The acute security flare-up on the Korean Peninsula will show whether an acceptable modus vivendi can be found between Washington and Beijing.
The two nuclear-armed countries are pointing at each other their most lethal strategic weapons while trying to resolve the legacy of an inconclusive war they fought, with the help of their allies, on behalf of the South and North Koreas from June 1950 to an armistice in July 1953.
The immediate causes of hostilities have changed, but the fundamental reasons for the U.
-China confrontation along the 38th Parallel North remain the same.
China wants the U.
out of South Korea – indeed out of Asia, as was constantly repeated during American intelligence gathering and freedom of navigation maneuvers around China`s contested maritime borders.
More recently, China has become hugely worried about American missile shield installations in South Korea and Japan.
Beijing claims that the shield is compromising its security, hinting even that its nuclear arsenal could be paralyzed.
Beijing`s alarm level will also go up another notch as Seoul got Washington`s agreement to deploy American strategic military assets in South Korea.
And here is the deal: Washington wants China to help in forcing North Korea to immediately and verifiably give up its nuclear weapons and their delivery vehicles with debilitating economic sanctions.
Sri Lankan authorities have arrested a man for allegedly trying to smuggle gold and jewellery weighing up to 1kg (2.
2lb) hidden in his rectum.
Customs officials found 904 grams of gold, worth about 4.
5m Sri Lankan rupees ($29,370, £21,700) inside the suspect`s rectal cavity.
The 45-year-old Sri Lankan man was bound for India but was stopped at Colombo`s international airport.
There have been several similar cases in past years.
Typically smugglers in the region buy gold in places like Dubai and Singapore, where it is relatively cheap, and then bring it to India to sell there at a profit.
A customs officer told BBC Sinhala they spotted the man because "he was walking suspiciously".
Metal detectors then identified the hidden luggage, "carefully packed in polythene bags and neatly inserted", according to a custom officer.
"Among that there were four yellow gold biscuits, three pieces of yellow gold, six yellow gold jewellery articles and two silver plated yellow gold jewellery articles," a customs spokesman said.
Last week a Sri Lankan female also travelling to India was caught by customs while trying to smuggle 314.
5 grams of gold pieces concealed in her rectum.
President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner used a personal email account in addition to his White House one to communicate with other White House officials, his lawyer said.
Kushner used the private email address to send fewer than 100 emails to other White House aides between January and August, Kushner’s lawyer Abbe Lowell said in a statement.
Most of the email exchanges were related to news articles and “political commentary,” Lowell said.
  The emails “most often occurred when someone initiated the exchange by sending an email to his personal, rather than his White House, address,” said Lowell.
“All non-personal emails were forwarded to his official address and all have been preserved in any event.
” Trump made opponent Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server and handling of classified information as secretary of state a cornerstone of his attacks on her during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Under the Presidential Records Act, all presidential records are required to be archived.
Kushner didn’t use a private server or send any sensitive or classified information on the account, a person familiar with the matter said.
The existence of Kushner’s private email account was reported earlier by Politico, which also reported that other top administration officials had also used private accounts to correspond with Kushner.
Voters are heading to the polls in a controversial independence referendum in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
Iraq`s prime minister has warned he will take "necessary measures to preserve the unity of the country".
Western countries have expressed concern that the poll could provoke fresh conflict, and distract from the fight against so-called Islamic State.
But Kurds, who have long fought for their own state, have pressed ahead.
The result, however, is non-binding.
A Yes result is widely expected.
Iraq has said the referendum must be suspended, but it cannot enforce that decision on the autonomous region.
Ahead of the vote, prime minister Haider al-Abadi said the vote was unconstitutional and threatened peace, adding: "We will take the necessary measures to preserve the unity of the country.
" He did not make clear which measures he intended to implement.
Later, his government demanded the Kurdish region hand over control of its international border posts.
It also urged other countries not to buy oil from the Kurdistan region, but instead to deal only with the government on "oil and borders".
Oil is one of of the Kurdistan region`s main exports.
The leader of Iraqi Kurds, Massoud Barzani, says that independence is the only way to guarantee the safety of his people.
"When have we ever had stability and security that we should be concerned about losing it?" he told the BBC in a recent interview.
"Those who are saying this are just looking for excuses to stop us.
" But he pledged that the referendum would not affect the fight against IS.
What is the Kurdistan Region of Iraq? The autonomous region in the north is run by the Kurdistan Regional government, and it is formally recognised by Iraq`s 2005 constitution.
That recognition came after decades of struggling for independence by the Kurdish population, who make up only 15-20% of the country`s population.
In the wake of the first Gulf War, Kurdish leaders and armed forces consolidated their territory in northern Iraq, leading to the 2005 agreement.
It is the only place where the Kurdish people have formed their own government, despite many decades of armed struggle across four countries where its 30-40 million members live.
Iran and Turkey have also expressed concern that the independence referendum could provoke separatist movements among Kurds living in their own nations.
In Turkey, the Kurdistan Workers` Party is considered a terrorist organisation, and it has been engaged in a decades-long armed struggle for an independent state.
A linked group, PJAK, exists in Iran.
But Kurdish fighters known as Peshmerga have been one of the most successful fighting forces against IS in Syria and Iraq.
They are considered a US military ally, although Washington does not support the referendum - favouring a series of negotiations on the future relationship between Iraqi Kurds and Baghdad.
Israel is the only nation to have openly supported the independence bid.
The Kurdish people are a distinct ethnic group spread across Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and Iran.
Polls in the independence referendum will remain open for 12 hours, until 20:00 (17:00 GMT).
Nearly 35,000 people have been evacuated from their homes near an active volcano in Bali, as authorities warn it could erupt imminently.
The area around Mount Agung has seen hundreds of tremors and signs of magma rising to the surface in recent days.
Authorities have imposed a 12km (7.
5 miles) exclusion zone around the mountain and issued their highest level alert on Friday.
The island`s main tourist areas and flights remain unaffected for now.
Indonesia`s national volcanology centre said in a statement (in Indonesian) on Sunday night that the mountain`s "seismic energy is increasing and has the potential to erupt".
By Friday about 10,000 people had been evacuated, with more told to leave as authorities expanded the exclusion zone.
Officials began noticing heightened volcanic activity in August and have steadily stepped up the evacuations of the rural villages surrounding the mountain.
Thousands of Balinese are now living in shelters in town halls and schools, with authorities trucking in tonnes of aid supplies.
Some communities have also set up livestock shelters for the cows which they had to leave behind, reported The Jakarta Post.
Many villagers are still visiting their homes in the daytime and life is continuing normally, according to Reuters news agency.
Mount Agung, which is more than 3,000m above sea level, lies in the eastern part of Bali, which is a popular tourist destination.
The volcano is about 70km from the main tourist areas of Kuta and Seminyak, which remain unaffected for now.
Flights in and out of Bali are operating normally.
Bali`s local tourism board said on Sundaythat there had been no volcanic ash detected, but advised visitors to "start preparing sufficient stock of face masks" in case of an eruption.
Several countries including Britain, Australia and Singapore have issued travel advisories for their citizens, warning of possible flight disruptions and evacuations.
More than 1,000 people died when Mount Agung last erupted in 1963.
With Bali`s rapid development in the decades since, authorities fear a bigger death toll may result should the volcano erupt again.
It is among about 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia - an archipelago prone to volcanic eruptions and earthquakes as it sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire".
Macau gaming company Dragon Corp.
is looking to raise half a billion dollars through an initial coin offering (ICO), in an effort to integrate blockchain technology into the world`s largest gambling market.
The tokens issued in the ICO would be utilized by VIP junket operators, which are middlemen who act as facilitators for the multi-billion dollar casinos, by offering credit on behalf of casino operators.
"This is the first time anybody has allowed the public to invest in a public junket or become a shareholder of a casino," said Chakrit Ahmad, CEO of Wi Holding, the Thai-based company behind the blockchain technology.
"You`re basically becoming a shareholder in a junket, utilizing blockchain technology, getting revenues from that, and plugging that back into the token.
" Ahmad said the money raised from the sale of digital tokens would go in part, to fund construction of the Dragon Pearl Casino Hotel, an ambitious 16,000 square meter, floating structure, scheduled to be deployed from Norway, where it is currently being built, to Macau by 2019.
The group also plans to develop a debit card or "social wallet" that holds the digital currency, so players can withdraw fiat currency from an ATM, Ahmad said.
"We basically provide liquidity via our own exchange, and also major exchanges in the world for the digital currency, so that token will be listed in multiple exchanges," he said.
"You can have a digital exchange in Hong Kong or in Thailand or elsewhere, and you can cash out.
" While the digital tokens won`t be issued until October 27, Ahmad said the group has already secured $265 million.
The use of cryptocurrencies in the gaming sector has largely been limited to online gambling until now.
and Wi Holding are looking to bring the technology to casino floors, with junkets contributing more than half of Macau`s total casino revenues.
France`s Schneider Electric`s recent acquisition of the U.
`s Aveva Group will play to the strengths of both companies, said Schneider`s CEO and chairman, Jean-Pascal Tricoire.
"The sense of this transaction, the reason why we do it, is related to the wider environment of smart manufacturing, so the combination of connected shop floors going into a set of software to make your manufacturing more agile, more productive, more competitive," Tricoire told CNBC`s "Squawk Box" on Monday.
Tricoire added that the advantages of the deal come from Schneider`s edge in the digitization of operations and Aveva`s similar strength in engineering.
Earlier this month, Britain`s Aveva Group said it agreed to combine with Schneider Electric`s software business to create a London-listed leader in industrial software worth more than 3 billion pounds ($4.
06 billion), Reuters reported.
"We are somewhere in the episode two of the Life of the Internet.
Twenty years ago, we started the Internet of People and it changed everything—the way we communicate, the way we live.
Today, we are starting the Internet of Things," Tricoire said.