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 25Mar11.
 

Security
NATO To Take Over No-Fly Zone In Libya
UN: 100s have disappeared in Libya in past months
Libya’s Soviet-made arms may fall into hands of terrorists – expert
Libyan Quagmire: Is the US becoming the tribe that lost its head?
Germany, Russia learn high cost of abstaining
Why Turkey recalibrated its Libya stance
‘More than 100 killed in Syrian anti-government rallies’
Syria security forces on high alert; Southern tribes could spark mutiny in military
Syria mulls lifting state of emergency
‘Al-Quds Al-Arabi’: Syrian Regime Will Fight To The End, Like Qadhafi
Former Syrian Muslim Brotherhood Leader: Uprising In Syria Won’t Stop Until Demands Are Met
Syria presses search for oil as production declines
West Bank rejoices over terror attack
Gaza rocket attacks strike Israel
Israeli escalation slammed
Islamic Jihad warns against ‘Zionist aggression’
Israeli leader says fears growth of Islamic extremism from Mideast unrest
Jerusalem bomb seeds gathering storm
Mubarak supporters and opponents clash in Cairo
New Egyptian Bill To Limit Freedom To Demonstrate
Egyptian army forces women protesters to take “virginity tests”
Egyptian Islamists won’t cap ambitions forever, Brotherhood leader says
Yemeni presidential guards clash with army
Leader of Yemen’s largest tribe sides with opposition, calls on president to step down
Yemeni president vows to defend himself at all costs
Yemeni President Nears Deal to Resign
Dubai police say they’ve stopped shipment of 16,000 small arms bound for Yemen
Worst and Best Case Scenarios for Yemen
The Unseen Hand: Saudi Arabian Involvement in Yemen
Yemen Collapse: Appropriate Role for the U.S. in the Yemeni Crisis
Economic Roots of Social Problems in Yemen
Bahrain village stages protest
Bahrain Foreign Police Add to Tensions
Bahrain Warns Iran on Interference
Hundreds of Jordanians set up protest camp in capital
King Abdullah and protecting the scholars
Witness – Searching for reforms in King Abdullah’s Saudi Arabia
In Iraq, Armed Groups Disarm, Join Political Process
Economists On Corruption in Iraq: ‘A Phenomenon At Its Pinnacle’
UN creates new post of human rights investigator to probe alleged abuses in Iran
Iran and Saudi Arabia cold war has entered a new era
The Coming Shia War
Qatar’s decision to send planes to Libya is part of a high-stakes game
200 Oman private sector workers protest for pay rise
Gulf States To Expel Lebanese Shi’ites
UN Official: Ivory Coast Death Toll Up to 462
Regional bloc condemns Ivory Coast attacks on West African residents amid political crisis
Kenya forces ‘cross into Somalia’
Supporters Of Tunisian Islamist Party Oppose UN Sec-Gen’s Visit
The North Caucasus Slips Further into Chaos
Bin Laden sets alarm bells ringing
Pakistan suicide bomber targets police station
China’s nuke exports to Pakistan to come under IAEA checks
Pakistan ‘crop shortage’ warning
Karachi fear over target killings
Number of dead and missing in Japan tops 27 thousand
China Sees Food Need Rising
Chinese democracy activist sentenced to 10 years in prison for inciting subversion
China ‘is to overtake US by 2030′
6 North Koreans seek asylum in South Korea after arriving by boat
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il sends $500,000 in quake aid to ethnic Koreans in Japan
North Korean diplomats to meet with former US officials in Germany for talks on nuclear issues
6 million North Koreans need food: UN
Over 60 dead, 90 injured in Myanmar quake
Nepal tackles ‘energy emergency’
Portugal crisis plunges European bailout summit into confusion
Putin and Medvedev Lead Opposing Coalitions in the Russian Elite
EU investigates cyber attack on officials, diplomatic service
Many Mexican media outlets set guidelines for coverage of drug war
California officials close ‘maternity tourist’ ward where 12 Chinese women and 10 babies found
Iranian hackers obtain fraudulent HTTPS certificates: How close to a Web security meltdown did we get?

Maritime
Somalia-Coast Pirates Increase Their Loot, Violence As Security Falls Short

Military
US European Command to troops: Avoid wearing uniforms when off base
Russia, Norway to hold joint naval drills in May
S. Korea Launches 3rd Aegis-equipped Destroyer
Germany scraps military conscription after 55 years; parliament approves historic step

Environment
Faster winds creating rougher seas

Economy
Oil rises above $106 in Europe amid Middle East conflict, US gasoline supply drop
World Bank: China can grow at 8% for 20 years

Politics
While Libya War Grows, Obama Team Denies It’s a War
This is War Lite, with No Leadership or Goals
As the Days Pass, My Alarm Grows
The neocons own no ideological monopoly on the use of force – or regime change
ObamaCare’s 1st Year Bad, But It’ll Get Worse
Unsustainable Budget Threatens Nation
U.S. Disability Insurance Program Running Out of Money
Reforming Higher Education
New census milestone: Hispanics to hit 50 million

Religion
Pakistan: Christians Killed
Christians in Fear after Qur’an Burning
Ethiopia’s Religious Divides Flare up in Violence
Egypt’s Christians Fear Radical Muslim Takeover
Islamic bloc drops 12-year U.N. drive to ban defamation of religion
Israel’s Messianic Jews Face Orthodox “Persecution”
When a ‘Christian America’ Meant Something Else

  Daily News Roundup

Posted by Chris van Avery on 20Mar11.
 

Security
US, Canadian, Dutch and Spanish head to Italy bases for enforcement of Libya no-fly zone
Gadhafi vows Libya will defend itself, warns civilian targets across the region are in danger
Gaddafi could turn to Libya’s mustard gas stockpile, some officials fear
Rebels repulse Qaddafi attackers on Benghazi
Egypt Said To Arm Libya Rebels
African Union demands halt to Libya attacks
Libya: This is only the first step along an unpredictable and hazardous road
Security forces blanket Yemen capital
Yemeni police storm protest camp in port city of Aden day after deadly crackdown
2 Yemeni officials quit posts to protest violence
Bahrain limps toward normalcy
Saudi Arabian intervention in Bahrain driven by visceral Sunni fear of Shias
Syria: Thousands call for revolt at funeral of protester
Syrian authorities seal southern city after deadly clashes kill 5
Egyptians begin voting on constitution referendum
Egypt crowd attack ElBaradei at voting station
Iraqi protesters jeer Saudi king as puppet of US, Israel in Bahrain unrest
Ties That Bind Lebanon Are Fraying
PA to seek Egypt’s aid in ending dispute with Hamas
Gaza mortar barrage hits Israel
Senegalese authorities arrest 15 ahead of government protest, say attempted coup foiled
Asia’s March Into Africa
Nuclear plant operator says reactor pressure has stabilized, no longer plans to vent gas
Too early to sound all-clear in Japan: United Nations
Tokyo water sample shows radioactive iodine: Govt
Thailand’s prime minister survives no-confidence vote
Suspected communist rebels kill policeman, wound 4 in daring attack in southern Philippines
U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Resigns
Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA

Military
Russian 5G subs to be equipped with ballistic, cruise missiles – source
A Great White Fleet for the 21st Century

Environment
Lava, clouds of hot ash spews from the mouth of volcano in central Indonesia

Economy
Why Gas Rises Fast, Falls Like a Feather

Politics
CBO: Obama Policies Will Explode Debt

Religion
Persecution of Christians getting worse, says report
Disaster Pushes Japanese Beyond Secular Thinking
Missionaries Grapple With Leaving Japan
The President of Nepal ready to defend Christians from attacks and violence


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