**North Korea Changes Hard-Line Defense Chief**
North Korea has replaced its hard-line defense chief with a little-known army general.
Although no official announcement was made, a news report from the official Korean Central News Agency named Jang Jong Nam as among the party officials attending an art performance with leader Kim Jong Un. He was identified as the minister of the People's Armed Forces.
He replaces hawkish General Kim Kyok Sik, who is believed responsible for the 2010 shelling of a South Korean border island that killed four people.
The change comes as the Korean peninsula is emerging from a period of heightened military tensions that followed the North's nuclear test in February.
**Philippines Holds Elections Crucial for Aquino Reforms**
The Philippines is holding elections seen as a mandate for President Benigno Aquino's reform agenda.
Voters on Monday are choosing more than 18,000 officials, including local leaders, more than half of the 24-member Senate and hundreds of legislators in the House of Representatives.
President Aquino swept into power by a landslide in 2010 on a promise to fight corruption that he blames for widespread poverty.
He has scored high popularity ratings for prosecuting corrupt officials, including his predecessor, Gloria Arroyo, now in detention while being tried for alleged massive graft.
Elections in the Philippines have long been plagued by bribery, along with intimidation or violence against opponents.
Results of Monday's poll are expected in a few days.