The South Korean navy fired warning shots Friday to end a brief incursion by a North Korean patrol boat across the sensitive maritime border, AFP reported. The patrol boat came around 900 meters inside the South’s side of the disputed Yellow Sea border shortly after midday (03:00 GMT), Seoul's Defense Ministry said. “One of our naval vessels gave a verbal warning by loudspeaker and then fired six warning rounds,” a spokesman said. The North Korean ship returned across the border minutes later. It was the first such boundary violation in four months, according to Seoul.
Canada has canceled sanctions against two small Russian banks, Expobank and RosEnergoBank, the country’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird confirmed on Thursday. The sanctions were dropped quietly on Tuesday, at the same time that Canada rolled out new sanctions against Russia. After being asked why the sanctions were withdrawn at the House of Commons, Baird explained that the government received new information that influenced its decision. "They [the banks] are deemed to be sufficiently divorced from events in Ukraine and Russian aggression against Ukraine," he said, without elaborating why they were put on the sanctions list in the first place. The sanctions against the two banks were imposed earlier this year.