Posts Tagged ‘vatican’

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Daily International News 07.22.11

July 22, 2011

Daily International News
July 22, 2011

Northeast Asia
Koreas
N.Korea official says two Koreas want six party talks soon-report
[Reuters]
Asean: N and S Korea envoys hold ‘constructive’ talks
[BBC]
North Korea names Ri YongHo as new envoy for stalled nuke talks
[AP]
North Korea to appoint ambassador to ASEAN
[AFP]
North Korea and Iran increase collaboration on nuclear missile, report claims
[Telegraph]
China
US-TW Business Council: US decision on Taiwan F-16 sales Oct. 1
[AP]
Canada to deport Chinese fugitive Lai Changxing
[BBC]
China to ordain more non-Vatican bishops
[BBC]
China: Bus fire in Henan kills dozens
[BBC]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Clinton says Myanmar has to do more
[AP]
Clinton hails deal on South China Sea disputes
[AP] 
Cambodian PM proposes troop pullout deal with Thailand
[Reuters]
Australia and Malaysia ‘to sign deal on asylum seekers’
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Pakistani PM: US promises not to repeat Bin Laden raid
[Guardian]
Wilson Centre speech: Musharraf vows to repeat his actions
[Pakistan Tribune]

Middle East
Syrian uprising: Crackdown on Homs ‘intensifies’
[BBC]
Syria holds massive rallies to ‘support Homs’
[Al Jazeera]
Amnesty: Saudi terror law ‘would strangle protest’
[BBC]
Yemen tribes say they stop militant convoy in south
[Reuters]

Africa
NATO Allies Opens to Possibility Qaddafi Could Stay in Libya
[Bloomberg]
Gaddafi rules out talks with Libya rebels
[Al Jazeera]
Al-Shabab says aid group ban remains in place
[Al Jazeera]
Investigation opens into Conde assassination attempt
[AFP]
Troops patrol Malawi towns after 18 killed in protests
[Reuters]

Europe
Explosion rocks central Oslo, Norway PM’s office
[Reuters]
Serbia extradites Goran Hadzic to Hague court
[BBC]
Ukraine’s Tymoshenko mocks court in trial
[AP]
Georgian photographers released on spy charges
[AP]
EU leaders agree €109bn Greek bail-out
[FT]
World stocks jump after Greek debt deal
[Deutsche Welle]

Americas
Ottawa seeks 30+ ‘war criminals’ hiding in Canada
[BBC]
Ecuador president ‘to donate $40m libel damages’
[BBC]
Media watchdogs condemn Ecuador libel ruling
[Al Jazeera]
From Cuba, Venezuela’s Chavez governs via Twitter
[AP]
Brazil: record low unemployment and more job-creation in second half anticipated
[MercoPress]

Domestic
DADT: Pentagon to end US military gay ban
[BBC]
Don’t miss it: John Kerry backs gay marriage
[POLITICO]
Debt talks bring tensions between Democrats, Obama to surface
[WaPo]
John Boehner: House must act by Wednesday
[POLITICO]
Obama Aligns With Boehner in Seeking U.S. Debt Pact Amid Internal Strife
[Bloomberg]
Ex-NoW Executives Dispute Testimony of Murdoch Son
[NYT]
Justice Department Prepares Subpoenas in News Corp. Inquiry
[WSJ]
Owners approve proposed labor deal
[ESPN]
No new panda cub for National Zoo this year
[WaPo]

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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 02.04.11

February 4, 2011

Daily International News
February 4, 2011

Egypt/Algeria/Jordan
Finally, Obama will take questions on Egypt
[POLITICO]

‘Day of departure’ rally in Egypt
[BBC]
The Muslim Brotherhood After Mubarak
[Foreign Affairs]
White House and Egypt Discuss Plan for Mubarak’s Exit
[NYT]
and U.S. Lawmakers Split on Whether to End Aid to Prod Mubarak Aside [Bloomberg]
Egypt Turmoil Heartens U.S. Foes
[WSJ]
Europe’s leaders warn Egypt against violence
[AFP via Hindustan Times]
Iran’s Khamenei: Mubarak betrayed his people
[AP] and Khamenei hails “Islamic” uprising in Arab world [Reuters]

Algeria opposition bent on protest despite government move
[Reuters]
Report: Algerian president says he’ll lift state of emergency
[CNN]
Jordanian Islamists meet king but say protests will continue
[CNN]

Northeast Asia
Russia defense chief visits disputed islands with Japan
[AP]

Ministry may order next sumo tournament cancelled over bout fixing
[Mainichi]
N.Korea Proposes Parliamentary Talks with South
[Chosun]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
2 die as Thai, Cambodian troops battle at border
[AP]

Thailand Prachatai website editor Premchaiporn on trial [BBC]
Philippine president bans logging after deadly floods
[BBC]
New Zealand scientists record ‘biodiversity breakdown’
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Pakistanis flee army offensive near Afghan border
[BBC]

Kazakhstan’s President Nazarbayev calls early election
[BBC]
Corruption a stain on India’s global image: PM
[AFP]

Africa
Sudanese Soldiers Clash in Upper Nile State, Killing Six, Spokesman Says
[Bloomberg]
Niger election: Issoufou to face Oumarou in run-off
[BBC]
Police: Gardener admits killing gay rights activist in Uganda
[CNN]
Residents report attack on Congolese airport
[AP]

Europe
Assange’s Swedish sex crimes file is leaked online
[AP]
Italian lawmakers rule against search of prime minister’s house
[CNN]
Somali ax man gets 9 years for Danish cartoonist attack
[AP]
London embassies’ unpaid congestion charges ‘set to top £50m’
[Guardian]
Wider powers for eurozone bail-out fund
[FT]

Americas
Church: Cuba to free 2 prominent prisoners
[AP]
Haiti’s presidential run-off candidates announced
[BBC]

Domestic
Obama’s Magic Reelection Number
[Hamilton Place Strategies]
‘Forcible rape’ cut from antiabortion bill after backlash from women’s groups
[WaPo]
Unemployment rate drops to 9% but only 36k jobs added
[WaPo]

Pentagon: Guantanamo prisoner dies after exercising
[USA Today]
Rumsfeld Comes Out Jabbing, Has No Regrets for Abu Ghraib, WMDs
[Bloomberg]
Gabrielle Giffords’s husband Mark Kelly will command final shuttle flight
[POLITICO]
Census shows New Orleans shrank by a third after Katrina
[BBC]
UN: Global food prices hit record high
[Al Jazeera]

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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 01.11.11

January 11, 2011

Daily International News
January 11, 2011

Northeast Asia
Koreas
NKorea accuses SKoreans of hacking into website
[AP]
Gates Warns of North Korea Missile Threat to U.S.
[NYT] and  Gates Sees More `Direct’ North Korean Threat to U.S. [Bloomberg]
N. Korea steps up push for talks with reluctant S. Korea
[Yonhap]
South Korea, Japan agree to boost defense cooperation
[Mainichi]
Column: Time for S.Korea to Develop Its Own Nuclear Arms
[Chosun]
Christian aid group launches major campaign for Christians in North Korea
[The Underground]
Tweeter indicted for praising North Korea
[Korea Times]
Asian Cup 2011 Group D Preview: Iraq – Iran, North Korea – UAE
[Goal.com]

China[PRC]/Taiwan[ROC]
Opinion: An American Message for the Chinese President
[WSJ]
Viewpoint: A new Sino-US high-tech arms race?
[BBC]
Gates says new Sino-US military talks could begin soon
[AP]
China confirms stealth jet test-flight-Gates
[Reuters]
China denies armed soldiers crossed into India
[AP]
Senior Chinese leader praises reform of press, publication industry
[Xinhua]
China fails on human rights plan: rights group
[AP] and China’s human rights ‘action plan’ short on any action, say rights groups [CSM]
Renault spy scandal: China denies involvement
[BBC]
China vows to crack down on copyright violations
[AP]
China overshoots 2010 lending and money supply targets
[BBC]
Taiwan centenary runs into identity problems
[AP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Thais Call on Burma to Cease Artillery Fire
[Irrawaddy]
Cambodia charges two detained Thais with espionage
[BBC]
Scores missing in tsunami-like flood in Australia
[AP]
Qantas resuming Airbus A380 flights to US after blast
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Biden – U.S. could stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014
[Reuters]
Plan B in Afghanistan: Partition?
[Foreign Affairs]
Benazir son Bilawal condemns support for Taseer killer
[BBC]
Uzbeks ‘behind ethnic clashes in southern Kyrgyzstan’
[BBC]
Pope Benedict Urges Pakistan to Repeal Blasphemy Law
[NYT]

Middle East
Clinton, in Yemen, Promotes Alliance and Growth
[WSJ] and Clinton Has Busy Five Hours in Yemen [NYT]
Kuwaiti soldier killed in clash with Iraqi fishermen
[BBC]
Ties make Palestinian state a SAmerican priority
[AP]
Israel’s Rightward Lurch Scares Some Conservatives [TIME]
From 01.10 Iran Sentences Human Rights Lawyer to 11 Years in Jail [NYT]
Iran claims it has dismantled Israeli spy ring behind nuclear scientist’s death
[CSM]

Africa
Sudan: Bittersweet Moment As Abyei Attacks Leave 30 Dead
[All Africa]
Chinese observers see “peaceful” referendum in Sudan: FM spokesman
[Xinhua]
Ivory Coast unity cabinet possible, says UN ambassador
[BBC]
Tunisia closes schools, universities as UN calls for dialog
[Deutsche Welle]
Village attacks kill 18 in central Nigeria – police
[Reuters]
Nigeria’s Jonathan ‘can run’ in party primaries
[AFP]
Egypt condemns Vatican criticism on minorities
[Reuters]

Europe
Assange could face death penalty in U.S.: lawyers
[Reuters]
Sarkozy Brings Message on Dollar to U.S.
[NYT]
Spain’s Zapatero says Eta truce does not go far enough
[BBC]
Tainted Animal Feed Found in France and Denmark
[NYT]
Tensions Rise Before Portugal Auction
[WSJ]

Americas
Observers wait for Haiti president to take report
[AP]
IMF approves $72bn credit line for Mexico
[FT]

Domestic
In Wednesday speech in Arizona, Obama is seeking right tone
[WaPo]
Father of Shooting Suspect May Issue Statement
[WSJ]
Man Arrested in Denver for Threat to Shoot Aides to U.S. Senator Bennet
[Bloomberg]
From 01.10 Tom DeLay, former U.S. House leader, sentenced to 3 years in prison [WaPo]
Kagan writes her first opinion
[AP]
Obama 2.0: Who will fill the top jobs in foreign policy?
[FP]
State Dept. policy change the latest gay rights win: passports
[WaPo]
Declining for two decades, US abortion rate plateaus
[WaPo]
In search for Earth-size world, a historic first: Kepler finds rocky planet
[CSM]
The Verizon iPhone
[WaPo]
Winklevoss twins gamble $65m for Facebook fortune
[BBC]

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Daily International News 12.30.10

December 30, 2010

Daily International News
December 30, 2010

Northeast Asia
Koreas
North Korea threat grows with new forces – South report [Reuters]
Is Iran About to Test a Nuclear Bomb In North Korea? [Fox News]
Russia urges North Korea to return to IAEA control [Voice of Russia]
Unification Ministry adopts policy of aggressive pressure against N.Korea [Hankyoreh]
N.Korea’s Cross-Border Business with China Picking Up [Chosun Ilbo]
Train carrying gifts for North Korea heir derailed – report [Reuters]
North Korea bends it like Beckham in UK film first [BBC]
Russia calls on Koreas to stop “muscle flexing” [Reuters]
China
China’s online population hits 450 million [AP]
China to go after Internet phone services [AP]

South/Central/Southeast Asia
Sri Lanka bans BBC again from war inquiry panel [BBC]
Thai court jails ‘yellow shirt’ group over TV invasion [BBC]
India Struggles to Protect Flow of Iranian Oil [NYT]
Blast kills at least 14 civilians in Afghanistan [AP]

Middle East
Former Israeli president convicted of rape [AP]
Israel – Iran nuclear bomb ‘still three years away’ [BBC]
Israel Confirms Major Gas Find [NYT]
Yemen frees jailed Shia rebels in ‘peace deal’ [BBC]

Africa
Ivory Coast on brink of “genocide” – envoy to U.N.[Reuters]
UN: Forces obstruct Ivory Coast mass grave probe [AP]
Sudan’s President Bashir calls time on Darfur talks [BBC]
Somaliland jails Russians over weapons for Puntland [BBC]
Nigerian Islamist attacks kill police and civilians [BBC]
Guinea President Alpha Conde purges top civil servants [BBC]

Europe/UK
Greek motorcycle bomb damages court buildings [AP]
1 suspect in Denmark terror case released, 3 held [AP]
Russian tycoon Khodorkovsky gets 6 more years [AP]
Vatican creates financial watchdog amid bank probe [AP]
NI water crisis may continue until next week [BBC]
Ed Miliband says planned cuts are choice, not necessity [BBC]
Charity chief warns cuts could ‘kill off’ Big Society [BBC]
Union leader says 2011 will be ‘horrible’ year [BBC]

Americas
US revokes Venezuela ambassador’s visa amid Chavez row [BBC]

Domestic
The List: what’s out, what’s in as 2011 dawns [WaPo]
James Cole appointed to deputy AG job; new ambassador dispatched to Syria [WaPo]
What the tea party wants from the Constitution [WaPo]
State to certify Murkowski as Alaska Senate winner [AP]
Some GOP stalwarts defend first lady’s anti-obesity campaign from Palin’s shots [WaPo]
Economic forecasters see growth in 2011, but risk factors remain [WaPo]
Christine O’Donnell, ex-Senate candidate, subject of federal campaign funds probe [WaPo]
Ex-car czar Rattner settles NY probe for $10M [AP]

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Daily International News 12.29.10

December 29, 2010

Daily International News
December 29, 2010

Northeast Asia
Koreas
South Korea’s Lee calls for six-party talks
[WaPo]

S. Korea outlines plan to push N. Korea to drop nuclear arms, open up
[Yonhap]
S Korea to seek strengthened military deterrence against DPRK
[Xinhua]
Gates to add quick stop in Seoul
[Global Times]
Kim Jong-un in Running for CNN’s Most Intriguing Person of 2010
[Chosun]

South Korea Names North’s Regime ‘Enemy,’ Seeks Change
[Bloomberg]
The latest must haves in North Korea: Skinny jeans, blue crabs… and human excrement
[Daily Mail]

China
Chinese missile shifts power in Pacific
[FT]

China’s FM to Visit U.S. Ahead of President Hu Jintao
[Chosun]
China’s spats call into question ‘peaceful rise’
[AP]
China issues first anti-corruption white paper, pledging firmer actions
[Xinhua]
China to cut crucial rare earths export quotas
[AP]

Japan
Okinawa governor hoping to visit U.S. for direct talks on base issues
[Mainichi]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Aung San Suu Kyi: Burma’s First Lady of Freedom
[Time]
Rising rivers prompt evacuations in Australia
[AP]

Central/South Asia
Commander: US can’t seal Afghan-Pakistan border
[AP]

Pakistan’s ruling party in crisis negotiations
[AP]
NATO strikes kill Taliban in Afghanistan’s Tora Bora
[Reuters]
2 French reporters captive in Afghanistan for year
[AP]

Middle East
Suicide bombers kill police chief in Mosul attack
[Reuters]
India Joins U.S. Effort to Stifle Iran Trade
[WSJ]
MPs file ‘no co-operation’ motion against Kuwait ruler
[BBC]

Africa
Envoys to return to Ivory Coast next week – Cape Verde
[Reuters]
Islamist sect kills 3 in fresh Nigeria attack
[Reuters]
Tunisian president criticizes rioters, urges calm
[AP]

Europe
Danish, Swedish police arrest 5 terror suspects charged with Muhammad cartoon plot
[AP]
Package at U.S. embassy to Vatican false alarm
[Reuters]

Hungary’s tough new laws worry other EU countries
[AP]
German airport boss sparks debate about passenger profiling
[Deutsche Welle]
Clegg aims to calm Lib Dem fears in New Year message
[BBC]
Lib Dem deputy Simon Hughes appointed to education role
[BBC]
Pope to issue new bank norms amid laundering probe
[AP]
Northern Ireland faces mounting water crisis
[AP]

Americas
Cuba commutes sentence of last death row inmate
[BBC]
Colombia drug lord Pedro Guerrero ‘may be dead’
[BBC]
41 Mexican prison guards charged in mass jailbreak
[AP]

Domestic
Obama’s Traveling Team Stays Focused on Terror
[NYT]
Hawaii’s governor wants to reveal Obama birth info
[AP]
The Most Interesting Senate Race of 2012? It Might Be Virginia
[NYT]
Murkowski takes first step toward certification as Alaska Senate race winner
[WaPo]
With health-care overhaul plan, Wyden and Brown become Senate’s odd couple
[WaPo]
Housing Recovery Stalls
[WSJ]
New GOP House Rules Pave The Way For More Tax Cuts, Deficits
[TPM]