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North and South Korea have exchanged fire into the sea across the disputed western sea border, South Korea says.

Smoke billows up from Yeonpyeong island near the border against North Korea, in South Korea on 23 Nov 2010

North Korea announced early on Monday that it would hold live-fire drills in seven parts of the border area.

South Korea says it returned fire after North Korean shells landed in its territorial waters.

The area has been a flashpoint between the two Koreas. The UN drew the western border after the Korean War, but North Korea has never recognised it.

In late 2010, four South Koreans were killed on a border island by North Korean artillery fire. Border fire was also briefly exchanged in August 2011.

‘Responded with fire’

The live-fire exercises were announced by North Korea in a faxed message from its military to the South’s navy.


South Korea warned of immediate retaliation if any shells crossed the border.

“Some of [North Korea’s] shells landed south of the border during the drill. So our military fired back north of the border in line with ordinary protocol,” a defence ministry statement said.

South Korea said the two sides exchanged hundreds of shells.

“The North fired some 500 shots… and some 100 of them landed in waters south of the border,” said Defence Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok.

The South fired more than 300 rounds in return, he said.

Residents of a border island, Baengnyeong, were evacuated into shelters during the three-hour incident.

Map showing Yeonpyeong and the disputed border between North and South Korea

In November 2010, North Korea fired shells at the border island of Yeonpyeong, killing two marines and two civilians.

It said it was responding to South Korean military exercises in the area.

Earlier that year, a South Korean warship sank near Baengnyeong island with the loss of 46 lives.

Seoul says Pyongyang torpedoed the vessel but North Korea denies any role in the incident.

‘New form’ test

China – North Korea’s biggest trading partner – called for calm and restraint after the exchange of fire.

It came days after North Korea test-fired two medium-range Nodong missiles over the sea, its first such launch since 2009.

Late last week, the UN Security Council condemned the launch and said it was considering an “appropriate response”.

That launch followed a series of short-range missile tests, seen as a response to the current US-South Korea annual military exercises.

Over the weekend, North Korea also threatened to conduct a “new form” of nuclear test.

It has conducted three nuclear tests to date, the most recent in February 2013.

South Korea’s Unification Ministry said on Monday that there was no sign a North Korean nuclear test was imminent.

Dubai gets trippy with Festival of Lights

Posted by Nuttapon_S On March - 31 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

(CNN) — Dubai’s most impressive buildings are looking a little psychedelic this week.

In the Dubai Mall atrium, a chandelier made from steel cables dangles from the ceiling, emitting the type of strobe lighting more readily associated with disco balls. Illuminated beams pour out from the pinnacle of the Burj Khalifa, making the world’s tallest building resemble a giant lighthouse.

In Burj Lake, home of the Dubai Fountain — the world’s largest water feature — a hyper-realistic 3D hologram of a whale frolics in above the water. The Souk al Bahar — a grand, Arabian-style bazaar — has been transformed into a Disney-esque 3D cinematic feat;

French stage director and composer Damien Fontaine has used video mapping and LED projectors to create a visual narrative in which two characters go in search of hidden treasure.

This collection of more than 30 installations is part of Dubai’s inaugural Festival of Lights, a 10-day event modeled on the version hosted every December in Lyon, France. In fact, the city of Lyon co-sponsored the event, along with Emaar Properties, the Dubai developers responsible for many of Dubai’ most ambitious projects.

“We aimed to mark an extraordinary celebration of artistic creativity and light installations on a scale never experienced before in the region,” said an Emaar spokesperson.

In addition to borrowing the concept, Emaar has also tapped the talent pool of artists, designers and architects that each year turn Lyon into an electric playground. Participants include Moroccan-born fashion designer JC/DC (aka, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac), who once designed a teddy bear coat for Madonna and French lingerie designer Chantal Thomass.

“The City of Lyon has set a global benchmark in festive lighting and it was an ideal fit to partner with them to bring the world’s finest lighting concepts to Dubai,” says Emaar’s spokesperson.

The Lyon festival started out as a religious tradition, but has since evolved to become one of the most impressive entries on the global arts calendar. Set over four days, artists have been known to project flames onto churches, create animations to crawl up buildings, and graft holograms onto mist. The event attracts millions of visitors every year. While Emaar has yet to release any numbers, they noted the festival was “well received.”

How would you change the Nexus 10?

Posted by Nuttapon_S On March - 31 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

It’s a 10.1-inch tablet with a 2,560 x 1,600 display, and that’s all we need to know. Google’s Nexus 10 may have been the Galaxy Tab that everyone wanted, but what did our reviewer think of it? Sadly, strapping a laptop-class display onto a tablet doomed the device’s battery life, making it last around three hours less than its closest rivals. Did that deter you from buying one? We doubt it, so why not share your feelings about this product over on our forum?

Disney’s animated megahit Frozen is officially the highest-grossing animated film of all time. After opening in Japan — its final market — this weekend, its total sales now reach $1.072 billion.

The tally bumps the fairy tale over Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3, which held the top spot since 2010, when that film grossed $1.063 billion. It is the first billion-dollar title from Disney Animation studios; domestic receipts of $398.4 million and $674 million internationally earnedFrozen that distinction. In 27 territories, it is now the No. 1 Disney or Pixar film, which helped buoy it into the Top 10 of all films globally at the box office.

Frozen has also enjoyed critical success since opening in the U.S. in late November. Inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen, the 3-D fantasy won Academy Awards for best animated film and original song. Directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, the film was released on DVD and Blu-ray on March 18.