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Daily International News 01.12.11

January 12, 2011

Daily International News
January 12, 2011

Northeast Asia
Koreas
Gates in Tokyo for Talks on North Korea
[NYT]
Gates Demands a Halt of North Korean Tests
[WSJ]
Hot Line Connecting Koreas Returns to Service
[NYT]
Klingner Opinion: North Korea’s Imminent Threat
[WSJ]
Seoul returns offer for talks – but tough talks
[JoongAng]
China’s Hu to call for new talks on North Korea
[AP]
S Korea keen on upgrading defense deals with Israel
[AHN]
Five North Korean defectors ‘shot dead’
[Sify]

China
Robert Gates tours China nuclear warfare headquarters
[BBC]
Nationalistic and Chasing the ‘Chinese Dream’
[NYT]
China Would `Welcome’ U.S. Statement on Holdings During Hu, Obama Summit
[Bloomberg]
Geithner warns Beijing on currency policies
[AP]
Tajikistan agrees to give land to China
[AP]
China bans German pork and eggs in dioxin scare
[BBC]
China artist Ai Weiwei’s Shanghai studio demolished
[BBC]

Japan
DPJ lawmakers get together amid internal rifts
[Mainichi]

Southeast Asia
Vietnam vows change to build modern economy
[BBC]
Floods ground Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
In Kabul, Biden promises U.S. support beyond 2014
[WaPo]
US ‘not the enemy of Islam’ says Biden
[AFP]
Suicide bomber kills two in Afghanistan capital
[Guardian]
Life in jail for two Pakistani Muslim blasphemers
[BBC]
Biden in Pakistan for Talks With Top Officials
[NYT]
Pakistani bomber kills 17 in attack on police
[BBC]
Zardari Ally to Succeed Slain Punjab Gov. Taseer in Pakistan
[NYT]

Middle East
Lebanon’s government falls as Hezbollah pulls out
[AP]
Iran Says Time Running Out for Nuclear Deal
[NYT]

Africa
South Sudan’s referendum vote reaches 60%, says SPLM
[BBC]
US could take Sudan off state terror list by July
[AFP]
Ivory Coast’s army opens fire on opposition neighborhoods
[AP]
Government imposes curfew in Tunisia’s capital
[AP]
Tunisian president fires police chief over unrest
[Reuters]
Egypt denies sectarian motive for Copt’s murder
[AFP]
Nigeria: Jos Killings Escalate
[All Africa]

Europe
Tony Blair to appear before Iraq war inquiry on 21 January
[Guardian]
Eric Illsley to quit as MP following expenses conviction
[Guardian]
Kaczynski air crash: Russia blames Polish pilot error
[BBC]
Dutch government enforcing taxes on prostitution
[AP]
Europe Debates Larger Rescue Fund
[WSJ]
European stocks higher after Portugal bond sale
[AFP]
Germany enjoys stellar growth
[FT]

Americas
Prayer and mourning in Haiti a year after quake
[AP]
Hitmen intensify attacks in Mexico’s richest city
[Reuters]
At least 61 dead in rain-hit Brazil towns
[Reuters]

Domestic
Arizona Shooting
Analysis: Sarah Palin’s use of ‘blood libel’ sparks new controversy
[WaPo]
Boehner opposes new gun-control bill
[The Hill]
Obama’s Visit to Arizona Offers Moment to Alter His Image of `Detachment’
[Bloomberg]
Officers stopped Loughner on day of Ariz. shooting
[AP]
Gun sales soar 60 percent in Arizona
[Politico]
Other
Daley Has $7.7 Million of JPMorgan Stock to Divest on Way to White House
[Bloomberg]
Republican school board in N.C. backed by tea party abolishes integration policy
[WaPo]
Oil spill panel calls for tighter federal rules, new fees for drilling
[WaPo]
More slayings in Pr. George’s, and police feel the heat
[WaPo]
How To Switch Your iPhone Service From AT&T To Verizon
[Techland]

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Daily International News 08.18.10

August 18, 2010

Daily International News
August 18, 2010

Northeast Asia
Koreas
Report: NKorea proposed summit talks with SKorea
[AP]
N.Korea producing badges of heir apparent: report
[AFP]
North Korean MiG jet crashes in China
[LAT] and Pilot Killed in China Crash Believed to Be Korean Defector [WSJ]
Tweets With North Korea May Breach Law, South Warns
[Bloomberg]
Hungary reveals North Korean debt request
[FT]
South Korea stages anti-terror drill
[BBC]

China/Taiwan
US opposes use of force in South China Sea dispute [AP]
China Defense Ministry refutes Pentagon’s China report
[Xinhua]
Taiwan-China trade deal passed by Taipei legislators
[BBC]
iPhone-maker rallies workers after China suicides
[AP]

Japan
Japan analysing damage to tanker in Hormuz Strait
[Reuters]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
White House: US to support UN inquiry in Myanmar
[AP] and U.S. supports creation of U.N. commission of inquiry into war crimes in Burma [WaPo]
Thai Groups Denounce Website Censorship
[WSJ]
Indonesia’s coral reefs dying at alarming rate
[AP]

South/Central Asia
WikiLeaks: Pentagon ready to discuss Afghan files
[AP]
Medvedev talks with Afghan, Pakistani leaders
[AP]
Pakistan aid ‘will not fall to extremists’
[BBC]
Pakistan floods: EU pledges 30m euro aid boost
[BBC]
India panel suggests tougher nuclear liability bill
[Reuters]
Three Indian U.N. peacekeepers killed in Congo attack
[Reuters]

Middle East
Israel hits suspected weapons manufacturing site
[CNN]
Netanyahu’s visit to Greece signals strategic rapprochement
[DW]
BlackBerry users eye alternatives as curbs loom
[AP]
Iraqi Leaders Fear for Future After Their Past Missteps
[NYT]
Ireland, North Korea’s ambassadors meet Ahmadinejad
[Tehran Times]

Africa
Sudan says will deport foreign NGO workers
[AP]
Workers plan further South Africa strike
[CNN]

Europe/UK
Nick Clegg promises to overhaul social mobility
[BBC]
UK HMRC staff sacked over race abuse
[BBC]
France Prepares to Deport Foreign Gypsies
[WSJ]
Germany charges ex-Rwandan mayor with genocide
[AP]

Americas
Lawmakers in Mexico to Debate Drug Fight
[NYT]
Brazil candidates begin daily election broadcasts
[BBC]
Haiti delays ruling on Wyclef Jean’s presidential run
[BBC]

Domestic
Some Republican figures urge candidates not to focus on Ground Zero mosque issue
[WaPo]
Obama remarks on mosque take root in races
[WashTimes]
Blagojevich Prosecutors to Retry After One Conviction
[Bloomberg]
Dr. Laura Says She’s Quitting Radio After N-Word Flap
[ABC]

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Daily International News 08.17.10

August 17, 2010

Daily International News
August 17, 2010

East Asia/Pacific
Koreas
From 08.16 U.S. and South Korea Begin War Drills [NYT]
NKorea rejects SKorean unification proposal
[AP]
Jang Song-taek Named as a Caretaker for Kim Jong-un
[Arirang]
With Kim ailing, signs of big changes in N. Korea
[Asahi Shimbun]
North Korea says it has joined Twitter, YouTube
[AP]

Leading anti-U.S. activist in Korea arrested
[Yonhap]
Opinion: Deter Pyongyang through Beijing
[The American]

China/Taiwan
US says China’s military has seen secret expansion
[BBC]
and China unlikely to satisfy US on military openness [AP]
Taiwan urges US to sell island advanced weapons
[AP]
China tests space station module to launch in 2011
[AP]
36 killed, hundreds injured in new China flooding
[AP]

Japan
Suspect ship seen before Japan tanker blast: report
[Reuters]

Japanese Officials Step Up Response to Slowdown as Yen Gains
[Bloomberg]

Pacific
Australia facing possibility of hung parliament
[Telegraph]
Australia’s Gillard backs republic after Queen’s death
[BBC]

Central/South Asia
Karzai to Bar Security Firms
[WSJ]

Taliban call for joint inquiry into civilian Afghan deaths considered
[Guardian]
Pakistani leader attempts damage control after European trip during disaster
[LAT]
UN says millions without help in Pakistan floods
[AP]
Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan confirms leader Tahir Yuldashev killed
[Long War Journal]

Middle East
Iraq/Iran
Suicide Bomber Kills Dozens in Attack on Iraqi Army Recruits
[NYT]
Iran to build 10 uranium enrichments plants in mountain strongholds
[Telegraph]

Analysts see Iranian nuclear dispute continuing despite sanctions
[The National]
Iranian Anti-Stoning Lawyer Continues Fight from Exile
[Der Spiegel]
Iranian fighter jet crashes near nuclear plant
[AP]

Arabian Peninsula
‘Open gate’ in Oman means trade with Iran and influx of drugs
[The National]
Arrest of Shiite activists sparks riots ahead of Bahrain election
[The National]

Israel
Israel to refuse to stop building settlements
[Telegraph]

Israeli says she didn’t humiliate Arab on Facebook
[AP]

Turkey
Brownback’s case against proposed Turkish ambassador Ricciardone
[FP]
U.S. Tells Turkey Weapons Deals At Risk: Report
[Defense News]
American freelance writer arrested in Turkey
[WaPo]

Africa
In ANC bill, South African media see threat to press freedom
[CSM]
Libya: BP to Start Drilling By October
[WSJ]
Nigerian police ‘use torture’ to extort cash
[AFP]
Jordanian UN officers abducted in Darfur freed
[AFP]
Nigeria’s former military leader launches challenge for presidency
[Guardian]

Cholera kills 87 in Nigeria: official
[AFP]
Wounded buffalo kills Zimbabwean conservationist
[AP]

Europe
START expiration ends U.S. inspection of Russian nuclear bases
[WaPo]

Suicide Bomber Attacks Police in North Caucasus
[NYT]
Russia expels Romanian diplomat accused of spying
[AP]
Medvedev summons Russian oligarchs to help after wildfires
[Telegraph]
Barclays in Sanctions Bust
[WSJ]
Eurozone inflation hits 20-month high
[BBC]

Americas
Judge orders longtime Gitmo detainee released for lack of evidence
[CNN]

Star’s Candidacy in Haiti Puts Scrutiny on Charity
[NYT]
U.S. Said to Plan Easing Rules for Travel to Cuba
[NYT]
Mexico supreme court upholds gay adoptions
[AP]
Protesters in Bolivia’s Potosi region end blockade
[BBC]
Brazil forbids election spoofing
[AP]

Domestic
FP interview with Bob Gates: The Transformer
[FP]
AP Exclusive: Terrorist tapes found under CIA desk
[AP]
Pentagon Misspends Emergency Fund on Afghan Power, Skelton Says
[Bloomberg]
Glenn Beck’s plans for rally on a hallowed date and spot spurs countermarches
[WaPo]
Fox parent gives $1 million to RGA
[Politico]
California Gay Marriage Ban Will Continue During Court Appeal
[Bloomberg]
Plumes of Gulf oil spreading east on sea floor
[CNN]

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Daily International News 08.12.10

August 12, 2010
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Daily International News
August 12, 2010

Northeast Asia
China
China’s army condemns South Korean-US sea drills
[AP]
Xinhua, China Mobile to establish internet search engine joint venture
[Xinhua]
China admits only foreigners hit by anti-trust law
[AP]
Group: Tibetan businessman gets life in prison
[AP]
Hopes fade for landslide survivors
[Global Times]
Hidden trillions widen China’s wealth gap – report
[Reuters]
Korea
Korean President to grant special pardons
[JAIB]
A day after Japan’s apology, ambassador looks to bright future
[JAIB]
Japan
Japan Hints at Yen Intervention
[WSJ]
Missing centenarians cause angst in aging Japan
[AP]

South/Central Asia
Pakistan
New Flood Warnings Raise Fears in Pakistan
[NYT]
President Zardari makes first visit to flood zone
[Dawn]
Holbrooke: Pakistan Aid Inadequate
[CFR]
Afghanistan
Aid group: Fighters not thieves killed 10 workers
[AP]
Unrest Is Undermining Hopes for Afghan Vote
[NYT]
India
India sets Aug. 31 deadline for BlackBerry info
[AP]
India rejects UK scientists’ ‘superbug’ claim
[BBC]
India approves caste-based census
[BBC]
Kazakhstan
Two dead in Kazakh prison riot
[BBC]

Middle East
Israel/PA
Israel said to reject Palestinian formula for talks
[Reuters]
Resistance on Gaza flotilla more than expected, Israeli military chief says
[WaPo]
Iran/Iraq
Iran TV airs ‘confession’ from woman facing stoning
[BBC]
Iraq army ‘not ready’ until 2020
[Al Jazeera]
White House: US on track to end Iraq combat role
[AP]
Murr slams ‘conditional’ US military aid
[Daily Star]
Kuwait
US to sell Kuwait Patriot anti-ballistic missile system
[BBC]

Africa
South Sudan independence vote ‘risks being derailed’
[AFP]
Moroccan police ‘break up 18-strong militant cell’
[BBC]
Uganda LRA rebels ‘on massive forced recruitment drive’
[BBC] Original Report: CAR/DR Congo: LRA Conducts Massive Abduction Campaign [HRW]
Grenade Strikes Rwanda’s Capital Two Days After Election
[NYT]

Europe
Greek economy shrinks, jobless rate jumps
[Telegraph]
French police dismantle some 40 Gypsy camps
[AP]
Deadly fires rage on in Portugal
[BBC]
UK
Sinn Fein: British, Irish talk with IRA dissidents
[AP]
BAA airport staff vote for strike action
[BBC]
British officers face charges over an attack on Babar Ahmad
[BBC]
Beckham no longer wanted by national team coach
[AP]

Americas
Brazil signs on to UN sanctions against Iran
[AFP]
Car bomb explodes in Colombian capital
[Reuters]
Guantanamo jury recommends 14 years for Al Qaeda cook
[LAT]
Suriname under scrutiny as ex-dictator returns
[AP]
Ecuador rocked by 6.9 quake, no major damage
[Reuters]

Domestic
Judge to rule on stay Thursday in Prop. 8 case
[AP]
Google-Verizon Pact May Herald Demise of Equal-Access Internet
[Bloomberg]
Senate hustles through $600M border bill
[WashTimes]
Despite Scandal, Rangel Draws a Crowd
[NYT]
Palin Joins Armey as Republicans Aid Tea Party Hostile Takeover [Bloomberg]
Get well, Robert Gibbs!
[Salon]
Stocks plunge as U.S. trade deficit is wider than expected
[WaPo]
100,000 in D.C. area without power after storm
[WashTimes]

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Daily International News 08.10.10

August 10, 2010

Daily International News
August 10, 2010

International
WHO says swine flu pandemic is over
[AP]

East Asia
N. Korea goes YouTube-savvy in its propaganda offensive
[Yonhap]
Teenage U.S. environmentalist to visit N. Korea on bold peace mission
[Yonhap]

DPRK proposes joint inspection group with U.S. on warship sinking
[Xinhua]
Google offices raided by Korean police
[BBC]
Japan apologises to South Korea for imperialist past
[BBC]
US engineer sold military secrets to China
[BBC]

China landslide: More than 700 people confirmed dead
[BBC]
China’s Trade Surplus Climbs to $28.7 Billion
[NYT]
US and Vietnam stage joint naval activities
[BBC]

Central/South Asia
Karzai to dissolve all private security firms
[AFP]
Rising Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan, U.N. Reports
[NYT]

Pakistan’s president returns amid flood fury
[AP]
Six million flood victims need aid to survive: UN
[Dawn]

Middle East
New poll: angry at US, Arabs support an Iran nuclear bomb
[CSM]
Lebanon criticizes US for suspending military aid
[AP]

Saudi gives Blackberry reprieve
[BBC]
Morocco to close 1,250 ‘unsafe’ mosques
[BBC]
Nasrallah unveils ‘Hariri proof’
[Al Jazeera]
‘I take full responsibility,’ Barak tells Gaza flotilla probe
[Haaretz]

Africa
Rwandan president wins re-election despite critics
[AP]
North, south Sudan leaders meet on referendum
[AFP]
South African workers march in wage strike
[BBC]

Europe
Climate change ‘partly to blame’ for sweltering Moscow
[BBC]
N. Ireland police worker targeted in car bomb bid
[AFP]
UK trade deficit narrows in June
[FT]

Americas
Former Mexican president: Legalize drugs
[LAT]

Canadian’s ‘confessions’ allowed at Guantanamo trial
[BBC] and U.N. says Omar Khadr’s trial sets bad precedent [Reuters]
Top EADS official, ex-U.S. Sen. Stevens in plane crash
[Reuters]
Web Plan From Google and Verizon Is Criticized
[NYT]

Down to the Wire: Six Primary Races to Watch
[Time]
Stocks Fall on Productivity Drop, China Data
[WSJ]

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Daily International News 08.06.10

August 6, 2010

Daily International News
August 6, 2010

Northeast Asia

Japan
Japanese tanker damaged by terrorist attack, says UAE coast guard
[The National]

Survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Attacks Call for Nuclear-Free World
[ABC]
US attends first Hiroshima atomic bomb anniversary
[BBC]
Witness – My Japanese grandparents’ silence over the A-bomb
[Reuters]

China/Taiwan
Kadeer Editorial: China’s Uighur Oppression Continues
[WSJ]

Chinese mainland and Taiwan agree to resume suspended flights
[Xinhua]
China flood fears along North Korea border
[BBC]
China Foxconn factory confirms another worker death
[BBC]

Koreas
N.Korean leader’s son to join party leadership
[AFP]

Editorial: Terror list conundrum over North Korea
[Asia Times]
SKorea: Afghan guards faked attack on SKorean base
[AP]

SE Asia/Pacific
Cambodia to sign deal with Iran
[Straits Times]

Indonesia volcano spews lava, gas; 4 feared dead
[AP]
Philippines airport bomb kills two, wounds governor
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Flood relief flights grounded in Pakistan
[AP]
Flash floods kill 103 in Indian-held Kashmir
[AP]
Anger at Zardari Grows as Pakistan Battles Floods
[NYT]
‘Coalition forces deeply regret civilian loss of life’
[The International News]
India hints at Pakistan role in Kashmir unrest
[Reuters]

Middle East
Saddam Hussein deputy Tariq Aziz calls for US forces to stay in Iraq
[Guardian]
Iranian Lawyer, Seeking Asylum, Surfaces in Turkey
[WSJ]
Saudi Arabia begins Blackberry ban, users say
[BBC]

Africa
Rwanda: South Africa Recalls Ambassador
[All Africa]
Naomi Campbell’s “dirty” diamonds given to South Africa police
[Reuters]

Europe
Poland’s new pro-European president is sworn in
[AP]
Lockerbie Release Flawed
[WSJ]

Russia, Crippled by Drought, Bans Grain Exports
[NYT]
Planes diverted, offices close as Moscow chokes
[Reuters]
Italy PM to seek Sept confidence vote, resign if loses
[Reuters]

UK
David Cameron and Pakistan’s Asif Ali Zardari show united front on terrorism
[Guardian]
70 peers back David Miliband for Labour leadership
[Guardian]
Watchdog asked to investigate claims Nick Clegg misled parliament
[Guardian]
Sinn Féin to hold talks with political wing of Real IRA
[Guardian]

Americas
Wyclef Jean says he will run for president of Haiti
[CNN]
Cuba demands removal from U.S. terror list
[McClatchy]

Domestic
Economy sputters as companies add only 71,000 jobs in July
[WaPo]
Kagan to Be Sworn in as 112th Court Justice Tomorrow
[Bloomberg]

Romer Resigns in Second Exit for Obama Economy Team
[Bloomberg]
Military ordered to stay off WikiLeaks
[WashTimes]

Unanimous Senate OKs $600M for border
[WashTimes]
AP Exclusive: CIA whisked detainees from Gitmo
[AP]

AP Exclusive: New al-Qaida leader knows US well
[AP]
Obama Fed Pick Diamond Referred Back to White House by Senate
[Bloomberg]
US envoy: Climate talks slipping backward
[AP]

Opponents of same-sex marriage to file appeal in California case
[CNN]

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Daily International News 12.09.09

December 9, 2009

Daily International News
December 9, 2009

Copenhagen
Copenhagen’s political science
[WP]
Op-ed by Sarah Palin – “The agenda-driven policies being pushed in Copenhagen won’t change the weather, but they would change our economy for the worse.”

Climate Conference Begins to Feel Pressure of the Clock [NYT]
“Two proposals popped loudly on Tuesday: a Danish text, seen by many observers to be mainly accommodating the interests of the United States and other industrialized powers; and one drafted by China and endorsed by a variety of developing countries. Both were criticized by the opposing camps.”

Japan
Japan to Give U.S. a Plan on Air Base
[NYT]
“Japan’s prime minister, Yukio Hatoyama, said Wednesday that he wants to present concrete proposals [on Futenma] to President Obama next week… Mr. Hatoyama said he may seek a meeting with Mr. Obama during the climate change conference in Copenhagen to relay the proposals directly to him.”

DPRK
Lock-down as high-level talks start on N. Korea
[CNN]
“A U.S. State Department official said Bosworth would not carry any new proposals or new initiatives on his visit.”

US assures NKorea of ‘robust’ direct talks channel [AP]
“U.S. officials say a peace treaty is not on the agenda for Bosworth’s trip to the North. However, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Tuesday that it “would not surprise us” if the North raised other issues.”

China
China moves to indict top dissident for subversion
[AP]
“Police have finally presented a case against prominent dissident Liu Xiaobo, who has been jailed for a year without charge after helping produce a high-profile manifesto calling for sweeping democratic reforms in China.”

Burma
Myanmar junta calls detained Suu Kyi “dishonest”
[Reuters]
“Suu Kyi, who is held under house arrest, had tried to harm the government’s image and her behaviour had been “highly questionable,” said a commentary carried in three state-run newspapers, which serve as mouthpieces for the reclusive regime.”

India/AfPak
5 Americans detained in Pakistan; no reason given
[AP]
“A U.S. Embassy spokesman said officials there were aware of the reported arrests, but had no more information.”

Afghanistan will need U.S. help for 15 to 20 years, Karzai says [LAT]
“Gates did not take issue with Karzai’s timeline, but he said he hoped that the Afghan military could be ready sooner. Gates emphasized that a U.S. withdrawal would begin in 2011, as outlined by President Obama in his order last week to deploy an additional 30,000 troops. But Gates said the drawdown would be a process lasting several years as Afghan forces took responsibility.”

Two Top Aides Show Unity on Afghan Strategy [NYT]
“[McChrystal] He was joined by Karl W. Eikenberry, the United States ambassador to Afghanistan, who was much more skeptical during the plan’s formulation, and who conceded Tuesday that success could not be guaranteed.”

Violent protests shut down high-tech Indian city [WP]
“Violent protests by students for a separate state to be carved out of the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh shut down the main city of Hyderabad on Wednesday.”

‘Amnesty helped Zardari make billions’ [Times of India]
“The documents provided by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) showed that Zardari had been accused of illegally amassing assets worth USD 1.5 billion and Rs 22 billion, mainly during the period when his slain wife Benazir Bhutto was the Premier in the 1990s.”

Middle East
Israel gives initial OK to Jerusalem referendum
[AP]
“Israel’s parliament has given preliminary approval to a piece of legislation that would require a national referendum on any peace deal that gives up control of east Jerusalem or the Golan Heights. If approved, the law could constrain the ability of any future Israeli government to turn over captured land as part of a peace deal.”

Iran says will show no mercy to opposition protesters [WP]
“From now on, we will show no mercy toward anyone who acts against national security. They will be confronted firmly,” said prosecutor Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei.”

Europe
UK slaps tax on bankers’ bonuses ahead of election
[AP]
“The British government slapped a one-time tax of 50 percent on fat bank bonuses as it tried to win over voters ahead of a looming general election.”

Darling raises National Insurance in pre-Budget report [BBC]
“National Insurance will go up by a further 0.5p from 2011 and public sector workers face a 1% pay cap, Alistair Darling has announced.”

Ireland’s abortion law challenged in European court [BBC]
“The legal action has been brought by three Irish women who say the effective ban on abortion in Ireland violates the European Convention on Human Rights…The case is the first challenge to Ireland’s abortion laws in more than 15 years.”

Terror charges for man in Germany over US targets [WP]
“The 24-year-old, identified only as Kadir T. in line with German privacy laws, was charged with supporting a foreign terrorist organization and violating export laws, federal prosecutors said.”

Americas
Honduran Anti-Drug Chief Is Killed
[WSJ]
“The victim is retired Gen. Julian Aristides Gonzalez, the general director of the Office for Combatting Drug Trafficking.”

Peru army plans arms purchase, tests Chinese tanks [AP]
“The Lima newspaper La Republica reported that it plans to buy 80 to 120 tanks and has evaluated Chinese, German, Russian, Ukrainian and Polish models….Peru President Alan Garcia has pushed for a disarmament pact in South America as weapons purchases in Venezuela, Brazil and Chile and a U.S. military expansion in Colombia fuels a budding arms race.”

Domestic
Democrats reach deal on health bill
[WP]
“Senate Democratic healthcare negotiators said they agreed on Tuesday to replace a government-run insurance option with a scaled-back non-profit plan and would seek cost estimates on the deal.”

A Jobs Speech with Elbows [Time]
Op-ed on Obama jobs speech – “The President gave a terrific economic speech today, proposing some new jobs-creating initiatives.”

Coakley, Brown to Battle in Massachusetts U.S. Senate Election [Bloomberg]
“The winner between Coakley, 56, and Brown, 50, in a Jan. 19 special election will serve the rest of Kennedy’s term, ending in January 2013.”