Daily News Roundup

Posted by Chris van Avery on 01Apr11.
 

Security
Libyan envoy now supporting opposition says most high-rank Libyan officials trying to defect
Britain in talks with 10 more Gaddafi aides
Gaddafi ‘not at breaking point’
Gaddafi warns of ‘out-of-control’ Christian-Muslim war
UAE and Qatar pack an Arab punch in Libya operation
Al Qaeda’s Libya Pilgrimage
Bulgaria sends warship to join operation against Gaddafi regime
U.S. mulling ‘all types of assistance’
Turkey says arming Libya rebels could spawn terrorism
Yemen leader ‘must leave country’
Family of Leader Stalls Yemen Talk
Assad faces new test with ‘Day of Martyrs’ protests
Syria announces step toward lifting emergency rule
Syria: the boldness of Bashar al-Assad
Bahrain security releases prominent blogger after holding him a day in custody
Iran-backed Shi’ites seen quietly plotting next move in Bahrain
Hezbollah denies training Bahraini protesters
In Saudi Arabia, Calls For April 22 Day Of Rage
Saudi strategist to Gulf states: Time to go nuclear
Saudi Nukes in Gulf
Jordan’s would-be revolutionaries express pessimism
Jordan’s pro-king supporters deny link to protest violence reported by Human Rights Watch
Egypt’s Top Spy a U.S. Concern
Egypt: Fears of Salafis and calls to divorce religion from politics
Qatar’s Quest to Become the Leading Arab State
Kuwait Cabinet resigns over Bahrain crisis
Kuwait says Iranian Guards behind spy cell
The Danger of a Tehran Winter
Turkey learns rules of the game in Iraq
Hamas expected to block Abbas visit to Gaza Strip
Israel releases army map showing nearly 1,000 purported Hezbollah underground military sites
Israeli government foresees armed conflict with West Bank Jews
Package with white powder closes US consulate in Jerusalem
Guards beheaded at NATO terminal in Afghanistan
India population count hits 1.2bn
Pakistan Islamist chief targeted
Sri Lanka web editor is arrested
Warning on Japan evacuation zone
Japan mobilizes 100,000 troops for tsunami recovery in biggest mission since World War II
‘Japan finds nuclear radiation above legal limit in meat’
Farmers block road for days until paramilitary troops defuse large China protest
China rounding up dissidents ahead of leadership change
China hits out at Japan’s claim to Diaoyutai Islands
Beijing bomb suspect tells court he was aiming for ‘a foreigner’
Can China Remain a Low-Key Superpower?
Taiwan Too Precious for U.S. to Sacrifice
Choose dialogue or war, North Korea tells South
Medical aid for N Korea
South Korean activist sends propaganda balloons to North Korea despite retaliation threats
More Indonesian Islamists resorting to violence, anti-terror agency says
Ivory Coast PM: Gbagbo has until 7pm (an hour ago) to resign
In Ivory Coast, Gbagbo’s Forces Defect En Masse: Reports
Tunisian rescuers retrieve bodies of 27 migrants in waters off Mediterranean coast
China’s New Imperialism in Angola
How Russia will matter beyond energy and minerals
Russia’s Arctic Opening
Harsh Measures only Strengthen the Insurgency in Dagestan
Swiss nuclear lobby hit by bomb
German police say they foiled Dortmund stadium bomb plot
Mail bomb defused at maximum security prison in Greece where parcel-bombing suspects are held
Italy hits out at neighbours over north African migrant influx
Australia warns Bali bomb arrest could spark attacks
2nd Mexican attorney general under President Calderon resigns; Departure follows leaked cable
Outbreak of ‘superbugs’ in Alabama hospitals
Farmers Chase High Crop Prices

Maritime
UK: Somalia piracy ‘out of control’
Authorities in Awe of Drug Runners’ Jungle-Built, Kevlar-Coated Supersubs

Military
U.S. Gunships Will Be ‘on Standby’ in NATO’s Libya War
GatesFAIL: How Hope Became Military’s Plan in Libya
NATO After Libya
US Marines being sent to Japan for nuclear response
State Blocks Taiwan Arms
China’s military, under fire over transparency, seeks to build trust with neighbors
China eyes US military expansion
China’s Army Chief Of Staff to Visit U.S.
No Good Men, Weapons or Understanding of Modern Warfare in Russia
Thai navy joins flood rescue mission
10 hurt after Hornet engine catches fire
F-35 training wing commander fired
Budget impasse stressing troops, forcing cuts
Must Every Carrier be a Supercarrier?

Environment
Strong magnitude 6.4 earthquake strikes near Tonga; no reports of injuries, damage or tsunami

Economy
Wal-Mart US CEO To America: “Prepare For Serious Inflation”
Oil price jumps on supply fears
Europe Tackles Debt, U.S. Ignores It
Increase in eurozone interest rates would be ‘disaster’ for Spain, warns Catalonia’s economy minister
Irish banks need extra 24bn euros
Colombia ‘Optimistic’ on U.S. Trade Deal
Trade with China Is Good for the United States

Politics
Boehner says ‘no deal’ on continuing resolution
Tea partiers warn GOP on dealmaking
Within Obama’s war cabinet, a looming battle over pace of Afghanistan drawdown
Entitlements Are Bankrupting the Federal Government
GOP plans $1 trillion cut to Medicaid
Ethanol Policies Leading to Higher Food Prices
Republicans grill DHS officials on FOIA, as report says agency delayed releasing documents
Several thousand demonstrate outside New Hampshire Statehouse against proposed spending cuts

Religion
Christian Group Says Indian Army Officers Played Role In Violence Against Christians
Iran: Arrest and Freedom of Two Christians in Ahwaz
Vietnam Clamps Down on Independent Christians, Report Says
Catholic Church: Internet Satanism increases demand for new exorcists
‘State Of The Plate’ Report: Donations At U.S. Churches Rise In 2010

  Daily News Roundup

Posted by Chris van Avery on 31Mar11.
 

Security
Gadhafi Push Tests Allies
Libya: Illusions and Delusions of War
Power-Sharing Not the Answer for Libya
Libyan opposition set to launch TV channel from Qatar
The myth of tribal Libya
Rebels’ ‘Vision Statement’ Has Familiar Ring
Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis press demand for president’s ouster, condemn factory blast
Saleh makes new offer to protesters
Syrian President blames unrest on ‘conspiracy’
Protests in Syrian city Latakia after Assad speech
Turkey sees Kurdish threat in Syria unrest
Analysis: Sound of a dictator preparing for a long battle
Bahraini FM accuses Hezbollah of training Shi’ite protester
Bahrain’s Shiite opposition leader demands Saudi-led troops leave Gulf island
Bahrain detains leading blogger
Egypt adopts interim constitution
Egypt’s transitional constitution keeps references to Sharia
Egypt’s military will hold presidential elections at the latest in November
Egyptian FM: We’ll Turn Over A New Leaf With Iran, Hizbullah
Muslim Brotherhood In Egypt Invites Copts To Join Its New Political Party
Egypt Opposition Divided over New Political Parties Law
Egypt likely to face more difficult relations with Israel, U.S.
Iraq blames al-Qaeda for attack
Turkey Balances Its Ties With West and Islamic World in Libya Operation
Turkish PM Erdogan Visits Iraqi Grand Ayatollah Sistani, KRG
Gaza’s Islamic Jihad militant group says Israeli airstrike kills 1 fighter
Palestinians to Arab leaders: Stop blaming us for unrest
Israeli PM warns of Arab unrest resulting in theocratic regimes
UN chief chastises Israel at ‘crucial time’ in peace process
Understanding the third terror war
Al Qaida: Arab revolts herald ‘great leap forward’
Al-Qaeda Mag: We Heart The Mideast Revolts
Overriding desire for democracy tops agenda in Arab youth survey
Pro-Ouattara forces seize Ivory Coast capital
Pope sends envoy to Ivory Coast to encourage peaceful solution to violence
Nigeria to increase police and army presence ahead of elections which begin Saturday
Namibia declares floods emergency
Ethiopia to defy Egypt and build huge dam
South African counterterrorism police arrest white supremacist, seize weapons, ammunition
Pakistan bike bombing kills seven
Japan mulls covering Fukushima reactors to prevent fallout
Leadership vacuum at Japanese utility as radiation levels rise outside leaking nuclear plant
China Builds Higher Fences Over Fears Of Instability In North Korea
Arab revolt keeps China on its toes
China has a blueprint for social order
North Koreans wrap up talks with former US officials in Germany on nuclear issues
Assessment of Burma’s earthquake slow to emerge
3 al-Qaida-linked militants killed in clash with troops in southern Philippines
Islamist Website Threatens Britain’s Royal Wedding, Promising ‘Nightmare’ If Demands Are Not Met
UK authorities are investigating how fake bomb was smuggled aboard cargo flight to Turkey
Medvedev in ‘blow to Putin ally’
Germany’s Dangerous Foreign Policy Course
Dutch court rules hate speech case against anti-Islam lawmaker should continue
Kosovo court orders president to step down, says his election violated the constitution
Guatemala ‘drug lord’ captured
Canadian police arrest man linked to Somalia’s al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab
Top State Department official Steinberg leaves, replaced by Middle East expert
U.S. to seek new term on U.N. human rights panel
Critics: U.S. lacks overall strategy at Mexico border

Military
CIA Director Leon Panetta To Be The Next Secretary Of Defense?
Marine dead, 3 hurt in Hawaii helo crash
UK Government Denies Pilot Shortage for Libya No-Fly Zone
Philippines seen as model for counterinsurgency

Environment
At least 300,000 people killed in disasters in 2010

Politics
Lawmakers Near Deal on Spending
Many experts agree: Government shutdown likely
Some House Republicans seek DoD budget boost
Senate vote may end Obama’s climate change ambitions
Amid rising gas prices, Obama to outline plans to make US less dependent on foreign oil
Is it Time to Use the Strategic Petroleum Reserve?
Agency to continue rejecting green-card applications from same-sex couples
States Rely Too Much on High Earners
Arizona governor signs law to ban on abortions based on race or sex of fetus or race of parent

Religion
80 Ethiopian Jews reported wounded, 80 arrested at demonstration over lack of citizenship
Third Church Attacked as Pakistani Extremists Declare War Over Florida Koran Burning
Pakistan Fails To Protect Its Muslim Reformers and Christians From Radical Muslims
Iran: A House Church is invaded by plain clothes security agents and 10 members are arrested
Police In India Arrest 14 For Illegal Conversion To Christianity
Ultraconservative Muslim sect clashes with villagers in Egypt
Muslims in Egypt Demand Release of Alleged Convert to Islam
Christians reject Malaysia gov’t offer to resolve dispute over seized Bibles
Malaysia nixes serial numbers
Prospects Dim for Religious Freedom in Nepal
Hindu temple attacked in Australia
Transgendered clergy gaining greater acceptance in UK

  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 Assad Syria 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 29Mar11.
 

Security
Diplomats meet as Italy plots Gaddafi’s escape
Gates Says Libya Not Vital National Interest
Officials: Libyan operation could last months
Turkey offers to broker Libya ceasefire as rebels advance on Sirte
Libyan rebels say they’ve seized Gaddafi home town
Libyan migrants arrive in Italy
Qatar becomes first Arab country to recognize Libyan National Council
UAE Jets Arrive in Italy for Libya Operations
New Libyan Rebel Leader Spent Much Of Past 20 Years In Suburban Virginia
Yemeni regime loses grip on four provinces
Militant attacks raise fear of Yemeni power vacuum
Prez’s son-in-law joins Yemen opposition
Fatal blast at Yemen arms factory
The Dance of the Snakes: Brewing Civil War in Yemen Has All Sides Nervous
Syrian VP: Assad to announce big decision in 2 days
Snipers kill two in Syria
Tensions In Lataqiya, Syria Becoming Increasingly Ethnic
Alarabiya.net: Syrian Government To Step Down, Other Reforms
U.S. Won’t Back New Intervention
Pro- And Anti-Assad Demonstrations In Lebanon, Egypt; Syrian News Agency: Arab Leaders Are With Assad
The Syrian Spring
Jordanians bury first casualty of demonstrations
Jordan’s lower house rejects calls for limiting king’s powers
Jordan Teetering On Civil War, Local Analysts Say
Jordan releases protesters blamed for unrest
As the Middle East burns, Saudi economy glows
Mecca Imam: No Separation Of Religion And State
Saudi Sheikh In New Delhi: Unite To Change Social Order
Bahrain opposition accepts Kuwait’s offer to mediate
Bahrain opposition says 250 detained, 44 missing
Bahrain Opposition Faces Uphill Effort
Young activists see Muslim Brotherhood alliance with military regime
Egyptian military plans to transfer power to civilian rule ‘as soon as possible’
Egypt military rulers: 30-year emergency laws to be lifted before September general elections
Hamas getting cozy with new Egyptian leaders
Egypt’s fundamentalist Salafists rise in wake of Mubarak’s fall
Bombing attempt on Egypt-Israel gas pipeline fails
Egypt Air Wipes Israel Off the Map
An unusual German export to Egypt: how to handle the secret police
Egypt: A Purge too Far?
‘Cheap’ bread to cost billions in Egypt
Egypt says will recognize new South Sudan state
Qatar Seizes Two Iranian Boats With Arms: Report
Iranian Human Rights Website: 80 Prisoners Killed in Iranian Jail
Iranian hacker claims he acted alone in stealing digital SSL certificates
Al-Maliki Warns of Sectarian War In Middle East Due To Bahrain
Iraqi Coalition Government Showing Signs of Breakup
Beware the ‘Turkish Model’
PNA leader Abbas hopes Palestinian state recognized this year
Abbas: Draw up constitution of future state
Abbas aide: president ready to give up $400 million in US aid for Palestinian unity with Hamas
Facebook ‘monitoring’ page calling for 3rd intifada
Fatah spokesman emphasizes that terrorism is “legitimate right”
Israel deploys first anti-rocket system near Gaza
Israeli strike on Palestinian rocket squad kills 2 militants
Israel’s premier warns Gaza militants of military retaliation if rocket fire resumes
Hardliner to Head Israel’s National Security Council
In Push for Mideast Peace, Whose Side Is Obama On?
Alassane Ouattara rejects African Union representative in Ivory Coast
Ivorian ex-rebels ‘seal border’
Forces for Ivory Coast’s internationally recognized leader say they have taken a major city
Moroccan teachers to strike after violent protests
Tunisia’s interim president sacks interior minister without explanation, report says
Gov’t detains Somali radio journalists, accusing them of inaccuracies in report on fighting
Police: Radical sect members kill a political youth leader in Nigeria’s restive northeast
Madagascar opposition groups reject new unity government
Truck explodes in eastern Afghanistan, killing 20, wounding dozens, Taliban claims attack
Taliban militants say they have kidnapped 50 Afghan policement in northeastern Afghanistan
Pakistani official says 11 troops have been killed in a militant ambush close to Afghan border
South Asia rivals in terror talks
India Not Ready to Lead on World Stage
Radioactive water risk played down
New radiation leak at Japan plant
Officials say plutonium detected in soil outside of troubled Japanese nuclear complex
U.S. helps clear vital Japan harbor
China arrests blogger Ran Yunfei
Manager of battery factory in eastern China arrested after 168 villagers suffer lead poisoning
China poised to overhaul US as biggest publisher of scientific papers
Chinese students screened for ‘radical thoughts’ and ‘independent lifestyles’
China’s Repression Undoes Its Charm Offensive
Vietnam Eyes China ‘Threat’
Thousands of Indonesians rally against international strikes on Libya, say Gadhafi should go
Myanmar military holds unusually low-key celebration of Armed Forces Day
Hugo Chavez doubling down on support for Mideast dictators
Russia ‘kills Caucasus militants’
Russia Arrests Two Bombing Suspects
Central Asia Stokes Russian Imperialism
Ukraine Opposition Warns of Setbacks
London erupts as 400,000 protest spending cuts
UK Fear over China power, poll finds
Portugal under heavy EU pressure to seek financial aid
Merkel ‘loses key state election’
Big stake for unpopular Sarkozy in France’s local elections amid far right resurgence
Dominican president hints he wants to run for 3rd term despite term limit rules
Israel asking Argentina if it stopped inquiry into Jewish center bombings to appease Iran
Human bondage hits U.S. heartland
Mexico Drug War Displaces 230,000 and Half Find Refuge in the U.S.
4 people die from swine flu in northern Mexico
The Return of Anarchism
One billion face water shortages by 2050

Maritime
Philippines seeks patrol ships, aircraft, radar to bolster watch in and near the Spratlys
Indian navy seizes Somali pirates

Military
US pulling back naval firepower aimed at Libyan forces as military mission gains ground
Shortage Of RAF Pilots For Libya As UK Defence Budget Cuts Bite
Libya may make US defense cuts a no-fly zone
China Eyes Naval Track Record
PLA on board an Orient express
Turkish, Afghan, Pakistan Forces Hold Anti-Terror Exercise
U.S. Seeks to Maintain 10 Military Bases in Iraq
US-Philippine military exercises may be scaled back because of relief mission in Japan
DFAS cannot promise pay in government shutdown

Economy
Economists expect Greek default
Foreign Shocks Temper America’s Export-Led Rebound
The Economy Remains Too Vulnerable

Environment
Major earthquakes don’t trigger dangerous ones around the globe, historical study suggests

Politics
Obama on Libya: a Goldilocks doctrine gambling on Gaddafi’s exit
Obama’s Libya speech: satisfactory, but not satisfying
Government Shutdown Grows More Likely
Democrats offer more cutbacks as a showdown on budget looms
Durbin: Social Security a deal-killer
Rising Medicare premiums threaten to wipe out Social Security COLA for third straight year
Political journalist forced to stand in a closet
Gov’t emails: Political reviews over requests for US records ‘meddling,’ ‘crazy’ and ‘bananas’
Key GOP leadership targeted for backing nuke program cuts

Religion
Turkey: Christians Despised
Pakistan’s Sherry Rehman stands alone after colleagues’ assassinations
Egypt clerics protest at graft in religious bodies
Pope prays at memorial to victims of Nazi massacre in Rome; Jews decry trips for perpetrator
Progressives Dumbly Dismiss Conservative Theology


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