News headlines in June 2009, page 4

  1. NORTH KOREA: Playing the Hawk with North Korea

    Monday, June 29, 2009

    If the Obama administration needed a rogue nation to demonstrate its foreign policy resolve, central casting couldn’t have supplied a better candidate than North Korea. The government in Pyongyang routinely promises to unleash destruction of biblical proportions on its enemies. It has pulled out of international agreements, such as the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). It has sentenced two U.S. journalists to 12 years of hard labour on the charge of violating its borders. And after conducting two nuclear tests, it now declares itself a nuclear power.

  2. INDIA: Calls for Troop Reduction Follow Rape, Murder in Kashmir

    Monday, June 29, 2009

    The alleged rape and murder of two women by Indian troops in the remote Shopian district of Kashmir state has triggered renewed calls for demilitarisation of the Indian part of Kashmir, with street protests running for close two a month now.

  3. PAKISTAN: U.S. Urged to Boost Emergency Aid to Displaced

    Monday, June 29, 2009

    Newly released research from experts and refugee advocates paints a clearer and perhaps surprising picture of the plight of Pakistan’s rapidly growing population of internally displaced persons (IDPs).

  4. MIDEAST: Elderly Receiving Better Care

    Monday, June 29, 2009

    In a region where indigenous human resources are scarce, the oil-rich Gulf countries are not only mindful of population growth, but are quickly learning to address the concerns of the elderly.

  5. TRADE: ECOWAS Delay on EPA Allows Ghana to Re-Think

    Monday, June 29, 2009

    There are conflicting signals about whether west African countries will sign an economic partnership agreement (EPA) with the European Union, as the original deadline of Jun 30 approaches and officials give different views on the new deadline of end Oct. This may still allow Ghana to re-think its interim EPA.

  6. RIGHTS-US: Obama to Approve Indefinite Detentions

    Monday, June 29, 2009

    As President Barack Obama struggles with the political backlash from a Congress determined to keep Guantanamo terrorism suspects out of the U.S., his administration is reportedly preparing an executive order that would give him authority to hold prisoners indefinitely without trial, according to weekend media reports.

  7. MIDEAST: Lest We Don't Forget

    Monday, June 29, 2009

    They are little white, yellow or green pills and are available almost anywhere. At the pharmacies or in the market, they are accessible, addictive and cheap.

  8. TURKEY: Military Ghost Rises Again

    Monday, June 29, 2009

    Less than two years after its discreet sealing, the truce between ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party and the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) seems to have ended.

  9. HONDURAS: President Overthrown in Military Coup

    Sunday, June 28, 2009

    A group of at least 100 soldiers surrounded the residence of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya early Sunday morning, hauled him out of bed, took him to an air force base and put him on a plane for Costa Rica.

  10. CULTURE-MEXICO: 'New Seven Wonders' Win Falls Flat

    Sunday, June 28, 2009

    The Mexican government spent time and money in 2007 to get the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza declared one of the 'new seven wonders of the world' in a contest organised by a Swiss-Canadian businessman. But winning has failed to deliver the desired results.