STATUS QUO: North Korean officials warn "foolish politicians around the world" (especially South Korean ones) not to expect any policy changes from NK.
BEAUTY: China using the beauty industry as a diplomatic/soft power tool.
UK: Is British culture "in flux"?
ESCALATION: Fresh protests against the Syrian government is under way today.
BANK: Jay-Z & 'Ye really fattened up their bank accounts at a sweet sixteen party in UAE.
TIME WARP: Entirely skipping December 30 this year, this tiny island nation will be the first to officially welcome the new year.