1 January SWJ Roundup

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Afghanistan

Afghanistan in Review: High Hopes and Big Obstacles - New York Times

2011 Seen as Make-or-Break Year for Afghan Mission - Los Angeles Times

Taliban Leader Was Killed, Afghans Say - New York Times

Violence, Tradition Keep Millions Of Afghans From School - Reuters

Pakistan

Pakistan's Top General Vexes U.S. Plans - Washington Post

Pakistanis Rally in Support of Blasphemy Law - New York Times

Pakistan Says it will Defend Spy Chief in U.S. Suits - Associated Press

Pakistan Drone Raid Kills at Least 11 in N. Waziristan - BBC News

U.S. Missile Strikes Kill 11 Militants In Pakistan - Reuters

Iraq

A Kurdish Rebel Softens His Tone for Skeptical Ears - New York Times

Iraq Moves to Ban Toy Guns as Play Turns Real - New York Times

A Christian Priest Faces Grim New Year in Iraq - Los Angeles Times

A Doorbell Rings, a New Attack on Iraqi Christians - Associated Press

Iran

Expats' 'Daily Show'-style VOA Program Enthralls Iranians - Washington Post

Korean Peninsula

North Korea Warns South in Annual Message - Wall Street Journal

North Korea Calls for Dialogue With the South - New York Times

N. Korea Vows Better Ties With S. Korea - Associated Press

N. Korea Warns War Would Bring 'Nuclear Holocaust' - Associated Press

WikiLeaks

Operation Payback Hackers Wanted By FBI - Top Tech Reveiws

FBI in Hunt for pro-WikiLeaks Hackers - Agence France-Presse

United States

The Next Treaties - New York Times editorial

Australia

Flood-stricken Australia Marshals Relief Aid - Washington Post

Australia Floods Show No Signs of Retreating - New York Times

Flooding Forces Thousands to Evacuate in Australia - Los Angeles Times

Australia's Queensland Faces 'Biblical' Flood - BBC news

Vatican

Pope to Hold Peace Summit With Religious Heads - Reuters

Pope Denounces Abuse of Christians - Associated Press

Africa

Ultimatums Hang Over Ivory Coast - Voice of America

In Ivory Coast, Bid to Ease Out Defiant Leader - New York Times

Ivory Coast: U.N. Chief Warns Gbagbo Backers - Washington Post

Laurent Gbagbo Rejects Ivory Coast Resignation Deadline - BBC News

Ivory Coast's Gbagbo Decries Foreign Intervention - Associated Press

Ouattara Ally: Ivory Coast Now in 'War Situation' - Associated Press

4 Killed in Blast in Nigerian Capital - Voice of America

Nigerian Capital Abuja Hit by Barracks Bomb - BBC News

Bomb Explodes at Army Barracks in Nigeria - Associated Press

Sudan's Bashir Calls Opposition For Broad-Based Government - Reuters

Holding Out Hope for Sudan - Los Angeles Times editorial

Americas

Mexico Cites Breakdown in La Familia Cartel - Associated Press

Brazil's New Leader Begins in Shadow of Predecessor - New York Times

Rousseff Takes Over Booming Brazil, Tests Await - Reuters

Bolivia Leader Restores Fuel Subsidies - Los Angeles Times

Bolivia's Morales Scraps Fuel Hike After Protests - Reuters

Ousted Ex-President Says He'll Return to Honduras - Associated Press

Haiti Suffers Year of Crisis With Nobody in Charge - Associated Press

Asia Pacific

Scandals Plague Communist Leaders in China - Washington Post

Thais Look to the Supernatural - New York Times

Europe

Ukraine Sends Uranium to Russia - New York Times

Moscow Police Detain 68 Anti-Kremlin Protesters - Associated Press

Belarusian KGB Raids Journalists' Homes, Offices - Associated Press

Middle East

Bombing of Christian Church in Egypt Kills 21 - Los Angeles Times

Egypt Bomb Kills 21 at Alexandria Coptic Church - BBC News

Car Bomb Kills 21 at Egyptian Church - Associated Press

Bomb Kills 21 At Egypt Church - Reuters

Mubarak Urges Citizens to Denounce Terrorism Following Church Bombing - VOA

Palestinian Leader Wants New Plan for Peace Talks - Associated Press

Abbas Says Recognitions Hit Israel - Associated Press

Egypt Bars Iranian Activists From Gaza - Reuters

U.S.: Yemen Should Delay Proposed Constitutional Move - Reuters

South Asia

India: Assam Ulfa Leader Arabinda Rajkhowa Freed From Jail - BBC News

Freed Indian Rebel Leader Invites Peace Dialogue - Associated Press

Sri Lanka Erases Colonial Name, Ceylon - BBC News

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