North Korea. The South Korean Defense Ministry reported Feb. 8 that North Korea launched five short-range missiles off its eastern coast. The missiles were released from the coastal town of Wonsan and flew 125 miles northeast before falling into the ocean. The previous day, Kim Jong-un witnessed the test of a new antiship missile. With Jong-un at the helm, North Korea has also begun developing an intercontinental ballistic missile. These types of ongoing drills have been called a “rehearsal for invasion,” according to North Korean the media. The socialist country stated it does not wish to negotiate military action with the United States.
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United States. A California woman is suing Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James and lubricant manufacturer Lovehoney after she was dissatisfied with her purchase of “Fifty Shades of Grey: Come Alive Pleasure Gel for Her.” The British sex toy company teamed up with the author to create the product prior to the release of the film this coming weekend. The unhappy customer, Tania Warchol, also claimed that the $14.99 bottle of lubricant is incompatible with latex. She is filing a class-action lawsuit, welcoming any other California residents to join and express their displeasure with the product. Warchol hopes to receive a full refund for the two bottles she purchased.
Britain. In a bold announcement last week, Britain’s House of Commons approved the creation of babies via the DNA of three individuals. After 90 minutes of deliberation, the lawmakers passed the bill with a vote of 382-128. Although the bill still needs to be approved by the House of Lords, many speculate it will not receive major opposition. The proposed law would allow British scientists to create an embryo with DNA from two women and one man. Despite the disapproval of the Catholic Church, scientists believe the technique will provide an option for couples who struggle with infertility.
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Cuba. The Cuban state released 21 new photographs of Fidel Castro with his wife, Dalia Soto del Valle, in a feature spread in the popular Cuban newspaper Granma. These are the first public images of the former Cuban leader since August. According to Randy Perdomo Garcia, leader of the student association at University of Havana, the public was “anxious to know about him.” When asked last week if he endorsed talks of peace between the United States and Cuba, Castro insisted that he “still didn’t trust” the U.S.