Posts Tagged ‘netanyahu’

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Daily International News 06.13.11

June 13, 2011

Daily International News
June 13, 2011

Northeast Asia
Koreas
U.S. Said to Turn Back North Korea Missile Shipment
[NYT]

Kim Jong Il meets senior Chinese official
[Xinhua]
SKorea: NKorea may have miniaturized nuke warhead
[AP] 
More nuclear facilities visible at N.Korean complex
[HanKyoreh]

U.S. Underwrites Internet Detour Around Censors
[NYT]
China
China migrant workers clash with police for third night
[BBC] and Protesters burn police vehicles in southern China [AP]

China’s state media say military not a threat
[AP]
China Backtracks on High-Speed Trains
[NYT]
Israeli defense minister meets top Chinese general
[AP]
China hopes to strengthen military co-op with Israel, defense minister
[Xinhua]
China, Kazakhstan upgrade strategic partnership with new deals signed
[Xinhua]
Japan
Japanese city Hiroshima withdraws 2020 Olympics bid
[BBC]
In Nuclear Crisis, Crippling Mistrust
[NYT]
Japan says eight nuclear workers over-exposed to radiation
[Reuters]

Southeast Asia
Aung San Suu Kyi: Burmese hungry for justice
[AP]
Vietnam in live-fire drill amid South China Sea row
[BBC]
Vietnam seeks US support in China dispute
[FT]

Vietnam War: Top secret papers to be published
[BBC]
Candidate in Thailand Follows Path of Kin
[NYT]

Pacific
Australian prime minister refuses Dalai Lama talks
[AP]

Some win some lose in Australia-Malaysia refugee swap deal
[AP]
Australia flights begin to resume after ash disruption
[BBC]
Large earthquakes rock Christchurch
[SMH]

South/Central Asia
U.S. Faces ‘Vicious Circle’ with Pakistan on Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal
[Bloomberg]
Rare suicide attack in Pakistani capital kills 1
[AP]
India police find Maoist mass grave in Jharkhand
[BBC]
Opposition strike cripples Bangladesh
[Al Jazeera]

Middle East
Netanyahu says Palestinian U.N. bid could harm peace
[Reuters]
Syrian forces round up hundreds near northern town
[Reuters]
Yemen’s opposition in power-transfer talks
[Al Jazeera]

Lebanon announces new government after delay
[Reuters]
Thousands demonstrate in Morocco’s largest city
[AP]
Erdogan wins parliamentary elections, falls short of two-thirds majority
[Deutsche Welle]

Africa
Alleged spy arrested in Egypt is US law student
[AP]

Sudan President Bashir and Salva Kiir seek Abyei peace
[BBC]
U.N. Pulls Staff from Sudanese City
[NYT]
Germany recognises Libya’s rebel leadership
[Reuters]

Libya’s Gadhafi plays chess with Russian visitor
[AP]
Secret DNA test proved death of ‘wanted terrorist’ Abdalla Mohammed Fazul
[The Nation]
Mugabe Pressured to Act on Zimbabwe Elections
[NYT]
Congo diplomat’s wife arrested for ‘smuggling cigarettes’ in Romania
[BBC]

Europe
NATO at the crossroads after Gates speech
[AP]

Berlusconi faces referendum blow
[FT]
Berlusconi says nuclear energy ‘probably’ out
[AP]
Poland agrees to a permanent US Air Force base
[AP]
Government may have hacked IMF
[BBC]
Deaths from E. coli still rising in Germany
[BBC]

Americas
Obama visit to Puerto Rico: It’s all about Florida
[Miami Herald] 
Peruvian President-elect Humala may pardon Fujimori
[BBC]

Domestic
Banks battle over US tax law
[FT]
The New Hampshire debate: A viewer’s guide
[POLITICO]
Newt Gingrich: ‘I will endure the challenges’
[AP]
Gibbs to counter GOP message in New Hampshire
[AP]
Rep. Anthony Weiner finally considering he may have to resign amid sexting scandal, says source
[NY Daily News]
‘Book of Mormon’ and ‘War Horse’ Win Top Tonys
[NYT]

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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 03.15.11

March 15, 2011

Daily International News
March 15, 2011

Japan Quake/Tsunami/Nuclear Issues
Op-ed: Nuclear power in disarray
[Japan Times]

Japan earthquake: Radiation levels fall at Fukushima
[BBC]
Japan’s nuclear crisis deepens
[FT]
Japan PM meets destiny in tsunami tragedy
[AP]
For Elderly, Echoes of World War II Horrors
[NYT]
International Nuclear Issues
Reactors in U.S. Quake Zones May Be Key to Nuclear Plans
[Bloomberg]
Indonesia nuclear reactor plans ‘to go-ahead’
[BBC]
Germany to shut down pre-1980 nuclear plants
[Reuters]
EU to consider nuclear stress tests
[AP]

Koreas/China
North Korea ‘ready to discuss nuclear enrichment’
[BBC]
North Korea Finally Accepts 27
[Daily NK]
Tibetans urge Dalai Lama to stay on as leader
[AP]

China Says Yuan Currency Not on Nanjing Agenda
[ABC]
Shanghai high-rise fire: China ‘to prosecute 24 people’
[BBC]
China prepares to pull its citizens from NE Japan
[AP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Parcel bomb targets Indonesian politician
[BBC]
Nepal stops using images of former king on banknotes
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Pakistan Defers Ruling on C.I.A. Operative
[NYT]

Bombs kill Afghan official, school principal
[AP]
Corruption ‘threatens India’s economic growth’
[BBC]
Bangladesh Court adjourns microcredit pioneer’s appeal
[BBC]

Middle East
U.S.-Saudi Tensions Intensify With Mideast Turmoil
[NYT]
Bahrain king declares state of emergency after protests
[BBC]

Iran denounces foreign troops in Bahrain
[BBC]
Hamas leader calls on Abbas for talks
[Xinhua]

Thousands of Palestinians rally for reconciliation
[AP]
Israel seizes ship with Iran arms for Gaza-Netanyahu
[Reuters]
Oman protesters push political, wage demands
[Reuters]
2 Kurdish officials resign in volatile Iraqi city
[AP]

Africa
G8 ministers turn to UN on Libya violence
[AP]

Clinton pressing Egyptian transition leaders
[AP]
Clinton Hears Requests for Help from Libyan Opposition in Paris Meeting
[Bloomberg]
Chavez, allies lead push for Libya mediation
[AP]
Libya: Government and rebels still battling for Brega
[BBC]
Qaddafi Forces Resume Air Attacks on Retreating Libyan Rebels
[Bloomberg]
Ivory Coast Fighting Escalates
[WSJ]
Niger: Issoufou Wins Vote in Next Step to Civilian Rule
[All Africa]

Europe
Italy blocks ferry of Moroccans fleeing Libya
[BBC]
EU Agrees on Economic Overhaul
[WSJ]
Tickets for London 2012 Olympics go on sale
[Deutsche Welle]
UK gov’t prepares to offer changes to libel law
[AP]

Americas
Mexico prison warden stabbed to death during her rounds
[BBC]
From 03/14 Guatemalans sue US over syphilis tests [BBC]
From 03/14 Cuba devalues currency to match US dollar [BBC]

Domestic
Candidates emerge to replace Mueller at FBI
[WaPo]
Petraeus positive about US Afghanistan progress
[BBC]

Poll: Nearly two-thirds of Americans say Afghan war isn’t worth fighting
[WaPo]
Could ‘No Child’ get left behind?
[POLITICO]
N.R.A. Declines to Meet With Obama on Gun Policy
[NYT]
Nasdaq ‘to make rival bid’ for NYSE Euronext
[BBC]
Editorial: The Abuse of Private Manning
[NYT]
Editorial: Punishing Pfc. Manning
[LA Times]

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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 01.18.11

January 18, 2011

Daily International News
January 18, 2011

Hu Jintao State Visit/Hu-Obama Summit 2011
Overall

Biden greets China’s Hu upon arrival in the US
[AP]
Obama holding first China state dinner in 13 years
[AP]

Hu Gets Full State Honors as Visit Displays Obama’s Dueling Views of China
[Bloomberg]
China’s Hu to engage in rare Q&A with media in US
[AP]
From 01/15 U.S.-China Relationship Difficult, Lugar Says Before Hu Visits White House [Bloomberg]
From 01/17 For Chinese Leader’s Visit, U.S. to Take a Bolder Tack [NYT]
Q&A with WaPo’s John Pomfret on Hu Visit
[WaPo]
Issues

Hu Jintao arriving for state visit focused on economics, security, human rights
[WaPo]

Editorial: The U.S. finds its voice on China and human rights
[WaPo]
On Faith: President Hu Jintao, Tibet, and the Dalai Lama
[WaPo]
Before meeting Obama, Hu positive on peninsula
[JoongAng]
Energy Could Be a Key Area of Cooperation for the U.S. and China
[TIME]
US companies expand goals as China leader arrives
[AP]

Northeast Asia
Koreas

2011’s Top Risks: Will North Korea spin out of control?
[FP]
UN Should Discuss North Korean Uranium, South Korea’s President Lee Says
[Bloomberg]

North Korea willing to resume U.S. missions to recover remains of MIAs
[CNN]
N. Korea’s actual military spending estimated at US$8.77 bln in 2009
[Yonhap]
China/Taiwan

Taiwan Stages Missile Tests on Eve of U.S.-China Meeting
[NYT] and Video: Taiwan in live-fire missile tests [BBC]
Senators accuse China of violating sanctions against Iran
[FP]

China’s Military Comes Into Its Own
[StratFor]
China commercial nuclear fuel reprocessing far off
[AP]
China sees importance of trilateral cooperation with Japan, ROK
[Xinhua]
Summary Box: China rare earths exports up in 2010
[AP]
China, Russia to hold fifth strategic security negotiations
[Xinhua]
“Experience China” debuts at NYC’s Times Square
[Xinhua]

South/Central Asia
Major earthquake hits SW Pakistan
[AP]
Pakistani troops search homes in Karachi crackdown
[AP]
Nobel laureate Yunus in Bangladesh court
[AFP]

Southeast Asia
Vietnam reshuffles leaders, but policy seen consistent
[Reuters]
Top UN official to visit Sri Lanka’s war victims
[AFP]

Middle East
Palestinian resolution on Israel to be put to UN council
[AFP]

Palestinians raise flag at Washington office
[AP]
Russia reaffirms recognition of Palestinian state
[BBC]
Palestinian killed along Gaza-Israel border
[AP]
Va. teen detained in Kuwait sues U.S.
[WaPo]
Netanyahu rewards Barak with Israel cabinet seats
[Reuters]
Suicide bombing in Iraq kills 52 police recruits [AP]
Turkey to join Lebanon ‘contact group’ to help solve political crisis
[Hurriyet]

Iran suspends hanging sentence in stoning case: MP
[Reuters]
Pirates seized record 1,181 hostages in 2010 – report
[BBC]

Africa
UN team examines seized Iranian weapons in Nigeria
[AP]
Officials: 4 ministers quit new Tunisia government
[AP]
Rwanda issues arrest warrant for dissent exiles
[BBC]

Europe
Spain holds 10 in first anti-Eta raids since ceasefire
[BBC]
Iraq inquiry: Notes from Tony Blair to George Bush will not be published
[Guardian]

Berlusconi urged to resign over latest sex probe
[Reuters]
EU to detail objections to Hungary media law in letter
[Reuters]
Irish Prime Minister Cowen wins confidence vote
[AP]
Vatican warned Irish bishops not to report abuse
[AP]
UK gay couple wins discrimination case against Christian hoteliers – video
[Guardian]

Americas
Paraguay leader tells police to shut down rebels
[AP]
‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier charged with corruption in Haiti
[Guardian]
Mexico police: founding member of Zetas captured
[AP]

Domestic
Inside Holbrooke’s War With the White House
[Daily Beast]
Obama Launches Rule Review, Pledging to Spur Jobs, Growth
[WSJ]
Supreme Court refuses to revive effort to put D.C. same-sex marriage law to vote
[WaPo]
Videos show Tucson shooting in detail, sources say
[WaPo]
Release Nears for Giffords
[WSJ]
Sarah Palin Defends “Blood Libel” Phrase, Says Liberals Can’t “Shut Me Up”
[CBS]
Dick Cheney on ‘Today’: I may need a heart transplant (VIDEO)
[WaPo]
From 01/17 Apple boss Steve Jobs takes ‘medical leave’ [BBC]
Facebook U-turns on phone and address data sharing
[BBC]

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Daily International News 01.10.11

January 10, 2011

Daily International News
January 10, 2011

Northeast Asia
China
US, China defense chiefs mend frayed military ties
[AP]
U.S. and China Defense Chiefs Agree to Keep Talking
[NYT]
Report: Chinese troops cross into Indian territory
[AP]
Missing China activist Gao Zhisheng ‘tortured’
[BBC]
Panda politics: China sending 2 pandas to Scotland
[AP]
China, Britain sign deals worth 4.7 billion USD
[Xinhua]
China trade growth slows as imports rise
[FT]
Koreas
North Korea offers talks to South Korea
[Reuters]
South Korea, Japan discuss military pact
[AP]
Hacker Attack Greets Kim Jong-un on His Birthday
[Chosun]
Kim Jong Eun Parties in Private
[WSJ]
Japan
Japan to hold naval drills involving U.S. warships in East China Sea on Monday
[Ria Novosti]

Southeast Asia
Burma’s new parliament to convene on 31 January
[BBC]
Thai government welcomes ‘peaceful’ red-shirt rally
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
India soon to fly first fighter jet built at home
[AP]
Pakistan blasphemy law ‘to stand’
[Al Jazeera]

Middle East
U.S. Says Sanctions Hurt Iran Nuclear Program
[NYT]
Clinton to Warn Gulf Countries Not to Ease Vigilance Against Iran Threat
[Bloomberg]
In slaying probe, Iran claims it penetrated Mossad
[AP]
Iran convicts prominent human rights lawyer
[AP]
Netanyahu defends settlement after U.S. criticism
[Reuters]
Palestinians say they’ll go to UN for recognition
[AP]
EU diplomats say East Jerusalem should be treated as Palestinian capital
[Haaretz]
Saudi woman jailed for abusing Indonesian maid Sumiati
[BBC]

Africa
Sudan border clashes kill 36 as south votes-officials
[Reuters]
South Sudan independence referendum: Second day
[BBC]
Ivory Coast’s Gbagbo rebuffs latest mediator
[AP]
Fourteen killed in Tunisia unemployment protests
[BBC]
French hostages killed during rescue mission, ministry says
[CNN]

Europe
Basque militants call permanent Spain cease-fire
[AP]
Iceland protests over US probe of lawmaker
[FT]
01.09 Belarus Signals It Could Seize Opponent’s Son [NYT]
01.09 Lisbon resists pressure for bail-out [FT]
01.09 Germany vows action after dioxin scare [Deutsche Welle]
German cities threatened by flooding after winter thaw
[BBC]

Americas
Trade war looming, warns Brazil
[FT]
From 01.09 Chavez condemns OAS ‘interference’ in Venezuela [BBC]

Domestic
US VP Biden arrives in Afghanistan for visit
[AP]
Giffords shooting unlikely to sway public opinion about gun control
[WaPo]
Doctor: Gabrielle Giffords ‘holding her own’ after shooting [WaPo]
Kyl Optimistic Republicans, Obama Can Compromise on U.S. Tax Code Overhaul
[Bloomberg]

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Daily International News 01.06.11

January 6, 2011

Daily International News
January 6, 2011

Global
New UN council to reflect 21st century
[AP]

Northeast Asia
China
China’s Push to Modernize Military Is Bearing Fruit
[NYT]

Chinese FM meets U.S. counterpart on Hu’s upcoming visit
[Xinhua]
China backs policy of no pre-emptive nuke strikes
[AP]
China law to make children visit parents
[BBC]
China improves energy efficiency 20 pct in 5 years
[AP]
Koreas
China’s North Korean Calculations
[NYT]

US envoy seeks Chinese help to ease Korea crisis
[AP] and China and U.S. Have ‘Useful’ Talks on North Korea [NYT]
Nuclear Inspection in N.Korea ‘Would Take Several Years’
[Chosun]
S.Korea’s Special Forces ‘Vastly Outnumbered’ by N.Korea’s
[Chosun]
Analysis: SKorea cool to NKorea charm offensive
[AP]
North Korea remains Christians’ No. 1 persecutor
[Orlando Sentinel]

N. Korea rewrites party regulations to boost hereditary power succession: source
[Yonhap]
Japan
Under-pressure Kan set to reshuffle Cabinet, DPJ leadership
[Mainichi]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
US protests over treatment of diplomat in Vietnam
[AP]

Flooded Queensland hit by fresh rain
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
U.S. Military Suspends 2 Contractors That Failed to Pay Afghans
[NYT]
U.S. to temporarily send 1,400 more Marines to Afghanistan
[Reuters]

Pakistan PM bends to opposition demands on economy
[AP]
Assassination Deepens Divide in Pakistan
[NYT]

Middle East
Hijack attempt foiled aboard Turkish Air flight
[CNN]
Iran says American woman detained on spy charges
[AP]

Israel says Turkey like Iran before revolution
[Reuters]
Mubarak says Israel must revise position on talks
[Reuters]
Benjamin Netanyahu heckled at Israel fire memorial
[BBC]

Africa
Egypt on alert as Copts gather for Christmas Eve
[BBC]
Ivory Coast: UN plans more peacekeepers
[BBC] and Ouattara calls for commando op in Ivory Coast [AP]

Security tight as Nigerian oil state goes to polls
[Reuters]
Sudan ‘needs clearer oil-sharing deal’
[BBC]
Tunisia suicide protester Mohammed Bouazizi dies
[BBC]
Tanzania police kill two in Arusha at Chadema protest
[BBC]

Europe
U.N. group warns of potential ‘food price shock’
[WaPo]
Hungary PM ‘ready to change’ media law if EU demands
[BBC]
UK moves to extend freedom of information laws
[AP]
Lithuania loses Euro court case over ex-leader Paksas
[BBC]
Belgium’s Flemish separatists block talks on coalition
[Deutsche Welle]

Americas
Opposition takes up seats in new Venezuelan parliament
[BBC]

Deadly grenade blast rocks Guyana capital Georgetown
[BBC]

Domestic
GOP bends its own new House rules
[Politico] and House Republicans adopt new rules for tax and spending legislation [WaPo]
Obama Turning to Experienced Hands as He Remakes Staff
[NYT]
The mystery of Bill Daley
[WaPo]
U.S. healthcare law repeal hurts deficits-Budget Office
[Reuters]
Geithner says U.S. could hit debt limit by March 31
[Reuters]
BP, Transocean, Halliburton blamed by presidential Gulf oil spill commission
[WaPo]