Posts Tagged ‘barack obama’

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Daily International News 06.07.10

June 7, 2010

Daily International News
June 7, 2010

Northeast Asia
North Korea promotes Kim relative in reshuffle
[AP]
Changes in China Could Raise Prices Worldwide
[NYT]
NKorean leader’s son gives interview
[AP]
Japan’s new PM prepares leadership line-up
[BBC]
Barack Obama greets new Japanese leader Naoto Kan
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Karzai defends removal of Afghan security chiefs
[AP]
Indian court convicts 7 in Bhopal gas tragedy
[AP]
Senior official leaves Kyrgyzstan government
[BBC]

Middle East [Flotilla Related]
Biden says US seeking new ways to address Gaza crisis
[BBC]
Iran Red Crescent to send three aid ships to Gaza
[AFP]
Israel Ambassador Rejects Flotilla Clash Inquiry
[NYT]
Turkey’s foreign policy moves raise concern in West and at home
[WaPo]

Middle East [non-flotilla related]
Yemen arrests 50 foreigners, clashes hit south
[Reuters]
IAEA chief: Iran ‘s nuclear program special case
[AP]
Car bombs, gunmen kill 10 in Iraq attacks
[AP]

Africa
EU to keep Madagascar aid block
[BBC]
Soccer Fans Stampede Outside South African Stadium
[WSJ]
DR Congo suspends police chief over Chebeya death
[BBC]

EU
Lesbian couple weds in Portugal’s 1st gay marriage
[AP]
Sarkozy, Merkel meet amid rifts on economy
[AFP]

Americas/Domestic
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton begins second trip to Latinamerica
[MercoPress]
New oil plume evidence uncovered
[CNN]
BP says it sees some progress in capping gulf well, collecting oil
[WaPo]
Stars band together to protest Arizona law
[WaPo]
New Jersey men arrested are latest from U.S. tied to terrorist groups
[WaPo]

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Daily International News 05.24.10

May 24, 2010

Daily International News
May 24, 2010

Cheonan/NK News
Japan to seek to punish N. Korea over sinking of S. Korean vessel
[Kyodo]
Clinton backs South Korea’s crackdown on North Korea over sinking of Cheonan warship
[WaPo]
South Korea Cuts Trade With North, U.S. Supports
[NYT]
N. Korea threatens to fire at S. Korean propaganda equipment
[Yonhap]
Op-Ed Don’t let North Korea go unpunished for attack [Korea Times]
U.S. Presses China to Punish North Korea for Ship
[NYT]

Northeast Asia (non-NK related)
Japan Relents on U.S. Base on Okinawa
[NYT]
Korean tension a factor in Japan base decision
[AP]
Clinton and Geithner Face Hurdles in China Talks
[NYT]
China holds door open a crack to U.S. on yuan
[Reuters]

South/Southeast Asia
India PM: ‘Major effort’ in Indo-Pakistan talks
[AP]
Pakistan court hears constitutional challenges
[BBC]
Opposition moves to impeach Thai PM; curfew stays [AP]

Middle East
Peres Ties Mideast Peace Deal to Iran
[WSJ]
Israel to ease West Bank movement restrictions
[AP]
Israel’s Peres denies offering South Africa nukes
[AP]
Australia expels Israeli diplomat over Dubai killing
[BBC]
Iran notifies IAEA over atomic deal
[Al-Jazeera]
Lebanese PM to discuss Mideast tension with Obama
[AP]
‘American couple kidnapped by tribesmen’ in Yemen
[BBC]

Africa
Ethiopia monitors to probe fraud claims in ‘calm poll’
[BBC]
Militants fire mortars at Somali president’s palace
[BBC]

Europe
Dutchess of York Sarah Ferguson offers access to ex-husband for cash on video
[WaPo]
Britain bans doctor who linked autism to vaccine
[AP]
Osborne announces £6.2bn cuts
[FT]
US deploys missiles to Poland to train NATO ally
[AP]

Americas/Domestic
Jamaica declares emergency in capital after attacks
[Reuters]
Driver shot on B-W Parkway in Md.
[WaPo]
Despite Moratorium, Drilling Projects Move Ahead
[NYT]
BP executive defends his company’s response to Gulf oil spill
[CNN]
As Reform Takes Shape, Some Relief on Wall St.
[NYT]
Eric Massa and Suicidal Thoughts
[Esquire]

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Daily International News 03.16.10

March 16, 2010

Daily International News
March 16, 2010

China
Chinese premier, British foreign secretary underline free trade
[Xinhua]
China criticizes US pressure over currency
[AP] and Senate bill threatens stiff new penalties on China [Reuters]
China without Google: ‘a lose-lose scenario’
[AP] and Foreign investment environment won’t be affected in China if Google quits: FM spokesman [Xinhua]
China shows no sign of budging on Iran sanctions
[AP] and China more concerned about Iran, wary on sanctions [Reuters]
Mystery of missing Chinese lawyer Gao Zhisheng deepens
[BBC]

Israel/Palestine
US envoy cancels Mideast trip, Israel feud deepens
[AP] and U.S. pushing Netanyahu to accept demands for peace talks [WaPo]
Netanyahu affirms settlement project that U.S. considers ‘affront’
[Miami Herald]
Hundreds of Palestinians riot in Jerusalem
[AFP]
Israeli FM reportedly boycotts Brazil’s President Lula
[BBC] and Mercosur/Israel free trade agreement becomes effective April [MercoPress]

(Other) Middle East
Iran Plans to Execute 6 Arrested in Protests
[NYT]
Eight dead, 11 wounded in Iraq bomb attacks
[Reuters]
Yemen says militants died in raid
[BBC]

Central/South Asia
U.S. Is Reining In Special Forces in Afghanistan
[NYT]
U.S. missile strike kills 10 militants in Pakistan
[Reuters]
Gunbattle erupts at Indian space centre in Bangalore
[Reuters]
Sri Lankan opposition leader faces court-martial
[AP]

SE Asia
Thai red-shirts splash blood in anti-government protest
[BBC]
CAPITAL CULTURE: Indonesia remembers young Obama
[AP]
Vietnam releases dissident priest Nguyen Van Ly
[BBC]

Africa
Somali pirates free North Korean chemical tanker
[AP]
Nigeria presidential vote set for Jan 22 or April 23
[Reuters]

Europe
European finance ministers agree Greece rescue plan
[BBC]
Irish Catholic leader won’t quit for abuse coverup
[AP]

[UK]
Six MPs’ expenses appeals are dismissed
[BBC]
Brussels berates Britain for disappointing Budget plan [Telegraph]
Kidnapped Oldham boy Sahil Saeed found safe in Pakistan
[BBC]
Glamour boy Beckham to miss World Cup after injury
[AP]

Americas
Aftershock hits off coast of Chile, no damage
[Reuters]
Chavez defends ETA suspects wanted in Spain
[AP]
FBI, DEA join probe of slayings near Mexican border
[WaPo]

Domestic
House may try to pass Senate health-care bill without voting on it
[WaPo]
US plans to give high-speed broadband to every American
[BBC]

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PolitiFact’s ‘The Obamameter’

December 21, 2009

PolitiFact has compiled more than 500 promises that Barack Obama made during the campaign and is tracking their progress on our Obameter.

So far he’s doing pretty well at 73 kept, 18 compromised, 9 broken, 35 stalled, 198 in the works and 180 unrated. I don’t remember him making THAT many campaign promises!

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Daily International News 12.17.09

December 17, 2009

Daily International News
December 17, 2009

DPRK
France Decides to Establish Its Office in DPRK [KCNA]

“As already reported, Jack Lang, special envoy of the French president, had a consultation with the DPRK side on the issue of developing the bilateral relations and a series of matters of mutual concern during his visit to the DPRK from November 9, 2009 to 13. The French side informed the DPRK that it decided to establish the French Cooperation and Cultural Action Office in Pyongyang as a step of the first phase for normalizing the relations between the two countries according to the results of his visit to the DPRK. The DPRK consented to France’s opening of the office in Pyongyang, proceeding from the stand to boost the relations with France.”

Thais: US tip led to seizure of arms from NKorea [AP]
“Thai authorities were acting on a tip from the United States when they seized tons of illicit weapons from a plane from North Korea, a senior official said Thursday.”

N. Korean leader makes rare visit to trade zone, stresses export growth [Yonhap]
“North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has visited Rason, a northern port city that the country is developing into a trade hub, where he gave guidelines on increasing exports, state media said Thursday.”

NKorea threatens SKorea over naval drills [AP]
“North Korea threatened retaliation against South Korea over what it claimed were naval drills around their disputed sea border, accusing Seoul on Thursday of attempting to escalate tension.”

China
China Imposes New Internet Controls
[NYT]

“China’s government censors have taken fresh aim at the Internet, rolling out new measures that limit ordinary citizens’ ability to set up personal Web sites and to view hundreds of other Web sites offering films, video games [etc].”

Copenhagen
U.S. pledges billions; China says climate pact is doubtful
[WP]
“Clinton warned that China — which has resisted attempts for international verification of emission cuts and told officials here before Clinton spoke that a global pact seems unlikely — must agree to monitoring if a deal is to reached.”

Obama heads to Copenhagen as climate talks falter [Reuters]
“U.S. President Barack Obama heads to Copenhagen on Thursday to help secure a U.N. climate pact, staking his credibility on an as yet elusive deal that has ramifications for him at home and on the world stage.”

AfPak
Afghan ministers on ‘graft’ list
[Al Jazeera]
“The list, released on the final day of a three-day anti-corruption conference, includes five senior members within the government of Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, said Hashem Ahelbarra, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Kabul.”

U.N. Officials Say American Offered Plan to Replace Karzai [NYT]
“As widespread fraud in the Afghanistan presidential election was becoming clear three months ago, the No. 2 United Nations official in the country, the American Peter W. Galbraith, proposed enlisting the White House in a plan to replace the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, according to two senior United Nations officials.”

Pakistan Strikes Down Amnesty for Politicians [NYT]
“The Supreme Court struck down a controversial amnesty on Wednesday that had dismissed corruption allegations against thousands of Pakistan’s politicians, including President Zardari, effectively restoring the cases against them.”

Pakistan Reported to Be Harassing U.S. Diplomats [NYT]
“Parts of the Pakistani military and intelligence services are mounting what American officials here describe as a campaign to harass American diplomats.”

Intel officials: US missiles kill 17 in Pakistan [AP]
“Two suspected U.S. missile strikes, one using multiple drones, killed 17 people in a Pakistani tribal region along the Afghan border Thursday, local intelligence officials said.”

Middle East
Haaretz exclusive: Olmert’s plan for peace with the Palestinians
[Haaretz]
“Former prime minister Ehud Olmert proposed giving the Palestinians land from communities bordering the Gaza Strip and from the Judean Desert nature reserve in exchange for settlement blocs in the West Bank.”

Yemeni security forces exterminate al-Qaeda [Yemen Today]
“A group of 34 al-Qaeda members were killed and 17 others were arrested by special operations in Abyan province, Sana’a city, and Arhab, implemented by the Yemeni security forces said an official statement on Thursday.”

Europe
Nato fails to gain Russia aid in Afghanistan [BBC]
“On Wednesday Mr Rasmussen asked Moscow to provide helicopters to Afghanistan and also requested Russian help in training the Afghan air force. But he told the BBC he had received no positive response from the Kremlin.”

Russian FM: US-Russian arms deal not ready [AP]
“Sergey Lavrov said disagreements over such issues during the past few days had slowed efforts to reach a deal, and he agreed with the White House’s assessment that President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev are not expected to sign a nuclear weapons treaty when they travel to Copenhagen this week.”

España tendrá más de 1.500 soldados en Afganistán en 2010 – “Spain will have more than 1500 soldiers in Afghanistan in 2010” [El Pais]
“España aumentará en más del 50% su actual contingente permanente en Afganistán que en 2010 sobrepasará los 1.500 militares.” – “Spain will increase its permanent contingent in Afghanistan by more than 50% in 2010, surpassing 1500 soldiers…”

Silvio Berlusconi leaves hospital with bandaged nose [Times of London]
“Doctors say that the normally ebullient Mr Berlusconi is still in pain and having difficulty eating. There are fears for the long-term impact of the attack on his morale.”

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Daily International News 12.11.09

December 11, 2009

Daily International News
December 11, 2009

DPRK
N.K., U.S. positive about recent talks: KCNA
[Yonhap]
“North Korea said Friday that direct talks with the U.S. got off to a good start and that the two sides would continue efforts to narrow their differences over the resumption of the stalled six-party nuclear talks.” 

Japan
Futenma issue on hold at COP15
[Asahi]
“Prospects are dim for a summit meeting between Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and U.S. President Barack Obama to discuss the relocation of a Marine Corps airstrip in Okinawa’s Ginowan city anytime soon, government officials said.”

China
Nation rolls out steel tax on US
[China Daily]
“The Ministry of Commerce said Thursday on its website that US and Russian steelmakers must pay anti-dumping duties as high as 25 percent beginning today.”

China Indicts Prominent Dissident [NYT]
“Liu Xiaobo, one of China’s best-known dissidents and a principal author of a pro-democracy manifesto that has attracted more than 10,000 signatures from Chinese supporters, was indicted Thursday on charges of trying to subvert the state.”

Hundreds of China workers clash over factory site [Reuters]
“Twenty-six people were wounded when more than 300 Chinese workers battling for control of a factory site in Guangdong province clashed with explosives, rocks and steel pipes.”

Security on alert for island talks [China Daily]
“Chen Yunlin, president of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) and Chiang Pin-kung, chairman of the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), will hold their discussions from Dec 21-25 in the island city of Taichung.”

International Institutions
U.N. Afghan Mission Chief to Resign
[NYT]
“A United Nations spokesman, Dan McNorton, said in a statement that Mr. Eide’s “intention not to renew his contract” was in keeping with his plan when he took the job to stay for about two years.”

EU agrees climate pledge that may boost Copenhagen [BBC]
“EU leaders have agreed to pay 7.2bn euros (£6.5bn; $10.6bn) over the next three years to help developing nations adapt to climate change.” [WSJ Coverage – U.N. Draft Agreement Seeks to Halve CO2 Emissions By 2050]

Chinese official calls US negotiator irresponsible
[AP]
“In unusually blunt language, He said…”I don’t want to say the gentleman is ignorant…I think he lacks common sense where he made such a comment vis-a-vis funds for China. Either lack of common sense or extremely irresponsible.” [And China Daily – China refuted the idea of G2 in climate change]

AfPaK
US official: Pakistan expected to deport US youths
[AP]
“The official confirmed that U.S. diplomats in Pakistan visited the detainees on Friday for a second time…There was no immediate indication when the five might be returned to the United States.”

Middle East
Gates Expects New Sanctions on Iran
[NYT]
“I think you’re going to see some significant additional sanctions imposed by the international community,” Mr. Gates said during a question-and-answer session with American troops in Kirkuk.”

Fire attack on West Bank mosque [BBC]
“Attackers set fire to bookshelves and a large area of carpet in the mosque, and sprayed graffiti in Hebrew on a wall.”

Jordan’s King Abdullah appoints former aide as new PM [BBC]
“Samir al-Rifai will form a new cabinet in order to push through reforms that the king says are vital for Jordan’s economy before elections due next year. In November King Abdullah dissolved the parliament halfway through its four-year term.”

Europe
Romania’s court orders void votes re-examined
[WP]
“Losing candidate Mircea Geoana says his Social Democratic Party has evidence of ballot stuffing, multiple voting and widespread vote-buying, and has asked for new elections to be held.”

Russian policeman gets 2 years for killing reporter [Reuters]
“A policeman in Russia’s turbulent Ingushetia region was sentenced on Friday to two years in a low-security prison settlement for “unintentionally” shooting dead a prominent opposition reporter while in custody.”

Mafia boss denies link to Berlusconi associate [Reuters]
“A jailed Mafia boss told an Italian court on Friday he had never had ties with a close associate of Silvio Berlusconi, casting doubt on evidence from another mobster linking the prime minister to Cosa Nostra.”

Americas
Mercosur Refuses to Recognize Honduras Elections
[Latin American Herald Tribune]
“The presidents of the Mercosur trade bloc nations expressed their…“full non-recognition” of the new government that emerged from the Nov. 29 elections that Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica and the US are supporting.”

Zelaya will leave Brazil Embassy by Jan. 27 [AP]
“Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya says he will leave the Brazilian Embassy in Honduras by Jan. 27, when his presidential term ends, according to an interview broadcast Friday.”

Domestic
Goldman scraps cash bonuses for 30 top executives
[FT]
“The 30 members of Goldman’s management committee will receive their entire 2009 bonus in stock awards that must be held for five years.”

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Daily International News 11.24.09

November 24, 2009
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Daily International News
November 24, 2009

Singh in Washington
Obama hosts Indian prime minister
[AP]
President Barack Obama hosts Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (MAHN’-moh-hahn SING) at the White House on Tuesday, the first state visit of his presidency

Obama Says He Intends to ‘Finish the Job’ in Afghanistan [NYT]
President Obama
said on Tuesday that he will announce his decision on how many more troops to send to Afghanistan next week

DPRK
Russian Federation Council
, Singaporean Foreign Ministry, and Chinese Minister of National Defense visiting DPRK [KCNA]
Top military officials of North Korea and China pledged to further strengthen their countries’ alliance that was “sealed in blood” during the Korean War, Pyongyang’s media said Monday

China
China executes 2 for role in tainted milk scandal
[AP]
China executed a dairy farmer and a milk salesman Tuesday

Philippines
Philippines declares emergency after 46 killed
[AP]
The Philippine president placed two southern provinces under emergency rule Tuesday as security forces unearthed more bodies, pushing the death toll to 46 in some of the deadliest election violence in the nation’s history.

India
Indian probe blames mosque attack on Hindu leaders
[AP]
An Indian government investigation…into the 1992 demolition of a mosque…reportedly accused top Hindu nationalist politicians of complicity in the attack

India Officials Angered by Leak of Attack Report [NYT]
The leaking of a long-awaited confidential report on one of the most divisive attacks in modern Indian history raised a furor in India’s Parliament on Monday

Middle East
Iran says needs guarantees to ship nuclear fuel
[Reuters]
Iran
could consider sending its low-enriched uranium abroad, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday

Netanyahu says Hamas prisoner deal may not happen [Reuters]
“There is still no deal, and I do not know if there will be one,” Netanyahu said

Iraq national vote unlikely in January [Reuters]
Iraq will be unable to hold a national election in January as planned, a poll official said on Tuesday, heaping more uncertainty on a vote meant to cement democracy and pave the way for a partial U.S. troop withdrawal

UK
Chilcot Iraq Inquiry: secret talks on ousting Saddam Hussein began in 2001
[Times UK]
British and American officials secretly discussed overthrowing Saddam Hussein two years before the invasion of Iraq, the public inquiry into the war was told today.