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Daily International News 12.18.09

December 18, 2009

Daily International News
December 18, 2009

DPRK
Obama proposes U.S. liaison in North Korea-Yonhap
[Reuters] and (LEAD) N. Korea confirms Obama sent letter to Kim Jong-il [Yonhap]
“U.S. President Barack Obama has proposed setting up a liaison office in North Korea next year in a step to ease tensions between the two rival states, Yonhap news agency said on Friday.” [KCNA excerpt below]

Copenhagen
World leaders may drop 2010 climate deadline-draft
[Reuters]
“World leaders worked towards a target of halving greenhouse gas emissions on Friday, but a draft text abandoned ambitions for a legally binding climate treaty next year in a sign divisions remain.”

Diplomatic frenzy at final day of UN climate talks [AP]
Obama Presses China on Rules for Monitoring Emissions Cuts
[NYT]

Asia
China Is Disputing Status of Uighurs in Cambodia
[NYT]
“The Chinese Foreign Ministry has hinted that it is seeking or will seek the return of 22 Uighurs who fled to Cambodia after the eruption of deadly ethnic riots in July in western China and a subsequent government crackdown.”

New genocide charge in Cambodian Khmer Rouge trial [Reuters]
Seven killed, 11 injured in Myanmar bombing
[Reuters]
“ ‘It is learnt that the time bomb was planted by KNU (Karen National Union) terrorist insurgent group,’ state-controlled newspapers said.”

AfPak/India
Afghan officials: Karzai to keep half his Cabinet
[AP]
India says it has pulled 30K forces from Kashmir
[AP]
‘Mumbai gunman’ retracts confession
[Al Jazeera]

Middle East
Six Yemeni detainees at Guantanamo Bay to be repatriated
[WP]
“The Obama administration is planning to repatriate six Yemenis held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a transfer that could be a prelude to the release of dozens more detainees to Yemen.”

Iranian forces take over Iraq oil well [AFP]
“ ‘There has been no violence related to this incident and we trust this will be resolved through peaceful diplomacy between the governments of Iraq and Iran,’ a US military spokesman told AFP at Contingency Operating Base Adder.”

Iran making new model centrifuges for nuke program [AP]

Africa
Suspected Somalia pirates freed by Dutch navy
[BBC]
Eritrea’s national soccer team seeks asylum in Kenya
[WP]

Europe
Poland: Auschwitz ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ sign stolen
[AP]
Merkel set to become next target in Afghan airstrike probe
[DW]
Bruised Berlusconi to capitalise on assault
[Reuters]

Americas
Mexican drug lord killed in gunfight with federal forces
[WP]
Venezuela’s Chavez sees US threat in Dutch islands
[AP]
NJ dad seeks Brazil gov’t backing in custody fight
[AP]

Domestic
D.C. mayor signs gay marriage bill
[Wash Times]
Illinois Prison Sale May Proceed Without Legislative Approval
[Bloomberg]
“Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has the authority to sell a state prison to the federal government so it can be used to hold suspected terrorists, an opinion from that state’s attorney general says.”

Nelson Says He Can’t ‘See How’ to Back Health Bill by Christmas [Bloomberg]
Hackers Briefly Bring Down Twitter
[WSJ]
“Twitter suffered a hacker attack in the early hours of Friday morning, which made its home page redirect to a site for the ‘Iranian Cyber Army.’ ”

Still from Twitter hackers.

Letter to Kim Jong Il from U.S. President [KCNA]

“Leader Kim Jong Il received a personal letter from Barack Obama, president of the United States of America. The letter was conveyed to Kang Sok Ju, first vice-minister of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK, on December 9 by Stephen Bosworth, U.S. special representative for DPRK policy who visited the DPRK.”

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Daily International News 12.17.09

December 17, 2009

Daily International News
December 17, 2009

DPRK
France Decides to Establish Its Office in DPRK [KCNA]

“As already reported, Jack Lang, special envoy of the French president, had a consultation with the DPRK side on the issue of developing the bilateral relations and a series of matters of mutual concern during his visit to the DPRK from November 9, 2009 to 13. The French side informed the DPRK that it decided to establish the French Cooperation and Cultural Action Office in Pyongyang as a step of the first phase for normalizing the relations between the two countries according to the results of his visit to the DPRK. The DPRK consented to France’s opening of the office in Pyongyang, proceeding from the stand to boost the relations with France.”

Thais: US tip led to seizure of arms from NKorea [AP]
“Thai authorities were acting on a tip from the United States when they seized tons of illicit weapons from a plane from North Korea, a senior official said Thursday.”

N. Korean leader makes rare visit to trade zone, stresses export growth [Yonhap]
“North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has visited Rason, a northern port city that the country is developing into a trade hub, where he gave guidelines on increasing exports, state media said Thursday.”

NKorea threatens SKorea over naval drills [AP]
“North Korea threatened retaliation against South Korea over what it claimed were naval drills around their disputed sea border, accusing Seoul on Thursday of attempting to escalate tension.”

China
China Imposes New Internet Controls
[NYT]

“China’s government censors have taken fresh aim at the Internet, rolling out new measures that limit ordinary citizens’ ability to set up personal Web sites and to view hundreds of other Web sites offering films, video games [etc].”

Copenhagen
U.S. pledges billions; China says climate pact is doubtful
[WP]
“Clinton warned that China — which has resisted attempts for international verification of emission cuts and told officials here before Clinton spoke that a global pact seems unlikely — must agree to monitoring if a deal is to reached.”

Obama heads to Copenhagen as climate talks falter [Reuters]
“U.S. President Barack Obama heads to Copenhagen on Thursday to help secure a U.N. climate pact, staking his credibility on an as yet elusive deal that has ramifications for him at home and on the world stage.”

AfPak
Afghan ministers on ‘graft’ list
[Al Jazeera]
“The list, released on the final day of a three-day anti-corruption conference, includes five senior members within the government of Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, said Hashem Ahelbarra, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Kabul.”

U.N. Officials Say American Offered Plan to Replace Karzai [NYT]
“As widespread fraud in the Afghanistan presidential election was becoming clear three months ago, the No. 2 United Nations official in the country, the American Peter W. Galbraith, proposed enlisting the White House in a plan to replace the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, according to two senior United Nations officials.”

Pakistan Strikes Down Amnesty for Politicians [NYT]
“The Supreme Court struck down a controversial amnesty on Wednesday that had dismissed corruption allegations against thousands of Pakistan’s politicians, including President Zardari, effectively restoring the cases against them.”

Pakistan Reported to Be Harassing U.S. Diplomats [NYT]
“Parts of the Pakistani military and intelligence services are mounting what American officials here describe as a campaign to harass American diplomats.”

Intel officials: US missiles kill 17 in Pakistan [AP]
“Two suspected U.S. missile strikes, one using multiple drones, killed 17 people in a Pakistani tribal region along the Afghan border Thursday, local intelligence officials said.”

Middle East
Haaretz exclusive: Olmert’s plan for peace with the Palestinians
[Haaretz]
“Former prime minister Ehud Olmert proposed giving the Palestinians land from communities bordering the Gaza Strip and from the Judean Desert nature reserve in exchange for settlement blocs in the West Bank.”

Yemeni security forces exterminate al-Qaeda [Yemen Today]
“A group of 34 al-Qaeda members were killed and 17 others were arrested by special operations in Abyan province, Sana’a city, and Arhab, implemented by the Yemeni security forces said an official statement on Thursday.”

Europe
Nato fails to gain Russia aid in Afghanistan [BBC]
“On Wednesday Mr Rasmussen asked Moscow to provide helicopters to Afghanistan and also requested Russian help in training the Afghan air force. But he told the BBC he had received no positive response from the Kremlin.”

Russian FM: US-Russian arms deal not ready [AP]
“Sergey Lavrov said disagreements over such issues during the past few days had slowed efforts to reach a deal, and he agreed with the White House’s assessment that President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev are not expected to sign a nuclear weapons treaty when they travel to Copenhagen this week.”

España tendrá más de 1.500 soldados en Afganistán en 2010 – “Spain will have more than 1500 soldiers in Afghanistan in 2010” [El Pais]
“España aumentará en más del 50% su actual contingente permanente en Afganistán que en 2010 sobrepasará los 1.500 militares.” – “Spain will increase its permanent contingent in Afghanistan by more than 50% in 2010, surpassing 1500 soldiers…”

Silvio Berlusconi leaves hospital with bandaged nose [Times of London]
“Doctors say that the normally ebullient Mr Berlusconi is still in pain and having difficulty eating. There are fears for the long-term impact of the attack on his morale.”

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Daily International News 12.15.09

December 15, 2009

Daily International News
December 15, 2009

Happy One Week Until Christmas!!

Copenhagen
Russia, U.S. may ink nuclear deal at climate talks
[Reuters]
“Russia and the United States may sign an agreement to replace the START nuclear weapons treaty during the Copenhagen climate change summit, a Russian source familiar with the summit plans told Reuters on Tuesday.”

US-China showdown looms over climate talks [AP]
“A showdown between the world’s two largest polluters loomed over the U.N. climate talks Tuesday as China accused the United States and other rich nations of backsliding on their commitments to fight global warming.”

Brown to join climate talks two days early [Reuters]
“Prime Minister Gordon Brown will join climate talks in Copenhagen two days ahead of schedule to try to help overcome obstacles blocking a deal, his spokesman said on Monday.”

DPRK
N. Korea’s security minister visits China: KCNA
[Yonhap]
“A delegation led by Ju Sang-song, head of the North’s Ministry of People’s Security, left Pyongyang for China by air…The report did not explain details of the trip, such as the purpose and the length of the visit, or who Ju will meet in China.”

U.S. scientists leave Pyongyang after talks on academic cooperation [Yonhap]
“The six-member delegation from the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS), led by Peter Agre, a Nobel laureate in chemistry, had traveled to Pyongyang on a mission to explore future opportunities for collaborative research activities in various fields.”

Japan/China
Japan likely to further delay Futenma decision
[Asahi]
“According to participants, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirofumi Hirano proposed that a decision be made by May next year.”

China, Japan build ties amid dispute [China Daily]
“Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, who shouldered huge domestic pressure for a meeting between visiting Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping and Japanese Emperor Akihito, said yesterday he “earned the chance” to deepen ties with Beijing.”

China
China says Uighur asylum seekers are criminals
[AP]
“China on Tuesday warned the United Nations refugee program not to be a “haven for criminals” as it signaled it wanted the return of 22 Muslim Uighurs who fled to Cambodia after deadly ethnic rioting this summer.”

China rejects calls to free dissident Liu Xiaobo [BBC]
“China has rejected calls from the US and the EU to release a prominent dissident as “unacceptable”.”

China, Kazakhstan set to sign nuclear agreement [China Daily]
“The unnamed source with ties to the government said the two countries had originally planned to sign the agreement during President Hu Jintao’s recent visit to the Central Asian country.”

Middle East
Israel: British arrest warrant threatens ties
[AP]
“An arrest warrant issued in Britain against Israel’s former foreign minister was a “diplomatic offense” against the country, a Cabinet minister said Tuesday.”

Iranian jailed in US for arms trafficking plot [BBC]
“An Iranian man has been jailed for five years in the US after admitting plotting to procure and smuggle arms to Iran, prosecutors say.”

Abbas sticks by terms for talks, rules out violence [Reuters]
“President Mahmoud Abbas said on Tuesday the Palestinians would only resume peace talks if Israel fully halted settlement building in the occupied West Bank, but ruled out any return to violence.”

Obama presses Lebanon to crack down on arms smuggling to Hezbollah [Haaretz]
“Obama said after a meeting with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman at the White House that there had been some progress in enforcing a United Nations Security Council resolution banning such shipments, but more needed to be done.”

AfPak
Karzai in anti-graft speech defends convicted mayor
[Reuters]
“Afghan President Hamid Karzai used a keynote anti-corruption speech on Tuesday to defend the most senior of his officials to be convicted of graft in years, a move that could anger Western backers who demand more accountability.”

Suicide blast kills 22 in crowded Pakistani market [AP]
“The blast in the Punjabi town of Dera Ghazi Khan was the latest in a series of attacks by Taliban militants avenging an army offensive against insurgents in the northwest. More than 500 people have been killed.”

Europe
Abkhazia says Nauru recognizes its independence
[AP]
“Georgia’s breakaway province of Abkhazia on Tuesday won recognition by the South Pacific island nation of Nauru, one of the world’s smallest states.”

Attack on Berlusconi ‘premeditated’ [BBC]
“An attack on Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Sunday was premeditated, Italy’s interior minister, Roberto Maroni, has said.”

British Airways in legal challenge to strike [BBC]
“British Airways is to take legal action to try to prevent a cabin crew strike set to begin on 22 December.”

Domestic
U.S. to announce transfer of detainees to Ill. prison
[WP]
“Dozens of terrorism suspects being held at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will be moved to a little-used Illinois state prison that will be acquired and upgraded by the federal government.”

Chicago terrorism case widens [LAT]
“U.S. authorities say two men accused of plotting an attack in Denmark knew about the rampage in India.”

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Daily International News 12.14.09

December 14, 2009

Daily International News
December 14, 2009

Copenhagen
Talks Stall as Poorer Nations Threaten to Walk Out
[NYT]

“Jairam Ramesh, the chief negotiator for India, said that the Group of 77 developing countries had staged the temporary walkout because their representatives had grown frustrated with how conference leaders had been conducting negotiations.”

DPRK
U.S. envoy says no timetable yet for North Korea talks
[Reuters]
“The U.S. envoy for North Korea said on Monday no timetable had been set for talks on nuclear disarmament with the isolated state to resume.”

Delegation of American Businessmen Here [KCNA]
“A delegation of U.S. businessmen headed by General Charles Boyd, president and CEO of the “BENS” (Business Executives for National Security), arrived here by air on Monday.”

Thailand to Hold Crew That Was Transporting Weapons [NYT]
“Five crew members of an aircraft carrying weapons from North Korea were denied bail here Monday and ordered held for at least 12 days while the police investigate the origin and destination of the mysterious shipment of arms.”

S. Korean nuke envoy to visit Russia this week [Yonhap]
“Wi Sung-lac, special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs, will visit Russia from Dec. 16 till Dec. 19,” ministry spokesman Moon Tae-young said.”

China
Chinese, Turkmen, Kazakh, Uzbek presidents unveil gas pipeline
[China Daily]
“With their hands on wheel of valves, President Hu and Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Uzbek President Islam Karimov turned on the flow of natural gas together in the gas plant on the right bank of the AmuDarya River.”

Burma
U.N. Says Opium Trade Is Expanding in Myanmar
[NYT]
“The United Nations warned on Monday that drug control measures were “unraveling” in Myanmar with opium farming in the country expanding for the third consecutive year.”

AfPak
Pakistan Bars Deportation of Detained Americans
[NYT]
“Five Muslim American men arrested in Pakistan last week cannot be deported to the United States until their case is reviewed, a Pakistani judge here ruled Monday.”

16 Afghan Police Killed In Taliban Attacks [Quqnoos]
“At least 16 Afghan policemen have been killed in two attacks on checkpoints in Afghanistan’s north and south.”

Middle East
Detained Americans to Be Tried in Iran: Minister
[ABC]
“Three U.S. citizens detained in Iran and charged with espionage will stand trial, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Monday.”

Abu Dhabi rescues Dubai with $10-billion bailout [LAT]
“Abu Dhabi rescued debt-ridden Dubai today with a $10-billion bailout package that lifted world financial markets but left unclear how the glittering emirate by the sea would recover from nervous investors and a troubled real estate market.”

Taiwan probes reports of nuclear-linked sales to Iran [Reuters]
“The Economic Ministry’s Import and Export Administration pledged the investigation due in part to a report in the London Daily Telegraph that said Iran had set up a nuclear-equipment smuggling network using Taiwan companies.”

From 12/13 Washington ‘rejects Iran uranium swap offer’ [Press TV]

From 12/12 Iran offers to swap 400 kilos of LEU on Kish for atomic fuel [AFP] “We are ready to continue dialogue with the permanent-five-plus-one,” Mottaki said.”

Europe
Silvio Berlusconi recovering after Milan statue attack
[Guardian]
“The Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, will stay in hospital for at least one more day after being hit in the face when a statuette of Milan cathedral was thrown at him during a political rally yesterday.”

EU Calls for Tax on Global Financial Transactions [Der Spiegel]
“European Union leaders are calling for a new tax on global financial transactions as protection against a future financial crisis. But the idea has little chance against US opposition.”

Americas
Piñera Wins Plurality in Chile Vote, Will Face Frei in Runoff
[Latin American Herald Tribune]
“Rightist candidate Sebastian Piñera won a plurality in the Chilean presidential election on Sunday, and now will face off in a runoff with former President Eduardo Frei.”

Domestic
Obama to take bankers to task over lending, reforms
[Reuters]
“Obama, who has complained about “fat cat bankers” taking big bonuses, will use the meeting to press the firms to expand their lending to small businesses and to stop trying to thwart legislation to overhaul the financial regulatory system.”