After Much Fanfare, North Korea Launches Rocket, Which Falls Apart
Early this morning, North Korea attempted to put a satellite into orbit - or, at least, that's what the DPRK claims, though hardly anybody actually believes that the aim was solely to launch a weather satellite. The rocket carrying the satellite failed to move into its second phase and exploded into dozens of pieces, which fell into the Yellow Sea in between the Korean peninsula and mainland China.
Those are being quickly scooped up by the Chinese and South Koreans, who will try to figure out what North Korea was really up to. Recommended reading: longtime Korea-based journalist Donald Kirk's overview; China Daily, for China's comparatively subdued reaction; Foreign Policy for the US reaction; and CNN for the reaction from the rest of Asia.