Wang Meng, who has won five medals for China in recent Olympics, has been expelled from the short track speed skating team. Wang Meng reportedly attacked her manager in a confrontation after breaking curfew.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on a four-day visit to China, has not urged the release of Liu Xiaobo, this year's Nobel Peace Prizewinner. Rights groups are highly critical of his general silence on human rights.
North Korea warned of a 'powerful physical retaliation' if South Korea goes through with naval drills in the Yellow Sea this week. The real concern is over how China will respond.
Millions of Chinese workers, many headed home for the New Year's holiday, face delays amid some of the country's worst weather in the last 50 years.