Posts Tagged ‘europe’

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Daily International News 06.22.11

June 22, 2011

Daily International News
June 22, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
Relocation of U.S. base in Okinawa remains deadlocked after talks in Washington
[Mainichi]
Okinawa row: Governor Nakaima dismayed at US base delay
[BBC]
Kan set to resign by end of August
[Mainichi]
Koreas
Japan calls for bigger Chinese role in resuming 6-party talks
[Kyodo]
China
China warns US to keep out of S. China Sea dispute
[AP]
China says no cyber warfare between it, U.S. [Reuters]
China restricts popular report-a-bribe websites
[AP]
Gere criticizes China over abuse in Tibet in Seoul
[AP]
China says rebels “dialogue partner” as Misrata hit
[Reuters] 
Government: China’s inflation to rise in June
[AP]

Southeast Asia
Manila: US obliged to defend Filipinos in Spratlys
[AP]
Burma (Myanmar) border conflict threatens to complicate ties with China
[CSM]
Indian foreign secretary meets Suu Kyi
[IANS]
Saudi Arabia ‘apologises over Indonesia maid beheading’ [BBC]

South/Central Asia
Obama to Unveil Plan for Troop Drawdown
[WSJ]
India, Pakistan aim to nudge peace process
[Reuters]
Four Pakistani majors questioned over Islamist links
[Reuters]
Osama’s death bad, India biggest threat, say Pakistanis
[IANS]
Vigil for BBC reporter detained in Tajikistan
[BBC]

Middle East
Israeli leaders test nuclear bunker in defence drill
[Reuters]
Syria forced people to attend pro-Assad rallies, activist claims
[CNN]
Syrian Regime’s Backers Take a Turn at Protest
[WSJ]
Life sentences for Bahrain activists
[Al Jazeera]
Officials: 57 militants escape Yemen jail
[AP]
Four dead, dozens hurt in attacks on Iraqi police
[Reuters]
Iranian oil delegation attacked in Baghdad
[Reuters]

Africa
Sudan to block oil pipeline if south will not pay
[BBC]
Morning airstrikes by NATO target Tripoli area
[AP]
Italy breaks ranks over NATO’s Libya mission
[AFP]
Bipartisan Senate Resolution Gives Backing to U.S. Libya Military Mission
[Bloomberg]
Michelle Obama: Mandela looked strong, good, happy
[Reuters]
Michelle Obama in SAfrica: ‘What will you make of your inheritance?’
[Mail & Guardian]

Europe
Greek government survives vote of confidence
[Deutsche Welle]
Belfast endures worst sectarian violence in a decade
[Deutsche Welle] and Belfast riot shooting blamed on dissident republicans [Guardian]
Russia eliminates challenge from liberal opposition party
[Deutsche Welle]  
Europe says Russia will lift ban on vegetable imports
[BBC]

Americas
Cristina Fernandez announces re-election bid: “I always knew what I had to do”
[MercoPress]
Leading Mexico drug gang suspect arrested
[LA Times]
Haiti parliament rejects President Martelly’s PM choice
[BBC]

Domestic
Huntsman visiting SC day after launching 2012 bid
[AP]
Tim Pawlenty warns GOP on perils of isolationism
[POLITICO]
Michele Bachmann’s Iowa announcement coming Monday
[POLITICO]
Pentagon gets cyberwar guidelines
[AP] 
Unarmed ND Minuteman missile launched in Calif.
[AP]
Poll: 44% of Americans Worse Off Under Obama
[Bloomberg]
Gore: Obama lacks `bold action’ on global warming
[AP]
Members of Biden Group Oppose Short-Term Extension of U.S. Debt Ceiling [Bloomberg]

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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 05.27.11

May 27, 2011

Daily International News
May 27, 2011

Northeast Asia
Koreas
N Korea ‘to release US citizen Eddie Jun Yong-su’
[BBC] and N. Korea says will release American detainee in conciliatory gesture toward U.S. [Yonhap]
China trip by North Korean leader Kim Jong-il ends
[BBC]
Iran meets North Korea, Syria in Bali
[Jakarta Post]
North Korean Dependence on China Trade Rises as Sanctions Worsen Isolation
[Bloomberg]
South Korean court jails four Somali pirates
[BBC]
Korean War POW finally buried after 60 years
[AP]
China/Taiwan
US lawmakers block China firms from Pentagon contracts
[BBC]
45 senators urge Obama to sell F-16s to Taiwan
[Bloomberg]
Taiwan Opposition Candidate Would Seek Deals With China
[VOA]
Japan
Japan beats deflation for the first time in two years
[BBC]
Japan moves to protect children as new nuclear leak revealed
[Reuters]
IAEA team inspect Fukushima plant
[Xinhua]
AP Exclusive: Fukushima tsunami plan a single page
[AP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
China, Myanmar forge partnership, ink deals
[Xinhua]
Thailand arrests US citizen for ‘insult to monarchy’
[BBC]
Australia returns passport to ex-Gitmo detainee
[AP]
Author jailed over Singapore criticism
[Al Jazeera]

South/Central Asia
Pakistan air force kills 23 militants in northwest
[AP]
India, US pledge to boost intelligence cooperation
[AP]
2 blasts hit US troops in deadly Afghan attack
[AP]
Clinton in Pakistan
Tension Marks Clinton’s Visit to Pakistan
[NYT]
Anti-Americanism will not end Pakistan’s problems: Clinton
[Dawn]
Clinton exonerates Pakistan over Osama Bin Laden
[BBC]
Hillary Clinton sees turning point in Pakistan
[POLITICO]

Middle East
Arab democracies win G8 aid pledge
[FT]
G8 leaders expected to back Obama on 1967 borders
[Haaretz]
Protesters ‘shot dead’ by Syrian forces
[Al Jazeera]
Yemen’s Saleh faces growing condemnation
[Al Jazeera]

Africa
Egyptians gather for second ‘day of anger’
[Al Jazeera]
NATO air strikes rock Libyan capital
[Al Jazeera]
Obama Says U.S., France Resolve to ‘Finish the Job’ They Began in Libya
[Bloomberg]
Russia agrees to mediate Gaddafi exit
[Al Jazeera]
Sudan’s Seizure of Abyei Region Won’t Spark New War, Ex-U.S. Envoy Says
[Bloomberg]
S.Sudan says 80,000 flee after north takes Abyei
[Reuters]
Long-sought former Hutu militia leader captured
[CNN]

Europe
Warm welcome, few policy wins for Obama in Europe
[AP]
Obama visit to Poland chance to add vigor to ties
[AP]
Mladic due in Belgrade court for extradition case
[CBS]
Embarrassment, mockery over Berlusconi’s latest gaffe
[Reuters]
Air France captain was absent when descent began
[AP]

Americas/Domestic
Colombia identifies almost 10,000 bodies in unmarked graves
[Guardian]
U.S. Congress Approves Four-Year Extension of Patriot Act Wiretap Power
[Bloomberg]
Clyburn Predicts Last-Minute Debt-Limit Deal to Cut Up to $6 Trillion
[Bloomberg]
Democrats See Revived Political Prospects for 2012 Elections
[Bloomberg]
Romney, Santorum and Bachmann all signal 2012 announcement plans
[WaPo]
Bachmann, Palin Could Compete for Same Audience, Splitting Tea Party Vote
[Bloomberg]

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Daily International News 05.23.11

May 23, 2011

Daily International News
May 23, 2011

Northeast Asia
China
China, Philippine defense chiefs discuss Spratlys
[AP]
Tibet marks 60th anniversary of peaceful liberation
[Xinhua]
China, U.S. military ties to increase transparency in Asia Pacific
[Ria Novosti]
Koreas
China confirms North Korean leader Kim Jong-il visit
[BBC]
King and USAID to Head for Pyongyang Tomorrow
[Daily NK]
Potential Kim-Jiang Zemin meeting to focus on N. Korea’s succession
[Yonhap]
S. Korea, U.S. launch joint air defense exercise
[Kyodo]
SKorean court begins trial for 5 Somali pirates
[AP]
Seoul tightens rules on cash flow to North Korea
[Korea Herald]
Korean Diplomat Named Secretary-General of New Pan-Asian Body
[Chosun]
US to help South Korea in Agent Orange inquiry
[BBC]
Elite South Korean University Rattled by Suicides
[NYT]
Japan
Sony Expects Deep Net Loss For Last FY On $4.4 Billion Writeoff
[WSJ]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Australian PM has no plans to meet Dalai Lama
[AP]
UN envoy: Myanmar does little to stop rights abuse
[AP]

South/Central Asia
Pakistan retakes naval base after just six militants lay siege
[Reuters]
Pakistan ISI in spotlight over Mumbai raid
[FT]
Taliban: Mullah Omar alive and in Afghanistan
[AP]
Roadside bomb kills 4 NATO soldiers in Afghan east
[Reuters]

Middle East
Gunbattles in Yemen after power transfer stalls
[AP]
Obama tells Israel to revive peace talks
[FT]
Obama’s ‘Jewish state’ reference jars Palestinians
[AP]
Israel approves new West Bank settlement construction: report
[Xinhua]
EU imposes sanctions on Syria’s Assad in bid to halt violence against protesters
[Haaretz]
EU tightens sanctions on Iran over nuke program
[AP]
Ahmadinejad Not to Attend OPEC Meeting: Report
[Reuters]
Kirkuk car bomb strikes police convoy
[Al Jazeera]
Saudi authorities re-arrest woman for driving
[AP]

Africa
North Sudan defies U.N., vows to stay in Abyei
[Reuters]
Daily life begins to return to Libya’s Misrata
[AP]
NATO to deploy helicopters in Libya – French source
[Reuters]
Libya: Catherine Ashton opens EU office in Benghazi
[BBC]
Niger: Aid response to crisis in south
[Guardian]

Europe
EU: Volcanic cloud affect British, Irish airspace
[AP]
Obama Arrives in Ireland for Six-Day Trip to Europe
[NYT] and Obama arrives in Europe in search of a firmer strategic alliance [Deutsche Welle]
Spain: Socialists suffer heavy election losses
[BBC]
Georgia: Anti-Saakashvili protesters vow to continue
[BBC]
Merkel: nuclear debate behind bad election showing
[AP]
Dutch court pushes ahead with hate speech trial
[AP]

Americas
Chile exhumes ex-President Salvador Allende’s remains
[BBC]
Amnesty: Jamaica must probe human rights abuses
[AP]

Domestic
Tornado kills at least 89, leaves ‘total devastation’ in Missouri town
[LAT]
Hundreds knew of bin Laden raid
[POLITICO] and Spy, Military Ties Aided bin Laden Raid [WSJ]
5 Muslim immigrants appeal NJ terror convictions
[AP]
Biden tells donors: Keep me in mind for 2016
[POLITICO]
Tim Pawlenty’s moment
[POLITICO]
Republicans ignored warnings on Paul Ryan plan
[POLITICO]
Marco Rubio takes a hard line on immigration
[POLITICO]
Steele signs up with MSNBC
[POLITICO]
Arnold Schwarzenegger-White House ties terminated
[POLITICO]

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Daily International News 05.20.11

May 20, 2011

Daily International News
May 20, 2011

Analysis of Obama Middle East Policy Speech
Think Tanks
Mideast Speech: Strong Rhetoric, Weak Plan
[CFR]
Global
Analysis: Arabs see Obama speech as late, not enough
[Reuters]
Analysis: Palestinians win Obama ’67 lines mention
[AP]
Obama speech greeted with wariness, apathy in Mideast
[WaPo]
Op-eds/Editorials
NYT Editorial: Peace and Change
[NYT]
NYT Opinion: Welcome Palestinian Unity
[NYT]
Obama’s Mideast peace gaffe
[WaPo]
WaPo Editorial: The news in Obama’s speech
[WaPo]
WaPo Opinion: Obama’s Mideast policy looks good — on paper
[WaPo]
Politicians
Obama “does not understand reality” – Netanyahu
[Reuters]
Romney: Obama ‘threw Israel under the bus’
[AP]

Northeast Asia
Japan
Japan approves plan to join child custody pact
[AP]  
Japan utility head resigns over nuclear crisis
[AP]
Japan’s central bank keeps key rate at near zero
[AP]
China
Pakistan minister: China providing 50 fighter jets
[AP]
China alleges huge tax evasion by artist Ai Weiwei
[AP]
Analysis: Hard choices for US on Taiwan arms sales
[AP]
Taiwan spy case: General Lo Hsien-che ‘had China links’
[BBC]
Factbox – Ties between North Korea and China
[Reuters]
Koreas
Confusion over North Korean leader’s China visit
[BBC]
NKorean leader Kim Jong Il in China, reports say
[AP] and North Korean leader makes surprise visit to China – media [Reuters]
NK leader Kim Jong-il, not his heir-apparent son Jong-un, visiting China: source
[Yonhap]
North Korean Missile Reach Will Extend to U.S.: Senior Intel Official
[GSN]
US envoy presses Myanmar on N.Korea ties
[AFP]
N. Korea reportedly purged senior intelligence official
[Yonhap]
‘US evangelist beaten up in N Korea’
[The News]

South/Central Asia
Al-Qaida considered oil tankers as terror targets
[AP]
Pakistan Taliban says attacked U.S. consulate convoy
[Reuters]
Tamil Tiger faction head questioned in Norway-Sri Lankan media
[Reuters]

Middle East
Iran’s President to Lead Next OPEC Meeting
[NYT]
Syrian troops fire during protests; 9 killed
[AP]
Yemeni president calls for early elections
[AP]

Africa
Kept in chains: Mental illness rampant in Somalia
[AP]
Jon Huntsman: Libya action a mistake
[POLITICO]
NATO hits 3 ports to protect rebel-held port
[AP]
South African photographer missing in Libya believed dead
[Reuters]
South Africa commuter train crash injures more than 700
[Reuters]

Europe
European support rising for Lagarde’s IMF bid
[AP]  
At I.M.F., Men on Prowl and Women on Guard
[NYT]
Belarus’ ex-presidential candidates sentenced
[AP]
Spain PM mum on breaking up pre-election protests
[AP]
Queen to visit Cashel, Cork to end Irish trip
[AP]
Vatican slams new pope John Paul sculpture
[AP]

Americas
Honduran president returns to Honduras on May 28
[AP]
Uruguay’s Congress upholds military amnesty
[AP]
Official: Prison fire kills 14 inmates in Mexico
[AP]

Domestic
Obama, Netanyahu face tense meeting on Mideast
[Reuters]
Opinion: Ties that bind Defense, State
[POLITICO]
Leaders reach Patriot Act deal
[POLITICO]
Group Unleashes Early Ad Against Romney
[NYT]
New Hampshire, meet Jon Huntsman
[WaPo]
Senate Dems launch ’12 money race
[POLITICO]
Sarah Palin: ‘Fire in the belly’ is there
[POLITICO]
Some FBI agents are angered by plan to extend tenure of Director Robert Mueller
[WaPo]
Unemployment falls in three-quarters of US states
[AP]
BP gets $1 bln settlement from Gulf well partner
[AP]
Stocks boosted by LinkedIn initial offering splash
[AP]
Oil bounces around $99 on volatile dollar
[AP]
Poll: Majority back gay marriage
[POLITICO]
Gore claims Murdoch is blocking Current over Olbermann hire
[POLITICO]

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Daily International News 04.28.11

April 28, 2011

Daily International News
April 28, 2011

Northeast Asia
Koreas
S. Korea says Carter failed to meet with N. Korean leader
[Yonhap]
North Korean leader ready for talks on any issue: Carter
[Reuters]
N.Koreans “regret” loss of South Korean lives: Carter
[Reuters]
U.S. not to engage N. Korea if inter-Korean nuclear talks bear no fruit: experts
[Yonhap]
EU-ROK FTA may be in jeopardy
[JoongAng]
Japan
Increased water injection helping to cool No. 1 reactor faster
[Kyodo]
Buddhists remember Japan’s tsunami dead
[AP]
China
FM press conference on April 28
[Xinhua]
US envoy says rights talks with China yield little
[AP]
U.S. ends rights talks with China “deeply concerned”
[Reuters]
Beijing ‘back-sliding on rights’
[BBC]
Taiwan official sentenced for spying for China
[AP]
China’s population grows older and more urban
[Reuters]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Myanmar leader enlists Suu Kyi friend as adviser
[AP]
Cambodia, Thailand agree to ceasefire after clashes
[Reuters]
Sri Lanka website LankaeNews is suspended
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Timothy Roemer, top US diplomat in India, resigns
[BBC]
Pakistan: Karachi naval bus bomb kills five
[BBC]
Kashmir soldier ‘kills’ four colleagues
[BBC]
India: Activist Binayak Sen attacks sedition laws
[BBC]
Kandahar jail governor detained after mass breakout [Reuters]
Afghan Military Officer Kills 8 U.S. Service Members
[NYT]

Middle East
Surprise Palestinian unity deal challenges Israel
[Reuters]
Turkey urges Syria to stop crackdown
[AP]
IAEA chief: Syria tried to build nuclear reactor
[AP]
Dozens arrested in Syrian town
[Al Jazeera]
Syria’s Assad facing dissent over Deraa crackdown
[Reuters]
Bahrain sentences four to die over police killing
[Reuters]
Yemen opposition warns bloodshed may derail deal
[Reuters]
Blast in Morocco tourist cafe kills 14 people
[Reuters]

Africa
Libya rebels battle for Misurata airport
[Al Jazeera]
Libyan doctor says NATO airstrike killed 12 rebels
[AP]
Nigerian states of Kaduna and Bauchi vote after riots
[BBC]
Ivory Coast renegade warlord Ibrahim Coulibaly killed
[BBC]
Uganda’s Kizza Besigye arrested for fourth time
[BBC]
Zimbabwe PM vows to crackdown on violence
[AP]

Europe
Roma Defenseless against Extremist Vigilantes
[Der Spiegel]
The TV Column: Your guide to watching the royal wedding
[WaPo]
Police raid five squats before royal wedding
[Guardian]
UK Stem cell treatments threatened by European patents ruling
[Guardian]
Reykjavik Mayorial Race: From Punk Rocker to Mayor
[Der Spiegel]
Germany Finally Opens Labor Market to Eastern Workers
[Der Spiegel]
Outlook Dim for Climate Agreement by Year’s End
[NYT]

Americas/Domestic
Mexican officials recover 96 bodies so far in Durango
[BBC]
Tornadoes rip through U.S. South, more than 220 dead
[Reuters]
Guantánamo Detainee’s Lawyer Seeks a Voice on WikiLeaks Documents
[NYT]
Files Reveal Many Inmates Were Minors
[Der Spiegel]
Obama’s Pentagon and C.I.A. Picks Show Shift in How U.S. Fights
[NYT]
EPA proposes stricter controls on water pollution
[WaPo]
Checklist could spot children with autism earlier
[WaPo]
Economic growth slows to 1.8% in first months of 2011
[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]