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Daily International News 02.07.11

February 7, 2011

Daily International News
February 7, 2011

Egypt/Tunisia
Egypt approves 15 percent raise for govt employees
[AP]
Egypt demonstrators entertain to keep morale high
[AP] and Cairo Protesters Try to Keep Up the Pressure [NYT]
Realpolitiktian: Obama’s Handling of Egypt
[New York Mag]
Egypt diplomacy: White House races to keep pace with events put in motion by protests
[WaPo]

Obama Says Egypt Not Going Back to Way It Was Before
[Bloomberg]
Egypt checks diplomatic pouches as precautionary measures
[Xinhua]
Tunisian president to get emergency powers
[AFP]
Tunisia ban on Ben Ali’s party
[Gulf Daily]

Northeast Asia
South Korea Questions Boat Passengers From North
[NYT]

N.Korea Red-Faced as Russia Denies UN Security Council Claim
[Chosun]
N. Korea may send heir apparent to China to secure support: analyst
[Yonhap]
Japan PM says Russia visit to Kurils ‘unforgiveable’
[BBC]

Ex-U.S. intelligence official says Japan-U.S. alliance unbalanced
[Kyodo]

Southeast Asia
Thai, Cambodian clashes resume at disputed border
[AP]

South/Central Asia
Top India and Pakistan diplomats meet in Bhutan
[BBC]
Pakistani investigators name Musharraf accused in Benazir’s murder case
[Xinhua]
US presses Pakistan’s president to free American
[AP]
6 WWF volunteers abducted in Indian tiger reserve
[AP]
Police arrest opposition protesters in Bangladesh
[AP]
Afghan bombing kills 1; gunmen kill local chief
[AP]

Middle East
Iran unveils missiles, satellites as warning to foes
[Reuters]
Hariri court holds hearing to discuss law issues
[AP]
Kuwait minister resigns and avoids ‘torture death’ questions
[The National]

Africa
Sudan’s Bashir to accept referendum result’
[AFP]
Nigerian president launches election campaign
[AFP]

Europe
Labour government did ‘all it could to secure release of Lockerbie bomber’
[Guardian]

WikiLeaks Founder Back in Court to Challenge Extradition
[NYT]
Report: Russia warns US over missile defense plans
[AP]
Dutch lawmaker back in court for hate speech case
[AP]
Dutch protest Iran’s execution of Dutch-Iranian woman
[CNN]

Domestic
Critics move to claw back millions from UN
[FT]
Is the GOP nomination worth having in 2012?
[WaPo]
Palin’s Bold Attacks, Quiet Strategy Puzzle Republicans for 2012
[Bloomberg]
Jeb Bush should run now, for at least eight reasons
[National Review]
AOL Buys Huffington Post: Is It Crazy?
[WSJ]

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Daily International News 12.13.10

December 13, 2010

Daily International News
December 13, 2010

Northeast Asia
Koreas
NKorea threatens SKorea with nuclear war
[AP]
South Korean drills draw more threats from North Korea
[WaPo]
N.Korea Sends Top Diplomat to Russia
[Chosun]
Fishermen missing in Antarctic as South Korea ship sinks
[BBC]
North Korea campaigned for Eric Clapton performance, cable reveals
[CNN]

Japan/China
New Japanese defense plan emphasizes threat of China
[WaPo] and Strength and power in seas off Japan [BBC]
China’s Wen to visit India amid trade, land spats
[AP]
BBC website unblocked in China
[BBC]
Mongolian activist likely released from China jail
[AP]
Chinese archaeologists unearth 2,400-year-old ‘soup’
[BBC]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Indonesian cleric Ba’asyir facing terrorism charges
[BBC]
Myanmar: a pariah nation with lots of friends
[AP]
Aussie spooks feared Iran nuclear war
[The Australian]

South/Central Asia
Arrests in Afghan attack that killed 6 US troops
[AP]

Middle East
Netanyahu rules out Jerusalem split
[Al Jazeera]
Middle East peace: Elders urge ‘revised’
[BBC]
Iran’s president fires foreign minister
[AP]
Iran conducts large military exercise
[AP]
Joint Chiefs chair in Iraq, meeting prime minister
[AP]
Iraq: Two suicide bomb attacks kill 13
[BBC]

Africa
Ivorian troops gather close to Ouattara HQ
[Reuters]
Darfur leader ‘ready to do battle’
[Al Jazeera]
Egypt protesters say new parliament is ‘void’
[AP]
Nigerian military seizes rebel camps in oil region
[AFP]

Europe
Police: Stockholm attacker had 3 sets of bombs
[AP]
UK fears pro-WikiLeaks attacks on gov’t websites
[AP]
Berlusconi pleas with parliament ahead of vote
[AP]
Medvedev Warns Against Ethnic Attacks
[NYT]
Kosovo PM Hashim Thaci claims election victory
[BBC]
Ukraine to open Chernobyl area to tourists in 2011
[AP]

Americas
Haiti re-opens election appeals in plea for calm
[AP]
Mexicans march in support of ‘Craziest’ kingpin
[Miami Herald]
Ousted Honduran leader rejects leaked memo charges
[AP]

Domestic
Obama faces fight over missile defense as he presses New START ratification
[WaPo]
Clinton off to Canada for North America talks
[AP]
Holbrooke’s Rare Condition Is Painful, Often Fatal, Doctors Say
[Bloomberg]
Decision Day for Michael Steele at RNC?
[WaPo]
Tax Deal Set to Pass Senate
[WSJ]

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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 10.19.10

October 19, 2010

Daily International News
October 19, 2010

Northeast Asia
Japan
Japanese economy ‘at standstill’
[BBC]
Japan Calls for Currency-Market Cooperation
[WSJ]

China
US diplomat praises Chinese premier’s reform talk
[AP]
China says committed to U.N. sanctions on Iran
[Reuters]
China Nobel winner’s wife still under house arrest
[AP] and Holder asks China to release Nobel winner [AP]
Report: China to reduce rare earths exports
[AP]
China surprises with first rate rise since 2007
[Reuters]
AP Interview: Taiwan’s Ma moves ahead with China
[AP]
After 13 die in Philippines, typhoon aims at China
[AP]

Japan/China
Japan PM and ministers avoid war shrine amid China row
[Reuters]
Japan promises to talk to China despite protests
[AP]

South/Central Asia
Indian gov’t: Pakistan spies tied to Mumbai siege
[AP]
Pakistan suspends scores of MPs
[Al Jazeera]
Curfew clamped in four districts of Kashmir Valley
[Times of India]
2 NATO service members killed in south Afghanistan
[AP]

Middle East
Netanyahu says loyalty oath bill to be amended
[AP]
Saudi says it warned of al-Qaida threat from Yemen
[AP]
Saudi prince found guilty of murdering servant in hotel
[BBC]
U.S. Envoy to Meet With Iran’s Neighbors
[WSJ]
Iran joins international group’s talks on Afghan strategy
[WaPo]
Iran welcomes Chavez as partner against Western “bullies”
[Reuters]
Iraq blast targeting policeman kills 8 relatives
[AP]

Africa
Killings in Nigeria Are Linked to Islamic Sect
[NYT]
Int’l court rejects ex-Congo VP war crimes appeal
[AP]
South Sudanese agree on post-secession elections, census
[Reuters]
UN redeploys peacekeepers in Sudan’s Abyei flashpoint
[AFP]
Status quo in W. Sahara ‘untenable’: UN envoy
[AFP]

Europe
Gunmen Dead After Attack on Chechen Parliament
[NYT]
UK’s Cameron announces military austerity plan
[AP]
French retirement protests take violent turn
[AP]
EU drops legal action against France over Roma
[Reuters]
Russia to go to NATO summit, eyeing missile role
[Reuters]
Dutch anti-Islam MP been denied fair trial -lawyer
[Reuters]

Americas
Mexican authorities seize 105 tons of marijuana
[AP]
Threat grows as Mexican cartels move to beef up U.S. presence
[WaPo]
Top Canadian Commander Pleads Guilty to Murders
[NYT]

Domestic
Judge tentatively rejects ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ stay request
[LAT]
Meeting Pakistanis, U.S. Will Try to Fix Relations
[NYT]
Obama Wave That Swept Out Republicans Recedes in House Rematch
[Bloomberg]
U.S. Pushes to Ease Technical Obstacles to Wiretapping
[NYT]
Geithner Weak Dollar Seen as U.S. Recovery Route
[Bloomberg]
Geithner vows U.S. will not devalue dollar
[Reuters]
Banks Restart Foreclosures
[WSJ]

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Daily International News 10.14.10

October 14, 2010

Daily International News
October 14, 2010

Northeast Asia
Nobel Peace Prize
Japan says release of China’s Liu Xiaobo ‘desirable’
[BBC]

China cancels more Norway visits after Nobel prize
[Reuters]
China says backers of Nobel winner support crime
[AP]

China
China’s Wen inspiring debate with calls for reform
[AP]

Trade Officials Ponder China’s Rare Earth Stance
[NYT]
China applauds Chile mine rescue, avoids awkward safety comparisons
[CSM]

Koreas
China confirms DPRK diplomat’s visit, urges for dialogue to resume nuclear talks
[Xinhua]
North Korea pushing nuke talks
[JoongAng]

SKorea wraps up naval maneuvers with US, Japan
[AP]
N. Korean news agency apparently opens Web sites in English, Spanish
[Yonhap]
N. Korea urges S. Korea to quickly agree to talks on suspended tours
[Yonhap]
South Korea lays to rest top North Korean defector
[AP]

Japan
Dollar at 15 year low to Japanese yen
[BBC]

Southeast Asia
Indonesia Suharto-era book banning law lifted
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
U.S. Backs Taliban Talks
[WSJ] and U.S. Aids Taliban to Attend Talks on Making Peace [NYT]

Seven LJ men planning PM assassination arrested
[Dawn]
Pakistan Pledges to Attack Al-Qaeda ‘Epicenter,’ Mullen Says
[Bloomberg]

Middle East
Palestinians counter Israeli offer on settlements
[WaPo]

US military says 77,000 Iraqis killed over 5 years
[AP]
Iran to hold OPEC presidency for first time in 36 years
[BBC]

Ahmadinejad visits south Lebanon
[Al Jazeera]
UAE says it opposed Canada’s Security Council bid
[AP]

Africa
UN could police parts of north-south Sudan border
[Reuters]

North and south Sudan disagree over Abyei vote
[Reuters]
George Clooney call to freeze Sudan leader’s assets
[BBC]
Somali president names new prime minister
[AP]
Somali pirates free Puntland minister
[BBC]
Niger’s junta’s deputy arrested
[BBC]

Europe
NATO chief calls for anti-missile system
[AP]
US counterterror official: Euro plot still active
[AP]
Clinton urges Kosovo to start talks with Serbia
[WaPo]

Dutch government sworn in but lacks reform mandate
[Reuters]
French petrol firms seek emergency supplies
[BBC]

Third day of protests in France as strikes grind on
[Reuters]
Greek police tear gas Acropolis protesters
[FT]

Americas
Rousseff holds ground in Brazil election race
[Reuters]
Chile’s textbook mine rescue brings global respect
[AP]

Domestic
Administration expected to appeal ‘don’t ask’ ruling
[WaPo]

Jarrett apologizes for gay remark
[WaPo]
U.S. politicians compete to bash China for gains in midterm elections
[Xinhua]

Obama ad courts young, minority voters, urging them to ‘make history again’
[WaPo]
O’Donnell, Coons stage feisty debate in Delaware
[CNN]
For Reid, No Shaking Tea Party Challenger
[NYT]
Tea Party Economic Gloom Fuels Republican Momentum, Poll Shows
[Bloomberg]
Lack of proper mortgage paper trail could leave big banks reeling again
[WaPo]
Gray vows to continue school reforms as he names interim D.C. chancellor
[WaPo]
Armenians face US health care scam charges
[BBC]

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Daily International News 05.18.10

May 18, 2010

Daily International News
May 18, 2010

Japan/Koreas
Announcement possible as North Korea recalls parliament
[Reuters]
Poor weather halts Japan’s Venus mission
[BBC]

China
China welcomes Iran nuclear fuel swap deal
[Reuters]
Factbox: Ties binding China and Iran
[Reuters]
China to buy 7 Brazil transmission firms – reports
[Reuters]
1 dead, 5 wounded in latest China rampage attack
[AP]
Chinese tycoon jailed for graft
[AFP]
Zhang Ziyi stars as AIDS patient in new China film
[AP]

Thailand
Thai government dismisses talks to end deadly protests
[Reuters]
Thai govt says no peace talks unless protests end
[AP]

AfPak
Twelve killed by bicycle bomb in Pakistan
[Reuters]
Taliban suicide bomb hits NATO convoy, kills 18
[AP]

Middle East
Iran hopeful world powers will accept nuclear deal
[AP]
France frees man who killed Iran’s last premier
[AP]
Saudi forces rescue two German girls held in Yemen
[Reuters]

Africa
Malawi: Judge convicts gay couple
[AP]

UK
UK Parliament to meet for 1st time since election
[AP]
The battle of the Miliband brothers
[Guardian]
EU nations override UK on hedge fund rules
[AP]
Police crackdown on hate crime across London
[BBC]

Europe
Russian tycoon Khodorkovsky declares hunger strike
[AP]
Russian mine boss resigns after Putin rebuke
[Reuters]
Greece gets first 14.5 bln euros of EU rescue loans
[AFP]

Americas/Domestic
Review Cites Flaws in U.S. Antimissile Program
[NYT]
BP says more oil contained, U.S. to probe spill
[Reuters]
Two U.S. senators in jeopardy on big day of voting
[Reuters]
Microsoft Hotmail upgrade targets Gmail and Yahoo
[BBC]
Google set for probes on data harvesting
[FT]

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Daily International News 02.01.10

February 1, 2010

Happy February!!!!

Daily International News
February 1, 2010

Koreas
N. Korea designates additional ‘no-sail’ zones: sources
[Yonhap]
2 Koreas hold talks days after exchanging gunfire
[AP]
01.30 N. Korea may have interest in ‘Grand Bargain’: Lee [Yonhap]

China
Door for talks with Dalai Lama still open, national sovereignty non-negotiable: CPC official
[China] and China sticks to hard line in talks on Tibet [AP]
Arms Deal Cools U.S.-China Ties
[WSJ

Middle East
01.30 U.S. Speeding Up Missile Defenses in Persian Gulf [NYT]

Europe
Nuclear nonproliferation on hold as US and Russia debate
[DW]
UN chief Ban Ki-moon begins talks on Cyprus
[BBC]

Americas
Americans arrested taking children out of Haiti
[Reuters] and U.S. to Resume Airlift of Injured Haitians [NYT]
Obama 2010 budget deficit soars to record
[Reuters]
Draft Defense Department budget avoids weapons cuts, adds aircraft
[WaPo]
Obama to Weigh Objections to Holding Terror Trial in New York
[Bloomberg]

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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]