The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said that it "was not worth reacting" to "military provocation" by the Republic of Korea (ROK), in a statement from its army command referring to the hour-long live-fire artillery drills conducted by the ROK on Yeonpyeong Island on Monday.
Anyone who thought that love and affection are strictly human characteristics has clearly never heard of the swans of Side Park.
It began with an innocent legacy from an elderly aunt, when she bequeathed Jean-Guy Laquerre an early 20th-century paper-mache Santa Claus figure two decades ago.
An investigation is under way as rescue ships have failed to locate a missing Chinese fisherman whose boat collided with a Republic of Korea (ROK) patrol ship, a source from the China Fishery Administration Commanding Center said on Sunday.
With the extremely cold weather that has swept most parts of China over the past week, soaring demand for heat has led to coal shortages and power cuts in many of the country's provinces.
A fire tore through a budget hotel, rousing some guests and trapping others in upper floor bathrooms on Sunday in the northern Philippines.
Friday's rush hour in the capital is likely to begin a lot earlier than usual as people slip out of work because of Christmas Eve and join the regular end-of-the-week exodus.