US Navy crew members work on the USS George Washington during a joint US and South Korea military exercise.
Four days of cooperative U.S. and South Korean military exercises ended today off the Korean coast. They didn't include artillery, which North Korea used last week when shelling a South Korean island close to the border. The New York Times reports South Korea plans to stage more military drills, 'at the appropriate time and under the appropriate conditions', according to a South Korean Defense agency spokesman. Yonhap reports South Korea believes North Korea is going to attack again.
BELARUS TO GIVE UP NUCLEAR MATERIAL
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Belarussian leaders say the former Soviet country plans to get rid of its nuclear stockpile by the end of 2012. The news came while Clinton met Belarussian leaders on the sides of a European security summit in Kazakhstan. The Washington Post adds Belarus could transfer up to 500 pounds of enriched material; it's unclear how much of that could be used to build weapons.
SNOW SHUTS EUROPEAN AIRPORTS
A pedestrian passes men shoveling snow in Lyon, France. Heavy snow and subzero temperatures have swept Europe.
It's been busily snowing for days, and the British weather service is predicting still more. The AP says several airports are closed, including Gatwick, Edinburgh and more in Switzerland and France; rail traffic is limited. Bloomberg reports the snow closures cost British businesses nearly $2 billion dollars a day because deliveries are stuck and people can't shop for the upcoming holidays.