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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 08.05.11

August 5, 2011

Daily International News
August 5, 2011

Hiroshima Anniversary
From Hiroshima to Fukushima
[WSJ]
New A-bomb exhibits to highlight Hiroshima peace ceremony
[Xinhua]
In a switch, Japan’s A-bomb survivors turn against nuclear energy
[WaPo]
Revisiting Hiroshima, Nagasaki
[Korea Times]
Countdown to Hiroshima 66 Years Ago: Was the Bomb Necessary?
[HuffPo Blog]
Kucinich to speak at Commemoration of Hiroshima
[Kitsap Sun]

Northeast Asia
Japan
Japan Detains Two China Ship Captains, May Rekindle Tensions
[Bloomberg]
Japan, China shut ports in path of powerful typhoon
[Reuters]
Nuke safety group OKs report saying chances of another Fukushima plant explosion are slim
[Mainichi]
Koreas
North Korea: 30 dead, thousands homeless in flood
[AP]
N. Korean vice foreign minister Kim leaves Beijing for home
[Kyodo]
Insight – North Korea leans on China to make economic zones work
[Reuters]
China
China may test run aircraft carrier on Sat.: Hong Kong report
[Kyodo]
Joe Biden to visit China, Japan, Mongolia
[Reuters]
China opposes Japan’s latest defense white paper
[Xinhua]
China relaxes birth restrictions for victim families of mudslide-hit county
[Xinhua]
Chinese Officials Seized and Sold Babies, Parents Say
[NYT]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Yingluck Shinawatra Is Elected Thai Prime Minister by Parliament
[NYT]
Philippine President Benigno Aquino meets Muslim rebels
[BBC]
Myanmar insurgents shoot 7 dead near Chinese-built power plants
[Kyodo]
Sri Lankan power-sharing talks near collapse
[AP]

South/Central Asia
Four Afghans killed as anti-NATO demonstration turns violent
[Reuters]

Middle East
Protest marches across Syria on first Ramadan Friday
[Reuters]
Second night of Israeli strikes on Gaza after rocket fire
[BBC]
Iran gives key oil role to a Revolutionary Guard on sanctions list
[LAT]

Africa
Libya denies report Gaddafi’s son Khamis killed by NATO
[Reuters]
Sudan ‘threatened to shoot UN helicopter’ in Abyei
[BBC]
Gunfire said to kill 7 as aid is looted in Somalia
[AP]
Shell faces $410M payout over Nigeria oil spills
[CNN]

Europe
Madrid ‘indignant’ protesters clash with riot police
[BBC]
Italy demands NATO probe regarding immigrants
[AP]
Ukraine’s ex-PM Yulia Tymoshenko ‘taken into custody’
[BBC]
Amnesty warns Georgia over refugee evictions
[Reuters]

Americas
Brazil Defence Minister Nelson Jobim resigns [BBC]
Mexico town’s police force resigns over drug attacks
[BBC]
Chile marks year since mine collapse
[BBC]

Domestic
The top 8 foreign policy issues stuck in Congress
[FP]
Leon Panetta: No more defense cuts
[POLITICO]
Glamour Goes on the Road With Hillary
[Glamour]
U.S. Posts Stronger Job Gains Amid Fear
[NYT]
U.S. Stock Futures Rebound on Payrolls Data, Treasuries Fall
[Bloomberg]
Republicans Set Sights on Balanced Budget Amendment
[NYT]
Romney signs marriage pledge
[POLITICO]
If Rick Perry gets in, will Karl Rove be out?
[POLITICO]
Greens not friendless among House GOP
[POLITICO]
Shell Gets Tentative Approval to Drill in Arctic
[NYT]
For NASA, Return Trip to Jupiter in Search of Clues to Solar System’s Origins
[NYT]

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Daily International News 07.08.11

July 8, 2011

Daily International News
July 8, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
Japan Prime Minister Naoto Kan sorry for nuclear mix-up
[BBC]
Japan’s nuclear industry credibility crumbles amid email scandal
[Reuters]
Koreas
North Koreans pay respects to late President Kim
[AP]
Parties agree to pursue single inter-Korean team for Olympics
[Korea Times]
NKorean Bootlegging: For the Love of Money
[FP]
China
China, Philippines agree not to let maritime disputes affect relations
[Xinhua]
China state media dismiss reports of Jiang’s death
[AP]
Xinjiang Riots Anniversary: Continued Suppression of Uighurs
[NTDTV]
Outspoken China author leaves homeland for Germany
[AP]
China orders offshore oil risks review after spill
[AP]
Nepalese bureaucrat fights for Tibetans’ rights
[The National]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Malaysia rally: Kuala Lumpur ‘to be locked down’
[BBC]
Bigger crowd greets vacationing Suu Kyi in Myanmar
[AP]
Thai PM-in-waiting denies plan to visit Thaksin to discuss lineup
[Xinhua]

South/Central Asia
Karachi violence, over 90 dead: Live updates
[Pakistan Tribune]
Pakistan slams US admiral’s allegation that it sanctioned journalist’s killing
[WaPo]
AP Interview: Al-Qaida still haunts terror chief
[AP]

Middle East
Syria condemns US ambassador’s visit to Hama
[Al Jazeera]
U.S., French envoys in Syria’s Hama for protests
[Reuters]
Syrians take to the streets as regime lashes at US
[AP]
Saleh appears on Yemen TV, bandaged and burnt
[The National]
Mullen accuses Iran of arming anti-U.S. forces in Iraq
[McClatchy]
Israel must apologise to normalise ties – Turk PM
[Reuters]
200 activists blocked from Israel flights: police
[Reuters]

Africa
Egyptians protest, demand justice after Mubarak
[AP]
Libyan rebels set for renewed push to Tripoli
[Reuters]
Senior Rebel Is Doubtful Qaddafi Can Be Routed
[NYT]
South Sudan counts down to independence
[BBC]
7,000 UN troops and 900 police for South Sudan
[AP]
Many ‘dying en route’ while fleeing Somalia drought
[AFP]

Europe
Ex-Cameron aide arrested in UK hacking scandal
[AP]
Strauss-Kahn faces investigation into writer’s attempted rape claims
[Guardian]
Berlusconi says he will not seek new term
[Reuters]
APNewsBreak: Visa again blocks funds for WikiLeaks
[AP]
Norway police seek to charge 3 over bomb plot – report
[Reuters]
Bosnians march in memory of Srebrenica massacre
[AP]
Georgia, Looking for Spies, Arrests Photographers
[NYT]

Americas
Honduras Truth Commission rules Zelaya removal was coup
[BBC]
US and Mexico end cross-border trucking dispute
[BBC]
Argentine economy, “a frying pan with boiling oil” says IMF top official
[MercoPress]

Domestic
Karmapa lama to travel to Washington DC
[Telegraph]
House presses ahead to complete $649B defense bill
[AP]
Unemployment rose to 9.2 percent as hiring stalls
[AP]
On gay marriage, President Obama must say ‘I do’
[POLITICO]
Father Discussed Adoption for Obama, Records Show
[NYT]
Talk of U.S. Social Security Cuts Meets Bipartisan Opposition in Congress
[Bloomberg]
Debt talks turn to tax reform
[POLITICO]
Obama Summons Lawmakers for ‘Hard Bargaining’
[Bloomberg]
Texas executes Mexican despite White House plea
[AP]
Failure in Iowa Straw Poll May Doom Pawlenty’s 2012 Presidential Effort
[Bloomberg]
Shuttle Atlantis launch forecast remains gloomy
[BBC]
Suspect in U.S. shootings commits suicide
[Reuters]

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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 06.16.11

June 16, 2011

Daily International News
June 16, 2011

Northeast Asia
Koreas
North Korea demands defectors’ return from South Korea
[BBC]
Nine North Koreans drift South and defect
[JoongAng]
Rok Launches Defense Command to better Shield Western Border Islands From Attack
[Arirang]
China
China arrests 14 North Koreans in northeast border area
[Yonhap]
China closes Tibet to foreigners ahead of anniversary
[Reuters]
China refusing to issue visas to U.S. arms probe investigators
[Kyodo]
Group: Chinese forces suppress new unrest in east
[AP]
China dispatches large patrol ship amid tensions
[AP]
Senior leader stresses supervision over policy implementation in Xinjiang
[Xinhua]
Chinese, Russian presidents hold talks on co-op
[Xinhua]
China invites Sudan leader accused of war crimes
[AP]
China’s Wen to visit Germany and Britain
[AP]
Japan
Fukushima: It’s much worse than you think
[Al Jazeera]
Japan nuke plant set to treat contaminated water
[AP]
FIFA to provide financial aid to Japanese soccer
[AP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Report: 10,000 flee fighting in northern Myanmar
[AP]
Papua New Guinea leader’s son Teo Abal on murder charge
[BBC]
Indonesia jails cleric Abu Bakar Ba’asyir for 15 years
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Al-Zawahiri named new al-Qaeda chief
[Al Jazeera]
Pakistan’s Chief of Army Fights to Keep His Job
[NYT]
Pakistan-U.S. security relationship at lowest point since 2001, officials say
[WaPo]
Plea for Indian condemned for Malaysia drug smuggling
[BBC]
BBC demands release of journalist held in Tajikistan
[BBC]

Middle East
Syrian army reinforces around restive northern town
[Reuters]
Syrian authorities detain hundreds in northwest
[AP]
Militants stage more attacks in south Yemen
[Reuters]
Bahrain’s appeal for talks faces cool reception
[AP]
Bahrain frees activists held after UN sit-in
[Al Jazeera] 
Iraqi court sentences 15 to death for massacre
[AP]

Africa
South Sudan army says ready for more border attacks
[Reuters]
Obama administration: Libya action does not require congressional approval
[WaPo]
NATO hits Gadhafi compound, diplomacy heats up
[AP]
Gaddafi’s son holds out offer of elections
[Reuters]
Police blame Islamist sect for deadly Nigeria blast
[Reuters]

Europe
E.coli breaks out in France, 5 children in hospital
[Reuters]
Greek PM reshuffle plan in doubt as deputies quit
[Reuters]
Euro countries back new rights for domestic workers
[AP]

Americas/Domestic
Newt Gingrich demands NBC apology
[POLITICO]
NY Assembly passes same-sex marriage 80-63
[Times Union]
U.S. Rep. Weiner tells friends he will resign
[Reuters]
Tiny amounts of toxic chemical found near US base
[AP]
Obama to meet with Mongolian leader
[AP]
US Rep. Giffords released from Houston hospital
[AP]
Trouble in Vancouver’s Streets After Defeat
[NYT]

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Daily International News 06.14.11

June 14, 2011

Daily International News
June 14, 2011

Northeast Asia
Koreas
US satellite images capture new buildings at North Korea nuclear plant
[Telegraph]
NKorea urges SKorea to abandon hostile policy
[AP]
China/Taiwan
Chinese president: China-Iran friendly cooperation conducive to peace, stability in region, world

[Xinhua]

China ‘will not use force’ in South China Sea disputes
[BBC]
China fumes over Hillary Clinton remark
[POLITICO]
Police stem south China riots amid migrant workers’ anger
[Reuters]

China ups bank reserves ratio as inflation hits 34-month high
[Reuters]
Taiwan to lower budget for F-16 fighter jets
[AP]

Japan
Japan cabinet approves Fukushima nuclear compensation
[Guardian]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Myanmar gov’t battles rebels near Chinese border
[AP]
Indonesia police arrest 2002 Bali bombing suspect
[AP]
Australian prime minister snubs Dalai Lama
[AP]

South/Central Asia
Karachi officials ‘removed’ after death of unarmed man
[BBC]
Afghanistan: Death penalty for Jalalabad bank massacre
[BBC]
Indian foreign secretary due in Pakistan to discuss Kashmir
[Reuters]
India Inflation Accelerates, Rate Increase Likely
[WSJ]
Nepal follows China as second Asian nation without landmines
[BBC]
First India-Sri Lanka passenger ferry for 30 years
[BBC]

Middle East
Fatah, Hamas meet in Cairo to settle dispute on leadership
[Xinhua]

Gaza unemployment levels ‘among worst in world’
[BBC]
CIA Plans Yemen Drone Strikes
[WSJ]

Bomb kills Yemen officer, Gulf states mull solution
[Reuters]
Haunted by Homicide: Federal Grand Jury Investigates War Crimes at Abu Ghraib, Plus Other Alleged CIA Abuses
[TIME]
Anonymous members arrested in Turkey
[BBC]
Syrian troops ‘widening’ crackdown
[Al Jazeera]
Gunmen, suicide bombers storm Iraq council building
[Reuters]

Africa
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood forms coalition with liberal party
[WaPo]
Qaddafi Coddled by U.S. Oil Producers
[Bloomberg]
Misrata oil refinery shelled by Gaddafi’s forces – video
[Guardian]
Reports: Abyei demilitarisation deal reached [Al Jazeera]
Somalia’s prime minister says he won’t quit office
[AP]
Airline: flights disrupted by E. Africa ash cloud
[AP]
Battle lines drawn in bid to lead S.Africa’s ANC
[Reuters]

Europe
Nuclear Referendum: Italians Vote No to Berlusconi
[Der Spiegel]
IMF shortlists France’s Lagarde and Mexico’s Carstens
[BBC]
Greek rating now worst in the world
[FT]

Americas
Congressional report: US guns fuel Mexico violence
[BBC]
Chilean volcano ash causes further flight havoc
[Guardian]

Domestic
Obama makes first presidential visit to Puerto Rico
[POLITICO]
Obama: My family would be fine with just 1 term
[AP]
U.S. Military Aid to Overseas Allies May Face Cuts, Mullen Says
[Bloomberg]
Hackers break into U.S. Senate computers
[Reuters]
GOP debate rivals let Romney off easy
[POLITICO]
Michele Bachmann is in
[POLITICO]
Tim Pawlenty beats hasty New Hampshire retreat
[POLITICO]
Cain says he meant Muslims ‘who are trying to kill us’
[POLITICO]
Senate to vote on repealing ethanol tax credits
[AP]
Firefighters turn corner on massive Arizona blaze
[Reuters]
Barack Obama suggests Anthony Weiner resign
[POLITICO]