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Tensions Rising Between North and South Korea

Amid concerns of a planned "live-fire drill" from South Korea, the United Nations Security Council held an emergency meeting Sunday to address the worsening relationship between North and South Korea.

CBS News reported that Russia, which shares a border with North Korea, called for the meeting and is urging immediate diplomatic action to relieve some of the tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

China, the most powerful ally of the North, also supported efforts to intervene and prevent the situation from escalating further

South Korea recently announced that it would be conducting live-fire drills to test its military firepower, prompted by a recent North Korean attack on a South Korean warship that killed 46 sailors, according to CBS.

Many South Koreans on Yeonpyeong Island, fearful of being caught in the middle of a firefight, have fled for safer ground, according to CNN, and those that are staying are staying in military bunkers.

WikiLeaks Forcing Changes in Military Protocol

With WikiLeaks continuing to release sensitive information, the U.S. military has taken precautions to prevent more items from being released to the public.

According to CBS News, Maj. Gen. Richard Webber, Air Force Network Operations commander, has banned the use of removable media, including flash drives and CDs, on military networks.

Removable media devices had been banned as recently as two years ago, when a worm was spread among thousands of military computer systems, according to CBS News.

The announcement comes on the heels of an eventful week for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Assange was arrested on Tuesday in the United Kingdom, where he remains in custody at the present time, but the reach of WikiLeaks has proven to extend well beyond Assange, according to CNN.

With his arrest, governments have been anticipating the possible release of WikiLeaks' rumored "Doomsday files", extremely sensitive documents that Assange has ordered to be released if he is killed or imprisoned.

Containment of Israeli Wildfire Progressing

The major sources of the deadliest wildfire in Israel's history have been extinguished, and officials are confident they have the blaze contained.

According to CNN, firefighters have gained control over several major fronts to control the fire, which has killed at least 41 people since it broke out on Thursday.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been working to get aid for the scorched region from the government and from other nations, according to CNN.

"I want quick solutions," Netanyahu said in response to the fire. "I want all of the people, within days, to be able to return to their homes or alternative housing, until the reconstruction work is finished."

ABC News reports that two teenage brothers were arrested on suspicion of starting the fire, although it is believed to have been an accident.

Chinese Man Rescued from Underwater Shaft

After spending 80 hours trapped in an underwater shaft, a Chinese man was freed on Sunday, and officials were overjoyed at his rescue.

According to CNN, 43-year-old Fan Shengjia became trapped while he was working inside the narrow shaft on an offshore operation platform off China's east coast and it buckled under tidal pressure.

Officials were able to send food and water to Fan through a pipe, according to the CNN report.

After three days of clearing debris, officials were finally able to free Fan, prompting large cheers from the large group of workers on board the platform.

Fan was taken to a hospital in Pinghu City as a precaution, although he appeared to be uninjured.

Obama's Criticism of China Concludes G-20 Summit

President Obama blamed China for a lack of quick progress in economic fixes at the conclusion of the G-20 Summit of leading rich and developing nations in Seoul, South Korea Friday.

According to the New York Times, Obama accused the Chinese government of intentionally keeping the value of its currency low to promote exports.

"Precisely because of China's success, it's very important that it act in a responsible fashion internationally," said Obama, who went on to explain that China risks alienating its trade partners by continuing to keep the value of its currency so low.

Chinese policy was an extremely prevalent topic during the American election season, when numerous candidates broadcasted attack ads against candidates favoring increased trade with China, according to CNN.

Political analysts are concerned that China, as a growing economic power, will serve as a fierce competitor in the present with uncertain plans for the future, according to CNN.

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