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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 08.22.11

August 22, 2011

Daily International News
August 22, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
Race to replace Kan as prime minister an opportunity to display national will, vision
[Mainichi]
Areas near Japan nuke plant to remain off-limits
[AP]
74 percent favor gradual reduction of nuclear power plants: Mainichi poll
[Mainichi]
Apple’s iPhone gets Japanese earthquake alert
[BBC]
Koreas
North Korea’s Kim May Get Nuclear Talks Offer on Russia Trip
[Bloomberg]
North Korean Leader Travels in Secrecy Toward Russian Summit
[VOA]
Kim’s Russia trip focusing on energy issue
[AP]
Pyongyang expels South Koreans from “peace” resort
[Reuters]
Red Cross: 29,000 have lost homes in NKorea floods
[AP]
North Korea to Auction Resort Owned by South
[NYT]
Deutsche Bank charged in South Korea over stock rout
[BBC]
China
Day 4: Biden gently prods China on human rights
[LA Times]
China-Philippines relations to develop through presidential visit
[Xinhua]
China to identify responsibility in fatal rail crash: official
[Xinhua]
Tainted vinegar suspected in 11 deaths in China
[AP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Myanmar’s president calls for easing tensions
[AP]
Vietnamese police detain 50 in anti-China protest
[AP]
Philippine gov’t, rebels start new round of peace talks
[Kyodo]
Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim defiant at sodomy trial
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Biden Names Mongolian Horse, Lauds Democratic Progress Before Japan Visit
[Bloomberg]
India tentatively moves for talks with anti-graft activist
[Reuters]
Inquiry confirms Kashmir unmarked graves
[Al Jazeera]

Middle East
Syrian Forces Kill Eight Protesters as Assad Rejects Western Call to Leave
[Bloomberg]
Arab nations to pressure Syria at UN
[AP]
Hamas says Gaza ceasefire agreed
[Al Jazeera]
Egypt cabinet to meet as Israel tensions linger
[Reuters]
US hikers enter Iran on “espionage mission”: minister
[Xinhua]
Iran starts moving uranium centrifuges to bunker
[Reuters]

Africa
Libya
Fighting rages over Gaddafi’s compound
[Al Jazeera]
Rebels claim 3 of Gadhafi’s sons captured
[CNN]
US Diplomat: Gadhafi’s whereabouts not yet known
[AP]
McCain And Graham Say US Should Have Pushed Harder For Fall Of Qaddafi
[TPM]
China wants active role in Libyan reconstruction
[AP]
S.Africa not assisting Gaddafi to exit: minister
[Reuters]
Non-Libya Related
Congo’s ruling party nominates incumbent president
[AP]
Hopes low before South Africa climate change talks
[AP]

Europe
Putin ally Valentina Matviyenko set to be Russia’s No 3
[BBC]
Strauss-Kahn could hold office in France-party rival
[Reuters]

Americas
Irene strengthens into hurricane as it heads for Haiti
[BBC]
Canadian opposition leader Jack Layton dies
[Reuters]

Domestic
Obama Seeks to Close Distance With Voters
[Bloomberg]
Rick Perry’s claim that Obama has ‘killed more jobs’ than any other president
[WaPo]
Rove bets Palin will run for president
[POLITICO]
Newt Gingrich’s Pacific strategy – working?
[POLITICO]
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial joins an evolving National Mall
[LA Times]
Wall Street Aristocracy Got $1.2 Trillion in Secret Fed Loans
[Bloomberg]
Dominique Strauss-Kahn charges ‘set to be dropped’
[Guardian]

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Daily International News 06.17.11

June 17, 2011

Daily International News
June 17, 2011

International
UN climate chief calls on world leaders to step in
[AP]
UN body votes for protection of gay rights [AP]
Chinese president calls for joint efforts to address world economic challenges at International Economic Forum
[Xinhua]

Northeast Asia
China
China to boost coastal forces amid sea tensions
[Reuters] and China stages military drills in South China Sea [AP]
US joins navy drill in Southeast Asia
[Xinhua]
Philippines to China: Don’t intrude into our water
[AP]
Blind Chinese activist badly beaten, wife says
[AP]
China-Indonesia joint training for special forces ends in Bandung
[Xinhua]
China, Russia sign power generation deal
[Xinhua]
Fatal floods hit China forcing over 500,000 to flee
[BBC]
Chinese copy of Austrian village stirs emotions
[AP]
Koreas
S Korea rejects North’s demands for return of defectors
[BBC]
China, Russia agree to address N. Korean nukes within 6-party format
[Yonhap]
N. Korea says will dispose of S. Korea’s mountain resort assets
[Yonhap]
Number of mobile phone users in N. Korea tops 500,000: operator
[Yonhap]
Japan
TEPCO starts cleaning highly radioactive water
[Xinhua]
Ishihara wants Tokyo to bid for 2020 Olympics
[AP]
Ships tossed ashore by tsunami get rescued
[AP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
US helps Vietnam to eradicate deadly Agent Orange
[BBC]
Thaksin seeking return, Thai Deputy PM says “impossible”
[Reuters]

South/Central Asia
Pentagon to POTUS: Wait Until Fall 2012 to End Afghanistan Troop Boost
[WSJ]
US vows to ‘capture and kill’ Ayman al-Zawahiri
[BBC]
Pakistan says intel on bomb factories was wrong
[AP]
Pakistan forms judicial commission to investigate journo death
[Asia Times]
Sri Lanka Tamil MPs ‘beaten up by troops’
[AFP]

Middle East
Cousin of Syrian president ‘quits business’
[Al Jazeera]
Syrian security forces shoot dead 8 protesters
[AP]
Saudi Women Defy Driving Ban
[WSJ] 
Israel warns it will stop Gaza aid flotilla
[WaPo]
Bahrain Shi’ite cleric says cosmetic reform not enough
[Reuters]
EU welcomes newly-formed Lebanese gov’t
[Xinhua]

Africa
NATO targets Tripoli with daytime raid
[AP]
Nigerian Islamist sect claims bomb attack: paper
[Reuters]
Liberia discovers arms cache near Ivory Coast border
[BBC]

Europe
Russia buys 2 Mistral-class warships from France
[AP]
APNewsBreak: UK blocks UPS sites over security
[AP]
Greece’s new finance minister faces unenviable task
[Guardian]
Merkel and Sarkozy united in support for Greece
[Deutsche Welle]
UK public sector pensions: Work longer and pay more, says Danny Alexander
[Guardian]
1 of 8 French kids ill with burger E.coli gets worse
[Reuters]

Americas
Kirchner describes PM Cameron’s Falklands’ statement as “mediocre and almost stupid”
[MercoPress]
Gang warfare kills 33 in Monterrey, Mexico
[BBC]

Domestic
Outgoing Secretary Gates on U.S.-Pakistan Ties: ‘We Need Each Other’
[PBS]
Huntman’s Drawdown Debate
[FP]
Tim Pawlenty goes after Mitt Romney, part two
[WaPo]
NSA allies with Internet carriers to thwart cyber attacks against defense firms
[WaPo]
Pentagon scare: ‘Nothing suspicious’ found in vehicle
[WaPo]
Historic Marine base gets 1st-ever female general
[AP]
Wall Street Braces for New Layoffs as Profits Wane
[NYT]
For Weiner’s Successor, Perhaps, Lame-Duck Status
[NYT]

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Daily International News 06.09.11

June 9, 2011

Daily International News
June 9, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
Japan finance minister a frontrunner to be next PM
[Reuters]

Economy Sends Japanese to Fukushima for Jobs
[NYT]
North Korea
NKorea threatens to expose taped talks with South
[AP]

China, DPRK reach consensus on developing two economic zones in DPRK
[Xinhua]
China
China says envoy from Libyan rebels to visit soon
[AP]
Concern Over Grassroots Local Campaigns in China
[NYT]
China rebuffs UN plea over ‘disappeared’ Tibetan monks
[BBC]

Dalai Lama: China not enemy, some hard-liners are
[AP]
Vietnam and China hackers escalate Spratly Islands row
[BBC]
China warns neighbors: Stop oil search in Spratlys
[AP]
Report: General confirms China’s aircraft carrier
[AP]

Lagarde visits China to gather support for IMF top job
[BBC]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Burma gets a record $20bn in foreign investment
[BBC]
Myanmar blames ethnic rebels for fatal train blast
[AP]

South/Central Asia
Calls Increase for Drawdown in Afghanistan
[Bloomberg]
Gunmen attack Afghan wedding party, killing 9
[AP]
Over 100 militants attack Pakistan’s northwest
[Reuters]
Uzbek religious refugees in Kazakhstan face extradition
[BBC]
Fasting guru denies he’s arming followers in India
[AP]

Middle East
US hits Iran’s police chief with sanctions
[AP]

With one escape route, Syrians stream into Turkey
[AP]
Yemen government says 12 al-Qaida militants killed
[AP]  
Yemen awaits possible Saleh return after surgery
[Reuters]
UN nuclear watchdog refers Syria to Security Council
[BBC]

In Saudi Arabia, Royal Funds Buy Peace for Now
[NYT]

Africa
Gaddafi faces new ICC charges for using rape as weapon in conflict
[Guardian]
Fresh round of NATO strikes hit Tripoli outskirts
[AP]
Libya rebels eye oil restart, win aid pledges
[Reuters]
Obama to welcome Gabon president at White House
[AP]
Tunisia Postpones Election, Possibly Aiding New Parties
[NYT]
Burkina Faso government replaces its governors
[AP]
Somali leaders postpone elections by a year
[AP]

Attack on Somali port kills 1 civilian
[AP]

Europe
EU keeps Bulgaria, Romania out of border zone
[AP]

Cesare Battisti extradition: Italy to go to Hague court
[BBC]
Dutch find different E. coli, pull beet sprouts
[AP]

Americas
Chinese oil workers ‘kidnapped by Colombia rebels’
[BBC]
Aide’s Quitting Casts Doubt on Brazil’s New President
[NYT]
Chile volcano: Ash cloud forces flight cancellations
[BBC]
Corruption scandal hits Argentina’s Mothers group
[AP]

Domestic
Nuclear Industry Will Conduct Post-Fukushima U.S. Safety Review
[Bloomberg]

Ex-NSA manager has reportedly twice rejected plea bargains in Espionage Act case
[WaPo]
Leon Panetta’s 5 challenges
[POLITICO]
Panetta faces no major hurdles to confirmation as Pentagon chief
[WaPo]
Opinion: Crocker Didn’t Dissuade Low Hopes on Afghanistan
[WaPo]

Weiner abides despite new photo, baby on the way
[AP]
President Obama’s campaign expands its 2012 map
[POLITICO]
Texas’s Rick Perry weighing a 2012 candidacy
[WaPo]
Romney draws early fire from conservatives over views on climate change
[WaPo]
Jon Huntsman’s no-names strategy
[POLITICO] 
Regulators pressuring banks after Citi data breach
[Reuters]
Sheriff orders remaining residents of 2 Arizona towns in path of huge wildfire to flee
[WaPo]
Heat gripping half of US expected to last for days
[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 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 01.13.11

January 13, 2011

Daily International News
January 13, 2011

Global
Watchdog group: Freedom slipped worldwide in 2010
[AP]
Figures on Global Climate Show 2010 Tied 2005 as the Hottest Year on Record
[NYT]

Northeast Asia
China, Korea moves underscore rising food prices
[Reuters]
Koreas
N. Korean leader makes first public appearance of the year
[Yonhap]
US urges North Korea to get ‘serious’ on talks
[BBC]
SKorean police say Google violated laws
[AP]
N. Korea hosts first golf tournament: travel firms
[AFP]
China
India, China in new visa row over disputed state
[AP]
WikiLeaked: China’s next president lashed out in Mexico against ‘well fed foreigners’
[FP]
The Dangerous Chip on China’s Shoulder
[Time]
Confucius shows up on China’s Tiananmen Square
[AP]
Japan
Japanese military seeks greater cooperation with U.S.
[WaPo]
Gates drops hard line on unpopular US Okinawa base
[AP] and U.S. Will Defer to Japan on Moving Okinawa Base [NYT]
Japan PM to reshuffle Cabinet to push for reforms
[AP]

Middle East
Biden visits Iraq for talks on future relationship
[WaPo]
Hillary Clinton urges Middle Eastern states to open governments, economies
[LAT]
Talks on new Lebanon government to start Monday
[Reuters]
Iran’s nuclear sites tour proposal flounders
[Reuters]
Yemen and Turkey Deepen Ties With New Accords
[NYT]
Kuwaiti official visits Iraq, a 20-year first
[McClatchy]

Africa
Protester killed, journalist injured in Tunisia
[AP]
South Sudan vote will meet global standards – Carter
[Reuters]
Officials: UN air crew kidnapped in Darfur
[AP]
3 UN cars burned in latest Ivory Coast violence
[AP]
Nigeria’s ruling party to choose its candidate
[AP]
DR Congo soldiers arrested for rape
[BBC]

Europe
Belarus Intensifies Efforts Against Former Candidate
[NYT]
Irish police seize IRA dissidents’ weapons factory
[AP]
Italy: Court ruling weakens Berlusconi’s immunity
[AP]
David Cameron vows to keep Britain out of euro plans
[Guardian]

Americas
Cuba calls immigration talks with US ‘fruitful’
[AP]
2010 Brings Record Violence In Mexico’s Drug War
[Latin American Dispatch]
Brazil flood and mudslide deaths rise past 300 as search goes on
[BBC]

Domestic
Obama leads mourning of Arizona shooting victims
[Reuters]
Gabrielle Giffords’ condition continues to improve, doctor says
[LAT]
Issa Targets Obama Legislative Agenda With Panels on Economy, Bank Rescues
[Bloomberg]