Posts Tagged ‘scotland’

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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 08.11.10

August 11, 2010

Daily International News
August 11, 2010

Northeast Asia
North Korea to conduct rare border handover
[Reuters]
SKorea probing if NKorea deliberately sent mines
[AP]
S Korea urges DPRK to release its fishing boat
[Xinhua]
Fifa investigates North Korea World Cup abuse claims
[BBC]; Original Reporting: World Cup Team Shamed, Reprimanded [RFA]
How Does the U.S. Solve a Problem Like North Korea?
[TIME]
Downpours bring more worry for China landslide town
[Reuters]

Southeast Asia
Sri Lanka begins civil war hearings
[Al Jazeera]
Thai court rejects Thaksin assets appeal
[BBC]
Terrorism charges filed against Indonesian cleric
[AP]

Central/South Asia
Kyrgyzstan sets October 10 date for parliamentary vote
[Reuters]
Wikileaks asked to edit Afghan names from US files
[BBC]
UN calls for bigger aid response for Pakistan
[Euronews]
Parts of Sindh, Punjab on alert as fresh flood warning issued
[Dawn]

Middle East
No agreement on direct Israel-Palestinian talks
[AP]
Lebanon politician Karam charged with spying for Israel
[BBC]
Deadly blast hits Turkey oil pipeline
[BBC]
[Iraq/Iran]
State Dept. faces skyrocketing costs as it prepares to expand role in Iraq
[WaPo]
‘Booby trap’ kills Iraqi soldiers
[Al Jazeera]
Analysis: U.S. and Iraqi Interests May Work Against Pullout
[NYT]
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard ‘digging mass graves for US soldiers’
[Telegraph]
Has Tehran lost the weapon of fear?
[The National]

Africa
Hard-line Islam steps out of shadows in Algeria
[Reuters]
Rwanda’s Kagame wins election by landslide
[Reuters]
Zimbabwe auctions controversy-plagued diamonds
[AP]
Kenyan accused of harboring Uganda terror suspects
[AP]

Europe
Russian wildfires raise Chernobyl radiation fears
[AP]
Russia deploys S-300 missiles in Georgia’s Abkhazia
[Reuters]
Bodies found in search for victims of Bosnian massacre
[BBC]
Lawmakers Demand Lockerbie Medical Records
[WSJ]
Bank of England forecasts ‘choppy’ economic recovery
[BBC]
UK doctors: New superbug gene could spread widely
[AP]

Americas
Colombia, Venezuela restore diplomatic relations
[AP]
Colombia opens door for talks with FARC rebels
[WaPo]
Guatemala Court Orders Arrest of Politician Holed Up at Honduran Embassy
[LAHT]

Domestic
Incumbent Backed by Obama Wins Colorado Primary
[NYT]
Obama signs emergency bill to halt teacher layoffs
[AP]
For Mosque Sponsors, Early Missteps Fueled Storm
[NYT]
For many Muslims, start of Ramadan stirs up centuries-old debate between science and doctrine
[WaPo]
Fed Move on Debt Signals Concern About Economy
[NYT]
What’s Missing in the Internet Kill-Switch Debate
[TIME]

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Daily International News 07.26.10

July 26, 2010

Daily International News
July 26, 2010

Global
Global Economy May Slow to 3.25% From 4.7% Average
[Bloomberg]

NE Asia
Submarine focus for US-South Korea military drill
[BBC]
North Korea’s threats over US-South Korea war games: Another bluff?
[CSM]
Doubts surface on North Korea’s role in ship sinking
[LAT]
A Clouded Outlook: Japan from Dynamo to Dinosaur
[Time]

SE Asia/Pacific
Khmer Rouge Figure Is Found Guilty of War Crimes
[NYT]
Bus-stop bombing kills one in Bangkok
[BBC]
New Philippine leader Aquino sets out agenda
[BBC]

Central/South Asia
Afghan war logs: key findings
[Telegraph]
Karzai orders probe into Afghan civilian deaths
[ABC]
Pakistan Aids Insurgency in Afghanistan, Reports Assert
[NYT]
Burma leader’s India visit draws rights criticism
[BBC]

Middle East
EU tightens sanctions over Iran nuclear programme
[BBC]
Iran improves ballistic missile capabilities
[Tehran Times]
Israeli Arab Raed Salah jailed over spitting incident
[BBC]
Yemen forces ‘kill al-Qaeda trio’
[BBC]
Turkey requests PKK leader’s extradition
[Today’s Zaman]

Africa
ICC Bashir warrants ‘undermine peace in Africa’
[AFP]
Somalia: AU Ministers Agree to ‘Take On’ Al Shabaab
[All Africa]
Uganda president urges action against Somali militants
[BBC]

Europe
BP Said to Cast Dudley as CEO as It Looks to Rebuild
[Bloomberg]
Sarkozy condemns hostage killing
[BBC]
Oil Giant Fined for Shipping Sludge to Ivory Coast
[NYT]
Prosecutors launch investigation into Love Parade tragedy
[DW]

Domestic/Americas
Alex Salmond calls on US to release Lockerbie files
[BBC]
Hearing on Lockerbie Sets Off More Finger-Pointing
[NYT]

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Daily International News 07.23.10

July 23, 2010

Daily International News
July 23, 2010

North Korea
North Korea vows ‘physical response’ to US exercise
[BBC]
NKorea tensions spike at Asian security forum
[AP]
US says NKorea must change ‘dangerous’ behavior
[AP]
On North Korea and More, China Flexes Its Muscles
[Time]

China/Japan
US wades into South China Sea disputes
[AP]
China sentences Uighur writer to 15 years in jail
[AP]
China ‘may review execution policy changes’
[BBC]
First details on China oil spill’s cause emerge
[AP]
Prosecutors to quiz Japan ruling party’s Ozawa – media
[Reuters]

South/SE/Central Asia
US warns Myanmar on nukes, rights abuses
[AP]
17 injured in blast targeting Afghan candidate
[AP]
Minority leaders leaving Karzai’s side over leader’s overtures to insurgents
[WaPo]
Pakistani government extends tenure of Army Chief Kayani
[CNN]
India unveils prototype of $35 tablet computer
[AP]

Middle East/N. Africa
Abbas warns Fatah to get organized or die
[Haaretz]
Israel: Controversial conversion bill shelved
[AP]
Israel to return impounded Gaza aid ships to Turkey
[Reuters]
Hezbollah members ‘facing Rafik Hariri charges’
[BBC]
Mubarak, 82, gives public speech after health rumours
[Reuters]

Africa
Guards for Somali Leader Join Islamists
[NYT]
Nigerian senate votes for earlier elections
[BBC]
Uganda: AU Military Chiefs Draw Somalia War Plan
[All Africa]
Guinea to send troops to AU force in Somalia
[AFP]

Europe
Russia says ready to resume NATO military ties
[Reuters]
Scottish official to skip US Lockerbie hearing
[AP]
BP Managers Named in Disaster Probe
[WSJ]
Serbia rejects UN legal ruling on Kosovo’s secession
[BBC]
Trafigura found guilty of exporting toxic waste
[BBC]
France to sell two Mistral-class warships to Russia
[BBC]
France targets ‘al-Qaeda militants’ in Mauritania
[BBC]
Banks Await Stress Test Results in Europe
[NYT]
Euro Passes Own Stress Test as Bank Examinations Loom
[Bloomberg]

Domestic
Hearing on Arizona immigration law begins
[WaPo]
Senate Passes U.S. War Bill Without State Aid Sought by House
[Bloomberg]
Bowing to political reality, Senate Democrats drop broad energy bill
[LAT]
Ships evacuated from Gulf as tropical storm advances
[BBC]

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POST: Compassion for Lockerbie Bomber: Landmark or Lamentable?

August 24, 2009

I wanted to write something about last week’s release of convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi when the story was first aired, but I felt that I needed to get a better understanding  of the history of the situation before making any judgments – plus, I wanted to see how people reacted.

The array of emotions attached to this case are staggering – everything from despair at his release to disbelief over his initial sentence. My main questions have remained, Was his release out of the ordinary and how will this affect US/UK, US/Libyan relations?

What I do not think many people realize is that freeing terminally ill prisoners on compassionate grounds is a key feature of Scottish law – it has been done 9 out of the last 13 cases, and had only been refused in last 4 because medical evidence did not the substantiate terminally ill status of the prisoners. Since the 9 releases had not taken into account the crime which the prisoner was convicted in the decision, this new release of al-Megrahi fits perfectly into Scottish precedent – prisoner is terminally ill, prisoner is released. The hype of the crime or the circumstance do not play a role.

On a further note, the low amount of media attention given to the continued questioning surrounding his conviction has surprised me. I do not agree or disagree with the aforementioned, very well-written, BBC article, but it does make one think. Of course, al-Megrahi could very well have had a hand in the bombing, but the evidence seems to point to the fact that the true perpetrators, the masterminds, have as of yet gone free. Is the conviction of one seemingly connected man, a “convenient scapegoat”, enough? Was he senior enough in the plan to be the sole representative of the perpetrators of this horrible crime?

Today, Scotland’s Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill “doggedly” defended his decision to free al-Megrahi. He stood by “his and only his” decision and only lamented the heroes welcome given to the freed prisoner upon his return home to Libya on Thursday.  However, a senior State Department official said today that short of praising the Libyans, at least he could say that the “Thursday demonstrations could have been a lot worse.” But the official further stated that they were still “disgusting” and represented only the “minorly pathetic” responsiveness of Libyan officials.

Now there are new claims that oil diplomacy has played a part in the al-Megrahi release which is difficult to deny (although British officials have) considering the BusinessWeek article issued today of increased trade between Britain and Libya in coming months.  Between the US and UK, although tourists have threatened a UK boycott and all senior Obama administration officials balked at al-Megrahi’s release, they still stick by their claim that nothing will change in the relations between the two countries and that they “have great faith in the British democracy to air these things in a very thorough” manner.  In the end, it comes down to the indisputable fact that this decision was wholly up to the Scottish Authorities and, following their own precedent, no distinct changes in any bilateral relations seem to be forthcoming. However, if an under-the-table deal was struck between the UK and Libya, there really is no excuse.