UN - CLIMATE CHANGE: The United States and China are seeking to revive stalled negotiations
on climate change Tuesday as world leaders gather in New York for the
annual session of the United Nations General Assembly.
U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao will
address the one day climate summit being hosted by U.N.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
More than 90 heads of state will attend the meeting. Officials hope to
make progress toward a global climate treaty that governments plan to
finalize during a December meeting in Denmark.
US - MIDEAST: U.S. President Barack Obama is hosting a joint meeting of the Israeli and Palestinian leaders in New York Tuesday in an effort to restart Middle East peace talks. All sides have been careful not to raise hopes about the meeting, which will take place on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Monday U.S. officials have "no grand expectations" about the possibility of a breakthrough. A spokesman (Nir Hefetz) for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Mr. Netanyahu will not give in to U.S. and Palestinian demands for a stop to Israeli settlement construction.
US - BURMA: The United States has allowed Burma's foreign minister to travel to Washington to visit the Burmese embassy.
A U.S. official says Foreign Minister Major General Nyan Win did not
meet any U.S. officials in Washington, and is now in New York City for
the United Nations General Assembly.
Relations between the United States and Burma's military government
have been strained, and tensions increased this year when opposition
leader Aung San Suu Kyi was convicted of violating the terms of her
house arrest and ordered to serve another 18 months under house arrest.
HONDURAS: The interim government in Honduras has extended a nationwide curfew in response to the surprise return of ousted President Manuel Zelaya. The curfew was initially scheduled to expire early Tuesday morning, but will now last until Tuesday evening. Mr. Zelaya stunned the caretaker government when he appeared on the balcony of the Brazilian embassy in Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa, Monday. Thousands of his supporters defied the curfew and rallied outside the embassy, where the ousted president has taken refuge. In a television interview, Mr. Zelaya described how he traveled through the countryside for hours avoiding military checkpoints.
AFGHANISTAN: A major U.S. newspaper is reporting that the Pentagon has told its top
commander in Afghanistan to delay submitting a request for additional
troops.The Wall Street Journal quotes defense officials Tuesday saying
the Obama administration asked for the delay so it can be sure the U.S.
is "using the right strategy" before looking into additional troop
The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan has warned that the
mission "will likely result in failure" if more troops are not sent
within the next year.
FRANCE - AFGHAN MIGRANTS: French police have detained nearly 300 migrants in an early morning raid on a makeshift camp known as the "jungle."
Immigration advocates formed a human chain Tuesday to try to stop the eviction in the port city of Calais.
But authorities pushed through the barrier and pulled out the migrants, most of whom are from Afghanistan
Many of the men and boys cried and shouted as they were led away from
the rickety shelters, kitchens and makeshift mosque they built in the
French authorities say the tent city is unsanitary and has become a haven for gangs that smuggle people.
KOREAS - RELATIONS: North and South Korea have agreed to build a nursery to care for
children of North Korean workers at a joint industrial park in the
South Korean Unification Ministry spokesman Chun Hae-sung said Tuesday
the two sides will sign an agreement Wednesday on the construction of
the project at the Kaesong industrial complex.
Chun said the South will spend more than $747,000 to build the nursery by the end of the year.
The factory park, just north of the heavily armed border, is a key
symbol of inter-Korean cooperation.
JAPAN - CHINA: Japan's new prime minister has proposed the joint formation of a European Union-style East Asian Community during his first meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao. In the meeting with Mr. Hu Monday, Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama said he intends to push his vision of an East Asian community to unify the region, possibly under a single currency. Mr. Hatoyama told reporters after the meeting that he had told Mr. Hu the focus of the East Asian community would be to overcome differences and build a relationship of trust.
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