Posts Tagged ‘middle east’

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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 02.24.11

February 24, 2011

Daily International News
February 24, 2011

Jasmine Revolution
Middle East Protests: A Country-by-Country Look
[NYT]

Libya
Obama Vows to Put Pressure on Qaddafi, Sends Clinton for Talks
[Bloomberg]
Qaddafi Massing Forces in Tripoli as Rebellion Spreads
[NYT]
4,500 Chinese escape Libya by sea; Americans stuck
[AP]
Arabian Peninsula
Yemen to ‘protect protesters’
[Al Jazeera]
Iraqis rally through social media in “day of rage”
[Reuters]
Bahrain: no arrest planned for opposition leader
[AP]
Lebanon blocks Bahraini activist from flying home
[Reuters]
Egypt
Former Egyptian minister, state TV boss arrested
[AP]
Egypt’s Suleiman survived assassination bid
[Reuters]

Northeast Asia
Charities warn of food shortages in North Korea
[BBC]

Governors to Meet ‘Rising Star’ Zhou as U.S.-China Ties Deepen
[Bloomberg]
China plans 45 new airports as travel booms
[AP]
Shanghai announces ‘one-dog policy’
[BBC]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Quake death toll now 98, with 200 more missing: PM
[SMH]
Indonesian court jails Islamist preacher for spurring violence
[Reuters]

South/Central Asia
Pakistan’s intelligence ready to split with CIA
[AP]

Pakistani officials: US missiles kill 6 in NW
[AP]
The United States Talks to the Taliban
[CFR]

Afghan suicide car bombing injures dozens
[BBC]
India Maoists set new conditions for magistrate release
[BBC]

Middle East
Iranian warships arrive in Syria, witness says
[AP]
Suicide bomber in western Iraq kills 8
[AP]
Netanyahu: Israel will not suffer the bombardment of its citizens
[Haaretz]

Africa
Yemen: Somali refugees drown after boat capsizes
[BBC]
Somalia: Heavy Fighting Breaks Out in New Mogadishu Areas
[All Africa]
Zimbabwe holds 46 for attending lecture on Egypt unrest
[BBC]
Ivory Coast fighting threatens 6-year ceasefire
[AP]

Europe
Russia to buy 1000 helicopters by 2020
[Ria Novosti]
Julian Assange to be extradited to Sweden
[Guardian]

Americas
U.S. says Cuba sets trial date for jailed contractor
[Reuters]
Exclusive: Obama to offer infrastructure finance for Brazil
[Reuters]
Mexico arrests suspect in US agent Jaime Zapata killing
[BBC]

Domestic
Saudi Arabian citizen attending West Texas college charged in suspected bombing plot
[Dallas News]

Ex-Asahi Reporter Somnez Authors WaPo Blog 2chambers!
[WaPo]
In Shift, U.S. Says Marriage Act Blocks Gay Rights
[NYT] and Gay marriage policy change: Questions and answers [AP]
Wisconsin assembly agrees to union bill vote, as troopers seek Democratic senators
[WaPo]
U.S. Government Shutdown Looms as Lawmakers Deadlock Over Budget
[Bloomberg]
Huckabee, ‘Seriously’ Weighing Presidential Run, Bides His Time
[Bloomberg]
Another Runaway General: Army Deploys Psy-Ops on U.S. Senators
[Rolling Stone]
Pirates could face trial in US over American deaths
[BBC]
Toyota recalls 2.2 mln vehicles over pedal issues
[Reuters]
Space shuttle Discovery fueled for its last flight
[Reuters]
Honolulu asking for apology from Rush Limbaugh on racist China remarks
[AP]

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Daily International News 01.25.11

January 25, 2011

Daily International News
January 25, 2011

SOTU
& Foreign Policy

Obama’s State of the Union and U.S. Foreign Policy
[StratFor]
Factbox: Foreign policy issues Obama may address in speech
[Reuters]
10 Global Issues Obama Won’t Talk About But Should
[FP]

Why the Middle East Won’t Feature in Obama’s Speech
[TIME]
General

SOTU Media Sand Traps and How to Avoid Them
[Daily Beast]
Five things to watch for in the State of the Union speech
[WaPo]
State of the Union Preview: Obama’s Unofficial 2012 Kickoff
[TIME]
Six members of the Supreme Court to attend SOTU
[WaPo]
Arizona lawmakers to save seat for Gabrielle Giffords at State of the Union
[WaPo]

Northeast Asia
China/Taiwan

J-20 stealth fighter jet ‘innovative, not stolen from US plane’
[Global Times]

US spy for China Noshir Gowadia jailed for 32 years
[BBC]
Urumqi to be under full surveillance
[AP]
US diplomat slams China on governor’s Taiwan trip
[AP]

China will stick to socialism as required by law: top legislator
[Xinhua]
Son of former PRC president takes up new military post
[Global Times]
Macau’s Stanley Ho in family row over casino empire
[BBC]
Koreas

S. Korea remains suspicious of N. Korea’s intention for talks: minister
[Yonhap]
South Korea Wants U.N. to Consider North’s Uranium Program
[GSN]
UN investigator in Japan for talks on North Korean human rights
[M&C]

Malaysia, SKorea seek to charge 12 Somali pirates
[AP]
GOP calls for quick action on free trade pacts, including KORUS
[AP]
N.Korea’s Brave Underground Journalists Make Headlines
[Chosun]
Japan

Soccer: Konno’s penalty, Kawashima’s saves send Japan past S. Korea in thriller
[Mainichi]
Kan says government to re-examine DPJ election pledges
[Mainichi]
Kan stresses Sun Yat-sen’s Japan ties in policy speech
[Mainichi]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Thailand ‘yellow-shirts’ stage new street protests
[BBC]
Thai Inquiry Into Violence Falters
[NYT]
Blast in southern Thailand kills nine
[BBC]
India and Indonesia aim to double trade
[BBC]
HRW accuses Vietnam of widespread human rights abuses
[AP]
Three charged over Christmas Island shipwreck
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
US commander in Afghanistan: Tough fight in 2011
[AP]
West’s portrayal of Afghan war deceptive – ANSO group
[Reuters]

Suicide attack near Pakistan Shi’ite rally kills 13
[Reuters]
Pakistan has “disastrous year” for human rights in 2010: HRW
[Reuters]
India Central Bank Raises Key Rates
[WSJ]

Middle East
Citing Options, Iran Rejects Uranium Deal, Diplomat Says
[NYT]
Turkey president lays into Israel flotilla inquiry
[AP]
AP Interview: IAEA head seeks openness from Iran
[AP]
Hezbollah-backed Mikati named Lebanon prime minister
[Reuters]

Abbas welcomed home as hero
[Reuters]

Africa
Northern Coast

Talks under way for body to oversee Tunisia cabinet
[Reuters]
Egyptians denounce Mubarak, clash with riot police
[AP]
All Other

Sudan’s Bashir pledges support for independent south
[Reuters]
South Sudan to retain its name as an independent state: report
[Sudan Tribune]
Call for Tougher Measures Against Ivory Coast Leader
[NYT]

Rwanda rebel leader Callixte Mbarushimana sent to ICC
[BBC]

Europe
Russian parliament ratifies arms pact with US
[AP]
Moscow airport bomb: Dmitry Medvedev seeks shake-up
[BBC]
List of Russian terror attacks
[WaPo]
Berlusconi defence lawyers dismiss sex accusations
[Reuters]
Lord Taylor found guilty of fiddling expenses
[Guardian]
George Osborne: budget cuts keep down UK interest rates
[Telegraph]

Americas
Obama to visit Brazil in sign of warmer ties: paper
[Reuters]
Clinton Voices U.S. Support of Mexico in Trip
[NYT]

Domestic
The 83rd Annual Oscar Nominations
[NYT]
White House Nominates David Cohen As Sanctions Point Man
[WSJ]
Carol Browner to leave White House
[POLITICO]

Scalia appearance at ‘tea party’ House meeting questions his impartiality
[LA Times]
NBC: U.S. can’t link accused Army private to Assange
[MSNBC]
Emanuel in `Real Chicagoan’ Fight to Replace Daley
[Bloomberg]
Bush White House Broke Elections Law, Report Says
[NYT]

Obama Viewed Favorably by 53% of Global Investors Seeing Improving Economy
[Bloomberg]
Stimulus improves US outlook, says IMF
[FT]

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Daily International News 01.19.11

January 19, 2011

Daily International News
January 19, 2011

Hu-Obama Summit
Op-ed: Mr. Obama, speak up for human rights in China
[WaPo]
Obama pressured to speak out on China human rights
[Reuters]
Clinton: Building trust with Beijing a must for US
[AP]
The Weekly Standard: Liu Matters, Hu Doesn’t
[NPR]
President Obama to Announce Jointly Funded Center for Nuclear Security in China
[ABC]
Ballmer, Blankfein Invited by Obama to Hu Discussion on Business in China
[Bloomberg]

Northeast Asia
Top Pentagon Asia official, Gregson, to step down
[FP]

China
Report: China largely restores aircraft carrier
[AP]

China’s Internet population rises to 457 million
[AP]
Chinese Firm to Invest in North Korea
[WSJ]

Chinese consumer price inflation ‘down to 4.6%’
[BBC]
Koreas
N. Korea working on uranium enrichment ‘since 1990s’
[AFP]
South Korea seeks longer-range missiles – report
[Reuters]
and Korea, U.S. negotiate revision of pact on missiles [JoongAng]
Kim and Jong-un get beefed up security
[JoongAng]
Defector Offers Insights into N.Korean Arms Buildup
[Chosun]
Japan
Japan wants China leadership on North Korea
[Reuters]
Sugiyama, Japan’s point man on N.Korea to visit China
[Straits Times via AFP]

Donations pour into Okinawa city after gov’t withdraws funds tied to hosting U.S. base
[Mainichi]
Sting meets dolphin advocate, hopes for debate
[AP]

Southeast Asia
Group says survey confirms Myanmar rights abuses
[AP] – a link to the report is here

South/Central Asia
Judges seek delay in opening Afghan parliament
[AP]
Bomb blast kills 20 Afghan civilians in southeast
[Reuters]
Afghan journalist attacked with acid
[AP]
Scandal-hit India PM skirts major cabinet changes
[Reuters]

Middle East
Hariri tribunal: Saudi Arabia quits Lebanon mediation
[BBC]

Powers to press defiant Iran in nuclear row
[Reuters]
Insurgents Renew Attacks on Iraqi Security Troops
[NYT]
Lebanon Shows Shift of Influence in Mideast
[NYT]

Africa
Arab League chief says Tunisia is dire warning
[AP]
Tunisia probes foreign assets of deposed leader
[AP]
AU’s Odinga says Ivory Coast mediation fails
[Reuters]

DR Congo army commander ‘led mass rape’ in Fizi
[BBC]

Europe
Former Swiss banker linked to WikiLeaks goes on trial
[Reuters]
New UK law means queen’s secrets to stay that way
[AP]
UK unemployment total rises further
[BBC]
Ministers seek to answer critics as NHS bill published
[BBC]
Euro MPs adopt cross-border healthcare law
[BBC]
Germany approves anti-dioxin action plan
[Reuters]

Americas
Haiti election officials downplay OAS conclusion
[AP]

From 01/18 Bolivia launches coca leaf diplomatic offensive [BBC]
Deal ends Chile Magallanes gas protest
[BBC]

Domestic
SOTU: State of the Seating Chart
[WaPo]

Lieberman Is Said to Decide Against Seeking Re-Election to Senate in 2012
[Bloomberg]
Sen. Kent Conrad retirement boosts GOP Senate hopes
[Politico]
House Republicans Move to Dismantle Obama’s Health-Care Law
[Bloomberg]
Issa Said to Consider Focusing First Hearing on TARP Inspector’s Report
[Bloomberg]
FBI: Bomb found on MLK march route
[MSNBC]

Parenting by Gays More Common in the South, Census Shows
[NYT]
Goldman Sachs profits down by half on weak debt trading
[BBC]
Apple makes record profits of $6bn in last three months
[BBC]

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Daily International News 01.13.11

January 13, 2011

Daily International News
January 13, 2011

Global
Watchdog group: Freedom slipped worldwide in 2010
[AP]
Figures on Global Climate Show 2010 Tied 2005 as the Hottest Year on Record
[NYT]

Northeast Asia
China, Korea moves underscore rising food prices
[Reuters]
Koreas
N. Korean leader makes first public appearance of the year
[Yonhap]
US urges North Korea to get ‘serious’ on talks
[BBC]
SKorean police say Google violated laws
[AP]
N. Korea hosts first golf tournament: travel firms
[AFP]
China
India, China in new visa row over disputed state
[AP]
WikiLeaked: China’s next president lashed out in Mexico against ‘well fed foreigners’
[FP]
The Dangerous Chip on China’s Shoulder
[Time]
Confucius shows up on China’s Tiananmen Square
[AP]
Japan
Japanese military seeks greater cooperation with U.S.
[WaPo]
Gates drops hard line on unpopular US Okinawa base
[AP] and U.S. Will Defer to Japan on Moving Okinawa Base [NYT]
Japan PM to reshuffle Cabinet to push for reforms
[AP]

Middle East
Biden visits Iraq for talks on future relationship
[WaPo]
Hillary Clinton urges Middle Eastern states to open governments, economies
[LAT]
Talks on new Lebanon government to start Monday
[Reuters]
Iran’s nuclear sites tour proposal flounders
[Reuters]
Yemen and Turkey Deepen Ties With New Accords
[NYT]
Kuwaiti official visits Iraq, a 20-year first
[McClatchy]

Africa
Protester killed, journalist injured in Tunisia
[AP]
South Sudan vote will meet global standards – Carter
[Reuters]
Officials: UN air crew kidnapped in Darfur
[AP]
3 UN cars burned in latest Ivory Coast violence
[AP]
Nigeria’s ruling party to choose its candidate
[AP]
DR Congo soldiers arrested for rape
[BBC]

Europe
Belarus Intensifies Efforts Against Former Candidate
[NYT]
Irish police seize IRA dissidents’ weapons factory
[AP]
Italy: Court ruling weakens Berlusconi’s immunity
[AP]
David Cameron vows to keep Britain out of euro plans
[Guardian]

Americas
Cuba calls immigration talks with US ‘fruitful’
[AP]
2010 Brings Record Violence In Mexico’s Drug War
[Latin American Dispatch]
Brazil flood and mudslide deaths rise past 300 as search goes on
[BBC]

Domestic
Obama leads mourning of Arizona shooting victims
[Reuters]
Gabrielle Giffords’ condition continues to improve, doctor says
[LAT]
Issa Targets Obama Legislative Agenda With Panels on Economy, Bank Rescues
[Bloomberg]

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Daily International News 01.03.11

January 3, 2011

Happy New Year!

Daily International News
January 1, 2011

Northeast Asia
Asian manufacturing gap narrows
[CNN]
Koreas
SKorea talks tough but opens door to diplomacy
[AP]
South Korea tells Pyongyang door to dialogue open
[Reuters]
Kim Jong-un could be NK leader by end of 2011
[Korea Times]
N.Korean New Year’s Message Puts Stress on Economy
[Chosun]
Reps draft bill to tax all Koreans for reunification
[JoongAng]
South Korea tightens rules to combat illegal whaling
[BBC]

China
China ‘in nuclear power advance’
[BBC]
China Quietly Extends Footprints Into Central Asia
[NYT]
Gambling revenue soars in Macau
[BBC]

Japan
US-Japan discussed ‘action’ against anti-whalers
[AP]
Japan Keeps a High Wall for Foreign Labor
[NYT]
PM must invigorate Japanese diplomacy as global political landscape shifts in 2011
[Mainichi]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Australian flooding ‘to last weeks’
[BBC]
Landslides, floods kill 5 children in Philippines
[AP]

South/Central Asia
Afghan peace delegation heads for Pakistan talks
[Reuters]
Pakistan PM scrambles to keep govt from collapsing
[AP]
Afghan violence in 2010 kills thousands
[Reuters]

Middle East
U.S. renews Mideast peace bid after holiday break
[Reuters]
Aftenposten: Israel gears up for Iran attack
[AP]
Israeli troops kill Palestinian man at checkpoint in West Bank
[WaPo]
Report: Iran’s president fires 14 advisers
[AP]
Somali pirates seize Algerian-owned ship off Oman
[AP]
Egypt on high alert ahead of Coptic Christmas
[AFP]
Suicide car bomb kills 1 in Iraq
[AP]

Africa
Obama to increase engagement with Africa in 2011
[AP]
Peaceful Vote on Sudan Appears More Likely
[NYT]
African team ‘to offer amnesty’ to Ivory Coast’s Gbagbo
[BBC]
Nigerian militants deny role in deadly bombing
[AFP]

Europe
Aftenposten: Germany, US plan secret spy project
[AP]
Germany calls up last conscripts as army is reformed
[BBC]
Belarus faces criticism for throwing out E.U. watchdog
[WaPo]
VAT rise will hit families, warns Miliband
[BBC]

Americas
Chavez and Clinton shake hands amid diplomatic tension
[BBC]
Mexican cartel announces 1-month truce
[AP]
Strong earthquake strikes central Chile
[CNN]

Domestic
10 things to watch across government in 2011
[WaPo]
Top 10 questions for 2011
[Politico]
Austerity is first order for Boehner’s installation as House speaker
[WaPo]
Majority of RNC against Michael Steele
[Politico]
Darrell Issa reveals list of investigations
[Politico]
Obama Signs Bill to Aid Survivors, Emergency Services in Sept. 11 Attacks
[Bloomberg]
Gov. Schwarzenegger issues last day commutations
[AP]
US Navy investigating lewd videos aboard USS Enterprise
[BBC]
Goldman Invests in Facebook at $50 Billion Valuation
[NYT]
Facing Threat From WikiLeaks, BofA Plays Defense
[NYT]

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Daily International News 12.28.10

December 28, 2010

Daily International News
December 28, 2010

Northeast Asia
Koreas
South Korea must unite to survive, says President Lee
[BBC]
Gates to show S Korea solidarity
[FT]
SKorean activists rally against NKorean shelling
[AP]
North Korean Air Force increases training flights
[JoongAng]

China
Chinese FM to visit U.S.to prepare for Hu’s visit
[Xinhua]
China moving toward deploying anti-carrier missile
[AP]
China shrinks rare earths export quota
[AP]
Top China blogger shuts down magazine
[AP]
Uighur reporter jailed for life in secret Chinese trial
[Radio Australia]
Chinese investigative reporter dies after attack
[AP]

Japan
Leaked Senkaku video (part 3) shows direct collision
[Mainichi]
Japan DPJ’s Ozawa to appear at ethics panel
[Reuters]
Japan’s greenhouse gas emissions fall by 5.7 percent; on target to meet Kyoto Protocol
[Mainichi]
Japan postpones launch of emissions trading from 2013
[Mainichi]

South/Central Asia
Drone strike kills 18 alleged militants in Pakistan
[WaPo]
India issues nationwide terror alert
[Guardian]
India launches sharia stock index for Muslims
[AFP]

Middle East
Netanyahu says interim deal possible if talks fail
[Reuters]
Israeli companies to help build Palestinian city
[AP]
Iran says West hostility jeopardizes nuclear talks
[AP]
Iran hangs man convicted of spying for Mossad – IRNA
[Reuters]
2 Germans detained in Iran meet family members
[AP]
Iraqi PM Maliki: Troops out by 2012
[Politico]
Two suicide bombings kill 17 in central Iraq
[The National]

Africa
Radical Nigerian Muslim group claims attacks
[AP]
Gbagbo camp rebuffs presidents’ Ivory Coast ultimatum
[Reuters]
Youth unemployment sparks Tunisian tinderbox
[AFP]
One of only ten ‘Ghostly’ Saharan cheetah filmed in Niger
[BBC]

Europe
Assange’s memoir advance tops $1 million
[Politico]
Russia rejects criticism of Khodorkovsky’s trial
[AP]
Online petition plan for Parliament to go ahead
[BBC]

Americas
No police in Mexico town after last officer kidnapped
[BBC]
Haiti PM criticises post-earthquake rebuilding efforts
[BBC]

Domestic
2011 starts with China up front
[Politico]
U.S. plans push for fissile material ban: official
[Reuters]
New House Members Wake Up to Redistricting
[NYT]
Tests of ‘Roe’ more frequent since justices upheld late-term abortion ban in ’07
[WaPo]
Obama administration steps up monitoring of banks that miss TARP payments
[WaPo]
Obama’s Budget Delayed a Week
[WSJ]
The Northeast Blizzard: One More Sign of Global Warming
[TIME]