There is so much going on it is hard to keep up with the changes…..look at the interesting “retirements and policy shifts going down…A.M.

extra extra newspaperHundreds protest against terrorism in Tunis
Tunis (AFP) May 10, 2013 – Hundreds of Tunisians, including police, human rights activists and political party representatives, protested on Friday against “terrorism” after the government said two wanted jihadist groups had ties with Al-Qaeda. Several hundred protesters gathered outside the national assembly shouting “Tunisia is free, terrorism out!” and waving placards with slogans including: “We support the securit … more

Retired Taiwan generals in controversial China visit
Taipei (AFP) May 10, 2013 – A group of retired Taiwanese generals on Friday left for China on a controversial trip aimed at building confidence between the two militaries. Retired general Hsu Li-nung was quoted by the Central News Agency as saying that the group hoped to help avoid conflicts by promoting the establishment of a so-called military mutual trust mechanism. “The (Taiwan) government has said the timing i … more

Sharif triumphs in historic Pakistan elections
Lahore, Pakistan (AFP) May 12, 2013 – Former Pakistani leader Nawaz Sharif appealed for cross-party support to help rebuild the nuclear-armed but economically crippled nation after winning historic elections that defied Taliban violence. Partial, unofficial results from Saturday’s election represented a stunning comeback for the wealthy 63-year-old tycoon who was deposed as prime minister in a 1999 military coup and spent years … more

Halting Israeli settlements ‘vital’ for talks: Palestinians
Panama City (AFP) May 11, 2013 – Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Malki said Saturday that halting Israeli settlement construction was “vital” to resume long-stalled peace talks. The Israeli government signed off on plans Thursday to build nearly 300 new settler homes near Ramallah, just days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly ordered a freeze on tenders for new West Bank settler homes to avoid harming … more

N. Korea replaces hawkish defence minister
Seoul (AFP) May 13, 2013 – North Korea has replaced its hawkish armed forces minister after just six months in the job – the latest in a long line of top military reshuffles by supreme leader Kim Jong-Un. The new minister was identified by the Korean Central News Agency on Sunday as Jang Jong-Nam, a relatively young and little-known field commander believed to be in his mid-50s. He replaces Kim Kyok-Sik, whose ap … more