Posts Tagged ‘WFP’

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Daily International News 09.12.11

September 12, 2011

Daily International News
September 12, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
Japan marks 6 months since earthquake, tsunami
[Mainichi]
Edano named Japan’s new trade minister
[AP]
Civic Paralysis Seizes Tsunami-Stricken Town Still in Shambles
[NYT]
Koreas
UN nuke agency meets on Iran, Syria, NKorea, Japan
[AP]
WFP captures heartbreak of North Korean hunger
[CNN]
S. Korea to ask foreign countries not to invest in Mt. Geumgang
[Korea Times]
S. Korean maestro leaves for Pyongyang on music projects
[Yonhap]
China
Secret Bid to Arm Qaddafi Sheds Light on Tensions in China Government
[NYT]
China trade figures highlight global divide
[FT]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
US envoy meets Myanmar’s Suu Kyi
[Kyodo]
Report: Myanmar to proceed with controversial dam
[AP]
Troops sent after deadly clashes in Indonesia’s Ambon
[BBC]
Australian PM stands by asylum swap plan
[Al Jazeera]

South/Central Asia
Abducted US nationals freed in Pakistan
[The Express Tribune]
UN pledges aid for Pakistan flood victims
[Al Jazeera]
NATO: 77 U.S. troops injured after Taliban hit Afghan coalition base
[CNN]
Minister-Counselor to Karzai: Afghan Concerns over U.S. Staying Power
[CFR]
India’s industrial output growth slowest since ’09
[AFP]

Middle East
Erdogan due in Egypt for ‘Arab Spring’ tour
[Al Jazeera]
Egypt activists condemn revival of emergency law
[Reuters]
Palestinians See a Friendly UN for Statehood, Unswayed by U.S.
[Bloomberg]
Syrian opposition to unveil national council in few days
[Xinhua]
Russia resists Syria sanctions, U.N. says 2,600 dead
[Reuters]
Gulf states condemn Syria ‘killing machine’
[Al Jazeera]
Israel Reels Over Rifts With Allies
[WSJ]
Egypt, Israel seek normality after embassy storming
[Reuters]

Africa
Raid on Egyptian Al Jazeera Affiliate Seen as Part of a Broader Crackdown
[NYT]
One of Qaddafi’s Sons Flees to Niger as New Leaders Focus on Next Steps
[NYT]
Somali troops retake town after rebel raid
[Reuters]
Somali Gunmen Attack British Tourists in Kenya
[NYT]
Kenya fire: Nairobi pipeline blaze ‘kills 100’
[BBC]
S Africa’s Malema found guilty of hate speech
[Al Jazeera]

Europe
Putin meets with Cameron in first meeting with UK in four years
[AP]
Explosion at French nuclear site of Marcoule
[BBC]
4 terror suspects arrested in Sweden
[CNN]
Germany’s euro question
[Economist]
Europe’s Markets Slump
[WSJ]

Americas
Richardson rebuffed in effort to free Alan Gross
[WaPo]
Polls close in Guatemalan presidential election
[CNN]
Mexico rescues seven oil workers drifting on life raft
[BBC]

Domestic
Global Memorials of 9/11, Tinged With Weariness
[NYT]
America Mourns Sept 11 Dead With Somber Ceremonies
[TPM]
Obama to Send Congress $447B Jobs Package
[Bloomberg]
Woodward: In Cheney’s memoir, it’s clear Iraq’s lessons didn’t sink in
[WaPo]
6 things to watch in Monday’s debate
[POLITICO]
Perry vs. Romney vs. Huntsman on jobs
[WaPo]
Tim Pawlenty Endorses Mitt Romney, Joins Campaign As Co-Chair
[TPM]
Democrats Could Lose Anthony Weiner’s Seat Tuesday
[TPM]

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Daily International News 08.09.11

August 9, 2011

Daily International News
August 9, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
Nagasaki remembers A-bomb, US sends representative
[AP]
Japan to lift some nuclear evacuation advisories
[AP]
Japan Held Nuclear Data, Leaving Evacuees in Peril
[NYT]
LDP demands PM explain mysterious donations to political group
[Mainichi]
Koreas
North Korea says no way to opening up, or reform
[Reuters]
U.S. requests North Korea talks on war remains: report
[Reuters]
NKorea: Tropical storm causes casualties, damage
[AP]
China/Taiwan
Ai Weiwei resumes China criticism in Twitter messages
[BBC]
Defense Ministry says PLA’s operation in south China routine drill
[Xinhua]
China says it was targeted in 500,000 cyberattacks
[AP]
The first aircraft carrier hotel in China
[Xinhua]
China Inflation Quickening to 6.5% Limits Policy Response to Global Crisis
[Bloomberg]
Taiwan opposition says computers hacked by Chinese
[AP]
Taiwanese man sentenced on espionage charges
[AP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Saudi beheading fuels backlash in Indonesia
[WaPo]
Indonesia’s Muhammad Nazaruddin arrested in Colombia
[BBC]
World Bank blocks Cambodia loans amid Boeung Kak row
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
With war crimes heat on, Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa goes to China
[Reuters]
Clashes erupt in Indian capital during anti-graft protest
[Reuters]
Obama pledges to press on in Afghan war
[Reuters]

Middle East
Syrian death toll rises as Arab states protest
[Guardian]
Syria calls on Turkey, Gulf countries to reconsider their stands: paper
[Xinhua]
Turkish foreign minister meets Syria’s Assad
[Al Jazeera]
Israel sends drones over Mediterranean gas fields
[AP]
Iraq’s Qaeda asks ex-fighters to return, threatens attacks
[Reuters]
Lebanon reports back to tribunal on Hariri probe
[Reuters]
Gunmen kill soldier in Yemen’s southern city Aden
[Reuters]

Africa
Rebels in captured town plan push towards Tripoli
[Reuters]
NATO dismisses report of Libyan civilian casualties in air strikes
[Xinhua]
Somalia famine: WFP begins 800-ton airlift of food
[AP]
Somalia offers al-Shabab amnesty
[Al Jazeera]

Europe
Further riots in London as violence spreads across England
[BBC]
UK PM recalls Parliament for London riot crisis
[AP]
Cargo plane crash kills 11 in Russian far east
[Reuters]

Domestic
Obama plan: Destroy Romney
[POLITICO]
Rick Perry to make 2012 intentions clear Saturday
[POLITICO]
Bachmann brushes off ‘wild-eyed’ photo
[POLITICO]
Stock markets bounce ahead of Fed meeting
[LAT]
New curfew for Philly teens as mayor blasts flash mobs
[LAT]
Republican control at stake in Wisconsin recall elections
[LAT]

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Daily International News 05.23.11

May 23, 2011

Daily International News
May 23, 2011

Northeast Asia
China
China, Philippine defense chiefs discuss Spratlys
[AP]
Tibet marks 60th anniversary of peaceful liberation
[Xinhua]
China, U.S. military ties to increase transparency in Asia Pacific
[Ria Novosti]
Koreas
China confirms North Korean leader Kim Jong-il visit
[BBC]
King and USAID to Head for Pyongyang Tomorrow
[Daily NK]
Potential Kim-Jiang Zemin meeting to focus on N. Korea’s succession
[Yonhap]
S. Korea, U.S. launch joint air defense exercise
[Kyodo]
SKorean court begins trial for 5 Somali pirates
[AP]
Seoul tightens rules on cash flow to North Korea
[Korea Herald]
Korean Diplomat Named Secretary-General of New Pan-Asian Body
[Chosun]
US to help South Korea in Agent Orange inquiry
[BBC]
Elite South Korean University Rattled by Suicides
[NYT]
Japan
Sony Expects Deep Net Loss For Last FY On $4.4 Billion Writeoff
[WSJ]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Australian PM has no plans to meet Dalai Lama
[AP]
UN envoy: Myanmar does little to stop rights abuse
[AP]

South/Central Asia
Pakistan retakes naval base after just six militants lay siege
[Reuters]
Pakistan ISI in spotlight over Mumbai raid
[FT]
Taliban: Mullah Omar alive and in Afghanistan
[AP]
Roadside bomb kills 4 NATO soldiers in Afghan east
[Reuters]

Middle East
Gunbattles in Yemen after power transfer stalls
[AP]
Obama tells Israel to revive peace talks
[FT]
Obama’s ‘Jewish state’ reference jars Palestinians
[AP]
Israel approves new West Bank settlement construction: report
[Xinhua]
EU imposes sanctions on Syria’s Assad in bid to halt violence against protesters
[Haaretz]
EU tightens sanctions on Iran over nuke program
[AP]
Ahmadinejad Not to Attend OPEC Meeting: Report
[Reuters]
Kirkuk car bomb strikes police convoy
[Al Jazeera]
Saudi authorities re-arrest woman for driving
[AP]

Africa
North Sudan defies U.N., vows to stay in Abyei
[Reuters]
Daily life begins to return to Libya’s Misrata
[AP]
NATO to deploy helicopters in Libya – French source
[Reuters]
Libya: Catherine Ashton opens EU office in Benghazi
[BBC]
Niger: Aid response to crisis in south
[Guardian]

Europe
EU: Volcanic cloud affect British, Irish airspace
[AP]
Obama Arrives in Ireland for Six-Day Trip to Europe
[NYT] and Obama arrives in Europe in search of a firmer strategic alliance [Deutsche Welle]
Spain: Socialists suffer heavy election losses
[BBC]
Georgia: Anti-Saakashvili protesters vow to continue
[BBC]
Merkel: nuclear debate behind bad election showing
[AP]
Dutch court pushes ahead with hate speech trial
[AP]

Americas
Chile exhumes ex-President Salvador Allende’s remains
[BBC]
Amnesty: Jamaica must probe human rights abuses
[AP]

Domestic
Tornado kills at least 89, leaves ‘total devastation’ in Missouri town
[LAT]
Hundreds knew of bin Laden raid
[POLITICO] and Spy, Military Ties Aided bin Laden Raid [WSJ]
5 Muslim immigrants appeal NJ terror convictions
[AP]
Biden tells donors: Keep me in mind for 2016
[POLITICO]
Tim Pawlenty’s moment
[POLITICO]
Republicans ignored warnings on Paul Ryan plan
[POLITICO]
Marco Rubio takes a hard line on immigration
[POLITICO]
Steele signs up with MSNBC
[POLITICO]
Arnold Schwarzenegger-White House ties terminated
[POLITICO]

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Daily International News 05.13.11

May 13, 2011

Daily International News
May 13, 2011

Northeast Asia
China
Homemade bomb injures 39 in China
[LAT]
China seems to rule out talks with Tibetan leader
[AP]
Government-Christian tensions highlighted in China
[AP]
U.S. Fast-Food Giant Yum Bids for Chinese Chain
[NYT]
Koreas
‘On the Record’ Broadcasts Live from North Korea for First Time, With Rare Look as Food Crisis Looms
[Fox News]
US envoy to discuss N. Korea in Seoul: diplomats
[AFP]
Offer to Kim Jong-il ‘Still Stands’
[Chosun]
NK abducted 180,000 foreigners
[Korea Times]
Hunger in North Korea: Let them eat maize husks
[The Economist]
Japan
Japan sets up compensation plan for nuclear plant
[AP]
How one Japanese village defied the tsunami thanks to sea wall
[AP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
IAEA to probe safety of Malaysia rare earth plant
[AP]
Baby leopards, bear found in luggage at Thai airport
[AP]

South/Central Asia
Bombers take bin Laden revenge in Pakistan
[Reuters]
U.S. interviews ‘hostile’ bin Laden widows, with Pakistan officials
[CNN]
US drone attack kills four militants in Pakistan: officials
[AFP]
India: Communists routed in West Bengal for first time in 30 years
[BBC]
Indian PM pledges $500m in aid to Afghanistan
[Al Jazeera]
NATO: Afghan policeman kills 2 service members
[AP]
Yunus steps down from Grameen Bank
[FT]

Middle East
Yemen’s Saleh defies crowds demanding his exit
[Reuters]
Qatar quits Yemen mediation bid; protests spread
[AP]
Syria: Opposition says Assad vows not to fire on rally
[BBC]
Thousands protest across Syria; at least 1 killed
[AP]
UK summons Syrian ambassador over violence
[AP]
Bahrain targets Shia religious sites
[Al Jazeera]
UN Says Iran Shipping Arms to Syria
[WSJ]
Al Jazeera journalist missing for two weeks
[Al Jazeera]

Africa
WikiLeaks hailed as catalyst in Arab Spring by AI
[POLITICO]
Thousands gather in Egypt’s Tahrir Square
[Al Jazeera]
Egypt extends Mubarak’s detention
[Al Jazeera]
Libyan rebels seek US endorsement
[Al Jazeera]
Libyan capital buffeted by airstrikes, protests
[AP]
No vote: Future of Uganda’s anti-gay bill in limbo
[AP]
ICC reports Djibouti to UN over al-Bashir visit
[AP]
Cameroon opposition vows to disrupt election
[AP]
World Bank: 1/2 Zimbabwe’s civil servants not qualified or not working
[BBC]

Europe
Adopted US twins return to Russian orphanage
[AP]
Arctic nations step up cooperation on safety, oil
[Reuters]
Eurozone’s economic growth accelerates
[BBC]
Experts debate destroying last smallpox viruses
[AP]

Americas
Official: suspected Sinaloa cartel leader nabbed
[AP]
Mexico deputy prison governor decapitated in Durango
[BBC]

Domestic
Friday the 13th edition: OBAMA SETS SPEECH AIMED AT ARAB WORLD AND BEYOND
[POLITICO]
Behind the Decision to Ask Bob Mueller to Stay at the FBI
[TIME]
War fatigue in House GOP
[POLITICO]
Poll: Obama Stronger Against Terrorism Than Bush
[Bloomberg]
Mark Halperin Weighs in on the Republican Party
[TIME]
Ron Paul: ‘The time is right’ for presidential run
[POLITICO]
Romney Bids to Defuse Health-Care Issues Clouding His White House Run
[Bloomberg]
Democrats, oil executives face off at hearing
[POLITICO]
Is Chicago ready for Rahm Emanuel?
[POLITICO]
SCOTUS needs an ethical code
[POLITICO]
Stakes Rise on Debt Vote
[WSJ]
Poll says 47 pct of Americans oppose debt increase
[Reuters]
Experimental AIDS vaccine ‘works in monkeys’
[Al Jazeera]
Thousands flee Mississippi River flooding
[Al Jazeera]

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Daily International News 05.11.11

May 11, 2011

Daily International News
May 11, 2011

US-China S&ED Coverage
China rejects US criticism of human rights record
[BBC]
China-US make progress on trade but differences remain
[BBC]
U.S., China reach ‘milestone’ agreement on security, economic policy
[WaPo]
China-U.S. S&ED yields satisfactory outcome: Chinese vice premier
[Xinhua]
U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue creates new opportunities
[Xinhua]

Northeast Asia
China [non-S&ED]
Detained artist Ai Weiwei’s exhibits in UK
[AP]
Korean Bible instructor held following China raid
[AP]
Three ex-Xinhua Finance bosses face US fraud charges
[BBC]
Koreas
Pro-Pyongyang newspaper reacts coldly to Lee’s invitation
[Yonhap]
North Korea Readying New Surprise?
[The Diplomat]
U.S. evangelist Franklin Graham in N. Korea, meets foreign minister
[Kyodo]
U.S. ponders food-team trip to North
[JoongAng]
Debate rages about food aid to North Korea
[AP]
S. Korea, Japan Agree on 3-step Process to 6-party Talk Resumption
[Arirang TV]

Satellites show more poppy fields in the North
[JoongAng]
S. Korea urges North Korea to halt cyber attacks
[Kyodo]
S. Korea and N. Korea invited to field joint team in table tennis
[Yonhap]
Japan
Japan to set up govt-backed nuke compensation plan
[AP]
Japan nuclear operator seals radioactive water leak
[Reuters]
Kan orders probe into Fukushima failures
[FT]
Toyota quarterly profits drop but recovery expected
[BBC]

Southeast Asia/Japan
U.N. envoy arrives in Myanmar to meet gov’t officials, Suu Kyi
[Kyodo]

Bangladesh rejects rights group’s criticism
[AP]

South/Central Asia
U.S. granted access to speak to bin Laden’s wives
[CNN]

Pakistan military aid safer than the economic aid
[FP]
Senator Kerry heads to Pakistan to smooth bin Laden fury
[Reuters]
Bin Laden Sons Say U.S. Broke International Law
[NYT]

Taliban resistance ‘under-estimated’ by Britain
[BBC]
India puts Pakistani army officers on “most wanted” list
[Reuters]
India’s Supreme Court rejects harsher Bhopal charges
[BBC]

Middle East
Hamas accepts 1967 borders, but will never recognize Israel, top official says
[Haaretz]

Syria tanks ‘shell’ protest city of Homs
[BBC]
Exclusive: Kuwait opens bid for Syrian seat on U.N. Human Rights Council
[FP]
Protests bring two Yemen cities to standstill, 2 dead
[Reuters]
Bahrain should set up torture investigation body – HRW
[Reuters]
Iraq to discuss extension of U.S. troops this month – PM
[Reuters]

Africa
Libya rebels ‘capture Misrata airport’
[BBC]

Ban Ki-Moon calls for Libya cease-fire as NATO assault intensifies
[WaPo]
Sudan: UN peacekeepers attacked in Abyei
[BBC]
Uganda opposition leader Kizza Besigye ‘allowed home’
[BBC]
Uganda’s anti-gay bill not on agenda after outcry
[AP]

Europe
Protesters clash during Greek strike
[FT]
German police raid homes of suspected extremists
[AP]
Lithuania jails Soviet commando for Medininkai shooting
[BBC]
Earthquake fever hits Rome as some fear “the big one” [Reuters]
Germany ‘could back Italy’s Draghi for ECB chief’
[AFP]
Clegg: Lib Dems to be ‘more muscular’ in coalition
[BBC]
David Cameron’s Prime Minister’s Questions – in full
[BBC]

Americas
FARC files show ties with Venezuela’s Chavez and Ecuador’s Correa
[Miami Herald]

Guatemalan Court Acquits Former President of Embezzling
[NYT]
Venezuela begins electricity rationing after blackouts
[BBC]

Domestic
President to Renew Muslim Outreach
[WSJ]
Obama administration boasting about border security
[WaPo]
Five Democratic Senators to watch in Obama debt meeting
[WaPo]
Gingrich is in, but can he win?
[WaPo]

Romney focused on outraising — by far — Republican presidential competitors
[WaPo]
Navy revokes guidance on same-sex marriages
[WaPo]
Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks about separation from Maria Shriver
[LAT]

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Daily International News 03.29.11

March 29, 2011

Daily International News
March 29, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
Japan on ’maximum alert’ over nuclear crisis
[SMH]
Japan vows to review nuclear safety standards
[AP]
Japan works to stop radioactive water leaking into sea
[BBC]
Koreas
Two Koreas meet on volcano risk
[BBC]
N.Korea speaker makes rare address in the West
[AFP]
US representatives meet North Koreans at secluded German castle
[M&C]
NKorea closely monitoring radiation from Japan
[AP]
S. Korea does not oppose humanitarian food aid to N. Korea: Rep. Chung
[Yonhap]
China
Chinese president urges CPC members to excel in promoting social harmony
[Xinhua]
Dalai Lama’s announcement of “retirement” a farce, living buddha says
[Xinhua]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Australia PM Julia Gillard’s computer ‘hacked’
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Scandal-tainted Kabul Bank to be sold off
[Al Jazeera]
US Army apologises over new Afghanistan abuse images
[BBC]
UK pays Afghan civilians over deaths, injuries
[AP]
Indian investigators to visit Pakistan in Mumbai probe
[Reuters]
Pakistan says 13 soldiers killed in friendly fire incident
[Reuters]

Middle East
Israel considering annexing West Bank settlements
[AP]
Syrian Cabinet resigns amid unrest
[AP]
Syria unrest: Pro-Assad rallies in Damascus and Aleppo
[BBC]
Hostage siege kills 21 at Iraq government building
[AP]
Yemenis blame Saleh as security deteriorates
[Reuters]
Ammo factory blast in Yemen kills at least 121
[CNN]

Africa
Libya Related
FACT CHECK: How Obama’s Libya claims fit the facts
[AP]
The Obama doctrine
[WaPo]
Analysis: Obama doesn’t mention Libyan rebels
[AP]
Obama Left Libya Questions Unanswered, Critics in Congress Say
[Bloomberg]
Obama on Libya: The Doctrine Is Clear, but the Mission Isn’t
[Swampland]
Obama’s Libya Speech: Daily Beast Contributors Weigh In
[Daily Beast]
London talks focus on Libya’s future
[FT]
Libya Airstrikes Make Woodward First Woman to Lead U.S. Air War
[Bloomberg]
Italian islanders block harbor to prevent influx of NAfrican migrants
[Deutsche Welle]
Non-Libya Related
Official: Ivory Coast rebels take 2 more towns
[AP]
Zimbabwe to take over all foreign-owned mining firms
[AFP]
Sudan president heads to Qatar amid Darfur violence
[AFP]

Europe
Russia ‘kills 17 North Caucasus militants’
[BBC]
Rating cut deepens Portugal’s financial woes
[AP]
Labour claims 20,000 police officers will be forced to retire
[BBC]
Prince Harry joins injured soldiers’ North Pole trek
[BBC]

Americas
Carter in Cuba for meetings with Raúl, Ortega
[Miami Herald]

Domestic
Why I called Bradley Manning’s treatment ‘stupid’ [Guardian]
Dick Durbin’s hearing on the civil rights of American Muslims (live blog)
[WaPo]
Donald Trump defends ‘birther’ claims
[WaPo]
Despite pressure to reduce national debt, few in Congress use payback program
[WaPo]
With “time short,” Congress still at impasse on shutdown talks
[WaPo]
US house prices ‘hitting new lows’
[BBC]
BP Managers Said to Face U.S. Manslaughter Charges Review
[Bloomberg]

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Daily International News 03.25.11

March 25, 2011

Daily International News
March 25, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
Japan urges more evacuations as Prime Minister Kan addresses nation
[WaPo]
Breach in reactor suspected at Japanese nuke plant
[AP]
Radiation fears mount again in Japan after plant workers injured
[Reuters]
Police: More than 10,000 dead from Japan disaster
[AP]
Kim Jong Il donates S$630,000 to quake-hit Japan
[Today Online]
China
China sentences democracy activist to 10 years
[AP]
Koreas
Jimmy Carter Plans Trip to North Korea
[ABC]
Over 6 million people need food aid in North Korea – U.N.
[Reuters]
India to provide food assistance to North Korea
[Zee News]
North Korea Suggests Libya Should Have Kept Nuclear Program
[NYT]
N.Korean Delegation in Beijing to ‘Prepare for Possible Visit by Kim Jong-un’
[Chosun]
South Korea war games put Yeonpyeong Island on edge
[CSM]
South Korea Will Send Back 27 North Koreans by Sea on March 27
[Bloomberg]
South Korea sex scandal diplomats to be disciplined
[BBC]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Burma earthquake: At least 75 people killed
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Australia apology over army’s Afghan Facebook ‘racism’
[BBC]
Eight killed in suspected sectarian shooting in Kurram, Pakistan
[DAWN]

Middle East
Israel May Use ‘Great Force’ in Response; Gates Urges Peace
[Bloomberg]
Gates first U.S. defence chief to visit Palestinians
[Reuters]
Iran blasts appointment of UN rights investigator
[AP]
In Iraq, U.S. Special Forces gearing up to leave
[WaPo]
Syria braces for ‘day of dignity’ rallies
[Al Jazeera]
Syrians hold demos as media banned from key city
[AP]
Yemeni President Nears Deal to Resign
[WSJ]
Bahrain tense ahead of planned protests
[FT]

Africa
African Union: Libya needs democratic elections
[AP]
Why action in Libya is unconstitutional
[FP]
Obama avoiding major Oval Office Libya address
[POLITICO]
Op-ed: Obama and Libya: The professor’s war
[WaPo]
Samantha Power Brought Activism Inside to Sway Obama on Libya
[Bloomberg]
The Qaddafi I Know: by Uganda President Yoweri Museveni
[FP]
WikiLeaks cable shows US at odds with ElBaradei
[AP]
Nigeria’s Top Opposition Candidates Pull Out of TV Debate Against Goodluck Jonathan
[This Day]
Nearly one million Ivorians uprooted by conflict – UNHCR
[Reuters]

Europe
EU wants worldwide nuclear plant tests
[AP]
As EU agrees crisis plan, Portugal woes steal show
[AP]
Russian Stocks Fall 1st Day in Three on Blocked Rosneft-BP Deal
[Bloomberg]

Americas
Opposition to topple Canadian government
[AP]

Domestic
Your guide to the 2011 Cherry Blossom Festival
[WaPo]
Palin 2.0? Bachmann Tells ABC News, “I’m In!”
[ABC]
Number of black D.C. residents plummets as majority status slips away
[WaPo]
Mich. man accused of leaving explosive in U.S. building
[WaPo]
J Street: U.S. Group Stirs Debate on Being ‘Pro-Israel’
[NYT]
In contrast to media industry’s struggles, a boom for those who cover Congress
[WaPo]
10 Ideas That Will Change the World
[TIME]