America

North Korea Warns Of 'Sacred War'

North Korea's defense chief advises his country is well prepared for armed conflict with long-time enemy, South Korea. The AP reports Defense Minister Kim Yong Chun says his country is 'fully prepared to launch a sacred war' and ready to use nuclear weapons if attacked.  South Korea is conducting large military exercises, following last month's skirmish on a South Korean island that killed four South Koreans.

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who just finished an unofficial trip to North Korea, warns the Korean 'situation is a tinderbox'.

EXPLODING PACKAGE WOUNDS SWISS EMBASSY STAFFER IN ROME

Italian firemen leave the Swiss embassy in Rome after a parcel bomb exploded, seriously injuring an employee. i i

hide captionItalian firemen leave the Swiss embassy in Rome after a parcel bomb exploded, seriously injuring an employee.

FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images
Italian firemen leave the Swiss embassy in Rome after a parcel bomb exploded, seriously injuring an employee.

Italian firemen leave the Swiss embassy in Rome after a parcel bomb exploded, seriously injuring an employee.

FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images

The Italian news agency, ANSA, says the blast occurred within the Swiss embassy, causing injuries to a man's hands. Apcom says it was a letter bomb. Yesterday, a suspicious package was discovered on Rome's subway filled with powder and wires, but officials say it didn't have a trigger and couldn't explode.

OBAMA'S CHRISTMAS BREAK -AT LAST!

President Obama dons a lei after arriving in Honolulu late on December 22, 2010. i i
SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
President Obama dons a lei after arriving in Honolulu late on December 22, 2010.
SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

The President arrived in Honolulu today to join First Lady Michelle Obama and their children. The AP says Obama has no public schedule, other than visiting his sister and some old friends. The weather is stormy, so the Honolulu Star Advertiser has advice on how to bundle up for chilly weather (today's high - 79 degrees).

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, EMPEROR AKIHITO

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko stand together in Fukiage Garden in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. i i

hide captionEmperor Akihito and Empress Michiko in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

JAPAN IMPERIAL HOUSEHOLD AGENCY/AFP/Getty Images
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko stand together in Fukiage Garden in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

JAPAN IMPERIAL HOUSEHOLD AGENCY/AFP/Getty Images

The Japanese royal turns 77 today. The AP says Akihito has called on all Japanese to pay greater attention to the elderly, using himself as an example:

"With regard to aging, I have become somewhat hard of hearing so when I receive people, I ask ... them to try to talk to me in a louder voice," the emperor said.

He's urging officials to equip buildings to meet the needs of older people.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

Support comes from: