North Korea fires ballistic missile into sea near Japan

North Korea fires ballistic missile into sea near Japan

North Korea launched a ballistic missile on Wednesday that landed in or near Japanese-controlled waters for the first time, the latest in a series of launches by the isolated country in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions. The main body of the missile landed in Japan’s economic exclusion zone, a Japanese defence official said, […]

Beijing claims right to setting up air defence zone over South China Sea

Beijing claims right to setting up air defence zone over South China Sea

Beijing “has the right” to declare an air defence identification zone over the South China Sea, it said Wednesday as it stepped up denunciations of an international tribunal that ruled against its expansive claims in the strategic waters. Whether Beijing set up such a zone — which would require civilian aircraft to identify themselves to […]

Beijing defiant ahead of South China Sea ruling

Beijing defiant ahead of South China Sea ruling

Beijing braced Tuesday for an international tribunal’s ruling on the South China Sea, where it has expansive territorial claims, with all eyes watching for the Asian giant’s reaction on the ground or in the water. The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague is set to release its final decision on the case, which […]

Attempted North Korea missile launch fails, says South

Attempted North Korea missile launch fails, says South

North Korea apparently failed with an attempted missile launch Tuesday, the latest in a series of setbacks for a ballistic weapons programme that aspires to threaten the US mainland. South Korea’s defence ministry detected the dawn launch effort, which Japan condemned as an unacceptable and “provocative” act. The ministry declined to speculate on the missile […]

Beautiful Mosaics of Sand and Shells by Svetlana Ivanchenko

Beautiful Mosaics of Sand and Shells by Svetlana Ivanchenko

Ukrainian artist Svetlana Ivanchenko makes beautiful sand and shell mosaics using materials commonly found on beaches. Each portrait were carefully assembled by hand, and no colors were used. The element you see on these portraits come from a variety of naturally colored shells and pebbles, and an occasional plant root or bark of a tree. […]

Mass Whale Hunting in Faroe Islands Leave Sea Blood Red

Mass Whale Hunting in Faroe Islands Leave Sea Blood Red

The sea of Faroe Islands in north of Europe turned red with the blood of hundreds of whales killed by the inhabitants on November 22, as a part of their annual whale hunting culture. Every year the islanders catch and slaughter pilot whales (Globicephala melaena) during the traditional whale hunt known as ‘Grindadrap’. The mass […]