**North Korea Vows More Satellite Launches**
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is vowing to send more satellites to space, just days after the country's successful long-range rocket launch provoked international condemnation.
The official Korean Central News Agency said that Mr. Kim "stressed the need" to continue the satellite launches "to develop the country's science, technology, and economy."
The United Nations Security Council condemned Wednesday's launch as a "clear violation" of sanctions barring Pyongyang from carrying out missile or nuclear tests.
But in North Korea hundreds of thousands of civilians and soldiers gathered Friday to celebrate the success of the mission.
**Russia Denies Change in Stance on Syria **
Russia's foreign ministry says Moscow's policy on Syria has not changed, after a top diplomat was quoted as saying Syria's opposition may win its battles against President Bashar al-Assad.
The ministry, on Friday, said Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov had not made any statements or conducted "special interviews" with journalists over the past few days regarding Syria.
On Thursday, Russian media quoted him as saying Mr. Assad was increasingly losing control of his country's territory, and that an opposition victory could not be ruled out. It was seen as the first time Russia, a powerful Syrian ally, had acknowledged the Syrian government was beginning to crumble in its nearly two-year battle against anti-government forces.
But Russia's foreign ministry said Bogdanov was referring to the claims of the ``Syrian opposition and its foreign sponsors forecasting their quick victory over the regime in Damascus." It said Bogdanov made the remark to a Kremlin advisory body that was discussing issues in the Middle East and North Africa.
Moscow and Beijing have repeatedly blocked efforts by the United Nations Security Council to address the Syrian crisis.