April 3, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Trade, power and online love make top international news

A major story for many dailies in the U.S. today is the ruling by the Supreme Court effectively rebuking the Bush administration for inaction on global warming. Important, we thought, but then we wondered about what’s going on in the rest of the world. So we spot-checked some of the dailies of the 47 other countries represented on our Web site and this is what we found.

For the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, the big news today is the joint action of stock trade regulators in Hong Kong and mainland China to go after what the headline refers to as “wrongdoers,” while Page One also has a follow-up piece about the tsunami that hit the Solomon Islands. The big story for DNA in Mumbai, India, is the warning that “City may face an hour’s power cut every day.” The Times of India in New Delhi also whooped up a story about Mumbai but in negative fashion with a headline at the top of Page One asking “City as global fin hub?” and answering “No way,” noting that a panel says that “Mumbai fails on almost all infrastructure counts.”  Meanwhile, the English edition of Tokyo’s The Asahi Shimbun leads with a report that “An arm of the forestry ministry” was involved with bid-rigging.

New Straits Times found lighter fare for its readers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with much of Page One reporting about matrimony online, contending that “More Malaysians are netting a mate,” with “Marriage is just a click away.”  For JoongAng Daily in Seoul, the big story is still the trade accord reached between South Korea and the United States, praised as “good for life.”  Meanwhile in the Philippines, the lead story in The Manila Times is all about a senator and his would-be senator son being “charged with graft.”

Die Presse in Vienna leads with “EU reprimands Austria’s climate strategy,”  involving the energy industry while Lidove Noviny in Prague found Page One space for a photo of the nun whose testimony may lead to the beatification of Pope John Paul II.  Moving eastward, Today’s Zaman in Istanbul, Turkey, leads with “Economy proves stronger than expected.”  For the Gulf News in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates the lead story is “Pelosi hops to revive ties with Syria visit.”

But the happiest Page One headline of the day probably will be found in The Daily Telegraph in London which reports to all in England who failed to notice that “Here comes the sun … and the great Easter getaway.”

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