Posts Tagged ‘merkel’

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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 08.15.11

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 06.17.11

June 17, 2011

Daily International News
June 17, 2011

International
UN climate chief calls on world leaders to step in
[AP]
UN body votes for protection of gay rights [AP]
Chinese president calls for joint efforts to address world economic challenges at International Economic Forum
[Xinhua]

Northeast Asia
China
China to boost coastal forces amid sea tensions
[Reuters] and China stages military drills in South China Sea [AP]
US joins navy drill in Southeast Asia
[Xinhua]
Philippines to China: Don’t intrude into our water
[AP]
Blind Chinese activist badly beaten, wife says
[AP]
China-Indonesia joint training for special forces ends in Bandung
[Xinhua]
China, Russia sign power generation deal
[Xinhua]
Fatal floods hit China forcing over 500,000 to flee
[BBC]
Chinese copy of Austrian village stirs emotions
[AP]
Koreas
S Korea rejects North’s demands for return of defectors
[BBC]
China, Russia agree to address N. Korean nukes within 6-party format
[Yonhap]
N. Korea says will dispose of S. Korea’s mountain resort assets
[Yonhap]
Number of mobile phone users in N. Korea tops 500,000: operator
[Yonhap]
Japan
TEPCO starts cleaning highly radioactive water
[Xinhua]
Ishihara wants Tokyo to bid for 2020 Olympics
[AP]
Ships tossed ashore by tsunami get rescued
[AP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
US helps Vietnam to eradicate deadly Agent Orange
[BBC]
Thaksin seeking return, Thai Deputy PM says “impossible”
[Reuters]

South/Central Asia
Pentagon to POTUS: Wait Until Fall 2012 to End Afghanistan Troop Boost
[WSJ]
US vows to ‘capture and kill’ Ayman al-Zawahiri
[BBC]
Pakistan says intel on bomb factories was wrong
[AP]
Pakistan forms judicial commission to investigate journo death
[Asia Times]
Sri Lanka Tamil MPs ‘beaten up by troops’
[AFP]

Middle East
Cousin of Syrian president ‘quits business’
[Al Jazeera]
Syrian security forces shoot dead 8 protesters
[AP]
Saudi Women Defy Driving Ban
[WSJ] 
Israel warns it will stop Gaza aid flotilla
[WaPo]
Bahrain Shi’ite cleric says cosmetic reform not enough
[Reuters]
EU welcomes newly-formed Lebanese gov’t
[Xinhua]

Africa
NATO targets Tripoli with daytime raid
[AP]
Nigerian Islamist sect claims bomb attack: paper
[Reuters]
Liberia discovers arms cache near Ivory Coast border
[BBC]

Europe
Russia buys 2 Mistral-class warships from France
[AP]
APNewsBreak: UK blocks UPS sites over security
[AP]
Greece’s new finance minister faces unenviable task
[Guardian]
Merkel and Sarkozy united in support for Greece
[Deutsche Welle]
UK public sector pensions: Work longer and pay more, says Danny Alexander
[Guardian]
1 of 8 French kids ill with burger E.coli gets worse
[Reuters]

Americas
Kirchner describes PM Cameron’s Falklands’ statement as “mediocre and almost stupid”
[MercoPress]
Gang warfare kills 33 in Monterrey, Mexico
[BBC]

Domestic
Outgoing Secretary Gates on U.S.-Pakistan Ties: ‘We Need Each Other’
[PBS]
Huntman’s Drawdown Debate
[FP]
Tim Pawlenty goes after Mitt Romney, part two
[WaPo]
NSA allies with Internet carriers to thwart cyber attacks against defense firms
[WaPo]
Pentagon scare: ‘Nothing suspicious’ found in vehicle
[WaPo]
Historic Marine base gets 1st-ever female general
[AP]
Wall Street Braces for New Layoffs as Profits Wane
[NYT]
For Weiner’s Successor, Perhaps, Lame-Duck Status
[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 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 05.06.11

May 6, 2011

Daily International News
May 6, 2011

OBL
Al Qaeda confirms bin Laden’s death, group says
[CNN]
Al Qaeda plotted 9/11 anniversary rail attack – U.S.
[Reuters]
Data Show Bin Laden Plots; C.I.A. Hid Near Raided House
[NYT]
No foreign policy pivot for Barack Obama
[POLITICO]
Opinion: Obama’s fickle European fans
[WaPo]
Judge Files Complaint against Merkel over Bin Laden Comments
[Der Spiegel]

Northeast Asia
Japan
Japan PM orders halt at Hamaoka nuclear plant
[BBC]
Japan wants 3 reactors halted for quake measures
[AP]
China
China pushes U.S. on debt ahead of high-level talks
[Reuters]
Norway feels sting of China’s Nobel anger
[AP]
A booze blowout for China’s oil giant
[WaPo]
China’s Growing Interests in Siberia
[Der Spiegel]
Chinese regulators suspend TV crime and spy dramas
[BBC]
Koreas
12 Nations to Discuss Victims of N.Korean Abduction
[Chosun]
Beijing prepares for visitor from North: Sources
[JoongAng]
N. Korea accuses Seoul of blocking talks, aid
[Korea Herald]
‘N. Korea rejected Carter`s call to release detained American’
[Dong-A]
Richardson sees momentum for N. Korea talks
[AFP]
Carter was shocked by Pyongyang priorities
[JoongAng]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Vietnam ‘seals ethnic Hmong protest site’
[BBC]
Australia row over PNG ‘asylum camp plan’
[BBC]
Thai Leader Will Ask King to Dissolve Parliament
[NYT]
EU Hopes to Sign Trade Pact With Singapore in 2011
[WSJ]
Singapore ruling party faces tough election but should prevail
[Reuters]

South/Central Asia
Suspected U.S. strike kills 15 near militant hub in Pakistan tribal area
[WaPo]
Pakistan Warns U.S. Against Raids
[WSJ]
Thousands of Afghans Rally in Kabul to Reject Any Peace With Taliban
[NYT]

Middle East
Thousands protest on Syria ‘day of defiance’
[Al Jazeera]
Activists: 6 killed in Syria by security forces
[AP]
Suicide attack kills 21 police officers south of Baghdad
[CNN]
Saleh defiant as GCC exit deal stalls
[Al Jazeera]
Crackdown reins in Bahrain activists
[Al Jazeera]

Africa
Morocco Arrests Three for Deadly Marrakesh Cafe Bomb, Al-Qaeda Tie Alleged
[Bloomberg]
Sudan divides Darfur in five smaller states
[Reuters]
Sudan deploys troops at Libya border, evicts envoy
[Reuters]
Ivory Coast: Alassane Ouattara to take oath
[BBC]
UN heads to suspected Ivory Coast mass grave site
[AP]
Sheryl Cwele: SA minister’s wife gets 12-year jail term
[BBC]

Europe
UK Vote 2011: Lib Dems suffer election losses
[BBC]
Northern Ireland vote may put Sinn Fein in top job
[AP]
UK 7/7 inquests: Emergency delays ‘did not cause deaths’
[BBC]
France Expels 14 Libyan Officials
[NYT]
Moscow murders: Two Russian nationalists jailed
[BBC]
Greece: Police clash with striking doctors
[AP]

Americas
Same-sex unions recognized by Brazil’s high court
[CNN]
Calderon urges Mexicans not to abandon drugs battle
[CNN]
Inmates free hostages at Venezuela prison
[AP]

Domestic
House GOP won’t push Medicare vouchers
[AP]
Obama to speak on immigration policy in Texas
[AP] 
GOP Rivals Hit Obama on Foreign Policy Despite Bin Laden Killing, Hit Harder on Economy
[Fox]
Possible 2012 White House Candidate Daniels Says He’ll Decide Within Weeks
[Bloomberg]
Economy adds 244k jobs, rate ticks up to 9 pct.
[AP]
This time, it’s for real, believers say: Doomsday coming this month.
[WaPo]

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Daily International News 03.28.11

March 28, 2011

Daily International News
March 28, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
High-level radiation detected in trench outside Fukushima reactor building [Kyodo]
Ocean Spill Feared as Toxic Water Rises [WSJ]
U.S. helps clear vital Japan harbor [TWT]
China
UN asks China to release missing rights lawyer [AP]
In China, microblogging sites become free-speech platform [WaPo]
Amnesty: China and US among top punishers but death penalty in decline [Guardian]
Tibet marks 52nd anniversary of serfs’ emancipation, steers into faster growth [Xinhua]
Attempts to jeopardize Tibet’s stability, development are doomed to failure: official [Xinhua]
Koreas
N. Korean economic delegation arrives in New York [Yonhap]
North Korea’s Top Lawmaker Choe Leaves Pyongyang for U.K. Visit, KCNA Says [Bloomberg]
DPRK denounces UN human rights resolution [Xinhua]
S. Korean FM leaves for China for talks [Xinhua]
Seoul to shut problematic nuclear reactors after month-long tests [Yonhap]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Philippines to bolster watch in disputed Spratlys [AP]
Khmer Rouge jailer Duch appeals against conviction [BBC]

South/Central Asia
Cricket Diplomacy at World Cup May Smooth Tension Between India, Pakistan [Bloomberg]
Taliban claims to have kidnapped 50 Afghan police [TWT]
At Least 20 Deaths in Afghan suicide blast [Al Jazeera]
India wild tiger census shows population rise [BBC]

Middle East
Syria protests: Army on Latakia streets after 12 killed [BBC]
Yemen transfer talks stalled but deal within reach [Reuters]
Bahrain denies Kuwait to mediate in political crisis [Reuters]
Israel deploys new anti-missile system [WaPo]

Africa
Sunday shows: Clinton, Gates see success in Libya [TWT]
Libya raids hit Gaddafi hometown [BBC]
Libyan Rebel Gains Could Be Fleeting, U.S. Military Says [NYT]
Turkey offers to broker Libya ceasefire as rebels advance on Sirte [Guardian]
Egypt confirms legislative election in September [Reuters]
Egypt to lift emergency laws before September vote [AP]
Rumsfeld worries Brotherhood will hijack Egyptian revolution [TWT]
Ouattara Rejects New Ivory Coast Mediator [VOA]

Europe
UK austerity protest violence: 149 people charged [Guardian]
Merkel’s coalition digests painful election defeat [AP]
Italy PM Berlusconi in court for fraud trial [Reuters]

Americas
Israel asking Argentina if it stopped inquiry into Jewish centre bombings to appease Iran [CA]
Alan Gross likely focus of Carter Cuba trip [Reuters]
Honduras drops arrest warrants for ousted Manuel Zelaya [BBC]
Obama freezes out Chavez, while Iran comes courting [TWT]
Napolitano’s comments on border ‘wrong’ [TWT]

Domestic
Opinion: Obama failing as commander in chief [POLITICO]
Obama to Lay out His Case on Libya to Nation [ABC]
Obama rewarding local stations in battleground states with biggest ‘get’ in TV news [WaPo]
Opinion: Nuclear Crisis: It Could Happen Here [NYT]
The Republicans’ Hispanic problem [WaPo]
Fiscal Showdown Looms in Capitol [WSJ]
Wal-Mart Asks Supreme Court Not to Apply Class Action Lawsuit [WaPo]