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Docudharma Times Thursday November 25

Thursday’s Headlines:

Decoded turkey genome could make better birds


Mistakes Still Prevalent in Hospital Care, Study Finds

‘Hate group’ designation angers same-sex marriage opponents


Desperate fight to save the euro

Dubliners Angry at Government Rather than IMF

Middle East

The man who dares to take on Egypt’s brutal regime

Egypt cracks down on Muslim Brotherhood ahead of elections


Adult supervision from Beijing needed as Kims flex weapons

Aasia Bibi, Pakistani Christian, will get clemency or pardon: presidential aide


Ethiopia PM warns of Nile war

Man spends two months in Zim jail with untreated wounds

Latin America

Rio de Janeiro gun battles leave at least 14 people dead

Rage in the Time of Cholera

N. Korea warns of retaliation; Seoul orders security beefed up

S. Korea government in emergency meeting; joint exercises with U.S. move ahead

msnbc.com news services

INCHEON, South Korea – South Korea’s president vowed Thursday to boost security around islands near the site of this week’s artillery attack by North Korea.

His order to beef up security came as North Korea warned of more “retaliation” if Seoul carries out “reckless military provocations.”

“We should not let our guard down in preparation for another possible North Korean provocation,” South Korean President Lee Myung-bak said at an emergency government meeting Thursday.

Docudharma Times Tuesday November 23

Tuesday’s Headlines:

WikiLeaks release: WikiLeaks to release three million secret US documents


Elsewhere, profiling is preferred method of airport security

New poll undercuts GOP claims of a midterm mandate


Irish PM is forced to call election as €90bn bailout sparks unrest

Nicolas Sarkozy ‘calls journalist a paedophile’

Middle East

Plebiscite required for return of Israeli land

Intel on Iran has telling flaw


Aung San Suu Kyi reunited with her son after 10 years

Pakistan opens its door to US ops


International justice and Congo ‘warlord’ on trial

Constitutional referendum passes in Madagascar

Latin America

Bolivian president criticizes U.S. in front of Robert Gates

North and South Korea Exchange Dozens of Artillery Shells


Published: November 23, 2010

SEOUL, South Korea – North and South Korea exchanged artillery fire on Tuesday after dozens of shells fired from the North struck a South Korean island near the countries’ disputed western sea border, South Korean military officials said.

The South Korean military immediately went to “crisis status,” said a Defense Ministry official. There were widespread media reports that Seoul had scrambled F-16 fighter jets but the official declined to confirm whether the planes were in the air.

The South Korean broadcaster YTN reported that one marine had been killed and three others seriously wounded in the shelling on the island, in addition to two civilian casualties. TV footage showed large plumes of black smoke spiraling from the island.

Docudharma Times Monday November 22

Monday’s Headlines:

Carbon emissions set to be highest in history


Administration to Seek Balance in Airport Screening

‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ to be released day earlier than planned


IMF and EU bail out Ireland amid fears of Eurozone contagion

Villepin backs ‘Karachigate’ claims against Sarkozy

Middle East

No return to Middle East talks without halt to settlement construction, warns Abbas

Israeli troops guilty of Gaza abuse


New Zealand mine explosion: ‘Every chance’ miners are still alive, says PM

Film executive quits Hollywood to help Cambodia’s poor


New twist in SA’s Aids war

Uganda’s salt miners dying for a climate change deal

High-seas piracy drama plays out in U.S. courtroom

Five Somalis accused of attacking a Navy ship await their fate in the first such trial in almost 200 years.

By Bob Drogin, Los Angeles Times

Reporting from Norfolk, Va. –

The moon was bright, the sea was calm, and the pirates easily spotted their prey – a large gray ship plodding through waves 576 nautical miles off the coast of Somalia.

Three men jumped from a command boat into an open skiff and raced toward the target. They opened fire with AK-47 rifles as they neared the starboard side, hitting a mast and several life lines.

No one was hurt, and the April 1 incident normally might have drawn little notice. Somali sea bandits have attacked several hundred freighters, tankers and other merchant ships this year. They have successfully hijacked 40 vessels and their crews and held them for ransom..

Docudharma Times Sunday November 21

Sunday’s Headlines:

Oscar-winning producer says fear is behind neglect of British film-making talent


Guns used to kill police officers: Where they come from and how they get in the hands of criminals

Extensive insider trading investigation drawing to close, official says


Eric Cantona’s call for bank protest sparks online campaign

The European ‘dream’ has finally collided with reality

Middle East

Iraqi parliament to get down to work

Rights group cautions Egypt on election harassment


Deep in a mine, the phone rings unanswered

‘Anyone Can Be Arrested at Any Time’


South African township struggles to cope with killing of Anni Dewani

 British mercenaries hired to take on the Somali pirates

North Koreans Unveil Vast New Plant for Nuclear Use


Published: November 20, 2010

WASHINGTON – North Korea showed a visiting American nuclear scientist earlier this month a vast new facility it secretly and rapidly built to enrich uranium, confronting the Obama administration with the prospect that the country is preparing to expand its nuclear arsenal or build a far more powerful type of atomic bomb.

Whether the calculated revelation is a negotiating ploy by North Korea or a signal that it plans to accelerate its weapons program even as it goes through a perilous leadership change, it creates a new challenge for President Obama at a moment when his program for gradual, global nuclear disarmament appears imperiled at home and abroad. The administration hurriedly began to brief allies and lawmakers on Friday and Saturday – and braced for an international debate over the repercussions.

Docudharma Times Friday November 19

Friday’s Headlines:

Conservationists launch appeal to save nature’s ‘ugly ducklings’


Obama Forces Showdown With G.O.P. on Arms Pact

One family’s plunge from the middle class into poverty


Nato to debate Afghanistan at crucial Lisbon summit

Irish bank woes trigger urgent talks to end crisis

Middle East

Al-Qaeda ideologue held in Syria

How to win power in Egypt


Chinese woman sent to labour camp for retweeting

Aung San Suu Kyi: Determined to build on national euphoria


Madagascan coup attempt fizzling

Latin America

Amazon champ meets his match

The peace prize war

Nobel ceremony may be cancelled, for the first time in 106 years, after China threatens diplomats in row over jailed dissident

By Paul Vallely Friday, 19 November 2010

For the first time in the history of the Nobel Peace Prize the award may not be handed out this year after a strenuous campaign by the Chinese government to stop one of its citizens, the jailed human rights campaigner Liu Xiaobo, receiving the honour.

Under Nobel Prize rules, the 10 million kronor (£880,000) award can only be collected by the laureate or a close family member.

The government in Beijing placed Mr Liu’s wife under house arrest as soon as the award was announced last month and his two brothers are under surveillance.

Docudharma Times Thursday November 18

Thursday’s Headlines:

WW2 file: The Guernsey resistance


Terror Verdict Tests Obama’s Strategy on Detainees

General Motors’ public offering may net $20 billion


Economic crash to drive 100,000 out of Ireland

Champagne bubbles up from the sea bed after 200 years

Middle East

Israel finally leaves tiny village straddling Middle East’s political fault line

President to protect Saddam deputy


Kabul gets its own stimulus package

A whole new world for US and Asia: Can America adapt to the power shift?


Military officers in Madagascar claim coup takeover

Nigerian military rescue 19 hostages in Niger Delta

Latin America

Cholera, fear spread beyond the border

Senate to vote again on military gay ban  

Reid plans vote after Thanksgiving; White House urges passage before year’s end  

msnbc.com news services

WASHINGTON – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday that he will call for a vote after Thanksgiving on legislation that would allow gays to serve openly in the military.

His announcement makes good on his pre-election promise to resurrect during the lame-duck session legislation that would repeal the 1993 law known as “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

NBC/WSJ poll: Record support for gays serving openly in the military.But it remains far from certain whether the legislation would have enough votes to pass. Several leading Republicans, including Sen. John McCain, have said they oppose lifting the ban.

Docudharma Times Tuesday November 16

Tuesday’s Headlines:

Edward Wedbush’s roof leaks, but his wallet doesn’t


Access to General Motors stock offering won’t include many of its rescuers

Erin Brockovich prepares for a real-life sequel


Nato eyes ‘fresh start’ with Russia

Battling Merkel calls for stability to end euro zone crisis

Middle East

Woman sentenced to death by stoning confesses ‘sin of adultery’ to Iran TV

Israel blames Egypt for Hamas rearm


Family leads outcry at blasphemy death penalty

Delhi building collapse: 51 dead


Senegal to open inquiry into deadly 2002 ferry sinking

Southern Sudan begins registration for independence vote

Latin America

Protestors in Haiti attack UN peacekeepers in cholera backlash

Europe Fears That Debt Crisis Is Ready to Spread  



Published: November 15, 2010

LONDON – European officials, increasingly concerned that the Continent’s debt crisis will spread, are warning that any new rescue plans may need to cover Portugal as well as Ireland to contain the problem they tried to resolve six months ago.

Any such plan would have to be preceded by a formal request for assistance from each country before it would be put in place. And for months now, Ireland has insisted that it has enough funds to keep it going until spring. Portugal says it, too, needs no help and emphasizes that it is in a stronger position than Ireland.

Docudharma Times Monday November 15

Monday’s Headlines:

Online outrage after judgement of Twitter airport bomb threat joke


SAIC Motor Corp in talks with General Motors over 1% stake

Junior Democrats in Senate seek to change the way chamber does business


Botched cabinet reshuffle gives Sarkozy’s rivals new strength

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams to resign from British Parliament to run for seat in Irish Republic

Middle East

Mecca Metro: Muslims take new train to Hajj sites

In Jordan, a bookstore devoted to forbidden titles


‘I’m not free until the people are free’ – Suu Kyi

Ultra-small is beautiful for Japanese homeowner


Zim nationals held for bribes: MDC

South Sudan begins registration for independence referendum

Latin America

Haiti cholera death toll soars

U.S. would end Afghan combat by 2014 in plan  

A phased wind-down framework will be presented at a NATO summit  

By Peter Baker and Rod Nordland  

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration has developed a plan to begin transferring security duties in select areas of Afghanistan to that country’s forces over the next 18 to 24 months, with an eye toward ending the American combat mission there by 2014, officials said Sunday.

The phased four-year plan to wind down American and allied fighting in Afghanistan will be presented at a NATO summit meeting in Lisbon later this week, the officials said. It will reflect the most concrete vision for transition in Afghanistan assembled by civilian and military officials since President Obama took office last year.

Docudharma Times Saturday November 13

Saturday’s Headlines:

Rescue Workers Train in the Disneyland of Terror


I.R.S. Sits on Data Pointing to Missing Children

Opposition to U.S. trial likely to keep mastermind of 9/11 attacks in detention


Wanted: ideas for how to kick-start Paris nightlife

Merkel would lose an election, poll reveals

Middle East

The village built on thorny ground

Middle East doves energized by election


More questions than answers on a day of many rumours but no release


South Africa’s white farmers expand into Mozambique

Revealed: Shell’s PR tricks in Nigeria

Latin America

Teotihuacan ruins explored by a robot

Pacific leaders pledge to pursue free trade

U.S., China, Japan put aside differences as Obama wraps 10-day trip

Associated Press  

YOKOHAMA, Japan – Leaders of the world’s three biggest economies – the U.S., China and Japan – all pledged Saturday to stick to free trade, apparently putting aside acrimony over currencies that has threatened to revive pressures for protectionism.

The vows against backsliding toward retaliatory trade moves came at an annual summit of Pacific Rim leaders, just a day after a fractious summit of the Group of 20 major economies in South Korea.

Docudharma Times Sunday November 14

Sunday’s Headlines:

Shooting star show’s brilliant history


Karzai wants U.S. to reduce military operations in Afghanistan

Just an ugly lump of rock? Not quite. It happens to be worth $1bn


Ireland’s young flee abroad as economic meltdown looms

Sergei Magnitsky: family remember Russian lawyer one year after his death

Middle East

Allawi’s Sunni-backed bloc returns to parliament after walkout

Israel to debate US settlement deal


Exclusive: Afghanistan – behind enemy lines

Bangladesh strikes after eviction


The doctor who heals victims of Congo’s war rapes

Latin America

Haiti: Where is the UN? Where is the help?

Burma’s Suu Kyi tells followers not to give up hope

Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has urged thousands of her supporters not to give up hope, a day after her release from house arrest.

The BBC  14 November 2010

“There is no reason to lose heart,” she told a crowd outside the headquarters of her NLD party in Rangoon.

Ms Suu Kyi was released by the military when her sentence ended on Saturday.

World leaders and human rights groups have welcomed her release. She has spent 15 of the last 21 years either under house arrest or in prison.

On Sunday, Ms Suu Kyi’s car was surrounded by a large crowd of supporters as it approached the NLD’s headquarters.

People chanted “We love Suu”, amid thunderous applause..

Docudharma Times Friday November 12

Friday’s Headlines:

New evidence may write Lindbergh out of history as first to fly Atlantic


Foreclosure mess prompts growing number of public officials to slow down process

To Congress With Mantra, ‘Why Not Me?’


Irish Debt Causing New Jitters Across Europe

EU safety regulator orders A380 engine inspection

Middle East

How Lebanon can’t escape the shadow of Hariri’s murder

No relief from easing of Gaza blockade, says UN director


UK fears North Korean attack on Seoul G20 summit

A date with destiny for Aung San Suu Kyi


Public urged to halt requests to Nelson Mandela

Guinea delays election results

G-20 leaders not inclined to compromise

At the Group of 20 summit in Seoul, Obama’s effort to win consensus on a unified approach to boost the world economy appears doomed, raising the specter of countries pursuing their own interests.

By Christi Parsons, John M. Glionna and Don Lee, Los Angeles Times

November 12, 2010

Reporting from Seoul – President Obama appeared to fall short in his attempt to forge a unified approach to boosting the global economy as a frequently rancorous meeting of world leaders seemed set to conclude in Seoul on Friday without agreement on specific steps to avert damaging currency and trade wars.

Leaders of the world’s biggest economies showed that they were in no mood to compromise during the two-day summit. Instead, they were headed toward broad, general pledges that did little to mask their inability to find common ground for immediate action.

Docudharma Times Thursday November 11

Thursday’s Headlines:

From a mental ward to classical music’s new star


General Electric moves production from its lamp plant in Virginia to China

Recession Shadows America’s Middle Class


Our chef in Paris – a life entertaining the ambassadors

Sarkozy Draws Ire Over Media Spying Claims

Middle East

Sun sets on US influence in Iraq as deal on new government loom

U.S. to use more drones to hunt for al Qaeda in Yemen


Tariffs and currency questions dominate China’s economic agenda

Philippines military waits in the wings


Top police face trial for DR Congo rights activist killing

Nigeria marks 15 years since execution of Saro-Wiwa

Latin America

Danger: the world is on its way

Sources: Pentagon group finds there is minimal risk to lifting gay ban during war

By Ed O’Keefe and Greg Jaffe

Washington Post Staff Writers  

A Pentagon study group has concluded that the military can lift the ban on gays serving openly in uniform with only minimal and isolated incidents of risk to the current war efforts, according to two people familiar with a draft of the report, which is due to President Obama on Dec. 1 More than 70 percent of respondents to a survey sent to active-duty and reserve troops over the summer said the effect of repealing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy would be positive, mixed or nonexistent, said two sources familiar with the document. The survey results led the report’s authors to conclude that objections to openly gay colleagues would drop once troops were able to live and serve alongside them.

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