The Russian president Dmitry Medvedev surprised many people by claiming in a video that Russia was facing stagnation because of the lack of opposition in the country. He said the government party United Russia was in danger of bronzing over.
Israel passed a law requiring a referendum if any land were to be ceded to the Palestinians in East Jerusalem or the Golan Heights.
North Korea shelled a small nearby South Korean island, killing four people and destroying several buildings. America responded by sending an aircraft carrier to join an exercise with the South Korean navy.