Reports are coming out of South Korea today that at least eight people have died after a freak tidal wave hit the west coast near Boryeong City. Among those killed were five-year-old Park Sung-woo and nine-year-old Chu Seung-bin. My condolences to the families.
Following accusations of corruption and baby-selling, Vietnam is ending its adoption agreement with the United States. The US embassy in Hanoi released the report detailing shady practices by adoption agencies, provoking an angry response from Vietnamese officials. Despite flaring tempers, the embassy says it stands by its findings.
Shopping malls and Jesus may be the pillars of the American suburbs, but the two are coming together in an entirely unexpected way on the island of Java. The BBC reports that Christian congregations in Indonesia, fearing violence and persecution from Muslim groups, are seeking refuge in malls on Sunday mornings.
On the lighter side: It’s a traveler’s nightmare — an overseas flight with nothing to read, no iPod and no in-flight movie. The San Francisco Chronicle’s John Flinn wrestles on the wing with boredom, and gives tips on staying sane.