Asia and Pacific:
The Philippines warned Monday that China's sweeping territorial claims in the South China Sea may eventually threaten freedom of navigation in the busy region and called on Western and Asian countries to take a stand against any such potential threat.
China's ambiguous territorial claims have brought it into a tense, 14-day high seas standoff with the Philippines over the Scarborough Shoal, which both Asian countries claim. China's aggressive actions at the shoal — including ordering ships to leave and flying a Chinese plane low over one of them — show what it could do to the rest of the South China Sea, which Beijing claims virtually in its entirety, Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez said.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/04/23/manila-seeks-intl-support-in-standoff-with-china/#ixzz1sswCuAhM
North Korea has announced it is planning to take “special actions” aimed at wiping out the government of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak.A statement from the military carried by state media Monday said the actions would “reduce its target to ashes,” last three to four minutes, and entail “unprecedented peculiar means and methods of our own style,” the Associated Press reports.
Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/120423/north-korea-vows-special-actions-wipe-out-south-korean-government
MEXICO CITY — As security personnel hurried presidential front-runner Enrique Peña Nieto into a black SUV after a recent meeting with the press in central Mexico City, local resident Juan Arenas casually watched from a few yards away.
“The drug trafficking will never end,” said Arenas, 37, who intends to vote for Peña Nieto in Mexico’s July 1 elections. “That’s why I want the state to enter negotiations with the cartels, so we can live our lives in peace and quiet.”“I believe in the kind of control the PRI asserted in the old days," he said.
Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/mexico/120420/re-friending-mexico-narcos
Holland's prime minister Mark Rutte has offered his cabinet's resignation to Queen Beatrix,according to the BBC.
His coalition collapsed after the Freedom Party pulled out of talks to cut €16.1 billion ($21.2 billion) from the budget.The Associated Press wrote that the party pulled out of talks aimed at bringing the Dutch budget in line with new European Union rules meant to stave off future financial trouble. The Euro zone has been struggling under the weight of massive public debt amassed by some countries that use the currency.
Read more at: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/benelux/120423/dutch-prime-minister-mark-rutte-offers-cabinet-resignation
It is not only elections in France and Greece that seem to depress European markets today, Monday 23 April. Holland's government problems came to add to this. The win of Francois Hollande in the first round of the French presidential elections, the surprisingly high percentage of 18.1% for Marine Le Pen's National Front and the fall of the Mark Rutte government in Holland, have created in Eurozone an environment of increased uncertainties.
Read more at: http://www.neurope.eu/article/frenchdutch-politics-markets-react-negatively
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