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

 Daily News Roundup

Posted by Chris van Avery on 07Mar11.
 

Security
Rebels repel Misrata attack; Saudis evacuated from Libya
Libyan rebels lick wounds after defeat
Libya scraps taxes to mark ‘victory’ over rebels
UK team released by Libyan rebels
US planners mull military options in Libya: Report
America’s secret plan to arm Libya’s rebels
EU sends mission to Libya to assess humanitarian damage
UN demands access to ‘injured and dying’ in Libyan city
Government backers attack protesters in Yemen
Suspected Al Qaeda attack kills four in Yemen
U.S. warns against travel to Yemen
Playing big brother to Yemen, Saudis breed resentment
Protesters Storm Egypt Security Offices
Egyptian military want people to hand back stolen secret files
Attack on Egypt democracy protest
Egypt appoints three new ministers to key posts
Egypt’s women plan mass march against military rulers
Jailbreak to Gaza fuels fears of post-Mubarak era
Egypt revolt gave us back our lives: Hamas chief
New Egypt foreign minister likely to be tougher on Israel
Egypt considers easing Gaza travel restrictions
Bahrain move to create 20,000 jobs lauded; PM’s office circled
Oman Shuffles Cabinet Again, Amid Unrest
Jordan Islamists demonstrate demanding freedom for jailed relatives
Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan: Reforms Are Crucial for the Regime’s Survival
In Kuwait, a long battle to oust the prime minister
Iran’s supreme leader accused of abducting key opponents
Four Syrians Missing in Lebanon after Calling for Protest against Syrian Regime
The Sturdy House That Assad Built
Turkish Court Jails Journalists
Turkey’s EU Talks Take a Siesta
Senior Hamas Official: The Palestinian People Wants to Put an End to Israel
Israeli airstrikes hit Gaza, no casualties
An Arab world in ruins or a new regional beginning?
Constitutions Matter! Is the Arabs’ Cry
Ivory Coast crisis worsens as police loot homes of new cabinet
UK keeps eyes shut as ISI uses turf to hit India
Al-Qaeda’s Deadly New Nest
The Pakistan killings are not about blasphemy
5-yr-olds enact suicide bombing in video
China spends billions to stem dissent
China acts against protest calls
China detains 15 more foreign journalists
Beijing says stir doomed to fail
N. Korea Wants South to Return Captured Boaters
S. Korea Blames North for GPS, Phone Jamming
Japan’s Foreign Minister Resigns
As food prices soar, Japan braces for pain
Thai company accused of trafficking Vietnamese women to breed
Fiji chief gets life term for rebel plot
Samoa’s 28-year rule rolls on
Portugal hovers on the verge of crisis as eurozone argues over integration
Cyber attack targeted Paris G20
Report urges preparation for large urban disasters

Maritime
U.S. commandos capture 4 suspected pirates in raid

Military
India successfully test-fires ballistic missile interceptor
Navy readies training for end of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’
Second X-37B Space Plane is Now on Orbit

Economy
Oil prices rise on unrest fears
GIC’s Chief: Americans Too Gloomy on Outlook

Environment
Shifting spring: Arctic plankton blooming up to 50 days earlier now

Politics
$6B budget cut: A ‘limit’ for Democrats, a nick for GOP
Durbin: No more budget cuts in domestic spending
GOP: U.S. Should Offer Support to Libyan Rebels

Religion
Nearly 4000 Muslims Attack Christian Homes in Egypt, Torch Church
Spate of Attacks on Christians Erupts in Orissa, India
Iraqi ambassador criticized for his views on anti-Christian violence
Iran: Details of the arrest of a new Christian in Ahvaz

 Daily News Roundup

Posted by Chris van Avery on 05Mar11.
 

Security
Libya: Fierce day of raids and clashes signals shift towards civil war
Exiled prince calls for airstrikes
Libya shows captured Dutch crew
Black Watch ‘on 24-hour standby’ to intervene if Libyan crisis worsens
Eyes Full Of Terror, A Gun To His Head, The Tables Are Turned On One Of Gaddafi’s Boy Soldiers
Libyan Evacuations Slow
Pro-Gaddafi forces prevent crossings on Libyan border -UN
Libyan opposition leaders to get advice from UK military
EU Could Deploy Ships to Enforce Libya Arms Ban
More Marines, sailors arrive at Crete base
UK seizes ship carrying $160M of Libyan currency
Turkey Diverges From Western Position On Libya
Forces ‘fire on Yemen protesters’
Yemen’s ambassador to Egypt attacked
Egyptian security agency stormed
Egypt’s new PM seeks legitimacy in Tahrir Square
Saudis mobilise thousands of troops to quell growing revolt
Shadow over House of Saud as ‘day of rage’ draws nearer
Sadrists Escalating Criticism Of Al-Maliki
Egypt to hold referendum on amending constitution March 19
Iraqis protest again, this time in ‘Day of Regret’
US and Israel blamed for Stuxnet
Large Bahrain Rally Pressures Leaders
Guardian: The Real Story of Bahrain’s Divided Society
Seven journalists arrested in Turkey
Uproar over journalists’ detention in Turkey
Turkey Becoming Russia of the Middle East
Interim Palestine State Weighed
Netanyahu wants 40% of West Bank under Israeli control
An Arab Strategy? Not as Hopeless as You Think
Special Commentary: Popular Movements in the Middle East and the Role of al-Qaeda
Iran Will Be a Tougher Nut to Crack
Will Jordan Become a Palestinian State?
The New Middle East
Algeria Opposition Joins Protest Wave
New Tunisian PM to appoint govt in two days
Tunisia Struggles With Migrant Influx
US begins relief operation for refugees in Tunisia
Ivorian city ‘resembles war zone’
Bhatti’s killing leaves Pak govt split wide open
Terror strikes mosque at Friday prayers; 10 worshippers killed
Nepal Maoists rejoin government
Chinese parliament opens with grand pledges
China’s dam-building will cause more problems than it solves
China to overhaul admin near India, Pak borders
China plans to track Beijing citizens through their mobiles
Is China a Superpower?
‘China invite’ to Kim Jong-il son
South Korea government websites targeted in cyber attack
Philippines to China: Explain Incident
Kurils: The great game in the Asia-Pacific
Russia, EU, U.S. could become guarantors of peace between Georgia, breakaway republics
Warming oceans and human waste hit Tuvalu’s sustainable way of life

Military
China beefs up military spending
China Rejects Curbs on Nuclear Arsenal Expansion
Sailor charged with attempted espionage is held in Norfolk
Adm. cited in Enterprise investigation fired
Lawmaker: Allow alcohol for troops under 21
Senators push to increase PCS travel allowances

Maritime
China Flexes Muscles in the South China Sea
Clinton says anti-piracy task force falls short
Applying Counterterrorist Methods to the Growing Threat of Piracy

Economy
The New Underclass and Obama
EU ‘backs away from 30% target’
U.K. Economic Data Turn Negative as More Cuts Loom

Politics
ObamaCare Judge to White House: Stop Stalling
Boehner pushes DOMA enforcement
A Response to “What Would Jesus Cut?”

Religion
Update: Ethiopian Muslims Kill Christian, Burn More Churches and Christian Homes in Ongoing Attacks
Russian Jews laud Pope’s new book as crushing anti-Semitism
Jewish groups oppose circumcision ban in US city
Vatican to Overhaul Sexual Abuse Canon Law

 Daily News Roundup

Posted by Chris van Avery on 04Mar11.
 

Security
Obama keeps military option on table
Gaddafi’s forces capture Dutch marines on rescue mission
Libyan rebels reject Chávez mediation offer
Rebels deploy around strategic Libyan oil port
Special Report from Inside Libya: Assessing Libyan Rebel Forces
International criminal court to investigate Libyan violence
Yemeni opposition suggests way out of crisis for President Saleh
Gulf States Plan Aid Package for Bahrain, Oman
Egypt’s prime minister quits after calls for purge
INTERVIEW : Egypt’s new guiding lights
Shi’ites stage protests in Saudi oil province
Saudi Shiites Call For ‘Day Of Anger’ In Kingdom
Mideast Revolts Shift Politics in Iraq
Arab Summit Meeting In Baghdad Postponed
Khamenei: Iran’s 1979 revolution is ‘main model’ for current uprisings
Ahmadinejad: U.S. Administration Preventing Reporting Of Rioting In U.S.
Sheikh Al-Qaradhawi: Islam Commands Us To Remove Oppressing Ruler
Israel: No Palestinian peace deal possible now
PM praises Pope for clearing Jews of Jesus’ death
Gaza banks close because of Hamas robberies
Egypt, Sudan Reject Agreement To Share Nile Waters
Ivory Coast on brink of civil war as seven women killed at protest march
UN: 200,000 People Flee Ivory Coast Fighting
Tunisia president calls election
Pakistan: CIA Man Has No Immunity
Pakistan drugged out on defense and debt
India anti-graft chief forced out
Bid to boost India-Asean trade
China To Unveil Defense Budget To Nervous Region
Why the Middle East Has China Nervous
Japan scrambles jets in islands row with China
Fog lifts on Myanmar-North Korea barter
4 N. Koreans to resettle in South, 27 to return home
Russia Fears China, Not Japan
Clinton confirms plans for missile base in Poland
Fatal Shooting at Frankfurt Airport: German Investigators Suspect Islamist Motives behind Attack
Facebook Jihad: The Radical Islamist Roots of the Frankfurt Attack
Calderon: WikiLeaks caused severe damage to U.S.-Mexico relations
Food Prices Reach Record High
Three Horsemen of the New Apocalypse

Military
Assessing the Strategic Readiness of US Armed Forces
Navy reveals findings of Enterprise video probe
Russia’s GLONASS Positioning System Cannot Work Properly
Russia tests 2nd prototype of fifth-generation fighter
Harvard to allow Navy ROTC chapter on campus

Maritime
China Confronts Philippine Vessel
Iranian navy ships re-enter Egypt’s Suez Canal
Russia ready to pay 1.5 bln euros for Mistral contract – Defense Ministry
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Midgett Nabs Drug Submarine

Economy
Greenspan: Surge in Gov’t ‘Activism’ Hampering Recovery
European Central Bank warns it may raise interest rates
Why The Dollar’s Reign Is Near An End
Rising Cost of Health Care Is Global Issue

Politics
GOP Takes Upper Hand With Budget Smackdown
States Overestimate Revenue, Now Look to Fill Gap
Ohio Senate OKs public union limits
Federal Eye: Majority backs government workers in unions, poll shows

Religion
Pakistani Christians protest after assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti
Pakistan media warn of growing chaos after Christian minister slain
Pakistan: Silence has become the mother of all blasphemies
Ethiopian Muslims Burn Down Five Churches, More Attacks Feared
Christian Copts Demonstrate Against Governor in Upper Egypt
Egypt’s Christians in Al-Qaeda’s Sights
Christian human rights lawyer reported kidnapped in China
Turkey: The right to have places of worship – a trapped right
Rights group appalled by situation of Bangladesh religious, ethnic minorities
Indonesia region curbs Ahmadiyah
Antisemitism: the hatred that refuses to go away
Chicago Tribune: State probes religious foster care agencies over discrimination
NEA Rep to UN: Teach Kids Orgasms & Free Them from Religion


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