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Daily International News 01.26.11

January 26, 2011

Daily International News
January 26, 2011

Global
A Region’s Unrest Scrambles U.S. Foreign Policy
[NYT]

Northeast Asia
Koreas
South Korea proposes preliminary talks with North Korea
[CNN]
Kim Jong-un may travel solo to China: Source
[JoongAng]
Japan
Gov’t announces Japan-U.S. working group on expanding Okinawa base-sharing
[Mainichi]
Kan rejects idea of lower house dissolution for election
[Kyodo]
Toyota recalls 1.7m vehicles globally over ‘fuel leak’
[BBC]
Maehara angered by BBC show on A-bomb survivor
[Mainichi]
China
Chinese military to improve navigation systems
[Global Times]
Beijing airport security beefed up after Moscow bomb attack
[Global Times]
Macau’s Ho: Family feud over casino stake settled
[AP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific/Central/South Asia
Christmas Island shipwreck: Indonesia arrests man
[BBC]
Afghan president inaugurates new parliament
[AP]

Middle East
Lebanon faction urges sit-ins against Hezbollah
[AP]
Ahmadinejad slams rivals in Iran power struggle
[Reuters]
Palestinian papers: Leaks threaten my life, Erekat says
[BBC]
The Palestinian Papers: The al-Madhoun assassination
[Al Jazeera]

Africa
Tunisia issues warrant for ousted leader, family members
[CNN]
Ivory Coast leader orders seizure of regional bank
[AP]
Egypt bans protests seeking end to Mubarak rule
[Reuters]
Gabon government abolishes opposition party
[AFP]
Terrorist gets life sentence for role in U.S. Embassy bombings in East Africa
[LAT]

Europe
Russian president fires police chief after bombing
[AP]
Putin says airport bomb not linked to Chechnya
[Reuters]
Britain rolls back some 9/11 security restrictions
[AP]
Prime minister’s questions: 26 January 2011 – video
[Guardian]
20% of UK graduates out of work
[Guardian]
Fears of trade war stalk Davos meeting
[Reuters]
Germany suspends payments to global health fund
[AP]
Ireland’s deficit-cutting budget passes key test
[AP]

Americas
Arizona busts Mexico gun-running network
[BBC]
Jude Celestin ‘to quit’ Haiti presidential election
[BBC]
Former Chilean president back in spotlight in UN role
[AP]
At least 20 killed in Colombia coal mine blast
[Reuters]

Domestic
Poll: High Marks for Obama’s State of the Union Speech
[CBS]
Obama Ushers In Era of Divided Government With Appeal for Unity, Progress
[Bloomberg]
What Lies Ahead for Obama
[POLITICO] and After speech Obama and Republicans eye budget battle [Reuters]
Giffords to Be Moved to Rehab Facility Wednesday Morn
[WSJ]
Lawmaker wants to set terms on U.N.
[TWT]
Illinois Supreme Court will hear Emanuel’s case
[WaPo]
Financial Crisis Was Avoidable, Inquiry Finds
[NYT]

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Daily International News 01.25.11

January 25, 2011

Daily International News
January 25, 2011

SOTU
& Foreign Policy

Obama’s State of the Union and U.S. Foreign Policy
[StratFor]
Factbox: Foreign policy issues Obama may address in speech
[Reuters]
10 Global Issues Obama Won’t Talk About But Should
[FP]

Why the Middle East Won’t Feature in Obama’s Speech
[TIME]
General

SOTU Media Sand Traps and How to Avoid Them
[Daily Beast]
Five things to watch for in the State of the Union speech
[WaPo]
State of the Union Preview: Obama’s Unofficial 2012 Kickoff
[TIME]
Six members of the Supreme Court to attend SOTU
[WaPo]
Arizona lawmakers to save seat for Gabrielle Giffords at State of the Union
[WaPo]

Northeast Asia
China/Taiwan

J-20 stealth fighter jet ‘innovative, not stolen from US plane’
[Global Times]

US spy for China Noshir Gowadia jailed for 32 years
[BBC]
Urumqi to be under full surveillance
[AP]
US diplomat slams China on governor’s Taiwan trip
[AP]

China will stick to socialism as required by law: top legislator
[Xinhua]
Son of former PRC president takes up new military post
[Global Times]
Macau’s Stanley Ho in family row over casino empire
[BBC]
Koreas

S. Korea remains suspicious of N. Korea’s intention for talks: minister
[Yonhap]
South Korea Wants U.N. to Consider North’s Uranium Program
[GSN]
UN investigator in Japan for talks on North Korean human rights
[M&C]

Malaysia, SKorea seek to charge 12 Somali pirates
[AP]
GOP calls for quick action on free trade pacts, including KORUS
[AP]
N.Korea’s Brave Underground Journalists Make Headlines
[Chosun]
Japan

Soccer: Konno’s penalty, Kawashima’s saves send Japan past S. Korea in thriller
[Mainichi]
Kan says government to re-examine DPJ election pledges
[Mainichi]
Kan stresses Sun Yat-sen’s Japan ties in policy speech
[Mainichi]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Thailand ‘yellow-shirts’ stage new street protests
[BBC]
Thai Inquiry Into Violence Falters
[NYT]
Blast in southern Thailand kills nine
[BBC]
India and Indonesia aim to double trade
[BBC]
HRW accuses Vietnam of widespread human rights abuses
[AP]
Three charged over Christmas Island shipwreck
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
US commander in Afghanistan: Tough fight in 2011
[AP]
West’s portrayal of Afghan war deceptive – ANSO group
[Reuters]

Suicide attack near Pakistan Shi’ite rally kills 13
[Reuters]
Pakistan has “disastrous year” for human rights in 2010: HRW
[Reuters]
India Central Bank Raises Key Rates
[WSJ]

Middle East
Citing Options, Iran Rejects Uranium Deal, Diplomat Says
[NYT]
Turkey president lays into Israel flotilla inquiry
[AP]
AP Interview: IAEA head seeks openness from Iran
[AP]
Hezbollah-backed Mikati named Lebanon prime minister
[Reuters]

Abbas welcomed home as hero
[Reuters]

Africa
Northern Coast

Talks under way for body to oversee Tunisia cabinet
[Reuters]
Egyptians denounce Mubarak, clash with riot police
[AP]
All Other

Sudan’s Bashir pledges support for independent south
[Reuters]
South Sudan to retain its name as an independent state: report
[Sudan Tribune]
Call for Tougher Measures Against Ivory Coast Leader
[NYT]

Rwanda rebel leader Callixte Mbarushimana sent to ICC
[BBC]

Europe
Russian parliament ratifies arms pact with US
[AP]
Moscow airport bomb: Dmitry Medvedev seeks shake-up
[BBC]
List of Russian terror attacks
[WaPo]
Berlusconi defence lawyers dismiss sex accusations
[Reuters]
Lord Taylor found guilty of fiddling expenses
[Guardian]
George Osborne: budget cuts keep down UK interest rates
[Telegraph]

Americas
Obama to visit Brazil in sign of warmer ties: paper
[Reuters]
Clinton Voices U.S. Support of Mexico in Trip
[NYT]

Domestic
The 83rd Annual Oscar Nominations
[NYT]
White House Nominates David Cohen As Sanctions Point Man
[WSJ]
Carol Browner to leave White House
[POLITICO]

Scalia appearance at ‘tea party’ House meeting questions his impartiality
[LA Times]
NBC: U.S. can’t link accused Army private to Assange
[MSNBC]
Emanuel in `Real Chicagoan’ Fight to Replace Daley
[Bloomberg]
Bush White House Broke Elections Law, Report Says
[NYT]

Obama Viewed Favorably by 53% of Global Investors Seeing Improving Economy
[Bloomberg]
Stimulus improves US outlook, says IMF
[FT]

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Daily International News 01.24.11

January 24, 2011

Daily International News
January 24, 2011

International
At Davos, Long List of Problems Awaits World Leaders
[NYT]
Topsy-Turvy Weather: U.S. Is Frigid, Arctic Balmy
[NYT]
UN chief criticized as soft on human rights
[AP]
Rights group says democracies ignore abuses
[AP]

SOTU
SOTU forecast: Atmospherics over policy
[Politico]
Reducing the deficit and growing the economy will be the hot topics in 2011
[WaPo]
Obama to Stress Competitiveness, Job Creation, Deficit Reduction in Speech
[Bloomberg]
Why Obama Won’t Touch Gun Control
[Daily Beast]
Ryan’s star rising with Obama rebuttal
[TWT]

Northeast Asia
China
China stealth fighter ‘copied parts from downed US jet’
[BBC]
Chinese firm tied to steel used in Iran nukes
[TWT]
China Grooming Deft Politician as Next Leader
[NYT]
Crop warning over China drought
[BBC]
GM’s China sales pass US for first time in history
[AP]
Koreas
S Korea mulls talks with DPRK over denuclearization
[Xinhua]
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State to Visit Seoul This Week
[Chosun]
Pirates may be flown to Korea for punishment
[JoongAng] and Official: Pirates may try to avenge SKorean rescue [AP]
State media: North Korea’s Kim meets Egyptian telecom CEO
[AP]
Japan
Japan, Turkey to discuss civil nuclear agreement
[Kyodo]
Miyazaki chickens found to have highly virulent flu virus
[Kyodo]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
ASEAN foreign ministers head to China by road to show connectedness
[Kyodo]
5 Americans missing in Pacific land in Philippines
[AP]
Indonesia troops jailed over Papua abuse video
[BBC]
Indonesia to sign $15bn deals with India
[FT]
Filipino broadcaster shot dead, suspect arrested
[AP]

South/Central Asia
Taseer’s accused assassin’s hearing draws protest
[UPI]
Delhi games chiefs Suresh Kalmadi and Lalit Bhanot sacked [BBC]
Afghan Supreme Court to rule on parliament opening
[Reuters]
Uzbek leader Islam Karimov in EU talks
[BBC]

Middle East
PA negotiators reject leaked ‘Palestinian Papers’ report
[Al Jazeera]
Commission finds Israeli commandos acted appropriately in raid on aid flotilla
[WaPo]
Hezbollah, Allies Back Ex-Premier Mikati to Head Lebanon’s Next Coalition
[Bloomberg]
Freed Yemeni activist vows more action vs president
[Reuters]
Two bombs kill 12 Shi’ites heading to rite in Iraq
[Reuters]

Africa
Thousands rally in Tunis as teachers strike
[AFP]
Egypt Links Palestinians to Attack at Church
[NYT]
Ivory Coast’s Ouattara calls for cocoa export ban
[AP]
Zimbabwe police ‘thwart property invasion’
[AFP]
Southern Sudan Nears a Decision on One Matter: Its New Name
[NYT]

Europe
At least 10 dead in Moscow airport blast – report
[Reuters]
Russia’s Khodorkovsky could face new charges – report
[Reuters]

Americas
Hillary Clinton to Visit Guanajuato, Mexico to Discuss Security, Trucking Issues
[Bloomberg]
Mexico: Hit man linked to Acapulco deaths caught
[AP]
Dominican Republic confirms first cholera death
[BBC]

Domestic
Obama poised for re-election in 2012, poll says
[TWT]
Jared Loughner, Ariz. shooting suspect, due in court Monday
[WaPo]
Long Island Muslims fear their congressman’s hearings could flame Islamophobia
[WaPo]
Postal Service Eyes Closing Thousands of Post Offices
[WSJ]
Allen to announce Senate bid Monday
[Politico]
Rendell to MSNBC, declares Casey “unassailable”
[Politico]

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Daily International News 01.19.11

January 19, 2011

Daily International News
January 19, 2011

Hu-Obama Summit
Op-ed: Mr. Obama, speak up for human rights in China
[WaPo]
Obama pressured to speak out on China human rights
[Reuters]
Clinton: Building trust with Beijing a must for US
[AP]
The Weekly Standard: Liu Matters, Hu Doesn’t
[NPR]
President Obama to Announce Jointly Funded Center for Nuclear Security in China
[ABC]
Ballmer, Blankfein Invited by Obama to Hu Discussion on Business in China
[Bloomberg]

Northeast Asia
Top Pentagon Asia official, Gregson, to step down
[FP]

China
Report: China largely restores aircraft carrier
[AP]

China’s Internet population rises to 457 million
[AP]
Chinese Firm to Invest in North Korea
[WSJ]

Chinese consumer price inflation ‘down to 4.6%’
[BBC]
Koreas
N. Korea working on uranium enrichment ‘since 1990s’
[AFP]
South Korea seeks longer-range missiles – report
[Reuters]
and Korea, U.S. negotiate revision of pact on missiles [JoongAng]
Kim and Jong-un get beefed up security
[JoongAng]
Defector Offers Insights into N.Korean Arms Buildup
[Chosun]
Japan
Japan wants China leadership on North Korea
[Reuters]
Sugiyama, Japan’s point man on N.Korea to visit China
[Straits Times via AFP]

Donations pour into Okinawa city after gov’t withdraws funds tied to hosting U.S. base
[Mainichi]
Sting meets dolphin advocate, hopes for debate
[AP]

Southeast Asia
Group says survey confirms Myanmar rights abuses
[AP] – a link to the report is here

South/Central Asia
Judges seek delay in opening Afghan parliament
[AP]
Bomb blast kills 20 Afghan civilians in southeast
[Reuters]
Afghan journalist attacked with acid
[AP]
Scandal-hit India PM skirts major cabinet changes
[Reuters]

Middle East
Hariri tribunal: Saudi Arabia quits Lebanon mediation
[BBC]

Powers to press defiant Iran in nuclear row
[Reuters]
Insurgents Renew Attacks on Iraqi Security Troops
[NYT]
Lebanon Shows Shift of Influence in Mideast
[NYT]

Africa
Arab League chief says Tunisia is dire warning
[AP]
Tunisia probes foreign assets of deposed leader
[AP]
AU’s Odinga says Ivory Coast mediation fails
[Reuters]

DR Congo army commander ‘led mass rape’ in Fizi
[BBC]

Europe
Former Swiss banker linked to WikiLeaks goes on trial
[Reuters]
New UK law means queen’s secrets to stay that way
[AP]
UK unemployment total rises further
[BBC]
Ministers seek to answer critics as NHS bill published
[BBC]
Euro MPs adopt cross-border healthcare law
[BBC]
Germany approves anti-dioxin action plan
[Reuters]

Americas
Haiti election officials downplay OAS conclusion
[AP]

From 01/18 Bolivia launches coca leaf diplomatic offensive [BBC]
Deal ends Chile Magallanes gas protest
[BBC]

Domestic
SOTU: State of the Seating Chart
[WaPo]

Lieberman Is Said to Decide Against Seeking Re-Election to Senate in 2012
[Bloomberg]
Sen. Kent Conrad retirement boosts GOP Senate hopes
[Politico]
House Republicans Move to Dismantle Obama’s Health-Care Law
[Bloomberg]
Issa Said to Consider Focusing First Hearing on TARP Inspector’s Report
[Bloomberg]
FBI: Bomb found on MLK march route
[MSNBC]

Parenting by Gays More Common in the South, Census Shows
[NYT]
Goldman Sachs profits down by half on weak debt trading
[BBC]
Apple makes record profits of $6bn in last three months
[BBC]

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Excerpts from State of the Union Released 7:00PM

January 28, 2010

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

_______________________________________________________________________________________

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 27, 2010

EXCERPTS OF THE PRESIDENT’S STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

We face big and difficult challenges.  And what the American people hope – what they deserve – is for all of us, Democrats and Republicans, to work through our differences; to overcome the numbing weight of our politics.  For while the people who sent us here have different backgrounds and different stories and different beliefs, the anxieties they face are the same.  The aspirations they hold are shared.  A job that pays the bill.  A chance to get ahead.  Most of all, the ability to give their children a better life.

You know what else they share?  They share a stubborn resilience in the face of adversity.  After one of the most difficult years in our history, they remain busy building cars and teaching kids; starting businesses and going back to school.  They are coaching little league and helping their neighbors.  As one woman wrote to me, “We are strained but hopeful, struggling but encouraged.”

It is because of this spirit – this great decency and great strength – that I have never been more hopeful about America’s future than I am tonight.  Despite our hardships, our union is strong.  We do not give up.  We do not quit.  We don’t allow fear or division to break our spirit.  In this new decade, it’s time the American people get a government that matches their decency; that embodies their strength.   And tonight, I’d like to talk about how together, we can deliver on that promise.

By the time I’m finished speaking tonight, more Americans will have lost their health insurance.  Millions will lose it this year.  Our deficit will grow.  Premiums will go up.  Co-pays will go up.  Patients will be denied the care they need.  Small business owners will continue to drop coverage altogether.  I will not walk away from these Americans.  And neither should the people in this chamber.

Rather than fight the same tired battles that have dominated Washington for decades, it’s time for something new.  Let’s try common sense.  Let’s invest in our people without leaving them a mountain of debt. Let’s meet our responsibility to the people who sent us here.

To do that, we have to recognize that we face more than a deficit of dollars right now. We face a deficit of trust – deep and corrosive doubts about how Washington works that have been growing for years. To close that credibility gap we must take action on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue to end the outsized influence of lobbyists; to do our work openly; and to give our people the government they deserve.

That’s what I came to Washington to do. That’s why – for the first time in history – my Administration posts our White House visitors online. And that’s why we’ve excluded lobbyists from policy-making jobs or seats on federal boards and commissions.

But we cannot stop there. It’s time to require lobbyists to disclose each contact they make on behalf of a client with my Administration or Congress.  And it’s time to put strict limits on the contributions that lobbyists give to candidates for federal office. Last week, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests – including foreign companies – to spend without limit in our elections. Well I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, and worse, by foreign entities.  They should be decided by the American people, and that’s why I’m urging Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps to right this wrong.

I’m also calling on Congress to continue down the path of earmark reform. You have trimmed some of this spending and embraced some meaningful change.  But restoring the public trust demands more. For example, some members of Congress post some earmark requests online. Tonight, I’m calling on Congress to publish all earmark requests on a single website before there’s a vote so that the American people can see how their money is being spent.