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Daily International News 07.28.10

July 28, 2010

Daily International News
July 28, 2010

Northeast Asia
Japan hangs two death row inmates
[BBC]
“Freak wave” damages Japan supertanker off Oman
[Reuters]
Strict immigration rules may threaten Japan’s future
[WaPo]
China to send 2 pandas to Japan in diplomatic move
[AP]
China’s government news chief ‘missing’ in Britain
[Telegraph]
Deadly explosion hits Chinese plastics factory
[Reuters]
Worst floods in a decade in China, 30,000 trapped
[AP]
China Pushes to End Public Shaming
[NYT]
Escaped South Korean prisoner of war ‘sent back to North after fleeing to China’
[Guardian]

AfPak
Central Command pick backs Afghan strategy
[Wash Times]
Blast kills 25 on bus in southern Afghanistan
[LAT]
Pakistan plane crashes, all 152 on board dead
[Reuters]
David Cameron: Pakistan is promoting the ‘export of terror’
[Telegraph]

Middle East
Hans Blix: Blair government became ‘prisoner’ of US before war in Iraq
[Guardian]
Pentagon can’t account for how it spent $2.6 billion in Iraqi funds, audit finds
[WaPo]
Iran to pay for new babies to boost population
[AP]
Israel rejects Abbas terms for direct talks
[AFP]
Alleged al Qaeda message mourns comrade, mentions flotilla raid
[CNN]
Jordan’s King Abdullah II, Israeli PM Netanyahu meet
[CNN]

Africa
We can build United States of Africa, Gaddafi says
[Reuters]
Egyptian policemen go on trial in torture case
[Reuters]
11 Somalis killed in gunbattle in Mogadishu
[AP]

Europe
Report finds Russians may not be in compliance, could sink new START pact
[WaPo]
Catalonia bans bullfighting in landmark Spain vote
[BBC]
German aid workers kidnapped in Darfur are freed [BBC]
Iceland defies EU fishing rules as bid talks open
[BBC]

Domestic
BP-Lockerbie hearing postponed
[Politico]
House approves $37 billion war-funding bill
[WaPo]
GOP senators leaning toward yes on New START
[FP]
WikiLeaks Founder Defends Afghan War-Data Release
[Bloomberg]
Holder Says U.S. Probing Afghanistan Document Leaks
[Bloomberg]
Incoming BP CEO thinks, but ‘can’t guarantee,’ oil flow has ended
[CNN]
Gingrich defines Mosque Exclusion Zone for New York
[Salon]
Former Arlington superintendent, deputy subpoenaed
[Salon]

Americas
Venezuela nabs 6 Colombian paramilitary suspects
[AP]
Mexico police find human heads dumped near Durango
[BBC]
4 journalists reported missing in northern Mexico
[AP]
Climate change set to boost Mexican immigration to the US, says study
[CSM]

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Daily International News 07.26.10

July 26, 2010

Daily International News
July 26, 2010

Global
Global Economy May Slow to 3.25% From 4.7% Average
[Bloomberg]

NE Asia
Submarine focus for US-South Korea military drill
[BBC]
North Korea’s threats over US-South Korea war games: Another bluff?
[CSM]
Doubts surface on North Korea’s role in ship sinking
[LAT]
A Clouded Outlook: Japan from Dynamo to Dinosaur
[Time]

SE Asia/Pacific
Khmer Rouge Figure Is Found Guilty of War Crimes
[NYT]
Bus-stop bombing kills one in Bangkok
[BBC]
New Philippine leader Aquino sets out agenda
[BBC]

Central/South Asia
Afghan war logs: key findings
[Telegraph]
Karzai orders probe into Afghan civilian deaths
[ABC]
Pakistan Aids Insurgency in Afghanistan, Reports Assert
[NYT]
Burma leader’s India visit draws rights criticism
[BBC]

Middle East
EU tightens sanctions over Iran nuclear programme
[BBC]
Iran improves ballistic missile capabilities
[Tehran Times]
Israeli Arab Raed Salah jailed over spitting incident
[BBC]
Yemen forces ‘kill al-Qaeda trio’
[BBC]
Turkey requests PKK leader’s extradition
[Today’s Zaman]

Africa
ICC Bashir warrants ‘undermine peace in Africa’
[AFP]
Somalia: AU Ministers Agree to ‘Take On’ Al Shabaab
[All Africa]
Uganda president urges action against Somali militants
[BBC]

Europe
BP Said to Cast Dudley as CEO as It Looks to Rebuild
[Bloomberg]
Sarkozy condemns hostage killing
[BBC]
Oil Giant Fined for Shipping Sludge to Ivory Coast
[NYT]
Prosecutors launch investigation into Love Parade tragedy
[DW]

Domestic/Americas
Alex Salmond calls on US to release Lockerbie files
[BBC]
Hearing on Lockerbie Sets Off More Finger-Pointing
[NYT]

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Daily International News 07.23.10

July 23, 2010

Daily International News
July 23, 2010

North Korea
North Korea vows ‘physical response’ to US exercise
[BBC]
NKorea tensions spike at Asian security forum
[AP]
US says NKorea must change ‘dangerous’ behavior
[AP]
On North Korea and More, China Flexes Its Muscles
[Time]

China/Japan
US wades into South China Sea disputes
[AP]
China sentences Uighur writer to 15 years in jail
[AP]
China ‘may review execution policy changes’
[BBC]
First details on China oil spill’s cause emerge
[AP]
Prosecutors to quiz Japan ruling party’s Ozawa – media
[Reuters]

South/SE/Central Asia
US warns Myanmar on nukes, rights abuses
[AP]
17 injured in blast targeting Afghan candidate
[AP]
Minority leaders leaving Karzai’s side over leader’s overtures to insurgents
[WaPo]
Pakistani government extends tenure of Army Chief Kayani
[CNN]
India unveils prototype of $35 tablet computer
[AP]

Middle East/N. Africa
Abbas warns Fatah to get organized or die
[Haaretz]
Israel: Controversial conversion bill shelved
[AP]
Israel to return impounded Gaza aid ships to Turkey
[Reuters]
Hezbollah members ‘facing Rafik Hariri charges’
[BBC]
Mubarak, 82, gives public speech after health rumours
[Reuters]

Africa
Guards for Somali Leader Join Islamists
[NYT]
Nigerian senate votes for earlier elections
[BBC]
Uganda: AU Military Chiefs Draw Somalia War Plan
[All Africa]
Guinea to send troops to AU force in Somalia
[AFP]

Europe
Russia says ready to resume NATO military ties
[Reuters]
Scottish official to skip US Lockerbie hearing
[AP]
BP Managers Named in Disaster Probe
[WSJ]
Serbia rejects UN legal ruling on Kosovo’s secession
[BBC]
Trafigura found guilty of exporting toxic waste
[BBC]
France to sell two Mistral-class warships to Russia
[BBC]
France targets ‘al-Qaeda militants’ in Mauritania
[BBC]
Banks Await Stress Test Results in Europe
[NYT]
Euro Passes Own Stress Test as Bank Examinations Loom
[Bloomberg]

Domestic
Hearing on Arizona immigration law begins
[WaPo]
Senate Passes U.S. War Bill Without State Aid Sought by House
[Bloomberg]
Bowing to political reality, Senate Democrats drop broad energy bill
[LAT]
Ships evacuated from Gulf as tropical storm advances
[BBC]

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Daily International News 07.21.10

July 21, 2010

Daily International News
July 21, 2010

Japan/Koreas
US announces new sanctions against North Korea
[AP] and US to widen sanctions against North Korea [FT]
Korea war games sign of growing tensions
[BBC]
U.S. Spy Chief Nominee Clapper Sees Danger Ahead From N. Korea
[Bloomberg]
NKorea on damage control at Asia security meeting
[AP]
Japan PM: Ex-NKorean spy visit will help abductees
[AP]

China/Taiwan
US Navy head calls China’s intentions ‘opaque’
[AP]
Taiwan-China flight negotiations hit snag
[AP]
Growing China oil spill threatens sea life, water
[AP]
More than 700 dead in Chinese floods
[CNN]

Central/South Asia
Karzai’s road map for reforms wins diplomats’ support at Afghan conference
[WaPo]
Water Dispute Increases India-Pakistan Tension
[NYT]
U.S. Forces Step Up Pakistan Presence
[WSJ]
Insurgents behead 6 Afghan police in north: NATO
[AP]

Middle East [non-Israel/Palestine related]
Iran says scientist provided information on CIA
[AP]
New sanctions crimp Iran’s shipping business as insurers withhold coverage
[WaPo]
Turkey foreign minister meets with Hamas leader
[BBC]
Don’t blame Europe for Turkey’s moves away from the West
[LAT]

Israel/Palestine
Israeli shelling kills Gaza militant, wounds 7
[Reuters]
Abbas: Specific US assurances on borders needed
[AP]
Israel to restrict white phosphorus use in future wars
[BBC]
Israel to Deploy Hi-Tech Anti-Rocket System
[VOA]

Africa
Chad should arrest Sudan’s Bashir-rights group
[Reuters]
Darfur Jem rebels sign deal to stop child soldiers
[BBC]
Dozens killed in clashes between Somali government forces and Islamist militants
[WaPo]
Somali pirates release 2 ships
[CNN]

Europe/UK
Cameron says Britain won’t investigate release of Lockerbie bomber
[WaPo]
BP denies CEO leaving as it readies asset sales
[Reuters]
U.S.: Russian cheating on START is insignificant
[Wash Times]
Police: 2 killed in Russian power station attack
[AP]
Spain predicts thaw in US and EU ties with Cuba
[AP]
UN court orders retrial for former Kosovo premier
[AP]
Scientists find most massive star ever discovered
[AP]

Americas
Cuba ready to free more political prisoners: parliament chief
[AFP]
GAO report: Mexico drug aid needs better oversight
[AP]
Chavez says government has stake in opposition broadcaster
[CNN]

Domestic
Firing of USDA official highlights larger political problems involving race
[WaPo]
RNC fails to report $7M in debt to FEC
[Wash Times]
Media Seek Looser Guantánamo Rules
[NYT]

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Daily International News 07.19.10

July 19, 2010

Daily International News
July 19, 2010

East/SE Asia
North Korea and Myanmar top agenda for Asia security meet
[Reuters]
China Passes U.S. as World’s Biggest Energy Consumer
[WSJ]
China launches oil spill clean-up after pipeline blasts
[BBC]
Indonesian Muslim group may ban civet coffee
[AP]
AFC chief meets with N. Korean official
[Yonhap]

Central/South Asia
Clinton arrives in Afghan capital for conference
[AP]
Road bombs kill 6 Afghan policemen, 2 US troops
[AP]
U.S. hopes Afghanistan-Pakistan trade deal boosts cooperation in war effort
[WaPo]
US unveils Pakistan aid projects
[BBC]
U.S. Sanctions Cloud India-Iran Projects
[WSJ]

Middle East
Iran uses bank in Germany to beat sanctions: report
[AFP]
48 killed in suicide bombings targeting members of Iraq’s Awakening councils
[WaPo]
Aid from Libya arrives in Gaza
[CNN]

Africa
African Union opens summit despite twin bombings
[AP]
Sudan brutally suppressing dissent, says Amnesty
[AFP]
12 Somalis killed in 2-day Mogadishu battle
[AP]
Rebels hit main army base in Central Africa town
[AFP]
Kenyan pastor charged over ‘referendum bomb plot’
[BBC]

Europe
UK’s Cameron: releasing Lockerbie bomber was wrong
[AP]
Greek journalist gunned down, police cite terror
[AP]
Spanish parliament to debate ban on public burqas
[AP]
IMF, EU suspend talks on emergency loan to Hungary
[DW]
Moody’s downgrades Ireland on bank and growth worries
[Reuters]

Americas/Domestic
Officials say gunmen kill 18 at party in Mexico
[AP]
Top Secret America: A hidden world, growing beyond control
[WaPo]
US fears Gulf seabed oil seepage near stricken BP well
[BBC]
GOP Sees Path to Control of Senate
[WSJ]

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Daily International News 07.16.10

July 16, 2010

Daily International News
July 16, 2010

Northeast Asia [non-China]
WHO criticizes Amnesty report into NKorea health
[AP]
U.S. and South Korea to announce joint military exercises
[WaPo]
Thousands in Asia held over World Cup bets
[BBC]

China
China’s Wen Jiabao says euro investment continues
[BBC]
American appeals 8-year term in China secrets case
[AP]
Thousands evacuated as typhoon hits southern China
[AP]
Xinhua TV becomes accessible for iPhone, iTouch users
[Xinhua]

SE Asia/Pacific
ASEAN mulls options for U.S., Russia role in regional architecture
[Kyodo]
Burma junta support group USDA disbands
[BBC]
Former Suu Kyi aide released from jail in Myanmar
[AP]
Australian PM Gillard likely to call Aug 28 election
[AAH]

Central/South Asia
Clinton to seek signs of progress in Afghanistan
[Reuters]
NATO airstrike kills Taliban commander, police say
[AP]
OSCE to send police force to Kyrgyzstan
[BBC]
Pakistan barbs darken mood after India peace talks
[AFP]
Pakistan market bomb kills 10
[AFP]
Curfew imposed again in most of Indian Kashmir
[AP]

Middle East
U.S. Says Scientist Aided C.I.A. While Still in Iran
[NYT]
Suicide bombers kill 27 in Iran
[LAT]
Gaza aid ship unloads at Egyptian port
[CNN]
Second telecom ‘Israeli spy’ arrested in Lebanon
[BBC]
Despite diplomatic tensions, U.S.-Israeli security ties strengthen
[WaPo]|
Some worry about abuse as U.S. hands over final detention center to Iraq
[WaPo]

Africa
Kenyan police arrest suspect in Uganda bombings
[AP]
Uganda ready to send extra 2,000 troops to Somalia
[Reuters]
Rwanda arrest suspect over beheaded politician
[Reuters]
Rwanda genocide tribunal defense lawyer shot dead
[AP]

Europe
France charges three Chechens in terror probe
[BBC]
Killer of Natalia Estemirova ‘on wanted list’
[BBC]
Sweden: 2 guilty in Muhammad artist’s home attack
[AP]
Vatican Revises Abuse Process, but Causes Stir
[NYT]
Women’s Ordination Conference: Vatican’s ‘scare tactics’ appalling
[WaPo]

Domestic
June was worst month for Army suicides, statistics show
[CNN]
Senate Probes Any BP Ties to Lockerbie Case Release
[WSJ]
Greenspan Calls for Congress to Let All Bush Tax Cuts Expire
[Bloomberg]
Gulf oil test, bill passage give Obama a day to savor
[WaPo]
Oil Spill Capped for a Second Day, Offering Some Hope
[NYT]

Americas
Colombia accuses Venezuela of harbouring rebel groups
[BBC]
3 killed in drug gang attack on police in Mexico
[AP]
Free Mexico honeymoon for first Argentine gay newly-weds
[BBC]

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NEWS: Afternoon Int’l News Roundup 10.21.09

October 21, 2009

Lots this morning going on…enjoy!

East Asia

N. Korea ‘more lethal’ as it continues nuclear pursuit, proliferation: Gates [Yonhap]

“The threat posed by North Korea has become “more lethal and destabilizing” as the country continues to pursue nuclear arms and missiles while spreading related knowledge, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Wednesday.”

Gates pushes Japan on U.S. troop shift plan [Reuters]

“It is time to move on,” Gates said at a news conference with Japanese Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa after they held talks on alliance issues. “This may not be the perfect alternative for anyone, but it is the best alternative for everyone.”

China: Detainees ‘Disappeared’ After Xinjiang Protests [HRW]

“The Chinese government should immediately account for all detainees in its custody and allow independent investigations into the July 2009 protests in Urumqi and their aftermath, Human Rights Watch said in a new report on enforced “disappearances” released today.”

China’s army to recruit 130,000 college grads [Reuters]

Hijacked Chinese bulk carrier heading northwest [Xinhua]

Gitmo

Supreme Court to hear Uighurs’ case [NYT]

“The Supreme Court set aside the objections of the Obama administration and said Tuesday that it will consider whether judges have the power to release Guantanamo Bay detainees into the United States if they have been deemed not to be “enemy combatants.” LA Times Coverage

AfPak

Afghan president’s rival accepts Nov. 7 runoff [WP]

“The runner-up in Afghanistan’s election agreed on Wednesday to a second round of voting, a day after President Hamid Karzai conceded that widespread fraud erased his first-round majority.”

Kerry Wins Obama’s Praise for Brokering Afghan Election Runoff [WSJ]

Afghan poll fraud officials fired [BBC]

“Earlier Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told the BBC the UN wanted 200 top poll officials who were complicit in fraud replaced to make the vote credible.”

Pakistan Closes Schools, Colleges After Twin Bombings [WSJ]

“Pakistan closed schools nationwide for five days after suicide bombers struck a university in the capital, a step that may further erode public tolerance for the country’s Islamic militant movement.”

Pakistan hits Taliban; urges NATO to seal border [Reuters]

“Pakistani helicopter gunships attacked Taliban bases near the Afghan border on Wednesday as the army urged NATO forces to seal the frontier to stem cross-border movement of militants.”

Israel/Palestine

Israel hardens stance on U.N. Gaza report [WP]

Israel hardened its opposition Tuesday to international calls for an independent inquiry into its offensive in the Gaza Strip last winter, saying it would urge the United States to stop the issue from advancing at the United Nations.”

Palestinian president to set Jan. election date [AP]
“Mahmoud Abbas told journalists in Cairo he will set the date in a presidential decree Sunday.
Hamas, which wants the voting delayed, dismissed Abbas’ announcement as an attempt to pressure the group into an agreement to end a bitter two-year division between the two sides that has interfered with peace talks with Israel and hampered reconstruction of war damage in Gaza.”

Middle East

Diplomats: Iranian negotiators back uranium deal [AP]

“Iranian negotiators on Wednesday expressed support for a deal that – if accepted by their leaders – would delay Tehran’s ability to make nuclear weapons by sending most of its existing enriched uranium to Russia for processing, diplomats said.”

Iran, powers have till Friday to OK nuclear deal [Reuters] The U.N. nuclear watchdog on Wednesday presented a draft deal to Iran and three world powers for approval within two days to reduce Tehran’s stockpile of enriched uranium, seen by the West as a nuclear weapons risk.”

EU/UK

Poland ready to accept new US missile defense deal [AP]

“Standing alongside U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Poland’s prime minister said Wednesday his country was ready to participate in the Obama administration’s revamped plan for a U.S. missile defense shield in Europe.”

UK lawyer says Lockerbie bomber still alive [AP]

“Sky News television reported Wednesday that the former Libyan intelligence agent had died, but lawyer Tony Kelly said the report was incorrect.”

British-chartered plane takes Afghan migrants home [Guardian]

“Flight takes off from Paris as joint immigration crackdown prompts anger in France.”

EU states downgraded in press freedom index [EU Observer]

“Press freedom in several European countries has eroded dramatically in the past year, particularly in Slovakia, Italy and Bulgaria, according to an annual index released on Tuesday (20 October) by NGO Reporters Without Borders.”

Africa

Ecowas Suspends Niger Republic [AllAfrica]

Americas

Police say total 29 dead in Rio drug violence [Reuters]

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POST: Compassion for Lockerbie Bomber: Landmark or Lamentable?

August 24, 2009

I wanted to write something about last week’s release of convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi when the story was first aired, but I felt that I needed to get a better understanding  of the history of the situation before making any judgments – plus, I wanted to see how people reacted.

The array of emotions attached to this case are staggering – everything from despair at his release to disbelief over his initial sentence. My main questions have remained, Was his release out of the ordinary and how will this affect US/UK, US/Libyan relations?

What I do not think many people realize is that freeing terminally ill prisoners on compassionate grounds is a key feature of Scottish law – it has been done 9 out of the last 13 cases, and had only been refused in last 4 because medical evidence did not the substantiate terminally ill status of the prisoners. Since the 9 releases had not taken into account the crime which the prisoner was convicted in the decision, this new release of al-Megrahi fits perfectly into Scottish precedent – prisoner is terminally ill, prisoner is released. The hype of the crime or the circumstance do not play a role.

On a further note, the low amount of media attention given to the continued questioning surrounding his conviction has surprised me. I do not agree or disagree with the aforementioned, very well-written, BBC article, but it does make one think. Of course, al-Megrahi could very well have had a hand in the bombing, but the evidence seems to point to the fact that the true perpetrators, the masterminds, have as of yet gone free. Is the conviction of one seemingly connected man, a “convenient scapegoat”, enough? Was he senior enough in the plan to be the sole representative of the perpetrators of this horrible crime?

Today, Scotland’s Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill “doggedly” defended his decision to free al-Megrahi. He stood by “his and only his” decision and only lamented the heroes welcome given to the freed prisoner upon his return home to Libya on Thursday.  However, a senior State Department official said today that short of praising the Libyans, at least he could say that the “Thursday demonstrations could have been a lot worse.” But the official further stated that they were still “disgusting” and represented only the “minorly pathetic” responsiveness of Libyan officials.

Now there are new claims that oil diplomacy has played a part in the al-Megrahi release which is difficult to deny (although British officials have) considering the BusinessWeek article issued today of increased trade between Britain and Libya in coming months.  Between the US and UK, although tourists have threatened a UK boycott and all senior Obama administration officials balked at al-Megrahi’s release, they still stick by their claim that nothing will change in the relations between the two countries and that they “have great faith in the British democracy to air these things in a very thorough” manner.  In the end, it comes down to the indisputable fact that this decision was wholly up to the Scottish Authorities and, following their own precedent, no distinct changes in any bilateral relations seem to be forthcoming. However, if an under-the-table deal was struck between the UK and Libya, there really is no excuse.