Posts Tagged ‘yukio hatoyama’

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Daily International News 05.24.10

May 24, 2010

Daily International News
May 24, 2010

Cheonan/NK News
Japan to seek to punish N. Korea over sinking of S. Korean vessel
[Kyodo]
Clinton backs South Korea’s crackdown on North Korea over sinking of Cheonan warship
[WaPo]
South Korea Cuts Trade With North, U.S. Supports
[NYT]
N. Korea threatens to fire at S. Korean propaganda equipment
[Yonhap]
Op-Ed Don’t let North Korea go unpunished for attack [Korea Times]
U.S. Presses China to Punish North Korea for Ship
[NYT]

Northeast Asia (non-NK related)
Japan Relents on U.S. Base on Okinawa
[NYT]
Korean tension a factor in Japan base decision
[AP]
Clinton and Geithner Face Hurdles in China Talks
[NYT]
China holds door open a crack to U.S. on yuan
[Reuters]

South/Southeast Asia
India PM: ‘Major effort’ in Indo-Pakistan talks
[AP]
Pakistan court hears constitutional challenges
[BBC]
Opposition moves to impeach Thai PM; curfew stays [AP]

Middle East
Peres Ties Mideast Peace Deal to Iran
[WSJ]
Israel to ease West Bank movement restrictions
[AP]
Israel’s Peres denies offering South Africa nukes
[AP]
Australia expels Israeli diplomat over Dubai killing
[BBC]
Iran notifies IAEA over atomic deal
[Al-Jazeera]
Lebanese PM to discuss Mideast tension with Obama
[AP]
‘American couple kidnapped by tribesmen’ in Yemen
[BBC]

Africa
Ethiopia monitors to probe fraud claims in ‘calm poll’
[BBC]
Militants fire mortars at Somali president’s palace
[BBC]

Europe
Dutchess of York Sarah Ferguson offers access to ex-husband for cash on video
[WaPo]
Britain bans doctor who linked autism to vaccine
[AP]
Osborne announces £6.2bn cuts
[FT]
US deploys missiles to Poland to train NATO ally
[AP]

Americas/Domestic
Jamaica declares emergency in capital after attacks
[Reuters]
Driver shot on B-W Parkway in Md.
[WaPo]
Despite Moratorium, Drilling Projects Move Ahead
[NYT]
BP executive defends his company’s response to Gulf oil spill
[CNN]
As Reform Takes Shape, Some Relief on Wall St.
[NYT]
Eric Massa and Suicidal Thoughts
[Esquire]

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Daily International News 12.29.09

December 29, 2009

Daily International News
12.29.09

DPRK
North Korea Detains U.S. Activist
[WSJ] – see KCNA article below

Japan
U.S. concerned about new Japanese premier Hatoyama
[WaPo]
Standoff over US base closure sours US-Japan ties
[AP]
Japan mulls selling India nuke power tech
[China Daily]

China
China Executes Briton Despite Appeals for Mercy
[NYT]

Xinjiang back online, restrictions remain [China Daily]
China Finds $35 Billion in Fraud by Officials
[NYT]

Russia
U.S. missile shield holding up nuclear deal – Putin
[Reuters]
Vladimir Putin attacks US missile defence
[BBC]

AfPak
Attack Puts Afghan Leader and NATO at Odds
[NYT]

South/Southeast Asia
Thailand begins to return 4,000 Hmong asylum-seekers to Laos
[WaPo]
Bangladesh to send home thousands of Burmese refugees
[BBC]

Iran
Iran Lashes Out at West Over Protests
[NYT] and Iran’s Ahmadinejad says opposition rallies a “masquerade” [Reuters]
Iran limits movements of an opposition leader
[AP]
Sister of Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi ‘arrested in Iran’
[BBC]
WSJ Oped: The Tipping Point in Iran
[WSJ]

Israel/Palestine
Egypt FM: Netanyahu is serious about renewing peace talks
[Haaretz]
Israeli warplanes fly over Lebanon
[Reuters]
Israeli police arrest nuclear whistleblower Vanunu
[Reuters]

Yemen
Yemen terror camps attract ‘stream of Britons’
[Guardian]
Western counter-terrorism help ‘not enough for Yemen’
[BBC]

Europe
Suspect package triggers bomb scare at Milan airport
[Reuters]
Woman found dead in Vienna diplomat’s residence
[Reuters]

Africa
Three Saudi tourists killed in Niger attack – officials
[BBC]
Somali Pirates Seize a Tanker and a Cargo Ship
[NYT]

Domestic
Health Lobby Takes Fight to the States
[NYT]
A Phrase Sets Off Sniping After a Crisis
[NYT] and Detroit scare sparks full-body scanners debate [Reuters]

Republican senator DeMint holds up nomination for TSA chief [WaPo]

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Daily International News 12.16.09

December 16, 2009

Daily International News
December 16, 2009

DPRK
AP source: Obama writes letter to NKorean leader [AP]
“Washington’s recent bid to persuade North Korea to return to nuclear disarmament negotiations included a personal letter to leader Kim Jong Il written by President Barack Obama, a senior U.S. official said.”

Thailand prepares to destroy N.Korean weapons haul [Global Times]
“The Thai government said Tuesday it would ask the UN for money to destroy a cache of sanctions-busting weapons seized from a plane that took off from North Korea.”

N. Korea’s nominal leader meets with U.S. businessmen [Yonhap]
“North Korea’s ceremonial head of state, Kim Yong-nam, held talks with a group of visiting U.S. businessmen in Pyongyang on Wednesday, state media said.”

N.K. told Bosworth that U.N. sanctions are unreasonable: Seoul FM [Yonhap]
“North Korea apparently told a visiting U.S. envoy that international sanctions imposed on Pyongyang over its long-range rocket launch were unreasonable, insisting the launch was for non-military purposes, Seoul’s top diplomat said Wednesday.”

East Asia
Japan can meet deadline for relocating U.S. base in Okinawa: Hatoyama [Kyodo]
“PM Hatoyama said Wednesday that Japan can still meet the 2014 deadline for relocating a U.S. military base in Okinawa despite the government putting off a decision on the issue and deciding to seek an alternative site to the one previously agreed.”

Japan enters high-speed train sales race [AP]
“JR Central, one of the operators created when Japan privatized its railways in 1987, is leading the charge in the U.S., but is also taking a risky winner-takes-all approach.”

Nuclear Power Expansion in China Stirs Concerns [NYT]
China is preparing to build three times as many nuclear power plants in the coming decade as the rest of the world combined, a breakneck pace with the potential to help slow global warming.”

China begins work on world’s longest cross-sea bridge [BBC]
“China has begun constructing a bridge to link southern Guangdong province, China’s main manufacturing hub, with Hong Kong and Macau.”

S/SE Asia
Philippines arrests alleged militant wanted by US
[WP]
“Latip has been charged in the United States with the 1993 kidnapping of linguist and Christian missionary Charles Walton by the Abu Sayyaf militant group on a southern Philippine island, Diaz said.”

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi in rare talks with party elders [AFP]
“Myanmar’s junta allowed detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to meet with three elderly senior members of her party Wednesday in a rare concession by the military regime.”

Middle East
Iran missile test draws Western condemnation
[Reuters]
“The United States said the launch of a Sejil 2 missile, with a reported range that would put the Jewish state and U.S. Gulf bases within reach, undermined Iran’s insistence of peaceful intentions and would be looked upon seriously by the world.” [Press TV Iran tests new Sejjil-2 missile with success]

House votes to expand sanctions on Iran [AP]
“The legislation, approved 412-12, would end access to U.S. markets for foreign companies selling refined petroleum products to Iran or helping that country develop its petroleum capacity.”

PLO keeps Abbas as Palestinian president [Reuters]
“PLO Central Council members said Abbas, whose tenure ends on January 25, will remain in his post until elections can be held, extending until further notice the term of the Western-backed leader who heads the Ramallah-based PA.”

Abbas says peace deal possible in 6 months [AP]
“A comprehensive peace deal can be reached between Israel and the Palestinians within six months if Israel completely freezes its settlement construction, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in an interview published Wednesday.”

Europe
British premier says Livni welcome
[AP]
“Livni’s office says the British premier phoned her Wednesday afternoon and said he intends to act to change a law that allows non-citizens to be brought before British courts.”

Man Arrested Trying to Enter Berlusconi’s Hospital Room [NYT]
“Three days after an attack…PM Silvio Berlusconi was at the center of another bizarre episode Wednesday when police arrested a man who entered the hospital where he is being treated at around 2 a.m., ostensibly to talk to him.”

Americas
Calderón Proposes Ballot-Law Overhaul
[WSJ]
“The proposals, which have to pass the opposition-dominated Congress, would establish a 2nd-round vote for presidential elections, cut the number of seats in Congress and allow federal lawmakers and local officials to be re-elected.”

START
US and Russia close in on nuclear treaty
[Guardian]
“Obama and Medvedev could sign agreement on nuclear arms reduction on margins of Copenhagen summit this week.”

Copenhagen
Climate Talks Near Deal to Save Forests
[NYT]
“The agreement for the program, if signed as expected, may turn out to be the most significant achievement to come out of the Copenhagen climate talks.”

Police hold 230 as climate protesters storm barricades [Reuters]
“Danish police detained 230 people on Wednesday as protesters stormed barricades around a global climate summit and a handful briefly broke through, witnesses and a police spokesman said.”

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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 12.11.09

December 11, 2009

Daily International News
December 11, 2009

DPRK
N.K., U.S. positive about recent talks: KCNA
[Yonhap]
“North Korea said Friday that direct talks with the U.S. got off to a good start and that the two sides would continue efforts to narrow their differences over the resumption of the stalled six-party nuclear talks.” 

Japan
Futenma issue on hold at COP15
[Asahi]
“Prospects are dim for a summit meeting between Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and U.S. President Barack Obama to discuss the relocation of a Marine Corps airstrip in Okinawa’s Ginowan city anytime soon, government officials said.”

China
Nation rolls out steel tax on US
[China Daily]
“The Ministry of Commerce said Thursday on its website that US and Russian steelmakers must pay anti-dumping duties as high as 25 percent beginning today.”

China Indicts Prominent Dissident [NYT]
“Liu Xiaobo, one of China’s best-known dissidents and a principal author of a pro-democracy manifesto that has attracted more than 10,000 signatures from Chinese supporters, was indicted Thursday on charges of trying to subvert the state.”

Hundreds of China workers clash over factory site [Reuters]
“Twenty-six people were wounded when more than 300 Chinese workers battling for control of a factory site in Guangdong province clashed with explosives, rocks and steel pipes.”

Security on alert for island talks [China Daily]
“Chen Yunlin, president of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) and Chiang Pin-kung, chairman of the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), will hold their discussions from Dec 21-25 in the island city of Taichung.”

International Institutions
U.N. Afghan Mission Chief to Resign
[NYT]
“A United Nations spokesman, Dan McNorton, said in a statement that Mr. Eide’s “intention not to renew his contract” was in keeping with his plan when he took the job to stay for about two years.”

EU agrees climate pledge that may boost Copenhagen [BBC]
“EU leaders have agreed to pay 7.2bn euros (£6.5bn; $10.6bn) over the next three years to help developing nations adapt to climate change.” [WSJ Coverage – U.N. Draft Agreement Seeks to Halve CO2 Emissions By 2050]

Chinese official calls US negotiator irresponsible
[AP]
“In unusually blunt language, He said…”I don’t want to say the gentleman is ignorant…I think he lacks common sense where he made such a comment vis-a-vis funds for China. Either lack of common sense or extremely irresponsible.” [And China Daily – China refuted the idea of G2 in climate change]

AfPaK
US official: Pakistan expected to deport US youths
[AP]
“The official confirmed that U.S. diplomats in Pakistan visited the detainees on Friday for a second time…There was no immediate indication when the five might be returned to the United States.”

Middle East
Gates Expects New Sanctions on Iran
[NYT]
“I think you’re going to see some significant additional sanctions imposed by the international community,” Mr. Gates said during a question-and-answer session with American troops in Kirkuk.”

Fire attack on West Bank mosque [BBC]
“Attackers set fire to bookshelves and a large area of carpet in the mosque, and sprayed graffiti in Hebrew on a wall.”

Jordan’s King Abdullah appoints former aide as new PM [BBC]
“Samir al-Rifai will form a new cabinet in order to push through reforms that the king says are vital for Jordan’s economy before elections due next year. In November King Abdullah dissolved the parliament halfway through its four-year term.”

Europe
Romania’s court orders void votes re-examined
[WP]
“Losing candidate Mircea Geoana says his Social Democratic Party has evidence of ballot stuffing, multiple voting and widespread vote-buying, and has asked for new elections to be held.”

Russian policeman gets 2 years for killing reporter [Reuters]
“A policeman in Russia’s turbulent Ingushetia region was sentenced on Friday to two years in a low-security prison settlement for “unintentionally” shooting dead a prominent opposition reporter while in custody.”

Mafia boss denies link to Berlusconi associate [Reuters]
“A jailed Mafia boss told an Italian court on Friday he had never had ties with a close associate of Silvio Berlusconi, casting doubt on evidence from another mobster linking the prime minister to Cosa Nostra.”

Americas
Mercosur Refuses to Recognize Honduras Elections
[Latin American Herald Tribune]
“The presidents of the Mercosur trade bloc nations expressed their…“full non-recognition” of the new government that emerged from the Nov. 29 elections that Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica and the US are supporting.”

Zelaya will leave Brazil Embassy by Jan. 27 [AP]
“Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya says he will leave the Brazilian Embassy in Honduras by Jan. 27, when his presidential term ends, according to an interview broadcast Friday.”

Domestic
Goldman scraps cash bonuses for 30 top executives
[FT]
“The 30 members of Goldman’s management committee will receive their entire 2009 bonus in stock awards that must be held for five years.”

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Daily International News 12.10.09

December 10, 2009

Daily International News
December 10, 2009

Japan/China
Japan PM prods China ahead of visit by leader
[Reuters]
“Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama on Thursday urged China to make progress on democracy, just as China announced a rising leader will visit Japan in a sign of deepening ties between the two biggest Asian powers.”

DPRK
N. Korea agrees on need for six-way nuke talks: Bosworth
[Yonhap]
“North Korea and the United States have reached a “common understanding” on the need to resume the six-party nuclear talks and implement a 2005 historic deal on the North’s denuclearization, a senior U.S. envoy said Thursday after a three-day trip there.”

Clinton says NKorea-US talks are ‘positive’ [AFP]
“For a preliminary meeting, it was quite positive,” Clinton told reporters after US envoy Stephen Bosworth left Pyongyang saying both sides agreed on the need to resume the negotiations but without setting a date for them.”

Nobel
War president addresses incongruity of accepting peace prize
[WP]
“In his acceptance speech, Obama directly confronted the seeming paradox of receiving the prestigious peace prize while serving as a war president. In trying to pursue both security and peace, he said, “war is sometimes necessary.”

Obama’s Nobel snub angers Norwegians [Guardian]
“The White House has cancelled many of the events peace prize laureates traditionally submit to, including a dinner with the Norwegian Nobel committee, a press conference, a television interview, [and] a lunch invitation from the King.”

Copenhagen
Walkout Threat Over ‘Danish Text’
[AllAfrica]
“DEVELOPING states at the United Nations (UN) climate change conference, including SA, were unanimous yesterday in condemning the “Danish text.”

Europe
Russian missile test launch fails
[BBC]
“A Russian test launch of an intercontinental missile has failed, resulting in a white light seen over parts of Norway.”

Abortion pill gets final approval in Italy [BBC]
“Unlike in other European countries, the pill, also known as mifepristone, will be administered solely in hospitals.”

Middle East
Thousands in Jerusalem protest settlement freeze
[Reuters]
“The demonstration, which generally went off without incident, was the first major gathering in several years of settlers to protest an Israeli government’s actions to suspend settlement activity in the occupied West Bank.”

Iraq PM orders security reshuffle [Al Jazeera]
“Nouri al-Maliki, the Iraqi prime minister, has reshuffled the leadership of the country’s security forces, in the wake of a series of deadly bomb attacks in Baghdad.”

Iraq’s March vote won’t affect troop plan, U.S. says [Reuters]
“U.S. Defence Secretary Robert Gates met Iraqi leaders on Thursday as U.S. commanders said plans to reduce troop levels sharply by next summer were on track despite delayed elections and a major al Qaeda attack.”

Iran may face new U.N. sanctions – U.S., UK, France [Reuters]
“If it continues to refuse the slightest confidence measures, to refuse dialogue, transparency … we must draw all of the necessary conclusions and that means that we must move on to a new resolution involving sanctions,” French Ambassador to the U.N. Gerard Araud told a U.N. Security Council meeting on Iran.”

India/AfPak
Petraeus sees short-term rise in Afghan violence
[Reuters]
“Violence in Afghanistan and turmoil within the Karzai government are likely to rise in the short term, General David Petraeus said on Wednesday.”

Andhra MLAs resign protesting Telangana creation decision [Times of India]
“Andhra Pradesh plunged into a fresh political crisis on Thursday with 60 MLAs…resigning in protest against the Centre’s decision to carve out a separate Telangana state.”

Africa
Mugabe backers raped opponents in election – report
[Reuters]
“AIDS-Free World said the 64-page report — entitled “Electing to Rape” — is based on interviews with 72 survivors and witnesses, and documents 380 rapes committed by 241 perpetrators across Zimbabwe’s 10 provinces.”

Americas
Fate of Ex-Honduran Leader Is in Doubt
[NYT]
“A plan for the ousted Honduran president, Manuel Zelaya, to leave the country for Mexico ran aground late Wednesday when negotiations over his safe passage fell apart, the leader and the Mexican authorities said.”

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Daily International News 11.30.09

November 30, 2009

Daily International News
November 30, 2009

DPRK
U.S. wants to close dialogue with N. Korea in single phase: official
[Yonhap]
“The U.S., which is set to hold direct bilateral talks with North Korea next week to lure the country back to denuclearization talks, wants the contact to be a one-off event but the North is expected to attempt to drag out the two-way dialogue, a senior Seoul official said Monday.”

Japan
Japanese prime minister apologizes for scandal
[WP]
“Hatoyama apologized Monday in parliament for the donations scandal but suggested he will remain prime minister unless he is prosecuted.”

China
Reporters face charges for mine coverup
[China Daily]
“Ten journalists and nearly 50 officials are facing prosecution after a State Council probe found they allegedly took bribes to cover up a mine disaster in Hebei province.”

China rejects EU calls for yuan appreciation [Global Times]
“Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao rejected “unfair” calls for the yuan to appreciate Monday and reaffirmed China’s determination to take its own gradual steps on the value of its currency.”

AfPak
Obama’s Speech on Afghanistan to Envision Exit
[NYT]
“It’s accurate to say that he will be more explicit about both goals and time frame than has been the case before and than has been part of the public discussion,” said a senior official.”

Zardari Cedes Power to Pakistani Premier [WSJ]
“In an attempt to defuse the situation, Mr. Zardari over the weekend transferred command of the country’s nuclear arsenal to Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, signaling his willingness to shed some of his powers.”

Defense lawyer for Mumbai attack accused dismissed [Reuters]
“The lawyer for the lone surviving gunman accused of the Mumbai attacks was removed from the case on Monday for non-cooperation.”

Middle East
Iran says UN criticism prompted new nuclear plans
[AP]
“Iran’s nuclear chief on Monday said U.N. criticism pushed his country to retaliate by announcing ambitious plans for more uranium enrichment. With tensions rising over deadlocked negotiations, France said diplomacy was not working and sanctions against Iran were needed.”

 

”]Israel says enforcing West Bank settlement moratorium [Reuters]
“Israeli inspectors armed with aerial maps and empowered to confiscate construction equipment have begun enforcing a limited government moratorium on new building in West Bank settlements, officials said on Monday.”

 

Israeli right, settlers seethe over settlement ease [AFP]
“In an act of defiance, Gershon Messika, the director of a regional settlement council in the occupied West Bank, tore up the government moratorium order when he received it from the military, his spokesman said.”

Hamas Bans Women Dancers, Scooter Riders in Gaza Push (Update1) [Bloomberg]
“The Islamic Hamas movement banned girls last month from riding behind men on motor scooters and forbade women from dancing at the opening of a folk museum.”

Europe
Switzerland votes to prohibit the building of mosque minarets
[WP]
“Official results on Sunday showed a surprisingly strong 57.5 percent of those voting endorsed it.”

Africa
Rwanda and France restore diplomatic relations
[BBC]
“On Sunday Rwanda was also admitted to the Commonwealth.”

Americas
Honduras hopes to move past coup with election
[WP]
“Election organizers also said that more than 60 percent of registered voters cast ballots.”

United States, Brazil at odds over Honduras crisis [Reuters]
“Conservative opposition leader Porfirio Lobo easily won the election on Sunday, but he will struggle to get recognition in Latin America where many leftist governments see the election as a nail in the coffin of ousted President Manuel Zelaya.”

Exit polls: Ex-guerrilla wins Uruguay presidency [CNN]
“Exit polls had Mujica defeating former president Luis Alberto Lacalle by a margin of 4 to 8 percentage points.”