Daily News Roundup

Posted by Chris van Avery on 04Apr11.
 

Security
Gaddafi exit plan floated, report says
Western military advisers become visible in Benghazi
Yemen police injure more than 400 people on protest march in Hudaida
Saleh rejects fresh opposition offer
2 protesters shot dead in Yemen’s Taiz city
Female protesters in Yemen attacked by police
GCC urges Yemen parties to hold dialogue
Politics Shouldn’t Eclipse Food Crisis in Yemen
Thousands mourn dead as Syrian premier appointed
Syrian authorities make sweeping arrests following protests calling for reforms
Bahraini activist dies in custody; newspaper suspended
Egyptian foreign minister warns that peace with Israel will get colder
Egypt’s military keeping repressive practices in place
In Egypt’s Democracy, Room for Islam
Oman protests resume after pro-democracy clashes leave 1 dead
Oman frees 57 following unrest
Four Iranian police killed in border attack: TV
James Jones: Iran serves as agitator in Mideast turmoil
Saudis Warn about Iranian Involvement in Gulf
Iraqi industry minister survives assassination attempt
Erdogan says he will press Syria’s Assad to reform
U.S. Freezes Arms Delivery to Lebanon
Netanyahu wants U.N. to repeal Gaza report
PA still intends to pursue Israeli ‘war crimes’ at UN, ICC
Hamas warns of ‘consequences’ after Gaza air strike
Israel warns of terrorist threat on Sinai Peninsula
Jewish nationalism is top priority for Israeli youth
In Israel, Time for Peace Offer May Run Out
‘Israel faces threat of becoming a religious state’
Bernard Lewis: Tyrannies Doomed, But What Follows?
The Larger Game in the Middle East: Iran
Middle East on G7 Agenda for April Meeting
800 dead in Ivory Coast violence around Duekoue city, says Red Cross
Ouattara denies all responsibility for massacre
UN staff flee Abidjan amid warnings of ‘bloodbath’
Forces allied with Somalia’s government drive Islamist militants out of town near Kenya
Nigeria election postponed again
Next Problem for Oil: Nigerian Elections
Fury at Koran burning fuels Afghan violence
Over 100 dead in Kandahar, witnesses say police firing on crowds
Quran-burning US pastor adds more fuel to fire
Hamid Karzai calls on US Congress to condemn pastor’s Qur’an burning
Taliban suicide bombers kill 42 at Pakistani shrine
India, China in talks to take anti-US stance on Libya
India Bans Iran Nuclear-Related Trade
One killed in Bangladeshi protest
New leak of radioactive water found at Japan plant
Japanese nuclear crisis could go on for months, officials warn
Chinese police detain dissident artist Ai Weiwei at airport
Dalai Lama voices serious concern about melting of glaciers in Tibet
China expanding nuclear power but lacks emergency planning
North Korea asks Britain to send food aid
Burma: ‘No real change’ as civilian government is sworn in
40 dead in Thai rains, mudslides
Explosion and fire damage Indonesia’s largest oil refinery; no injuries
Northern Ireland Policeman is killed in car bomb
Qaida members hide in Brazil, recruit men
Twenty killed in under 24 hours in Mexican city

Maritime
Somali Pirates: UAE Special Forces Take Ship Back, Rescue Crew
HNLMS Tromp Rescues Iranian Fishing Vessel

Military
China’s Military Self-Assurance
British nuclear sub forced back to base
Officials say 3,000 US Marines helping quake-ravaged Japan to skip Philippine war exercises
Aircraft carrier may leave Japan for repairs

Environment
Magnitude-6.7 earthquake strikes off Indonesia
6.4 quake strikes Fiji region: USGS

Economy
Could China’s Renminbi Replace the Dollar?

Politics
White House says Obama presses House, Senate leaders to reach budget deal by next week
Boehner standing firm on budget
GOP Aim: Cut $4 Trillion
GOP asks for troops to remain at border

Religion
Malaysia’s government allows Malay-language Bibles to be printed locally to appease Christians
Persecution of Christians Widespread in ‘Democratic’ India
Beijing and Guangzhou attack underground Churches
Authorities in Belarus Defend Raids on Churches
Christians in Northern Iraq fear the future
Polygamy’s wrongs traced in testimony

 Daily News Roundup

Posted by Chris van Avery on 02Apr11.
 

Security
Libyan rebels say they would accept cease-fire if Gaddafi lifts sieges, allows protests
Libya rebel truce offer spurned amid battle for Brega
More disciplined Libyan opposition force emerging
Germany: ‘Libyan situation cannot be resolved militarily’
Swedish Parliament OKs 8 Jets for Libya Operation
EU approves possible military operation for Libya
Mass crowds flood streets and squares in biggest protests yet against Yemeni president
Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh digs in as rival protests rock Sana’a
Nine Syrian protesters shot dead
Syria’s Brotherhood Rejects Any Intervention
Pro-Syrian Lebanese Daily: Syria Considers Al-Hariri Responsible for Riots in Syria
UN nuclear agency inspects Syria’s Homs site
Jordanian Police Move to Separate Rival Protests
Report: Saudis challenge Iran in Bahrain having lost faith in U.S. leadership
Saudi Islamic Scholar Muhammad Musa Al-Sharif: The Day Is Coming When Islam Will Rule the World Again
Saudi Arabia’s anti-protest fatwa is transparent
In Saudi Arabia, New Restrictive Guidelines For Girls’ Schools’ Outings
Bahrain wages unrelenting crackdown on Shiites; raising sectarian tensions on tiny island
Thousands fill Tahrir Square to call for trials of Mubarak regime figures
Egyptian Authorities Arrest Salafis For Demolishing Sufi Shrines
Thousands Of Islamists Due To Return To Egypt From Abroad
The Muslim Sisterhood: Visions of Female Identity in the New Egypt
Kuwait Expels Two Iranian Diplomats On Espionage Charges
Oman’s security forces fire tear gas on protesters in unrest hub
Officials: Suicide bomber strikes Iraqi soldiers protecting mosque, kills 3 people
Political Initiative To Bring Down Al-Maliki’s Government
U.S. Baghdad Embassy Will Double in Size: Envoy
New Tensions in Kirkuk as Kurdish Peshmerga Surround City
Middle East Revolutions Strengthen Hezbollah
Turkey kills 7 Kurd fighters crossing from Syria
Israel asks UN to help block planned Gaza flotilla
What’s beneath the Temple Mount? (Smithsonian)
The Latest Archeology War Over Jerusalem
Islam and the Arab Revolutions
Bodies of 1,000 dead in Japan too toxic to handle
Chinese student’s death prompts online outrage
Taiwan still matters
S. Korea’s Lee Says N. Korea Not Sincere on Talks
Police fire tear gas on protesters in Tunisia after Islamist group demonstrates
Ivory Coast rebels surround Gbagbo palace
Reports: Over 1,000 Killed In South Sudan
Both North and South infiltrating Sudan oil region as secession date approaches
More North African Dominoes May Fall
Afghan government plans crackdown on revealing wedding dresses
No way to halt tsunami as rethink urged on return
World court throws out Georgia case claiming ethnic cleansing by Russia, separatist militias
Italian anarchist group claims parcel bomb intercepted at Greek prison
Portuguese called to polls after finance stalemate
Europe Had Better Wake Up
Evictions, cash payments induce thousands to leave Haiti’s squalid earthquake settlement camps
Argentine judge rules that Turkey committed ‘Armenian genocide,’ orders help for descendant
Sites hit in massive web attack
Faith Diplomacy’s Importance Is Growing

Maritime
From weapons to ‘wall of water,’ new system is a window into security amid pirate threat

Military
Japan’s Crisis Bolsters Its Military
China Boosts it Amphibious Options
Executive officer fired at Singapore command

Economy
Unemployment falls to two-year low
Our Workforce Lost 2.33 Million People in One Year?
Wages Fail to Keep Up With Inflation
Auto sales up 17 percent with economy, but buyers are downsizing
Construction spending falls to lowest level since 1999

Politics
Boehner: Time for Democrats to get serious on budget
GOP Reps Introduce Bill to Make Sure Troops Get Paychecks if Government Shuts Down
Obama sells energy gimmicks
We’ve Become a Nation of Takers, Not Makers
Increasing Domestic Oil Production

Religion
Pakistani Christians Suffering After US Pastor’s Koran Burning
Bangladeshi Lay Minister’s Home Destroyed
Kazakhstan: Punishments for worship meetings re-start
Nepal: Evangelism Ban?
Scholars Doubtful About Metal Plate Documents’ Authenticity

 Daily News Roundup

Posted by Chris van Avery on 30Mar11.
 

Security
Rebels concede Tripoli may be out of reach after 100-mile retreat
NATO Chief Opens The Door to Libya Ground Troops
US paves way to arm Libyan rebels
US Studying Rebels–After Going to War for Them
Muammar Gaddafi’s exit hindered by UN resolution, law experts warn
Qatar, First Arab State To Recognize Libyan Opposition, Will Market Opposition-Controlled Oil
Turkey To Have Triple Role in Libya Mission
Jihadi Sites Call on Libyans to Oppose Western Bid for Domination
Anger as Yemen blast toll rises
Yemeni’s divide-and-conquer ploy failing
Tens of thousands of Syrians gather in Damascus in support of president
Optimism in Damascus and determination not to take the regime’s bait
Water crisis floats Syrian unrest
Jordan’s king supports amending constitution
Prince Hassan Criticizes Jordanian Government
Saudi Arabia prints 1.5m copies of religious edict banning protests
Bahrain parliament accepts resignation of opposition lawmakers over crackdown
Oman detains anti-government protesters in flashpoint industrial city
Oman army clears roadblocks in Sohar pay protest
Chinese pieces to Iran’s nuclear puzzle
Hostages killed execution-style in Iraq siege before gunmen blow themselves up, officials say
In Egypt, Disappointment In New Parties Law; Demonstration To ‘Save The Revolution’ Announced
Article on Muslim Brotherhood Website Advocates Transportation for Women Only
‘Nakba Day, call for state may boost Palestinian protests’
PA leadership considering formally abandoning Oslo in September
After protest, Facebook remove page calling for armed Palestinian uprising against Israel
Israel considering annexing West Bank settlements if Palestinians seek unilateral recognition
Israel, grateful for border quiet, not cheering for demise of Syrian President AssadSyria Matters Far More Than Libya
Pressing Issues Are Elsewhere in Mideast
Ivory Coast rebels seize three towns
Fighting traps Ivorians at church
Ceasefire appeal in Ivory Coast
Protesters in Uganda threaten to attack US, Western embassies for Libya; police shut them down
Muslim Jihad in Christian Ethiopia: Lessons for the West
Taliban captures remote district in northwest Afghanistan
Pakistan says it agrees to visit by Indian investigators probing 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai
Pakistan’s secret dirty war
Inside Balochistan
Japan may have lost race to save nuclear reactor
Radioactive iodine hits 3,355 times limit in Japan
China warns UN not to interfere as dissidents are rounded up
Chinese official says Japan’s nuclear crisis will affect China’s atomic generation plans
Confucianism Returns to Chinese Politics
South Korea conducts live-fire drills on front-line island shelled last year by North Korea
Two Koreas hold volcano dialogue
North Korea ‘on a knife edge’ as aid agencies appeal for food donations
North Korea’s Nuke Lesson from Libya
Kim Jong-il ‘Dreamed Of being Stoned’
Myanmar junta ‘dissolved’: State television
Intelligence sources: Pakistani officials have arrested Indonesian terror suspect Umar Patek
Australian PM’s computer ‘hacked’
Russia, U.S. may ease visa regime ‘in foreseeable future’ – lawmaker
Eurozone crisis: The pain in Spain
Haiti postpones preliminary results of presidential election as counting drags on
Obama to outline plans for nation’s energy security in speech Wednesday
Suspicious package near Andrews AFB in Maryland prompts closure of long stretch of highway
Experts: Oil Will Continue To Dominate Energy Sector For At Least Another 30 Years

Maritime
Spanish Navy Bags 11 Suspected Pirates
Submarines Becoming The Boat Of Choice For Colombian Cocaine Smugglers

Military
New Pentagon Cyber Strategy Complete: Official
Gates is Turning America’s Defenses into a Boutique Military
GAO: Florida industry can maintain nuclear carrier
Taiwan Expects U.S. to Help With F-16 Upgrades
Homeland Security Budget: Highlights from the FY 2012 Request

Environment
Another strong quake jolts northern Japan
Worldwide-temperature increase has not produced acceleration of global sea level over the past 100 years
Cities ‘feeling heat of climate’

Economy
Consumer Confidence Index drops to 63.4 in March as worries about gas and food prices escalate
Home prices falling in 19 major US cities, with 4 now at lowest level in 11 years
More Housing Hell: The End Is Years Away

Politics
Hoyer: Odds of government shutdown have increased over past two weeks
Claims for Social Security benefits on the rise
State Tax Revenue Snaps Back
Mortgage-Lending Rules Unveiled
Pentagon: Libya tab at $550 million
Report: Deployments cost NC seat in Congress
U.S. Property Rights Protections Continue to Decline

Religion
Earliest Christian Documents Discovered?
Iran Secretly Executes Jewish-Armenian Couple; Christians Concerned
Iran Burns Bibles, Condemns Quran Burning
Evangelist in Bangladesh imprisoned for distributing Christian booklets
Nepal: Christians To Step Up Hunger Strike
Cuban Pastor on Conditional Release Prohibited from Preaching
Archbishop’s secret visit to Bhutan’s Christians, first in 18 years
Closing Arguments Begin In Canadian Test of Polygamy Ban
Church Finds Original King James Bible

 Daily News Roundup

Posted by Chris van Avery on 09Mar11.
 

Security
Gadhafi forces barrage rebels in east and west
Libya rebels reject talks on Qaddafi exit
U.S., Europe considering naval operations to deliver humanitarian aid to Libya
Experts: ‘No-fly zone’ may not halt Gadhafi offensive
French Minister Doesn’t See Military Option in Libya
Malta objects to Libya sanctions
Libyan test for new-look al-Qaeda
Why Libya’s Qaddafi Could Survive Like Saddam In 1991
Yemen protests hit Saleh fiefdom, military in Sanaa
Two thousand inmates in Yemen jail revolt
Yemeni army storms Sanaa University, wounding 98
Bahrain opposition groups call for sweeping changes
Bahrain king told Petraeus the Shi’ite opposition was trained, backed by Iran
Special Commentary: Iran and the Bahraini Uprising
Saudi Arabia is losing its fear
The Battle Between Iran and Saudi Arabia
Tahrir Square women’s march marred by rival protest
In Egypt, Harsh Measures Against Internal Security Officials
Oman’s Different Kind of Revolution
Salafi-Jihadists Demonstrate in Jordan’s Capital with Al-Qaeda Banners, Jihadist Slogans
Amid Arab protests, resentment builds in Jordanian town
Iran’s Rafsanjani loses post as chair of state body
‘Iranian activists, police clash in Women’s Day protest’
Russia says will complete Bushehr project ‘in near future’
Ahmadinejad Calls For New World Order
Attacks on Iraq activists spark concern
Kuwaiti protesters bring demands for reforms to streets
UAE stable despite regional turmoil
GCC To Discuss Economic Aid To Bahrain, Oman
Syria frees 80-year-old former judge in amnesty
Hezbollah Back on Offense
Israel considering temporary Palestinian state
Netanyahu peace move dismissed
Netanyahu: Israeli army must remain in West Bank’s Jordan Valley
Israeli plan to demolish unauthorised West Bank outposts condemned
Middle East: Lots of Challenges; One Big Opportunity
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in 2010: The Intensification of the Near War
Four dead as Ivory Coast troops open fire on civilians
Ivory Coast Conflict Worsens as Gbagbo Seizes Nation’s Cocoa, Coffee Sales
51 reported dead in new fighting in southern Sudan
Mass arrests for Congo ‘coup bid’
Angola is stirred by the spirit of revolution
Aid workers in Burundi worry about food insecurity
U.S. Set To Begin Withdrawing Afghanistan Troops In July
Karzai foretells hard year in Afghanistan
Car Bomb Kills 20 in Eastern Pakistan
The most likely apocalypse in our future: An Indian-Pakistani nuclear exchange
China Blasts S.Korea Military Hacking Allegations
China imposes Tibet travel limits
China’s coal reserves ‘will make it new Middle East’, says energy chief
China considers relaxing one-child policy
N Korea begs food aid from Zimbabwe
Why U.S. and China Woo Mongolia
Dam splits Vietnam, Laos
Men Without Women — The ominous rise of Asia’s bachelor generation
Man arrested in Glasgow over Stockholm suicide attack
Russians protest by emigrating, not demonstrating

Maritime
China Stakes Claim on Disputed Islands after Spats
Japan protest over China fly-by
Hostage Oversupply in Somalia?: Pirates Negotiate Better Deals to Free Up Space

Military
U.S. Navy Keeping Watch on Libya
Military Balance Report: China ‘Won’t Threaten US In Pacific For A Decade’
Russia’s Fog of Military Reform
Japan Expects Stealth Fighter in 2014
A Successor To Gates Is A Quandary For Obama
Amos: Marines May Buy Some F-35Cs

Economy
Oil price falls on Saudi comments
Impact of Budget Cuts on the Poor
Investors Fret Over Japan Turmoil
Save energy for economy, EU urged

Environment
Millions of dead sardines found in Californian marina
Sunspot riddle solved, say scientists

Politics
U.S. sets $223B deficit record
Senate set to kill parties’ competing spending-cut bills
GOP freshman: We’re just getting started on budget cuts
Democrats in Disarray Over 2011 Spending Cuts
Expert: Defense must be cut to avoid crisis
Tea party steeped in redistricting
U.S. Appeals Health-Law Ruling

Religion
Deadly religious clash in Cairo
In Egypt, Efforts To Calm Copts’ Protests
Muslims torch Christians’ houses [Bangladesh]
One Dead as Islamist Mobs in Ethiopia Destroy Church Buildings
Turkey’s Protestants concerned about attacks, demand legal status
Tunisian Jews feel safe under new government
Tibetan listeners embrace Christian radio
21 Pa. priests named in sex report are suspended
Pope to answer public questions on Italian TV
Anglicans to consider opening communion to unbaptized


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