The Daily Telegraph reports that the wife of Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, has appeared in public wearing what appears to be the same maternity dress she wore shortly before she gave birth to a daughter in late 2012, giving rise to speculation that she is once again pregnant.
"There have been rumours that Ri is pregnant again for a few weeks now. This is not really a surprise as Kim needs a son as a successor for the dynasty that has ruled North Korea since it was founded by his grandfather, Kim Il-sung. It's absolutely impossible that a daughter could take over as leader, so his wife needs to give birth to a son."
Reports suggest that efforts to clean up revered Yamuna River have failed as it is now more toxic than at any other time in its long history.
The Yamuna is worshipped along with the Ganges as one of Hinduism’s two holiest rivers. It flows from the Himalayas down to Delhi and on to Agra, past the Taj Mahal.
The growth in Delhi’s population to 22 million and the rise of illegal slums has led to a great increase in human waste and rubbish, much of which is dumped in the river.
Human ashes, leather tanning chemicals, pesticides and painted religious idols all add to the toxicity.
Pressure is mounting on China and Southeast Asia to agree a code of conduct to keep the peace in the disputed South China Sea.
Much is at stake. The South China Sea carries an estimated US$5 trillion in ship-borne trade annually—including oil imports by China, Japan and South Korea.
China claims about 90 percent of the South China Sea, displaying its reach on official maps deep into the maritime heart of Southeast Asia.
Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan also have claims to the sea, which sits above potentially rich but largely unexplored oil and gas deposits.
One area of special interest is the Paracel islands—a strategic archipelago south of Hainan Island that is occupied by China but also claimed by Vietnam. Any Chinese attempt to create an air defence zone in the South China Sea is widely expected to include the hugely contentious Paracels.