US, South Korean Forces Conduct Joint Landing Exercise
U.S. and South Korean forces held a landing drill Monday near the port city of Pohang, as part of the annual Foal Eagle military exercise.
South Korean military officials said the drill mobilized about 7,600 navy and marine personnel and 30 naval vessels, as well as several landing crafts.
Earlier this month, North Korea fired two short-range missiles off its east coast, hours before the joint military exercises began.
North Korea regularly protests the joint drills, which it calls a rehearsal for invasion.
Foal Eagle runs through April 24.
French Socialists Dealt Blow in Local Elections
France's ruling Socialist party and its leader Francois Hollande took a drubbing in local elections Sunday from the conservative UMP party led by former President Nicolas Sarkozy and the far-right National Front - or FN - party with its anti-immigration and anti-Islam platform.
Voters went to the run-off polls to choose 4,108 people who will sit on 98 local councils.
The Socialists lost about half of their councils to the conservative UMP party, opening the way for Mr. Sarkozy to mount a campaign for another bid at the presidency in 2017.
The FN did not win an entire council, but scores of its candidates across the country won seats on local councils. The FN wins are seen as the beginning of grassroots support for the presidential campaign for the group's leader, Marine Le Pen, who has been outspoken in her views against immigration and the integration of Islam into French society.
Prime Minister Manuel Valls acknowledged the "setback" for the Socialists and said the far-right FN's gains were "too high."
Mr. Valls also said France had declared its "anger at a daily life that is too difficult" and promised to "redouble" the government's efforts to revive the French economy, the second largest in the eurozone.