The Monitor's Beijing bureau chief hit a wall of official secrecy regarding the China visit of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il. It was only the beginning of a tough day of reporting.
Four of 21 people who scaled the world's 14 tallest peaks came from South Korea, where mountain climbing is a pastime. Oh Eun-sun claims to be the first woman to do so.
President Lee Myung-bak today called for a review of South Korea's defenses against the North, while using his strongest language yet to imply that the North sank the South's Cheonan warship on March 26.
A worker adjusts a lighting installation inside the Chinese pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo site in Shanghai, China, on March 25. The World Expo will run from May 1 to Oct. 31 with 70 million visitors expected to attend.
South Koreans ended five days of mourning with a funeral for the 46 sailors killed in the still-unexplained Cheonan sinking last month. Many Koreans are struggling with how to respond if North Korea is found to have played a role in the attack on the naval vessel.
Two of 26 suspected Hezbollah members accused of plotting attacks on tourists and shipping in the Suez Canal and of sending operatives and explosives to Gaza to help militant groups there, peer out from the prison vehicle as they arrive at the Emergency State Security Court in New Cairo, Egypt, on Wednesday. An Egyptian judge sentenced three of the accused to life in prison, and the rest of the group received sentences ranging from 15 years in prison to six months.
The Greek debt crisis, which has sent bonds tumbling across southern Europe, has had a knock-on effect on stock markets in Asia. But one analyst says Asian banks and governments have limited exposure to Greek debt, so should weather the storm relatively unscathed.
South Korea’s Oh Eun-sun claims she is the first woman to scale the world’s 14 highest peaks, after clambering on hands and knees to the top of Mount Annapurna in Nepal. But some in the mountain-climbing community question her claim. A by-the-numbers view of her feats.
North Korea has seized five hotels owned by South Korea in a jointly operated resort. The move comes as the South weighs its response to the Cheonan warship sinking.
The US has yet to ratify its free trade agreement with Colombia, and Colombia's trade minister is in Washington this week to deliver a message: It's costing the US jobs and exports.