ria.ru. "Medvedev 'Not Sure' of Smooth Sochi Olympics"- Perhaps keen not to tempt fate, Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said he is "not sure" that the Winter Olympics in Sochi will go smoothly.
“All Bodies from Russian Plane Crash Identified” - The bodies of all victims of a recent plane crash outside the east Siberian city of Irkutsk have been identified, a spokesman for the regional investigation department said Saturday.
bbc.com. “Mao Zedong: Memorialised in 2,000 statues” - China is celebrating the 120th anniversary of former leader Mao Zedong's birth. Chairman Mao, the founding father of modern China, remains a hugely controversial figure and his legacy is still up for debate. But he remains a presence in cities across China, in the form of more than 2,000 statues that were built to commemorate him.
outsideonline.com. ‘Killer Python Escapes Capture” - A killer snake is loose on the streets of Bali. After strangling a security guard Friday morning, the python slithered off into nearby bushes and has yet to be apprehended. The trouble started when the snake—a 15-foot-long python—was spotted crossing a road near the Bali Hyatt hotel. A security guard at a nearby restaurant decided to capture the snake, hoping to remove the creature which had repeatedly been seen near the hotel.
vanguardngr.com. “Fireworks injure 160 as Philippines readies for New Year” - More than 160 people have been injured by fireworks in the Philippines as they prepared to welcome the New Year, the government said Saturday. A 14-year-old boy who lost his right hand and an elderly man with a ruptured eyeball were among the worst injured so far, Assistant Health Secretary Eric Tayag said.