Chinese President Xi Jinping didn’t directly refer to North Korea in biting comments about maintaining stability in Asia.  But it wasn’t too difficult to tell who he was talking about.

As America mourned the deaths of five of its personnel in Afghanistan, a NATO air strike that claimed eight Taliban fighters also killed 10 children and two women.  Both attacks occurred in the eastern part of the country near the border with Pakistan.  One of the Taliban was reportedly a senior commander.

China takes more steps to contain the new strain of potentially deadly Bird Flu;  Hundreds of thousands demand more, not less, repression;  And DNA catches a macabre killer years after the crime.

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It costs way too much for the average Chinese worker to live in Beijing.  And now, skyrocketing funeral and grave prices mean that death is just as unaffordable.

The gunmen who murdered an environmental activist couple in Brazil have been convicted and each sentenced to 40 years in prison.  But the alleged mastermind of the attack was found not guilty and walked free.

Shanghai has begun culling chickens because of the new H7N9 Bird Flu.  They closed a live poultry-trading zone in an agricultural products market and began slaughtering the chickens.

Anger over the deaths of three Palestinians in Israeli jails bubbled over on the streets of Hebron in the West Bank.  Demonstrators are particularly upset over the death of a 64-year old man who they say was denied proper care for throat cancer.

What’s the first thing you’d do if you won $50,000 in a Lottery?  Dennis Mahurin of Central Illinois decided he’s going to use it to help people.  And the decision is all the more amazing when you consider that Mahurin himself is homeless.

Prime Minister David Cameron says the UK would be foolish to do away with its Trident nuclear weapons system, in the face of threats from Iran and North Korea.  He says threats have actually risen since the end of the Cold War.

Nelson Mandela is making progress and responding well to treatment for pneumonia, according to South African President Jacob Zuma.

Anonymous is taking credit for hacking North Korea’s social media accounts, taking over the hermit kingdom’s twitter and flicker feeds.

North Korea has moved what appears to be a mid-range missile to its east coast, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency and Japan's Asahi Shimbun newspaper.  It’s not clear if the Musudan missile was equipped with a warhead, or if it’s there for a reason or just a show of force.

Scandal takes a big bite out of the credibility of the new French Government;  A European Royal is named as a “suspect” in a corruption case;  Two news viruses to be scared of;  And The Stones are Rolling out their summer plans.

In America, the Connecticut State Senate has just passed one of the toughest gun control laws in the US, in response to last December's shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary school that left 20 children and six adults dead.

The Ugandan Army is suspending the search for the notorious warlord Joseph Kony in the Central African Republic (CAR), blaming "hostility" from its new government.  At the same time, the US is offering a reward of up to $5 Million for the arrest or capture of Kony.

Nine Taliban fighters dressed as Afghan Soldier stormed a government compound in the western part of the country, killing at least 44 people and wounding more than 100 more.

Fire engulfed pretty much all 145-meters of the 40-story “Olympus Tower” skyscraper in Grozny, in the Russian republic of Chechnya.  No one was injured, but it’s not everyday you can see a skyscraper burn so thoroughly.  Links-a-plenty in this story:

After decades at the right hand of Jon, lead guitarist Ritchie Sambora has cited “personal reasons” for bailing out of the current Bon Jovi tour.  The tour soldiers on with an unnamed replacement.

Record flooding caused by torrential rains has killed dozens of people in Argentina.  With 52 people, more downpours are expected to fall through at least Thursday.

North Korea is for a second day is blocking workers from the South from going to their jobs in the Kaesong Industrial park.  That’s despite Seoul's calls to lift the passage restrictions.  The situation is troubling, because many observers believe that keeping Kaesong open was a sign that the current Korean crisis was really all words, no action.