U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon vowed Saturday that the world would not forget Central African Republic, as he visited the country wracked by sectarian violence that has left thousands dead and forced most of the nation's Muslims to flee. Ban's visit — his first since the bloodshed erupted in December — came just before he goes on to Rwanda to mark the 20th anniversary of the genocide there. The U.N. chief has been among the most vocal of world leaders in calling on countries to prevent a similar tragedy in Central African Republic.
Proving that pillow fights aren't just for the bedroom, groups around the world Saturday participated in flashmob-style brawls to mark International Pillow Fight Day. The pillow fights took place everywhere from London's Trafalgar Square to Berlin. All in all they were in dozens of cities worldwide.
A government source said Saturday that Japan will strike any North Korean missile that threatens to hit Japan.
Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera issued the order, which took effect on Thursday and runs through April 25.
Tensions have been building between North Korea and its neighbors since Pyongyang — in an apparent show of defiance — fired two Rodong missiles on March 26, just as the leaders of Japan, South Korea and the United States were sitting down to discuss containing the North Korean nuclear threat.
That first firing in four years of mid-range missiles that can hit Japan followed a series of short-range rocket launches over the past two months.