify
[AP]

Americas
Hugo Chavez’s brother talks of armed struggle
[AP]

Domestic
Michele Bachmann stresses Iowa roots
[POLITICO]
New York City ‘I Do’ Campaign Woos Same-Sex Weddings After State Approval
[Bloomberg]
After N.Y. vote, Clinton talks to gays
[POLITICO]
Cops on trial over Katrina killings
[Al Jazeera]
LulzSec done after 50 days of hacks
[WaPo]
Obama Targets $72 Billion Business Tax Break
[Bloomberg]
Casey Anthony’s murder trial resumes in Fla.
[AP]

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Daily International News 06.06.11

June 6, 2011

Daily International News
June 6, 2011

Northeast Asia
China
China’s ’Worried’ Neighbors Question Pledges of Peace in South China Sea
[Bloomberg]
Chinese Defense Minister’s charm offensive falls flat
[FP]
China accuses Google of `political games’
[AP]

Li Na victory prompts calls for China sport reforms
[BBC]
Koreas
EU team to visit N. Korea to assess food situation
[Yonhap]

Gates: U.S. doesn’t want regime change in North
[JoongAng]
China’s Defense Minister Warns N. Korea Not to Take Any Risks
[Arirang]
N.Korea to set up economic zone on China border
[Straits Times]
5 North Korean defectors go to US to study and work
[Dong-A]

Brooking’s Pollack: N. Korea’s 3rd Nuke Test Likely to be HEU
[Arirang]
Japan
Pressure builds on Kan to resign
[FT]
Nintendo server attacked by hacking group Lulz Security
[BBC]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Indonesia cleric rejects ‘terror trial’
[Al Jazeera]
NZ quake: Christchurch hit by magnitude-5.0 aftershock
[BBC]
Ship sinks off Indonesia’s Borneo, 18 dead
[AP]
Australian climate scientists receive death threats
[Guardian]

South/Central Asia
Steeper Pullout Is Raised as Option for Afghanistan
[NYT]

US drone strikes kill 18 in Pakistan
[Al Jazeera]
Police end Indian yoga guru’s fast
[Al Jazeera]

Middle East
Tenuous truce in Yemen amid uncertainty
[Al Jazeera]
Yemen opposition backs power transfer to vice-president
[BBC]
Syria police ‘killed in ambush’ in Jisr al-Shughour
[BBC]

UN nuclear agency seeks results from Syria
[AP]
Iran’s women footballers banned from Olympics because of Islamic dress
[Guardian]
New data suggests Iran military link – U.N. atom chief
[Reuters]

Israel sees Syrian hand in Golan clashes, 23 dead
[Reuters]
Rivals rally ahead of crucial Turkey vote
[Al Jazeera]
5 U.S. troops killed in Iraq, military says
[CNN]
Bahraini doctors who treated protesters face trial
[AP]

Africa
Libyan ‘rape victim’ heads to US for refuge
[Al Jazeera]

Rebels ‘wrest town from Gaddafi forces’
[Al Jazeera]
NATO chief to push nations for more help on Libya
[AP]
Nigerian speaker Dimeji Bankole arrested
[Guardian]

Europe
Preliminary E. coli tests at German farm prove negative
[Deutsche Welle]
Portugal Decisively Ends Leftist Rule
[WSJ]
Greece starts austerity push as nation seethes
[Reuters]
Geithner May Back Lagarde at IMF
[Bloomberg]
French regulator bars ‘Follow us on Twitter’ on TV
[AP]
Drugmakers cut vaccine prices for poorer nations
[Reuters]

Americas/Domestic
Leftist Humala declares victory in Peru election
[Reuters]
Exclusive – Rick Santorum Will Run for President: ‘We’re In It to Win’
[ABC]

WaPo Opinion: Romney’s flawed view of freedom
[WaPo]
Dems see chance for payback in 2012
[POLITICO]
Among GOP, anti-tax orthodoxy runs deep
[WaPo]
Joe Biden’s group faces new hurdles
[POLITICO]
White House preps for Merkel’s Tuesday visit
[AP]
Woman in Weiner case slams media
[POLITICO]
Strauss-Kahn pleads not guilty to sex charges
[Reuters]

Slowing U.S. Growth Prompts Optimists to Question Durability of Recovery
[Bloomberg]
Arizona Wallow Fire ‘uncontained’ and growing
[BBC]
Steve Jobs breaks medical leave to show off Apple’s iCloud
[Guardian]

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Daily International News 03.28.11

March 28, 2011

Daily International News
March 28, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
High-level radiation detected in trench outside Fukushima reactor building [Kyodo]
Ocean Spill Feared as Toxic Water Rises [WSJ]
U.S. helps clear vital Japan harbor [TWT]
China
UN asks China to release missing rights lawyer [AP]
In China, microblogging sites become free-speech platform [WaPo]
Amnesty: China and US among top punishers but death penalty in decline [Guardian]
Tibet marks 52nd anniversary of serfs’ emancipation, steers into faster growth [Xinhua]
Attempts to jeopardize Tibet’s stability, development are doomed to failure: official [Xinhua]
Koreas
N. Korean economic delegation arrives in New York [Yonhap]
North Korea’s Top Lawmaker Choe Leaves Pyongyang for U.K. Visit, KCNA Says [Bloomberg]
DPRK denounces UN human rights resolution [Xinhua]
S. Korean FM leaves for China for talks [Xinhua]
Seoul to shut problematic nuclear reactors after month-long tests [Yonhap]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Philippines to bolster watch in disputed Spratlys [AP]
Khmer Rouge jailer Duch appeals against conviction [BBC]

South/Central Asia
Cricket Diplomacy at World Cup May Smooth Tension Between India, Pakistan [Bloomberg]
Taliban claims to have kidnapped 50 Afghan police [TWT]
At Least 20 Deaths in Afghan suicide blast [Al Jazeera]
India wild tiger census shows population rise [BBC]

Middle East
Syria protests: Army on Latakia streets after 12 killed [BBC]
Yemen transfer talks stalled but deal within reach [Reuters]
Bahrain denies Kuwait to mediate in political crisis [Reuters]
Israel deploys new anti-missile system [WaPo]

Africa
Sunday shows: Clinton, Gates see success in Libya [TWT]
Libya raids hit Gaddafi hometown [BBC]
Libyan Rebel Gains Could Be Fleeting, U.S. Military Says [NYT]
Turkey offers to broker Libya ceasefire as rebels advance on Sirte [Guardian]
Egypt confirms legislative election in September [Reuters]
Egypt to lift emergency laws before September vote [AP]
Rumsfeld worries Brotherhood will hijack Egyptian revolution [TWT]
Ouattara Rejects New Ivory Coast Mediator [VOA]

Europe
UK austerity protest violence: 149 people charged [Guardian]
Merkel’s coalition digests painful election defeat [AP]
Italy PM Berlusconi in court for fraud trial [Reuters]

Americas
Israel asking Argentina if it stopped inquiry into Jewish centre bombings to appease Iran [CA]
Alan Gross likely focus of Carter Cuba trip [Reuters]
Honduras drops arrest warrants for ousted Manuel Zelaya [BBC]
Obama freezes out Chavez, while Iran comes courting [TWT]
Napolitano’s comments on border ‘wrong’ [TWT]

Domestic
Opinion: Obama failing as commander in chief [POLITICO]
Obama to Lay out His Case on Libya to Nation [ABC]
Obama rewarding local stations in battleground states with biggest ‘get’ in TV news [WaPo]
Opinion: Nuclear Crisis: It Could Happen Here [NYT]
The Republicans’ Hispanic problem [WaPo]
Fiscal Showdown Looms in Capitol [WSJ]
Wal-Mart Asks Supreme Court Not to Apply Class Action Lawsuit [WaPo]

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Daily International News 02.23.11

February 23, 2011

Daily International News
February 23, 2011

‘Jasmine Revolutions’ – North Africa
Libya: Ex-official kidnapped; interior minister said he resigned
[CNN]

Libya crew abort bombing mission on Benghazi: report
[Reuters]
Sarkozy becomes first to urge sanctions against Libya
[FT]

Report: Ex-minister says Gadhafi ordered Lockerbie
[AP] Original article – “Khadaffi gav order om Lockerbie-attentatet” [Expressen]
Italian Energy Company Suspends Gas Pipeline to Libya
[NYT]
Background: Economist’s Mapping the Arab World
From 02/22 Algeria’s state of emergency to be lifted ‘imminently’ [BBC]
Banks Scrutinize Tunisian Ben Ali Regimes’ Assets
[WSJ]
Egypt’s cabinet, under attack, meets for first time
[Reuters]
Middle East
Saudi king announces new benefits
[Al Jazeera]
Bahrain releases prisoners as king leaves country on trip
[CNN]
First Protester Deaths at Yemen Rally
[WSJ]

Northeast Asia
China/HK
Four face execution for killings in China’s Xinjiang
[BBC]
China detains citizens who spread call to protest
[AP]

‘Poisoned’ Chinese workers turn to Apple for help
[BBC]
Hong Kong grows at 6.8% in 2010 helped by Chinese money
[BBC]
Koreas
N. Korea accuses S. Korea of provoking Nov. attack on border island
[Yonhap]
SKorea, China worry over NKorea’s nuclear program
[AP]
Japan
Pakistani president asks Kan for same nuke cooperation deal given India
[Mainichi]
Pressure on Japan PM grows as MP leaves govt post
[Reuters]

South/Central/SE Asia/Pacific
US talks with Myanmar’s Suu Kyi about aid
[AP]

New Zealand police warn of rising death toll
[FT]
Thousands protest against high food prices in Delhi
[BBC]

Middle East
Israel to Europe: Iran ships augur nuclear spread
[Reuters]
Israeli tanks strike Gaza after mortar attack
[AP]

Africa
Gbagbo loyalists killed in Ivory Coast ambush
[Reuters]

Coptic Christian priest killed in southern Egypt
[AP]

Europe
Greeks return to the streets to protest austerity cuts
[Deutsche Welle]
From 02/22 Thachi re-elected Kosovo PM despite organ controversy’ [BBC]
London Mayor Boris Johnson accused of ‘barefaced lies’ over police numbers
[Guardian]

Americas
More than 11,000 migrants kidnapped in Mexico
[AP]
Mexico economic growth hits 10-year high
[BBC]
Brazil sues ex-president, ex-minister over letters
[CNN]

Domestic
Obama Said Likely to Name NSC’s Shapiro as Ambassador to Israel
[Bloomberg]
Thousands March on State Capitols as Union Fight Spreads
[NYT]
From 02/22 Rahm Emanuel elected Chicago mayor, avoids April runoff with majority of vote [WaPo]
U.S. big surfing contest wipes out, no waves
[Reuters]
Christine O’Donnell ponders ‘Dancing With the Stars’ gig
[WaPo]