Posts Tagged ‘geithner’

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Daily International news 08.15.11

August 15, 2011

Daily International News
August 15, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
Japan marks World War II surrender anniversary
[AP]
Japan grants visa to fugitive ex-Thai PM Thaksin
[Reuters]
Japan economy contracts for third straight quarter
[AP]
Koreas
N. Korea marks 66th anniversary of liberation from Japan rule
[Kyodo]
SKorean president calls for cooperation with North
[AP]
Dutchman returns home after detention in N. Korea: media report
[Yonhap]
S. Korea to deploy sub-killer torpedoes: report
[Kyodo]
China
Pakistan lets China see US helicopter
[FT]
Tibetan monk sets himself on fire in China
[BBC]
The South China Sea Is the Future of Conflict
[FP]
Locke Tells China U.S Pledged to Getting ‘Fiscal House in Order’
[Bloomberg]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Suu Kyi in first political trip beyond Yangon
[Al Jazeera]
Philippines Maguindanao governor survives bomb
[BBC]
Indonesia Ahmadiyah attack: Outrage over victim jailing
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Gilani says Pakistan wants friendly relations with India
[Indian Express]
U.S. consulate in India apologizes for diplomat’s gaffe
[POLITICO]
India PM: ‘Hunger strikes will not help fight graft’
[BBC]
Nepalese Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal resigns
[BBC]
Tajikistan trial for BBC reporter Urunboy Usmonov
[BBC]

Middle East
Syrian forces ‘shell Latakia’ for third day
[Al Jazeera]
More than 70 killed in attacks across Iraq
[WaPo] 
Turkish general in court on Sledgehammer ‘plot’ charges
[BBC]
Israel to build 277 homes in Ariel settlement in West Bank
[Reuters]

Africa
Egypt judge postpones Mubarak hearing to September 5
[Reuters]
Libya’s Security Chief Arrives in Cairo
[NYT]
Gaddafi defiant, rebels poised to strangle capital
[Reuters]
New flood of migrants flees Libya as Gadhafi promises ‘martyr blood’
[Deutsche Welle]
Tunisia police use tear gas to disperse protest
[Reuters]
Morocco pencils in November date for early election
[Reuters]
AP: Mogadishu food aid stolen; UN investigating
[AP]
UN urges probe into alleged Sudan war crimes
[AP]

Europe
Breivik reconstructs attack for Norway police
[Al Jazeera]
Russia foiled militant attack on bullet train-report [Reuters]
Europe Pressures Merkel to Accept Euro Bonds
[Der Spiegel]
Cameron: Riot-hit UK must reverse `moral collapse’
[AP]
UK: 100s of tons of oil leaked in North Sea spill
[AP]

Americas
Landslide victory for Kirchner with more votes than her main rivals together
[MercoPress]
Bickering U.S. sees Canada-Colombia deal take force
[Reuters]
Elite troops take sides in Mexican drugs wars
[Al Jazeera]
Cuba gay man and transgender woman marry
[BBC]

Domestic
Republican race snaps into focus with unlikely top tier of Romney, Bachmann, Perry
[WaPo]
Rick Perry makes first campaign outing
[POLITICO]
Ed Rendell: Hillary Clinton can’t resist White House run
[NY Post]
Obama Presses Economic Agenda in Midwest
[Bloomberg]
Geithner, Bernanke have little in arsenal to fight new crisis
[WaPo]
U.S. Stocks Open With Strong Gains
[NYT]
Google to Buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 Billion
[NYT]
Five dead in stage collapse at Indiana State Fair
[BBC]
Rembrandt drawing stolen from hotel
[BBC]

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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 06.07.11

June 7, 2011

Daily International News
June 7, 2011

International
Interpol says al Qaeda remains biggest global threat
[Reuters]
International Energy Agency says gas in golden age
[BBC]
After 90 Years, a Dictionary of an Ancient World
[NYT]

Northeast Asia
Koreas
EU team in N. Korea to assess food shortages
[AFP]

NKorean defector to get high-level SKorean post
[AP]
Cracks Open in N.Korea-China Ties
[Chosun]
China
China publishes first list of military equipment suppliers as part of procurement reforms
[Xinhua]

Libya’s foreign minister visits China
[AP]
China executes student for murder of hit-and-run victim
[BBC]
Floods kill 14 people, leave 53 missing in China
[AP]
Japan
Japan doubles Fukushima radiation leak estimate
[BBC]
Japan says it was unprepared for nuclear disaster
[AP]
Shelter life takes mental toll on Japan evacuees
[AP]
Fukushima aftermath: G20 to discuss nuclear safety
[BBC]
Manga fans can collect something new: a doctorate
[AP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Jailed Australian sues over bad consular advice in UAE
[BBC]
Singapore to take No. 2 gambling spot from Vegas
[AP]

South/Central Asia
Pakistan Taliban vow to attack US targets overseas
[Guardian]
Military Seeks to Make Case Against Too-Hasty Reduction of Troops in Afghanistan
[NYT]
India activist Anna Hazare plans new anti-graft protest
[BBC]
Heavy flying Great Indian bustard faces extinction
[BBC]

Middle East
Abbas’ envoys in Washington not to meet Israelis
[Xinhua]

Battles rage in al Qaeda-held Yemen town, 25 dead
[Reuters]
Yemen: Royal Marines on standby to evacuate Britons
[BBC]
Syrians in tense north flee, fearing new crackdown
[AP]
Israel Disputes Toll of Border Clashes, Saying Syria Has an Ulterior Motive
[NYT]
U.S. Braces for Withdrawal Along Iraqi Road
[NYT]

Africa
Rare daytime NATO airstrikes hit Libyan capital
[AP]
Lagarde visits India to campaign for IMF top job
[AP]
Libyan woman who claimed rape arrives in Romania
[AP]

South Sudan death toll tops 1,500 – U.N.
[Reuters]
‘Boko Haram’ gunmen kill Nigerian Muslim cleric Birkuti
[BBC]

Europe
Croatia completes most of EU membership talks
[BBC]
NATO, Russia team up in anti-terror exercise
[AP]
Nuclear skeptics, boosters debate safety issues
[AP]
Car blast in Moldovan capital, one injured
[Reuters]
After Strauss-Kahn’s Arrest, Frenchwomen Speak Out
[NYT]
Axe funding for anti-democracy Muslim groups, says former minister
[Guardian]
David Cameron to reveal changes to NHS reforms
[BBC]
WHO: Time running out to solve E. coli outbreak
[AP]
EU farm chief proposes millions in aid for E. coli
[AP]

Americas/ Domestic
Chile and Argentina monitor volcano ash cloud trail
[BBC]
Obama loses bin Laden bounce; Romney on the move among GOP contenders
[WaPo]
Obama, Merkel to talk policy before night of pomp
[AP]
Obama backs UN secretary-general for new term
[AP] 
Wonkbook: Why Goolsbee is leaving
[WaPo]
Pawlenty to propose tax cuts, smaller government role in economic address
[WaPo]
Buddy Roemer likely to announce in June
[POLITICO]
Rep. Anthony Weiner’s district debates his career and his future
[WaPo]
Edwards Rejected Deal That Called for Jail Time
[NYT]
Blagojevich on stand for 7th day at retrial
[AP]
Global markets await Bernanke speech
[AP]
Timothy Geithner tells banks to accept new rules
[BBC]

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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 05.11.11

May 11, 2011

Daily International News
May 11, 2011

US-China S&ED Coverage
China rejects US criticism of human rights record
[BBC]
China-US make progress on trade but differences remain
[BBC]
U.S., China reach ‘milestone’ agreement on security, economic policy
[WaPo]
China-U.S. S&ED yields satisfactory outcome: Chinese vice premier
[Xinhua]
U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue creates new opportunities
[Xinhua]

Northeast Asia
China [non-S&ED]
Detained artist Ai Weiwei’s exhibits in UK
[AP]
Korean Bible instructor held following China raid
[AP]
Three ex-Xinhua Finance bosses face US fraud charges
[BBC]
Koreas
Pro-Pyongyang newspaper reacts coldly to Lee’s invitation
[Yonhap]
North Korea Readying New Surprise?
[The Diplomat]
U.S. evangelist Franklin Graham in N. Korea, meets foreign minister
[Kyodo]
U.S. ponders food-team trip to North
[JoongAng]
Debate rages about food aid to North Korea
[AP]
S. Korea, Japan Agree on 3-step Process to 6-party Talk Resumption
[Arirang TV]

Satellites show more poppy fields in the North
[JoongAng]
S. Korea urges North Korea to halt cyber attacks
[Kyodo]
S. Korea and N. Korea invited to field joint team in table tennis
[Yonhap]
Japan
Japan to set up govt-backed nuke compensation plan
[AP]
Japan nuclear operator seals radioactive water leak
[Reuters]
Kan orders probe into Fukushima failures
[FT]
Toyota quarterly profits drop but recovery expected
[BBC]

Southeast Asia/Japan
U.N. envoy arrives in Myanmar to meet gov’t officials, Suu Kyi
[Kyodo]

Bangladesh rejects rights group’s criticism
[AP]

South/Central Asia
U.S. granted access to speak to bin Laden’s wives
[CNN]

Pakistan military aid safer than the economic aid
[FP]
Senator Kerry heads to Pakistan to smooth bin Laden fury
[Reuters]
Bin Laden Sons Say U.S. Broke International Law
[NYT]

Taliban resistance ‘under-estimated’ by Britain
[BBC]
India puts Pakistani army officers on “most wanted” list
[Reuters]
India’s Supreme Court rejects harsher Bhopal charges
[BBC]

Middle East
Hamas accepts 1967 borders, but will never recognize Israel, top official says
[Haaretz]

Syria tanks ‘shell’ protest city of Homs
[BBC]
Exclusive: Kuwait opens bid for Syrian seat on U.N. Human Rights Council
[FP]
Protests bring two Yemen cities to standstill, 2 dead
[Reuters]
Bahrain should set up torture investigation body – HRW
[Reuters]
Iraq to discuss extension of U.S. troops this month – PM
[Reuters]

Africa
Libya rebels ‘capture Misrata airport’
[BBC]

Ban Ki-Moon calls for Libya cease-fire as NATO assault intensifies
[WaPo]
Sudan: UN peacekeepers attacked in Abyei
[BBC]
Uganda opposition leader Kizza Besigye ‘allowed home’
[BBC]
Uganda’s anti-gay bill not on agenda after outcry
[AP]

Europe
Protesters clash during Greek strike
[FT]
German police raid homes of suspected extremists
[AP]
Lithuania jails Soviet commando for Medininkai shooting
[BBC]
Earthquake fever hits Rome as some fear “the big one” [Reuters]
Germany ‘could back Italy’s Draghi for ECB chief’
[AFP]
Clegg: Lib Dems to be ‘more muscular’ in coalition
[BBC]
David Cameron’s Prime Minister’s Questions – in full
[BBC]

Americas
FARC files show ties with Venezuela’s Chavez and Ecuador’s Correa
[Miami Herald]

Guatemalan Court Acquits Former President of Embezzling
[NYT]
Venezuela begins electricity rationing after blackouts
[BBC]

Domestic
President to Renew Muslim Outreach
[WSJ]
Obama administration boasting about border security
[WaPo]
Five Democratic Senators to watch in Obama debt meeting
[WaPo]
Gingrich is in, but can he win?
[WaPo]

Romney focused on outraising — by far — Republican presidential competitors
[WaPo]
Navy revokes guidance on same-sex marriages
[WaPo]
Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks about separation from Maria Shriver
[LAT]

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Daily International News 01.12.11

January 12, 2011

Daily International News
January 12, 2011

Northeast Asia
Koreas
Gates in Tokyo for Talks on North Korea
[NYT]
Gates Demands a Halt of North Korean Tests
[WSJ]
Hot Line Connecting Koreas Returns to Service
[NYT]
Klingner Opinion: North Korea’s Imminent Threat
[WSJ]
Seoul returns offer for talks – but tough talks
[JoongAng]
China’s Hu to call for new talks on North Korea
[AP]
S Korea keen on upgrading defense deals with Israel
[AHN]
Five North Korean defectors ‘shot dead’
[Sify]

China
Robert Gates tours China nuclear warfare headquarters
[BBC]
Nationalistic and Chasing the ‘Chinese Dream’
[NYT]
China Would `Welcome’ U.S. Statement on Holdings During Hu, Obama Summit
[Bloomberg]
Geithner warns Beijing on currency policies
[AP]
Tajikistan agrees to give land to China
[AP]
China bans German pork and eggs in dioxin scare
[BBC]
China artist Ai Weiwei’s Shanghai studio demolished
[BBC]

Japan
DPJ lawmakers get together amid internal rifts
[Mainichi]

Southeast Asia
Vietnam vows change to build modern economy
[BBC]
Floods ground Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
In Kabul, Biden promises U.S. support beyond 2014
[WaPo]
US ‘not the enemy of Islam’ says Biden
[AFP]
Suicide bomber kills two in Afghanistan capital
[Guardian]
Life in jail for two Pakistani Muslim blasphemers
[BBC]
Biden in Pakistan for Talks With Top Officials
[NYT]
Pakistani bomber kills 17 in attack on police
[BBC]
Zardari Ally to Succeed Slain Punjab Gov. Taseer in Pakistan
[NYT]

Middle East
Lebanon’s government falls as Hezbollah pulls out
[AP]
Iran Says Time Running Out for Nuclear Deal
[NYT]

Africa
South Sudan’s referendum vote reaches 60%, says SPLM
[BBC]
US could take Sudan off state terror list by July
[AFP]
Ivory Coast’s army opens fire on opposition neighborhoods
[AP]
Government imposes curfew in Tunisia’s capital
[AP]
Tunisian president fires police chief over unrest
[Reuters]
Egypt denies sectarian motive for Copt’s murder
[AFP]
Nigeria: Jos Killings Escalate
[All Africa]

Europe
Tony Blair to appear before Iraq war inquiry on 21 January
[Guardian]
Eric Illsley to quit as MP following expenses conviction
[Guardian]
Kaczynski air crash: Russia blames Polish pilot error
[BBC]
Dutch government enforcing taxes on prostitution
[AP]
Europe Debates Larger Rescue Fund
[WSJ]
European stocks higher after Portugal bond sale
[AFP]
Germany enjoys stellar growth
[FT]

Americas
Prayer and mourning in Haiti a year after quake
[AP]
Hitmen intensify attacks in Mexico’s richest city
[Reuters]
At least 61 dead in rain-hit Brazil towns
[Reuters]

Domestic
Arizona Shooting
Analysis: Sarah Palin’s use of ‘blood libel’ sparks new controversy
[WaPo]
Boehner opposes new gun-control bill
[The Hill]
Obama’s Visit to Arizona Offers Moment to Alter His Image of `Detachment’
[Bloomberg]
Officers stopped Loughner on day of Ariz. shooting
[AP]
Gun sales soar 60 percent in Arizona
[Politico]
Other
Daley Has $7.7 Million of JPMorgan Stock to Divest on Way to White House
[Bloomberg]
Republican school board in N.C. backed by tea party abolishes integration policy
[WaPo]
Oil spill panel calls for tighter federal rules, new fees for drilling
[WaPo]
More slayings in Pr. George’s, and police feel the heat
[WaPo]
How To Switch Your iPhone Service From AT&T To Verizon
[Techland]

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Daily International News 01.06.11

January 6, 2011

Daily International News
January 6, 2011

Global
New UN council to reflect 21st century
[AP]

Northeast Asia
China
China’s Push to Modernize Military Is Bearing Fruit
[NYT]

Chinese FM meets U.S. counterpart on Hu’s upcoming visit
[Xinhua]
China backs policy of no pre-emptive nuke strikes
[AP]
China law to make children visit parents
[BBC]
China improves energy efficiency 20 pct in 5 years
[AP]
Koreas
China’s North Korean Calculations
[NYT]

US envoy seeks Chinese help to ease Korea crisis
[AP] and China and U.S. Have ‘Useful’ Talks on North Korea [NYT]
Nuclear Inspection in N.Korea ‘Would Take Several Years’
[Chosun]
S.Korea’s Special Forces ‘Vastly Outnumbered’ by N.Korea’s
[Chosun]
Analysis: SKorea cool to NKorea charm offensive
[AP]
North Korea remains Christians’ No. 1 persecutor
[Orlando Sentinel]

N. Korea rewrites party regulations to boost hereditary power succession: source
[Yonhap]
Japan
Under-pressure Kan set to reshuffle Cabinet, DPJ leadership
[Mainichi]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
US protests over treatment of diplomat in Vietnam
[AP]

Flooded Queensland hit by fresh rain
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
U.S. Military Suspends 2 Contractors That Failed to Pay Afghans
[NYT]
U.S. to temporarily send 1,400 more Marines to Afghanistan
[Reuters]

Pakistan PM bends to opposition demands on economy
[AP]
Assassination Deepens Divide in Pakistan
[NYT]

Middle East
Hijack attempt foiled aboard Turkish Air flight
[CNN]
Iran says American woman detained on spy charges
[AP]

Israel says Turkey like Iran before revolution
[Reuters]
Mubarak says Israel must revise position on talks
[Reuters]
Benjamin Netanyahu heckled at Israel fire memorial
[BBC]

Africa
Egypt on alert as Copts gather for Christmas Eve
[BBC]
Ivory Coast: UN plans more peacekeepers
[BBC] and Ouattara calls for commando op in Ivory Coast [AP]

Security tight as Nigerian oil state goes to polls
[Reuters]
Sudan ‘needs clearer oil-sharing deal’
[BBC]
Tunisia suicide protester Mohammed Bouazizi dies
[BBC]
Tanzania police kill two in Arusha at Chadema protest
[BBC]

Europe
U.N. group warns of potential ‘food price shock’
[WaPo]
Hungary PM ‘ready to change’ media law if EU demands
[BBC]
UK moves to extend freedom of information laws
[AP]
Lithuania loses Euro court case over ex-leader Paksas
[BBC]
Belgium’s Flemish separatists block talks on coalition
[Deutsche Welle]

Americas
Opposition takes up seats in new Venezuelan parliament
[BBC]

Deadly grenade blast rocks Guyana capital Georgetown
[BBC]

Domestic
GOP bends its own new House rules
[Politico] and House Republicans adopt new rules for tax and spending legislation [WaPo]
Obama Turning to Experienced Hands as He Remakes Staff
[NYT]
The mystery of Bill Daley
[WaPo]
U.S. healthcare law repeal hurts deficits-Budget Office
[Reuters]
Geithner says U.S. could hit debt limit by March 31
[Reuters]
BP, Transocean, Halliburton blamed by presidential Gulf oil spill commission
[WaPo]