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 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

  Daily News Roundup

Posted by Chris van Avery on 18Mar11.
 

Security
UN atomic agency says Japan situation ‘very serious,’ but not deteriorating significantly
White House declines to endorse Japanese government crisis response
More smoke rises from Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant
Cable reaches Japan nuclear plant
Radiation plume likely to reach California today
Dearth of Candor From Japan
UN security council backs Libya no-fly zone and air strikes
Libya crisis: Britain, France and US prepare for air strikes against Gaddafi
Libyan rebels prepare to defend main stronghold as Gadhafi’s forces besiege closest major city
Gaddafi threatens retaliation in Mediterranean as UN passes resolution
Europeans say intervention in Libya possible within hours of U.N. vote
China expresses ‘serious reservations’ about UN resolution on Libya
Bahrain arrests opposition leaders after crackdown
Bahrain’s Kleptocracy in the Crosshairs
U.S. Navy: Fifth Fleet operations ‘remain normal’, evacuation optional
Rally set for Friday in DC protesting Saudi military’s incursion into Bahrain
Eighty-four wounded in new anti-gov’t clashes in Yemen
Saudi king warns against unrest
Why the Saudi Dynasty Will Endure
Egypt’s ‘Youth Of The Revolution’ Call For A Stop To Demonstrations In The Country
Egyptians fear that even after agency disbanded, agents of secret police could be a threat
Egypt releases brother of Al-Qaeda’s Zawahiri
Jordanian King: We’ll Hold Early Parliamentary Elections
Syrian VP: Significant Reforms In Syria On The Way
Organizers Of Qatar Revolution: We Failed
Reports: WMD components intercepted en route to Iran
Iran Reformist Party Outlawed
Shiites in Iraq’s holy city of Karbala rally against Saudi-led Sunni troops sent to Bahrain
Turkey detains 20 suspected members of anti-Erdogan militant group
Turkey sends aid to Russian Far East
Barak warns ‘tsunami’ of sanctions awaits Israel
White House appears reluctant to take hard line with Arab monarchies
The Region: A model for unrest against Israel?
Muslim World: Revolution! (for Muslim Arabs only)
The Arab counter-revolution is winning
Time to Lead in the Middle East
U.S. Silence on Middle East Turmoil Hurting the West
For Want of a Strategy
Armenian opposition marches on Yerevan’s central square
Shelling kills 12 in Ivory Coast market
South Sudan army clash with heavily armed militia
Clinton presses Tunisia on democratic reforms after revolt that shook broader Mideast
Unusually deadly US strike kills 38 near Afghan border; Pakistani officials argue over dead
Pakistan army chief condemns U.S. drone attack
Pakistan anger over Davis release
Editorials in Pakistani Dailies Warn of Expanding Middle Eastern War
When Tribes Go to War in Pakistan
Tibet monk death ‘sparks protest’
Panic buying of salt sweeps Beijing, parts of China in wake of Japan nuclear crisis
China: The Next Nuclear Meltdown
Narco-capitalism grips North Korea
Mekong Damned in Laos
Rioters torch buildings, try to escape immigration detention center off Australian shores
Drug-resistant TB threat grows in Europe
Jean-Bertrand Aristide defies US by heading back to Haiti
Venezuelan officials say swine flu cases detected, 1 person dies

Military
Roughead says Russian, Chinese navies growing
America’s Navy and the rise of China
China Outpacing India’s Military
Iran test fires latest space rocket — IRNA
Russian Military Considers the United States its Main Enemy in the Far East
Russia may lose $6 bln on Algeria, Syria arms contracts – expert
Diversity panel wants military to look like U.S.
U.S. Navy Orders Two More Littoral Combat Ships
Navy stops moving sailors to Japan

Environment
Deadly heatwaves will be more frequent in coming decades, say scientists

Technology
Shockwave-Generating Wave Discs Could Replace Internal Combustion Engines

Economy
US Backing For World Currency Stuns Markets
US inflation rate picks up speed
Inflation Rears Its Ugly Head
Average rate on 15-year mortgage falls below 4 percent, first time since mid-December
Economic Aftershocks From Japan
G7 agrees concerted action to tackle threat of rising yen
India Central Bank Raises Key Rates

Politics
House rejects quick drawdown from Afghanistan
Congress passes second bill to avert shutdown
Democrats’ Proposed Cuts Amount to One-Seventh of Deficit . . . for Tuesday
Poll: 81% fear for Social Security
U.S. Corporate Tax Rate Set to Take over Number One Spot
Taming Leviathan: The Ever-Growing State

Religion
Future US envoy may worship at Chinese ‘house church’
Coptic Christians attacked by Egyptian military after suspending demonstrations
Ethiopian Muslim Group Says More Attacks against Christians are Coming
Kathmandu, high risk of attacks against Christians
Iran: Dismantle Evangelism
W.H. mum as .xxx nears approval

  Daily News Roundup

Posted by Chris van Avery on 15Mar11.
 

Security
Japan’s PM says 4th reactor of Fukushima NPP on fire
Japan spokesman says radiation from nuke plant high enough in nearby areas to damage health
Japan radiation leaks feared as nuclear experts point to possible cover-up
‘Radioactive emissions could last months’
Navy ships off Japan move to avoid radiation
Tide of bodies overwhelms quake-hit Japan
China donates $4.6 million in aid to quake-hit Japan
Bahrain protests throw island kingdom into chaos
Troops From Saudi Arabia ‘Occupy’ Bahrain To Aid Regime Amid Anti-Government Protests
Bahrain’s Crisis: Saudi Forces Intervene
Bahrain lawmakers push for martial law; GCC forces arrive
Iran and Saudis’ Countermove on Bahrain
G8 stalls as Gaddafi’s forces take seaport
Libya approaching ‘point of decision’ says Hague
Libya opposition to meet with Clinton in Paris today
Libyan rebels urge west to assassinate Gaddafi
Al Qaida commander backs Libyan rebels in message
NATO ‘to hold emergency meeting on Libya’
Governor stabbed in Yemen unrest
Yemen expels four foreign journalists amid fears of clampdown
Saudi police use live fire against Shi’ite protests
Saudi Emir: Iran’s Trying To Create Chaos In Saudi Arabia
Egypt Declares National Holiday For Referendum Vote
Critics say Egypt getting crash course in constitutional confusion
The Birth of the Muslim Brotherhood
Iran has intensified crackdown, executions: UN
Tehran Uses Revolts as Cover for Dirty Deeds
Report: Iran’s Feared Paramilitary Group Has Launched Cyber Attack On ‘Enemies’ Of State
China paying $6 billion to develop Iran oil fields
Iraqi Protestors In Baghdad Outnumbered By Security Forces
Iraq car bomb attack kills soldiers at army headquarters
Popular Kurdish singer shot in head
The Other Turkish Model
A very Ottoman gambit
Hezbollah unruffled by show of force
Palestinian rallies to go unhindered
IDF on high alert over Palestinian unity demonstrations
Israelis and Palestinians in shock after Fogel family massacre
Abbas: Settler family killings ‘inhuman’
Jerusalem should be a neutral city say European voters
Europe’s Israel romance is on the wane
Fighting Escalates in Ivory Coast
More than 42 fighters dead in raid on S.Sudan town
Southern Sudan accuses north of planning genocide
Algerian imams use regional unrest to press pay demands
Deadly attack on Afghan recruits
Pakistan court declines ruling on CIA case
Pakistan assassinations highlight sway of radical clerics
India guards die in rebel attack
India Maoists die in gun battle
China’s Wen Urges Political Shift
China’s Gradual Revolution
China’s ethanol binge and corn hangover
Japan Quake Affects S. Korea-U.S. Military Drill
More Thai ‘red-shirts’ released
Winds of revolution stirring in Burma
Gas at Australia asylum protest
China wants more for NZ quake dead
About 31,000 people driven from their homes because of floods in southern Brazil
Ecuador ships 6 tons of food and water to Galapagos, hit by tsunami from Japan quake
Waves wreak $50m damage in California
Texas farmers say drug war making job dangerous
The narrowness of Obama’s national security team is making me nervous
The Great Food Crunch

Maritime
India captures 61 Somali pirates

Military
China’s Military Buildup Could Push US Out of Asia
Obama Talks Afghanistan with U.S. Military Leaders
CBO Examines Options for Cutting DoD
India ‘largest importer’ of arms
UAE, Saudis, Egypt, Algeria top ME arms buyers
U.S. Navy Details JSF Buy
S. Korea to Launch Marine Aviation Unit: Report

Environment
Chris Huhne gets European support to toughen EU climate targets

Economy
Spike in gas prices offsetting U.S. tax cut, Obama says
Will the Run Up in Gas Prices Push the Economy Back Into Recession?
Japan’s economy heads into freefall after earthquake and tsunami
Japanese economy ‘will rebound’
Will Japan’s Crisis Lead to Global Recession?
Japan’s power crunch will be felt globally
Japan’s nuclear crisis could force up LNG prices for years
Quake unlikely to threaten U.S. economy
Japanese Act to Back Yen
China rules out faster yuan rise

Politics
Democrats: Use oil reserves to protect economy
Effect of Mandated Federal Minimum Wage on Jobs
U.S. Could Rethink Nuclear Reliance
Jobless Rate at 2012 Presidential Vote Forecast at 7.7%

Religion
Indian Police Ransack Church, Pastors
Christian Woman Freed from Muslim Kidnappers in Pakistan
Ethiopia PM Blames Muslim Sect Over Church Attacks
Christians who fled to northern Iraq find themselves in flux
Massive turn out of Vietnamese for Ash Wednesday
New Review of Religious Tolerance At Air Force Academy To Be Undertaken
Westboro Threatens to Protest Pa. Children’s Funeral


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