S. Korean court orders cartoon exhibit to be held
SEOUL - A South Korean court on Friday ordered the holding of an exhibition of the popular Japanese cartoon "One Piece" which had been cancelled over complaints of drawing similar to the Rising Sun flag, according to Yonhap News Agency.
The Seoul Western District Court granted an application for provisional measures to the event company planning to stage the show of character figures from the adventure cartoon series. The organizer objected to the cancellation of the event.
Female artist released after arrest over sending 3D data on genitals
TOKYO - A 42-year-old female Japanese artist was released Friday after her arrest on suspicion of distributing "obscene" data that could be used by 3-D printer to produce a model of her genitals, her lawyers said.
"It was an unjust arrest. I don't think my genitals are obscene," the artist Megumi Igarashi told a press conference in Tokyo following her release.
Malaysian plane downed by missile from pro-Russia area: U.S.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said Friday the United States believes the Malaysia Airlines airplane that crashed in eastern Ukraine was shot down by a missile from an area controlled by pro-Russia separatists.
"Evidence indicates that the plane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile that was launched from an area that is controlled by Russian-backed separatists inside of Ukraine," Obama said at the White House.
U.N. Security Council calls for full investigation of downed jet
NEW YORK - The U.N. Security Council on Friday called for a thorough international investigation into the downing of the Malaysian passenger jet over Eastern Ukraine, killing nearly 300 people on Thursday.
"The members of the Security Council called for a full, thorough and independent investigation into the incident in accordance with the international civil aviation guidelines and for appropriate accountability," according to the press statement read by the current rotating president of the month, Rwandan Ambassador Eugene-Richard Gasana.