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 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 22Mar11.
 

Security
Loyalists shout for their leader – but Gaddafi is nowhere to be seen
Libyan air strikes: reactions around the Middle East
Gulf states underline support for Libya action
Official: Arab League head misquoted on Libya
Gates: U.S. will soon yield control in Libya
Libya unrest: West in ‘mediaeval crusade’ on Gaddafi, says Putin
Al-Qaida’s North Africa branch tells Libyan rebels not to trust America
Will Gadhafi Resort to Terrorism to Fight Back?
Lampedusa migrant numbers prompt UN crisis warning
Obama team insists regime change isn’t the goal
Libya: Too much, too late
Gaddafi Must Go
Kosovo: a template for disaster
Libya Through the Georgia Lens
Yemen showdown looms as army loyalties divide
Bahrain’s king thanks Saudi troops for thwarting ‘external plot’
Bahrain Condemns Nasrallah’s Remarks
Bahrain Security Forces Step Up Arrests of Protesters
Saudi deployment in Bahrain risks sectarian conflict
Handouts dash Saudi king’s reformer reputation
Saudis Fueling Religious War
Syrians chant ‘No more fear!’ during march mourn victims of anti-govt protests
Syria Announces Plan To Employ Thousands of Youth in Government
Syrian security forces lay low as protests spread
Even anti-western Syria is not immune to revolution
Demonstrations in Iraq Shift to Regional Concerns
Iran’s IRGC attacks anti-Assad protesters in Syria
Egypt Vote Shows Islamists’ Sway
In Egypt, Big Win For Constitutional Amendments May Boost Muslim Brotherhood
Many Egypt Christians Vote ‘no,’ Fearing Islamists
In Persian New Year Message, Khamenei Backs Demonstrations In Bahrain, Libya, Yemen
Iranian Website Signs Up Volunteer Suicide Bombers For Dispatch To Bahrain
Command Conflict: Turkey Blocks NATO Mission in Libya
Turkey’s New ‘Old Kemalists’
Israel launches Gaza air strikes
Thousands enlist for Gbagbo’s army in Ivory Coast, as political crisis deepens
In Tunisia, first steps toward democracy
Rally for former military ruler in central Nigeria devolves into violence, killing 3
18 killed in fresh political violence in Karachi
Gunmen fire on labor camp in part of southwest Pakistan where rebels active, killing 11
Militants kill 4 men in Pakistan for allegedly giving US info used in contentious drone attack
Pakistani Dailies Examine Saudi Role in Securing Raymond Davis’s Release
Official says workers evacuated as gray smoke rises at Unit 3 of tsunami-stricken nuke plant
Tokyo Suspends More Food Shipments
World Bank estimates Japan damage up to $235 billion; smoke rises from nuclear plant
China blamed for Gmail disruption
China’s Central Asian Profile Continues Growing
Middle East Lessons for China: Internal Stability
CNAS’s Cronin: Thanks, CNAS’s Denmark, but China still worries me
Koreas agree volcanic risk talks
Thai man arrested for selling videos of TV news program about monarchy
Medvedev rebuts Putin over Libya (Update 1)
Vladimir Putin: International knee-capper
Bosnian police seize 2 million child porn photos, 7,000 videos, arrest 1 suspect
Obama: Humanitarian Intervention A “Core Principle”
US preacher burns copy of the Koran
Foreign Policy as Wishful Thinking
Don’t Blame The Spies
Terrorist Attacks on Global Energy Infrastructure: Understanding the Risks
Security Through Partnership: Fighting Transnational Cartels in the Western Hemisphere

Military
Libya campaign prompts calls for review of UK defence budget squeeze
Carrier in Japan heads to sea as precaution
Gates hopes to expand US-Russian cooperation despite debate over missile defense shield
Russia to double production of ballistic missile systems – Putin
Russia to revamp air defense with S-400, Pantsir-S systems
Nuclear Deterrence Ain’t Broke, So Don’t Fix It
Retirement credit law riles Guard, Reserve vets

Environment
Japan’s quake may have loaded pressure on fault line closer to Tokyo, geologists warn

Economy
Japan Damage Cost: $300 Billion
Europe Sets Pact on Bailout Fund
Trichet Signals Rate Rise Likely
The Middle of a Stock Correction, or a Calamity?
US house prices fall in February
The Chinese Yuan Grows Up–Slowly
Rare Earths: U.S. Government’s Role in Managing Supply

Politics
Corporate “Loopholes” Exaggerated
The Need for Better Forecasting in Federal Debt Levels
Does Merit Pay Work?

Religion
Report: 75 Percent of Religious Persecution is against Christians
Pakistani Christians Convert to Islam Due to Threats and Intimidations
Turkish court jails 5 officers in probe into killing of three Christians
Disputed Church Site Blocked Off by Indonesian Police
Chinese Christians Victimized by “People’s Police”
The War Against the Jews Goes On

 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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