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November 26, 2010

Terrorism & Security North Korea says on 'brink of war' as US, South Korea prepare for military exercises

1. Officials in North Korea have warned that they are on the brink of war with the South, as the United States and South Korea prepare to conduct a joint training exercise in the Yellow Sea. North Korea also conducted artillery test fires audible on Yeonpyeong.

The rounds fired on Friday were the first heard since the attack earlier this week, and South Korea’s Ministry of Defense spokesman, Kwon Ki-hyeon, told The New York Times that all of the rounds fired appeared to stay within North Korea and were thus likely part of a drill or a show of force designed to keep South Korean forces on edge.

2. The son of Taiwan's former Vice President Lien Chan has been shot in the face while campaigning for local elections.



Medical officials said Lien Cheng-wen was in a stable condition.

He was speaking at an election rally on behalf of a ruling Kuomintang party candidate in suburban Taipei when a man approached and shot him, reports said.

Saturday's elections are being seen as a key test of the Kuomintang's policy of closer ties with mainland China.

A suspect was arrested at the scene of the attack on Mr Lien with a gun and 48 bullets, a local police official said.

Another man was hit, reportedly by the same bullet that struck Mr Lien, and killed.

"Taiwan is a democracy," President Ma Ying-jeou said after visiting Mr Lien at a Taipei hospital. "We will not tolerate such violence."

Hospital officials said the bullet struck the left side of Mr Lien's face and exited from his right temple.

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