Posts Tagged ‘bahrain’

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Daily International News 09.30.11

September 30, 2011

Daily International News
September 30, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
Japan lifts some nuclear evacuation advisories
[AP]
Japan’s answer to next tsunami: mini-Noah’s Ark
[AP]
Koreas
S. Korea Ruling Party Head Calls for Flexible Policy on Visit to DPRK
[Bloomberg]
Ban urges more help for North Korea
[UPI]
NKorean leader’s grandson joins Bosnia school
[AP]
N. Korean, Russian vice foreign ministers hold talks
[Yonhap]
South Korea to launch campaign promoting benefits of reuniting with North
[Stars & Stripes]
China/Taiwan
Chinese Stocks Plummet on News of Justice Department Inquiry
[NYT]
AP EXCLUSIVE: US scientist trapped in China
[AP]
Russian PM to visit China in mid-October
[Xinhua]
Taiwan professor accused of spying for China
[AP]
‘America the Beautiful’ accompanies China launch
[AP] 
China denies int’l baby trafficking reports
[AP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
New Zealand Suffers Double Ratings Downgrade
[NYT]
Burma dam: Work halted on divisive Myitsone project
[BBC]
Asia reels from floods as storm whacks Vietnam
[AP]
Philippine immigrant maid wins landmark Hong Kong case
[BBC]
Sri Lanka releases 1,800 former Tamil rebels
[AP]

South/Central Asia
NATO presses Pakistan on ‘terrorist’ safe havens
[AFP]
Pakistani Politicians Reject Mullen’s Charges
[NYT]
Telangana: India new state protest enters 18th day
[BBC]

Middle East
US strike kills American al-Qaida cleric in Yemen [AP]
Blast outside paramilitary building in southern Turkey – media [Reuters]
Iran’s hosting of Taliban reflects desire for greater role
[WaPo]
Abbas to tour for more support for statehood bid
[Xinhua]
Syrians protest as army and defectors clash
[Reuters]
Yemeni president sets new conditions to quit
[Al Jazeera]
U.N. condemns Bahrain over jail terms for doctors
[Reuters]

Africa
Libyan fighters seize Sirte airport
[Al Jazeera] 
McCain head Senate delegation to Tripoli
[NYT]
Italian FM in first visit to post-Gadhafi Libya
[AP]
U.N. court acquits two ex Rwandan ministers of genocide
[Reuters]
Kenya’s Kenyatta at Hague, blames Odinga
[Reuters]
Somali Shebab fighters attack border town
[AFP]

Europe
Russia’s Medvedev defends Putin swap plan
[Reuters]
Ukraine ex-PM Tymoshenko’s trial adjourned to October 11
[Reuters]
US fugitive wants to serve time in Portugal
[AP]
NATO troops raid Serb barricade in Kosovo’s north
[Reuters]

Americas
Ecuador’s Correa says opposition, US groups behind last year’s coup attempt
[McClatchy]
Hugo Chavez denies media reports of health emergency
[BBC]
Education reform debate begins in Chile while angry students clash with riot police
[MercoPress]

Domestic
On Solyndra, the buck stops with Secretary Steven Chu
[POLITICO]
Obama administration widens challenges to state immigration laws
[WaPo]
Jon Huntsman moves his campaign headquarters to New Hampshire
[WaPo]
Herman Cain: The GOP’s next big thing?
[WaPo]

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Daily International News 09.28.11

September 28, 2011

Daily International News
September 28, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
DPJ divided over whether to resume operations at nuclear power plants, build new facilities
[Mainichi]
Koreas
North Korea ‘Intent’ on Engaging in Proliferation, Treasury Undersec. Says
[Bloomberg]
North Korea unlikely to give up nuclear arms, outgoing British ambassador says
[Telegraph]
N. Korean vice FM urges U.S. be more proactive for talks
[Yonhap]
Kim Jong Un marks 1 year as N. Korea heir, ranking up to 3rd
[Kyodo]
Scott Snyder: DPRK-China Ties Discourage Reform
[Atlantic]
Russia Wary of Guaranteeing Pipeline Through N.Korea
[Chosun]
SKorean military hit by 2,770 hacking attempts
[AP]
China/Taiwan
China currency vote puts pressure on White House
[POLITICO]
China opposes attempts to internationalize South China Sea disputes
[Xinhua]
China: Taiwan arms sale will disrupt US exchanges
[AP]
Taiwan’s Soong: Beijing does not want me to run
[AP]
In Taiwan military, Chinese spy stirs unease
[WaPo]
News conference held on China’s first space-docking procedure
[Xinhua]
US urges China on Tibetan rights after monks’ protest
[BBC]
China authorities under fire after subway crash
[Reuters]

South/Central Asia
Adm. Mullen’s words on Pakistan come under scrutiny
[WaPo]
UN: Clashes, bombings on rise in Afghanistan
[AP]

Middle East
U.N. committee to take up Palestinian bid Friday
[POLITICO]
Europe and US condemn Israel settlement plans
[Al Jazeera]
Yemenis protest again, tribesmen shoot down plane
[Reuters]
Bahrain upholds life sentences for Shia activists
[BBC]
West drops immediate Syria sanctions demand at UN
[Al Jazeera]
Nuclear engineer assassinated in central Syria
[AP] 
Kurdish lawmakers end boycott of Turkish parliament
[AP]

Africa
Egypt sentences former information minister
[Al Jazeera]
Libya’s NTC thinks Gaddafi hiding near Algeria
[Reuters]
Anti-Gadhafi commander killed in loyalist bastion
[AP]
Deadly crackdown on protests in Guinea
[Al Jazeera]
UN reports gains in fight against Somalia’s famine
[AP] 
France rejects Rwanda’s Habyarimana extradition bid
[BBC]

Europe
Russia’s Putin faces warnings of crisis
[Reuters]
Ukraine ex-premier’s lawyer asks court to free her
[AP]
Kosovo-Serbia talks off after renewed clashes
[BBC]
NATO reinforces tense Kosovo border crossing
[Reuters]
Irish presidency election: nominations to close
[BBC]
Shrien Dewani’s South Africa extradition approved by UK home sec.
[BBC]
Amanda Knox cautious about appeal verdict, sister says
[BBC]
Expanded Euro Bailout Fund Clears Hurdle
[NYT]
Barroso: Greece will remain in the eurozone
[Al Jazeera]

Americas
Five severed heads left outside Mexican school
[BBC]
More resignations over Bolivia road row
[Al Jazeera]
Chile students agree to education reform talks
[BBC]

Domestic
US fugitive hijacker caught after 41 years
[Al Jazeera]
Supercommittee operating in secret
[POLITICO]
US tries to block release of bin Laden images
[Al Jazeera]
Defiant Team Perry’s plan: Hit harder
[POLITICO]
Christie Again Rebuffs Pleas For Presidential Run
[TPM]
Michael Moore likes Jon Huntsman 2012: From the Dept. of Unhelpful Praise
[POLITICO]
Amazon’s Kindle Fire tabled unveiled (live blog)
[WaPo]
Deaths in US listeria outbreak
[Al Jazeera]
E. coli scare prompts Tyson to recall ground beef
[AP]

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Daily International News 09.01.11

September 1, 2011

Happy September!!

Daily International News
September 1, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
AP-GfK Poll: Japanese distrust govt after disaster
[AP]
Tokyo roads blocked in earthquake drill
[BBC]
Koreas
Condoleezza Rice rejects Cheney’s ‘attack on my integrity’ re: North Korea
[Reuters]
Exclusive: Obama moves to sell Northrop drones to South Korea
[Reuters]
Iran: Parliament speaker to visit North Korea
[AP]
N.Korea, Russia consider naval cooperation
[UPI]
North Korea to rent farm land in Russia’s Far East
[Ria Novosti]
N. Korea replaces head of inter-Korean industrial complex: sources
[Yonhap]
S Korea inflation at three-year high on food price jump
[BBC]
Sarah Palin set to attend South Korea forum
[AP]
China
Joint statement of the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of the Philippines
[Xinhua]
China reschedules launch of unmanned space module
[Xinhua]
Hong Kong worries about China’s tightening grip
[AP]
Apple defends itself after pollution allegations
[BBC]
Iran irked by errors in Qurans from China
[AP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Sri Lanka imposes new anti-terrorism measures
[Al Jazeera]
Australian PM Julia Gillard hits out at asylum ruling
[BBC]
Myanmar Soccer Fans Given Freedom of Raucous Speech
[NYT]
World War II bomb kills 7 people in west Myanmar
[AP]

South/Central Asia
Kashmir border deaths spark India and Pakistan row
[BBC]
Indian activist Anna Hazare returns home after fast
[BBC]
Pakistan ‘incapable’ of prosecuting terror suspects
[Telegraph]

Middle East
Israel arrests Hamas leader in West Bank
[AP]
EU split on Palestinian push for recognition
[AP]
Iraq: US troops’ first fatality-free month since 2003
[BBC]
Syria unrest: Hama legal chief Bakkour ‘resigns over killings’
[BBC]
Bahrain tensions grow amid stronger protest calls
[AP]
Yemen: 30 al-Qaida suspects die in US airstrikes
[AP]

Africa
Russia Recognizes Libya Rebels as World Leaders Meet in Paris
[NYT]
Son Denies Rebels’ Claim That Qaddafi Is Cornered
[NYT]
China top paper warns West to let U.N. lead in Libya
[Reuters]
Sudan rebels say Khartoum using food as a weapon
[Reuters]
Faure Gnassingbe: Togo leader’s brothers ‘plotted coup’
[BBC]
High-profile Kenya suspects face ICC hearing
[Al Jazeera]
Congo police tear gas hundreds at election demo
[Reuters]

Europe
Guardian denies allegation in WikiLeaks statement that journalist disclosed passwords to archive
[Guardian]
French Socialists uneasy as Strauss-Kahn to return
[Reuters]
Art fraud trial begins in Germany
[BBC]

Americas
Jamaica drug lord ‘Dudus’ Coke admits racketeering
[BBC]
Bill Clinton aide named as Haiti’s 3rd pick for PM
[AP]

Domestic
US court case reveals CIA rendition details
[BBC]
Obama Resolves Dispute With Boehner by Delaying His Jobs Speech by One Day
[Bloomberg]
Klein: Expect Obama Speech to Yield No Action
[Bloomberg]
Biden’s claim that the GOP will ‘eliminate’ Medicare
[WaPo]
Christine O’Donnell Takes To Twitter After Tea Party Rejection
[TPM]
As water recedes, cleanup begins across Northeast
[AP]
Obama declares New Jersey ‘a disaster area’
[Al Jazeera]
AT&T Lawsuit Marks U.S. ‘Line in the Sand’ for Telecoms
[Bloomberg]

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Daily International News 08.31.11

August 31, 2011

Daily International News
August 31, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
View: Japan Needs an Arab Spring
[Bloomberg]
New leadership of Japan’s ruling party under Noda launched
[Mainichi]
N. Korea urges new Japan leader to take action to improve ties
[Kyodo]
1 Japanese firm makes Forbes list of top 200 Asian SMES
[Kyodo]
Koreas
NKorea launches tours from China, snubbing SKorea
[AP]
Ultimate Frisbee lands in North Korea
[AP]
China, Russia rush to rebuild North Korea’s transport links
[Reuters]
S. Korean new unification minister vows “flexible” approach to DPRK
[Xinhua]
China
China says attacks thwarted as Pakistan president visits Xinjiang for Western expo
[Reuters]
China’s three new types of fighters conduct test flights
[Xinhua]
Tibetan monks get stiff prison terms in burning death
[LAT]
Aquino tells Hu S. China Sea dispute not just bilateral problem
[Kyodo]
Philippine leader urges China to boost investment
[AP]
China’s Wen says controlling inflation still goal
[AP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Philippines slams ex-US envoy over cable remarks
[AP]
Australian Court Rejects Refugee Exchange Deal
[NYT]
Melbourne is world’s ‘most livable city’
[Al Jazeera]

South/Central Asia
British minister’s gaffe reveals position on Afghanistan
[CNN]
Suicide bomber kills 11 in Pakistan
[CNN]

Middle East
Israeli Amb.: Palestinian statehood vote could end all PA agreements with Israel and the U.S.
[FP]
Syrian troops raid Hama homes, residents say
[Reuters]
Bahrain activists blame police in boy’s death
[AP]

Africa
Libyans mark feast without Gaddafi, but war not over
[Reuters]
EU set to relax Libya sanctions
[AP]
Qaddafi Loyalists Reject Rebel Ultimatum
[NYT]
Libya conflict: Zimbabwe expels envoy Taher Elmagrahi
[BBC]
South Sudan denies backing South Kordofan rebels
[Reuters]
Nigeria says al Qaeda-linked man behind bomb on U.N.
[Reuters]
Flooding leaves 98 dead in southwest Nigeria
[Al Jazeera]
In Reversal, Hearing for Zuma Rival to Continue in Johannesburg
[NYT]
U.N. climate boss says Durban talks can deliver
[Reuters]

Europe
WikiLeaks says website was target of cyber attack
[Reuters]
Kosovan confesses to shooting U.S. airmen in Germany
[Reuters]
Exxon Reaches Arctic Oil Deal With Russians
[NYT]
Police Raid BP Offices in Moscow
[NYT]
Deadly explosions rip through Chechen capital
[Al Jazeera]
Portugal plans biggest cuts in 50 years
[FT]
Alistair Darling memoir to reveal rifts with ‘brutal’ Gordon Brown
[Guardian]
UK riots inquiry panel named by Nick Clegg
[Guardian]
London riots: Boy, 11, sentenced over bin theft in Romford
[BBC]
Notting Hill Carnival: Teenager charged over stabbing
[BBC]

Americas
US officials quit over Mexico gun flow probe
[BBC]
Bolivia officers convicted over 2003 massacre
[Al Jazeera]

Domestic
Perry Less Likely Than Romney to Beat Obama in 2012, Poll Shows
[Bloomberg]
Huntsman to offer tax, trade plan to create jobs
[AP]
Christine O’Donnell Re-Invited To Iowa Tea Party Rally Featuring Sarah Palin
[TPM]
Why The Super Committee’s New Tax Expert Could Be Key To Its Success
[TPM]
Colin Powell versus Dick Cheney
[WaPo]
Obama to Press Congress on Extending U.S. Transportation Funding
[Bloomberg]
Minorities become a majority in Washington region
[WaPo]
Glenn Beck: Is The Term ‘Colored’ Really Such A Bad Thing?
[TPM]
Maya Angelou says King memorial inscription makes him look ‘arrogant’
[WaPo]
Affidavits of Peace Corps volunteers tell stories of assault and frustration
[WaPo]
Pay for CEOs Tops Company Tax Burdens
[NYT]
Hurricane Cost Seen as Ranking Among Top Ten
[NYT]
Aid Workers Reach Vermont Towns Cut Off by Floodwaters
[NYT]

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Daily International News 08.16.11

August 16, 2011

Daily International News
August 16, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
Hurdles must be overcome before DPJ forms grand coalition
[Mainichi]
Koreas
US, SKorea begin war drills aimed at NKorea
[AP]
Canada tightens sanctions against North Korea
[Reuters]
N. Korea installs CCTV cameras near border with China to thwart defections
[Yonhap]
Seoul says OK to have troops on disputed isles, takes issue with Noda
[Kyodo]
School’s out for S Korean kids
[Al Jazeera]
China
China launches 2-month Xinjiang terror crackdown
[AP]
Protest Over Chemical Plant Shows Growing Pressure on China From Citizens
[NYT]
Visiting Vice Premier Li Keqiang meets Hong Kong Chief Executive
[Xinhua]
Railways ministry spokesman Wang Yongping dismissed from office: ministry
[Xinhua]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Qantas to slash 1,000 jobs, start new Asia airline
[AP]
FBI arrests man over ‘collar bomb’ hoax
[Al Jazeera]
Australia carbon tax protest targets Julia Gillard
[BBC]
‘Toxic chemical link’ to Thailand hotel deaths
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Indian anti-graft activist arrested as protests spread
[Reuters]
Gunman kills Afghan woman working for government
[AP]
Nepal’s two major parties announce candidates for prime minister
[Kyodo]

Middle East
Abbas confirms to make U.N. statehood bid in September
[Reuters]
Israeli air strikes hit Gaza Strip
[Al Jazeera]
Gunfire in Syrian coastal city; 35 dead in 4 days
[AP]
Bahrain rights body shuts doors after protest crowd
[Reuters]
Egypt Deploys Soldiers to North Sinai
[NYT]
7 pulled from Iraqi mosque, killed execution-style
[AP]

Africa
Gaddafi forces fire Scud missile – U.S. official
[Reuters]
UN probing theft of Somalia food aid
[Al Jazeera]
South Sudan offers Somalia African Union troops
[BBC]
Guinea’s President Conde pardons jailed activists
[BBC]
Eritrean leader Afewerki in ‘peace trip’ to Uganda
[BBC]
Zimbabwe “kingmaker” general killed in fire
[Reuters]

Europe
Statoil announces huge North Sea oil discovery
[AP]
Top Tabloid Editors Endorsed Hacking, Letter Says
[NYT]
Britain Charges 16-Year-Old with Murder in Riots
[NYT]
German economic slowdown raises fresh eurozone fears
[Guardian]
Merkel, Sarkozy meet as euro economy stalls
[AP]

Americas
El Salvador’s gangs join drugs trade
[Al Jazeera]
Bolivians march against development plan
[Al Jazeera]
Canadian armed forces to be ‘royal’ once again
[BBC]

Domestic
Fitch affirms U.S. at AAA, outlook stable
[Reuters]
Supercommittee runs risk of turf war
[POLITICO]
U.S. ambassador to Brazil called back to oversee the Foreign Service
[FP]
Poll: 13 percent approve of Congress
[POLITICO]
Can’t miss: Top stops on 2012 trail
[POLITICO]
Perry Says Bernanke Spending Before Election Would Be ‘Almost Treasonous’
[Bloomberg]
Pawlenty’s Top NH Aide Joins Huntsman
[TPM]
Sarah Palin tour comes to abrupt halt
[POLITICO]
Clinton Fundraisers Step Up to Fill Obama Re-Election Account
[Bloomberg]
On mortgage rates, Obama wants proposal for how government can keep big role
[WaPo]
Today: The Last Two Wisconsin Recalls (For Now)
[TPM]

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Daily International News 08.04.11

August 4, 2011

Daily International News
August 4, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
Japan to sack top officials over nuclear disaster
[Reuters]
Japan government and central bank intervene to cut yen
[BBC]
Koreas
N. Korea’s Kim meets Chinese vice minister after U.S. trip
[Kyodo]

N. Korea picks US firm for resort tours: report
[AFP]
South Korea rejects North request for building materials in aid
[Reuters]

North Korean hackers hired to attack South Korea game network
[Reuters]
North Korea denounces South over espionage arrests, says spying accusations are fabricated
[AP]
China
Chinese warships visit NKorea on goodwill visit
[AP]

China angered by Japan’s defence paper warnings
[BBC]
China’s submersible Jiaolong completes test dive mission
[Xinhua]

Taiwan puts diplomatic support behind South China Sea research
[Focus Taiwan]
China arrests 2,000 people in food safety crackdown
[BBC]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Australia bomb hoax ‘was extortion attempt’
[BBC]
Yingluck Shinawatra to become Thailand’s 1st female premier Fri.
[Kyodo]

South/Central Asia
Taliban Hint at Interest in Negotiated Settlement
[NYT]

Afghan official dies in blast; 2 NATO troops killed in attacks
[CNN]
India’s Gandhi to undergo surgery abroad
[Reuters]

Middle East
UN Peacekeeping Efforts Hit by Economic Distress, Arab Unrest
[Bloomberg]
Syria’s Assad decrees multi-party system
[Al Jazeera]

Casting Aside World Criticism, Syria Invades Town
[NYT]
AP Interview: Iran envoy sees release for 2 US men
[AP]

Iran’s parliament approves new oil minister
[Al Jazeera]
Arab League discusses Palestinian statehood
[Al Jazeera]
Israeli protesters reject new housing bill
[Al Jazeera]
Bahrain admits raid on international medical group
[AP]

Turkey appoints military heads after shock resignations
[BBC]

Africa
Egypt resumes trials of former officials
[Al Jazeera]
Libya Allying With Islamists, Qaddafi Son Says
[NYT]
British hostage “al Qaeda” video being checked [Reuters]
Nigeria Ogoniland oil spills: UN to release report
[BBC]
Somalia famine summit postponed
[Al Jazeera]
US: 29,000 Somali children under 5 dead in famine
[AP]

Europe
New IMF head Christine Lagarde faces finance deal probe
[BBC]

UK seizes record cocaine haul
[Al Jazeera]
Polish president sets Oct. 9 as election date
[AP]
Debt crisis in Europe: Worries grow of spread to larger economies of Italy, Spain
[WaPo]

Americas
France orders Noriega’s extradition to Panama
[CNN]
Haitians anxious as Tropical Storm Emily nears
[LAT]

Domestic
Threatened Defense Cuts Could Be 2012 Issue
[Bloomberg]
Jon Huntsman 2012 campaign: Inside the ‘drama’
[POLITICO]
Trade agreements to be voted on after August recess
[POLITICO]

Debt-limit deal triggers lobbying campaign from health-care and defense industries
[WaPo]
Democrats, Republicans blame each other for FAA shutdown; no end in sight
[WaPo]
Pressured by White House, Treasury Secretary Is Expected to Stay at Post
[NYT]
Rep. David Wu Formally Resigns From House
[TPM]

US judge allows army veteran to sue Rumsfeld
[Al Jazeera]
Cargill Recalls Ground Turkey Linked to Outbreak
[NYT]

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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]