Posts Tagged ‘mideast’

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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 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 12.10.10

December 10, 2010

Daily International News
December 10, 2010

Nobel Peace Prize/Liu Xiaobo
Xinhua: Insult of the Nobel Peace Prize
[Xinhua]
At Peace Prize Ceremony, Winner’s Chair Stays Empty
[NYT]
Nobel head: Liu’s prize based on “universal values”
[Reuters]
Witness – Memories of Sakharov, another absent Nobel winner
[Reuters]
China clamps down on dissidents, media ahead of Nobel
[AFP]
Serbia reverses Nobel boycott
[AP]
Speaker Nancy Pelosi attends Nobel ceremony
[USA Today]

Northeast Asia
What I Found in North Korea
by Siegfried Hecker [Foreign Affairs]
North Korea says forced to build nuclear might – report
[Reuters]
Senior Chinese Official Meets North Korean Leader
[NYT]
SKorea says reunification with North not long off
[AP]
Colombo denies North Korean arms purchase
[TamilNet]
North Korea focus means Jim Webb sure to run
[Politico]
China hikes bank reserve ratio in fight against inflation
[Xinhua]

Southeast Asia
WikiLeaks cables suggest Burma is building secret nuclear sites
[Guardian]
Myanmar’s Suu Kyi, US official discuss sanctions
[AP]

South/Central Asi
Wikileaks: Pakistan hoaxed by bogus anti-India cables [BBC]
India offers olive branch at UN climate talks
[AFP]
Suicide attack kills 2 civilians in Afghanistan
[AP]

Middle East
U.S. debates role in Mideast peace effort
[LAT]
Gates Meets With Emirates Counterpart
[NYT]
Iran state TV ‘films new stoning woman confession’
[BBC]
Saudi pro-democracy group plans first sit-in
[AP]

Africa
African Union suspends Ivory Coast amid political chaos
[CNN]
Mozambique becoming major drug transit hub: WikiLeaks
[Reuters]

Europe
British Parliament approves tuition hike despite widespread student protests
[WaPo]
Student fees protest: Questions on police handling after Prince car attacked
[BBC]
Former WikiLeaks worker: rival site under way
[AP]
Kremlin aide says Medvedev wants second term – report
[Reuters]
Gorbachev warns about Russia’s stability
[AP]
Croatian police issue arrest warrant for ex-PM
[AP]
Berlusconi battles back from brink in Italy
[AP]
Bankers’ bonuses to face limits in Europe
[BBC]

Americas
Haiti candidates move toward direct confrontation
[AP]
Palin to visit Haiti for humanitarian effort
[AP]
US cable: Cuba to be insolvent within 2-3 years
[AP]
Mexico police break Morelia drug gang blockade
[BBC]

Domestic
Making Sense of the 111th Congress as the End Nears
[NYT]
Pact Lifts Limits on Civilian Nuclear Projects With Russia
[NYT]
Senate delivers potentially fatal blow to ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ repeal efforts
[WaPo]
Obama, Bill Clinton to meet Friday
[WaPo]
2012 White House Hopefuls Watch and Wait
[WSJ]
Could a Democrat challenge Obama?
[WaPo]
Obama Directing Staff to Look at Options for U.S. Tax Overhaul
[Bloomberg]
Obama family lights the National Christmas Tree
[WaPo]

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Daily International News 11.15.10

November 15, 2010

Daily International News
November 15, 2010

POTUS Asia Trip Wrap-Up
Obama Returns From Asia Confronted With Unfinished Business
[Bloomberg]
Back from Asia, Obama weighs strategic partnerships, China’s economic muscle
[CSM]
CSM Op-ed: Obama in Japan: what a difference a bad year makes
[CSM] and CSM Op-ed: US-Japan alliance is ripe for renewal [CSM]
Obama, Bush and America’s Limits
[Time]
Obama’s Asian trip shows limits on global stage
[AP]
No concrete plans from APEC summit
[IHT]
China Yuan Falls After G-20, APEC Meetings; Central Parity Higher
[WSJ]

Northeast Asia
Korea
N.Korea ‘Building Nuclear Reactor’
[Chosun]
Number of NKorean defectors to SKorea tops 20,000
[AP]
N. Korea begins mass-producing cell phones: report
[Yonhap]
Kim Jong-un Marks 50 Days in the Limelight
[Chosun]
South Korea basks in growing global role after G20
[Reuters]

China
Zakaria Op-ed: A ‘hedge’ strategy toward China
[WaPo]

Japan
Japan is test case for Pac Rim free trade zone
[AP]
Japan economy in surprise growth
[BBC]
Samuelson Op-ed: How to avoid Japan’s economic mistakes
[WaPo]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Suu Kyi Calls for Freedom, Reconciliation in Speech
[Bloomberg]
Aung San Suu Kyi aims for peaceful revolution
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
US to present Afghan pullout plan
[Al Jazeera]
Afghan Taliban reject talks, again, violence soars
[Reuters]
Petraeus warns Afghans about Karzai’s criticism of U.S. war strategy
[WaPo]
NATO, Russia to cooperate in Afghan war
[AP]
Indian parliament adjourned over telecoms ‘scam’ uproar
[BBC]

Middle East
Netanyahu lobbies his Cabinet on U.S. peace talk incentives
[LAT]
Palestinians slam U.S. incentives to Israel for freezing settlement
[Xinhua]
Iran: Arms seized in Nigeria a ‘misunderstanding’
[AP]
Eyeing Iran, Israel slates missile shield for 2015
[Reuters]
Muslims on hajj in Saudi Arabia ascend holy mount
[AP]
Muslim cleric Omar Bakri Muhammad arrested in Lebanon
[BBC]

Africa
South Sudan leader Salva Kiir urges massive vote
[BBC]
Guinea protesters contest presidential poll
[AP]
Somali pirates release British couple held for more than a year
[CSM]

Europe
Sarkozy Appoints a More Rightist Cabinet in Reshuffle
[NYT]
Merkel acknowledges disappointment with gov’t
[AP]
Rebels pull out of Berlusconi government
[Reuters]
Official to AP: Rolls-Royce replacing A380 engines
[AP]
Greece’s budget deficit worsens
[BBC]
Irish in crisis talks with EU nations, refuse aid
[AP]

Americas
Cuba frees the first of 13 political prisoners
[AP]
Mexico hotel blast kills 5 Canadians, 2 Mexicans
[AP]
Haiti cholera death toll tops 900
[BBC]
Troop pull-out urged in Nicaragua-Costa Rica border row
[BBC]

Domestic
Clinton and Gates Op-ed: Why the Senate should ratify New START
[WaPo]
Opinion | One and done: To be a great president, Obama should not seek reelection in 2012
[WaPo]
Live-Blogging the Rangel Hearing: Rangel Walks Out
[NYT]
Mulligans: Secretary of State Cantor charts new Mideast policy
[WaPo]
McCain wants study of ‘don’t ask’ repeal on troop morale
[WaPo]
Report: More Chinese students studying in US
[AP]
The Year’s Top 10 Highest Paid CEOs
[WSJ]
The Economy: The Republican Party’s One-Note Agenda
[Time]

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Daily International News 11.11.10

November 11, 2010

Daily International News
November 11, 2010

G20
Obama’s G-20 Misfire
[Daily Beast]
Pessimism pervades as G20 leaders show sharp split
[AP]
Koreans Should Take Pride in the G20 Summit
[Chosun]

Northeast Asia
Koreas
Obama Speech Marks Shift on North Korea
[NYT]
North Korea Exports $100 Million a Year in Arms, UN Report Says
[Bloomberg]
Pritchard reports work on NKorea’s Yongbyon building
[JoongAng]
N. Korea proposes talks on Mount Kumgang on Nov. 19: ministry
[Yonhap]
South Korea, U.S. fail to resolve trade deal row
[Reuters]
China
China’s monitoring of activists surges post-Nobel
[AP]
Obama: US, China relationship stronger
[AP] and China, U.S. presidents agree to further boost ties [Xinhua]
China inflation jumps to 25-month high in October
[AP]
Mounting inflation pressure tests Chinese policy makers
[Xinhua]

Southeast Asia
Burma court rejects Suu Kyi appeal
[BBC]
Australia refugee law case trumps government policy
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
India for UNSC: Pakistan cabinet criticises US support
[India Times]
Pirates hijack ship near India with 31 crew aboard
[AP]
Reports: Bomb rocks Pakistan’s largest city
[AP]
U.K. Commander Offers Different Afghan Timetable
[WSJ]
Audio recording reveals fraud in Afghan election
[AP]

Middle East
Iraq deadlock ends, al-Maliki to stay on as PM
[AP]
U.S. Blocks Iran’s Bid for a U.N. Board Seat
[NYT]
Iran accuses IAEA of leaking information to US
[AP]
Clinton seeks ‘way forward’ in stalled Mid-East talks
[BBC]
Hamas and Fatah fail to reach agreement
[Reuters]

Africa
Emergency polio campaign in 3 African nations
[AP]
Five Somalis deny US piracy charges
[BBC]
Tropical disease kills 300 in Southern Sudan
[AP]

Europe
ANALYSIS-UN watchdog may struggle to cope with atom revival
[Reuters]
Russian ‘double agent’ named by Moscow newspaper
[BBC]
Iceland investigates possible US embassy spying
[AP]
Italy rivals fail to break political deadlock
[Reuters]
Michelle Obama honors US troops in Germany
[AP]

UK
Facing austerity, Britain proposes cuts in welfare and education
[NYT]
UK PM calls for prosecutions after violent demo
[AP]
Nick Clegg regrets signing anti-tuition fees pledge
[BBC]
Britain to Tape Traders’ Cell Phones to Fight Fraud
[NYT]

Americas/Domestic
Foreign media ‘focus too much on Mexico drug violence’
[BBC]
Kerry says December looks good for New START
[FP]
Sources: Pentagon group finds there is minimal risk to lifting gay ban during war
[WaPo]
F.D.A. Unveils Proposed Graphic Warning Labels for Cigarette Packs
[NYT]
White House Gives In On Bush Tax Cuts
[HuffPo]
Rifle squad honors vets with 57,000 goodbyes
[AP]
A Careless Man: What the Bush Memoir Reveals
[Time]
Christine O’Donnell fighting ‘late night terrorism’ from Bill Maher
[WaPo]
Michele Bachmann drops leadership bid
[Politico]

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Daily International News 10.29.10

October 29, 2010

Happy (almost) Halloween!

Daily International News
October 29, 2010

International
UN summit poised to seal pact on biodiversity
[AFP]

POTUS Asia Trip
Obama to talk up jobs on India trip
[FT]
What Obama can accomplish in India
[WaPo]
Obama in India: A high-tech trade agreement could change the playing field
[Asia Sentinel]
Obama not visiting Hiroshima, Nagasaki during Japan trip: official
[Mainichi]

Northeast Asia
Koreas
North Korea troops ‘fire into South Korea’
[BBC]
DPRK accuses South Korea of rejecting dialogue, contact
[Xinhua]
From 10/27 Activist Tells of Torture in North Korea Prison [NYT]
High-Ranking North Korean Military Official to Arrive in Cuba on Thursday
[Cuba News Agency]
WH: North Korean leadership transition in early stages
[Reuters]

Japan/China
Japanese ship intercepts ballistic missile in test
[AP]
Japan and China island row flares at ASEAN summit
[BBC] and Japanese statements violate China’s sovereignty, territorial integrity [Xinhua]
China says no to Kan, Wen bilateral
[Reuters]
ASEAN to bring in US as counterbalance to China
[AP]
Upcoming G20 summit an unprecedented test of China’s diplomatic stance
[Mainichi]
Chinese court denounces awarding of Nobel prize
[AP]
Amid disputes, US seeks common ground with China
[AP]
Clinton Presses, Courts Beijing
[WSJ]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Burma court hears Suu Kyi appeal
[BBC]
Clinton: US will push for UN commission on Myanmar
[AP]
Singapore Tightens Trading Rules With Iran, North Korea
[WSJ]
Government considers relocations after Indonesian tsunami
[CNN]
Hobbit legislation passed in New Zealand
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Wikipedia to open first office outside the US in India
[BBC]
Pakistan flood food running out, warns UN
[BBC]
Russia, US collaborate in Afghan drug raid
[AP]

Middle East
Iran ready for nuclear talks after November 10
[Reuters]
Egypt’s FM: No breakthrough in Mideast talks
[AP]
Hezbollah calls for boycott of UN Hariri tribunal
[AP]
Turkish presidential reception challenges headscarf ban
[BBC]

Africa
Botched Sudan referendum could reignite war: report
[Reuters]
Somali Islamists Kill Two Girls Branded Spies
[NYT]
Obama urges ‘peaceful and transparent’ Ivory Coast vote
[AFP]

Europe
Eurozone jobless total rises above 10%
[FT]
David Cameron claims EU budget success
[BBC]
Minister: French troops may withdraw from Afghanistan in 2011
[CNN]
France firm on burqa ban despite bin Laden threat
[AP]
Reports: Russia’s Bulava test-fire a success
[AP]

Americas
Canada cuts ties with North Korea
[AFP]
9 policemen killed in ambush in western Mexico
[AP]
Cholera’s spread raises calls to stall the election
[Miami Herald]

Domestic
Halliburton Spill Liability May Rise on BP Well Report
[Bloomberg]
Jobless Likely to Shun Election That Is Focused on Their Plight
[Bloomberg]
US economic growth rate quickens
[BBC]
Newt Gingrich: Out of the wilderness and into the mix for 2012
[WaPo]
Michelle Rhee outspoken to the end of her tenure as D.C. schools chancellor
[WaPo]

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Daily International News 10.22.10

October 22, 2010

Daily International News
October 22, 2010

International
G20 finance ministers resist US pressure over trade
[BBC]

Northeast Asia
Koreas
US admiral warns against another NKorea nuke test
[AP]
S.Korea cannot rule out N.Korea nuclear test
[AFP]
Forum on North Korea scheduled in Palo Alto
[Mercury News]

China/Taiwan
Op-ed: Havel/Tutu: If China frees Nobel winner, it will show its strength [WaPo]
Tokyo urges Japan, China to avoid tit-for-tat claims
[Reuters]
More Tibetan students ‘take to streets over reforms’
[BBC]
Baidu search engine’s profits more than double
[BBC]
China prompts rare earth consumers to look elsewhere
[Reuters] and Japan plans to mine rare earth metals in Vietnam [AP]
China Courts Secessionists In Sudan, Breaking a Mold
[WSJ]
7 dead, 25 missing after typhoon hits Taiwan
[AP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
UN casts doubt over Burma election
[BBC]
Indonesia confirms Papua torture
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
US to announce major military aid package for Pakistan
[BBC]
Pakistani Troops Linked to Abuses Will Lose Aid
[NYT]
Attacks on soldiers, mosque kill 9 in Pakistan
[AP]
Afghan insurgents dismiss peace talks
[Reuters]
Afghan Aid Groups Plan to Leave Over Karzai Decree
[WSJ]
Taliban hit NATO convoy in Afghanistan, killing 3
[AP]
Communists in India Fight to Hold On to Mission
[NYT]

Middle East
Report: Berlusconi doubts effect of Iran sanctions
[AP]
American Iran Embargo Thwarted When Smugglers Ship Made-In-USA
[Bloomberg]
Iraq’s Maliki finishes Mideast tour, seeks support for 2nd term
[WaPo]
Settlers Race to Build Units in West Bank
[NYT]
Influence Of Israel’s Leftist Peace Movement Wanes
[NPR]
Turkish police arrest 5 al Qaeda suspects
[Reuters]

Africa
Niger junta confirms it crushed coup attempt
[Reuters]
Guinea presidential run-off election in doubt
[BBC]

Europe
Police clear refinery as French unions defiant
[Reuters]
France forced to import electricity
[Telegraph]
UK nuclear submarine grounded in accident
[AP]

Americas
Cuba agrees to release five more dissidents
[BBC]
Cholera outbreak hits rural Haiti – 142 dead
[AP]

Domestic
Former president Clinton on mission to rescue Democratic Party in fall elections
[WaPo]
Where President Obama is headed (and what it means)
[WaPo]
AP source: McDonough to be No. 2 security adviser
[AP]
WikiLeaks near release of secret US war documents
[AP]
Costly virtual border fence in tatters
[LA Times]
Barney Frank Lends to Campaign to Fight Anti-Democratic Wave
[Bloomberg]