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Daily International News 12.11.09

December 11, 2009

Daily International News
December 11, 2009

DPRK
N.K., U.S. positive about recent talks: KCNA
[Yonhap]
“North Korea said Friday that direct talks with the U.S. got off to a good start and that the two sides would continue efforts to narrow their differences over the resumption of the stalled six-party nuclear talks.” 

Japan
Futenma issue on hold at COP15
[Asahi]
“Prospects are dim for a summit meeting between Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and U.S. President Barack Obama to discuss the relocation of a Marine Corps airstrip in Okinawa’s Ginowan city anytime soon, government officials said.”

China
Nation rolls out steel tax on US
[China Daily]
“The Ministry of Commerce said Thursday on its website that US and Russian steelmakers must pay anti-dumping duties as high as 25 percent beginning today.”

China Indicts Prominent Dissident [NYT]
“Liu Xiaobo, one of China’s best-known dissidents and a principal author of a pro-democracy manifesto that has attracted more than 10,000 signatures from Chinese supporters, was indicted Thursday on charges of trying to subvert the state.”

Hundreds of China workers clash over factory site [Reuters]
“Twenty-six people were wounded when more than 300 Chinese workers battling for control of a factory site in Guangdong province clashed with explosives, rocks and steel pipes.”

Security on alert for island talks [China Daily]
“Chen Yunlin, president of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) and Chiang Pin-kung, chairman of the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), will hold their discussions from Dec 21-25 in the island city of Taichung.”

International Institutions
U.N. Afghan Mission Chief to Resign
[NYT]
“A United Nations spokesman, Dan McNorton, said in a statement that Mr. Eide’s “intention not to renew his contract” was in keeping with his plan when he took the job to stay for about two years.”

EU agrees climate pledge that may boost Copenhagen [BBC]
“EU leaders have agreed to pay 7.2bn euros (£6.5bn; $10.6bn) over the next three years to help developing nations adapt to climate change.” [WSJ Coverage – U.N. Draft Agreement Seeks to Halve CO2 Emissions By 2050]

Chinese official calls US negotiator irresponsible
[AP]
“In unusually blunt language, He said…”I don’t want to say the gentleman is ignorant…I think he lacks common sense where he made such a comment vis-a-vis funds for China. Either lack of common sense or extremely irresponsible.” [And China Daily – China refuted the idea of G2 in climate change]

AfPaK
US official: Pakistan expected to deport US youths
[AP]
“The official confirmed that U.S. diplomats in Pakistan visited the detainees on Friday for a second time…There was no immediate indication when the five might be returned to the United States.”

Middle East
Gates Expects New Sanctions on Iran
[NYT]
“I think you’re going to see some significant additional sanctions imposed by the international community,” Mr. Gates said during a question-and-answer session with American troops in Kirkuk.”

Fire attack on West Bank mosque [BBC]
“Attackers set fire to bookshelves and a large area of carpet in the mosque, and sprayed graffiti in Hebrew on a wall.”

Jordan’s King Abdullah appoints former aide as new PM [BBC]
“Samir al-Rifai will form a new cabinet in order to push through reforms that the king says are vital for Jordan’s economy before elections due next year. In November King Abdullah dissolved the parliament halfway through its four-year term.”

Europe
Romania’s court orders void votes re-examined
[WP]
“Losing candidate Mircea Geoana says his Social Democratic Party has evidence of ballot stuffing, multiple voting and widespread vote-buying, and has asked for new elections to be held.”

Russian policeman gets 2 years for killing reporter [Reuters]
“A policeman in Russia’s turbulent Ingushetia region was sentenced on Friday to two years in a low-security prison settlement for “unintentionally” shooting dead a prominent opposition reporter while in custody.”

Mafia boss denies link to Berlusconi associate [Reuters]
“A jailed Mafia boss told an Italian court on Friday he had never had ties with a close associate of Silvio Berlusconi, casting doubt on evidence from another mobster linking the prime minister to Cosa Nostra.”

Americas
Mercosur Refuses to Recognize Honduras Elections
[Latin American Herald Tribune]
“The presidents of the Mercosur trade bloc nations expressed their…“full non-recognition” of the new government that emerged from the Nov. 29 elections that Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica and the US are supporting.”

Zelaya will leave Brazil Embassy by Jan. 27 [AP]
“Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya says he will leave the Brazilian Embassy in Honduras by Jan. 27, when his presidential term ends, according to an interview broadcast Friday.”

Domestic
Goldman scraps cash bonuses for 30 top executives
[FT]
“The 30 members of Goldman’s management committee will receive their entire 2009 bonus in stock awards that must be held for five years.”

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Daily International News 12.10.09

December 10, 2009

Daily International News
December 10, 2009

Japan/China
Japan PM prods China ahead of visit by leader
[Reuters]
“Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama on Thursday urged China to make progress on democracy, just as China announced a rising leader will visit Japan in a sign of deepening ties between the two biggest Asian powers.”

DPRK
N. Korea agrees on need for six-way nuke talks: Bosworth
[Yonhap]
“North Korea and the United States have reached a “common understanding” on the need to resume the six-party nuclear talks and implement a 2005 historic deal on the North’s denuclearization, a senior U.S. envoy said Thursday after a three-day trip there.”

Clinton says NKorea-US talks are ‘positive’ [AFP]
“For a preliminary meeting, it was quite positive,” Clinton told reporters after US envoy Stephen Bosworth left Pyongyang saying both sides agreed on the need to resume the negotiations but without setting a date for them.”

Nobel
War president addresses incongruity of accepting peace prize
[WP]
“In his acceptance speech, Obama directly confronted the seeming paradox of receiving the prestigious peace prize while serving as a war president. In trying to pursue both security and peace, he said, “war is sometimes necessary.”

Obama’s Nobel snub angers Norwegians [Guardian]
“The White House has cancelled many of the events peace prize laureates traditionally submit to, including a dinner with the Norwegian Nobel committee, a press conference, a television interview, [and] a lunch invitation from the King.”

Copenhagen
Walkout Threat Over ‘Danish Text’
[AllAfrica]
“DEVELOPING states at the United Nations (UN) climate change conference, including SA, were unanimous yesterday in condemning the “Danish text.”

Europe
Russian missile test launch fails
[BBC]
“A Russian test launch of an intercontinental missile has failed, resulting in a white light seen over parts of Norway.”

Abortion pill gets final approval in Italy [BBC]
“Unlike in other European countries, the pill, also known as mifepristone, will be administered solely in hospitals.”

Middle East
Thousands in Jerusalem protest settlement freeze
[Reuters]
“The demonstration, which generally went off without incident, was the first major gathering in several years of settlers to protest an Israeli government’s actions to suspend settlement activity in the occupied West Bank.”

Iraq PM orders security reshuffle [Al Jazeera]
“Nouri al-Maliki, the Iraqi prime minister, has reshuffled the leadership of the country’s security forces, in the wake of a series of deadly bomb attacks in Baghdad.”

Iraq’s March vote won’t affect troop plan, U.S. says [Reuters]
“U.S. Defence Secretary Robert Gates met Iraqi leaders on Thursday as U.S. commanders said plans to reduce troop levels sharply by next summer were on track despite delayed elections and a major al Qaeda attack.”

Iran may face new U.N. sanctions – U.S., UK, France [Reuters]
“If it continues to refuse the slightest confidence measures, to refuse dialogue, transparency … we must draw all of the necessary conclusions and that means that we must move on to a new resolution involving sanctions,” French Ambassador to the U.N. Gerard Araud told a U.N. Security Council meeting on Iran.”

India/AfPak
Petraeus sees short-term rise in Afghan violence
[Reuters]
“Violence in Afghanistan and turmoil within the Karzai government are likely to rise in the short term, General David Petraeus said on Wednesday.”

Andhra MLAs resign protesting Telangana creation decision [Times of India]
“Andhra Pradesh plunged into a fresh political crisis on Thursday with 60 MLAs…resigning in protest against the Centre’s decision to carve out a separate Telangana state.”

Africa
Mugabe backers raped opponents in election – report
[Reuters]
“AIDS-Free World said the 64-page report — entitled “Electing to Rape” — is based on interviews with 72 survivors and witnesses, and documents 380 rapes committed by 241 perpetrators across Zimbabwe’s 10 provinces.”

Americas
Fate of Ex-Honduran Leader Is in Doubt
[NYT]
“A plan for the ousted Honduran president, Manuel Zelaya, to leave the country for Mexico ran aground late Wednesday when negotiations over his safe passage fell apart, the leader and the Mexican authorities said.”

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Daily International News 11.30.09

November 30, 2009

Daily International News
November 30, 2009

DPRK
U.S. wants to close dialogue with N. Korea in single phase: official
[Yonhap]
“The U.S., which is set to hold direct bilateral talks with North Korea next week to lure the country back to denuclearization talks, wants the contact to be a one-off event but the North is expected to attempt to drag out the two-way dialogue, a senior Seoul official said Monday.”

Japan
Japanese prime minister apologizes for scandal
[WP]
“Hatoyama apologized Monday in parliament for the donations scandal but suggested he will remain prime minister unless he is prosecuted.”

China
Reporters face charges for mine coverup
[China Daily]
“Ten journalists and nearly 50 officials are facing prosecution after a State Council probe found they allegedly took bribes to cover up a mine disaster in Hebei province.”

China rejects EU calls for yuan appreciation [Global Times]
“Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao rejected “unfair” calls for the yuan to appreciate Monday and reaffirmed China’s determination to take its own gradual steps on the value of its currency.”

AfPak
Obama’s Speech on Afghanistan to Envision Exit
[NYT]
“It’s accurate to say that he will be more explicit about both goals and time frame than has been the case before and than has been part of the public discussion,” said a senior official.”

Zardari Cedes Power to Pakistani Premier [WSJ]
“In an attempt to defuse the situation, Mr. Zardari over the weekend transferred command of the country’s nuclear arsenal to Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, signaling his willingness to shed some of his powers.”

Defense lawyer for Mumbai attack accused dismissed [Reuters]
“The lawyer for the lone surviving gunman accused of the Mumbai attacks was removed from the case on Monday for non-cooperation.”

Middle East
Iran says UN criticism prompted new nuclear plans
[AP]
“Iran’s nuclear chief on Monday said U.N. criticism pushed his country to retaliate by announcing ambitious plans for more uranium enrichment. With tensions rising over deadlocked negotiations, France said diplomacy was not working and sanctions against Iran were needed.”

 

”]Israel says enforcing West Bank settlement moratorium [Reuters]
“Israeli inspectors armed with aerial maps and empowered to confiscate construction equipment have begun enforcing a limited government moratorium on new building in West Bank settlements, officials said on Monday.”

 

Israeli right, settlers seethe over settlement ease [AFP]
“In an act of defiance, Gershon Messika, the director of a regional settlement council in the occupied West Bank, tore up the government moratorium order when he received it from the military, his spokesman said.”

Hamas Bans Women Dancers, Scooter Riders in Gaza Push (Update1) [Bloomberg]
“The Islamic Hamas movement banned girls last month from riding behind men on motor scooters and forbade women from dancing at the opening of a folk museum.”

Europe
Switzerland votes to prohibit the building of mosque minarets
[WP]
“Official results on Sunday showed a surprisingly strong 57.5 percent of those voting endorsed it.”

Africa
Rwanda and France restore diplomatic relations
[BBC]
“On Sunday Rwanda was also admitted to the Commonwealth.”

Americas
Honduras hopes to move past coup with election
[WP]
“Election organizers also said that more than 60 percent of registered voters cast ballots.”

United States, Brazil at odds over Honduras crisis [Reuters]
“Conservative opposition leader Porfirio Lobo easily won the election on Sunday, but he will struggle to get recognition in Latin America where many leftist governments see the election as a nail in the coffin of ousted President Manuel Zelaya.”

Exit polls: Ex-guerrilla wins Uruguay presidency [CNN]
“Exit polls had Mujica defeating former president Luis Alberto Lacalle by a margin of 4 to 8 percentage points.”