You may remember a few weeks back, when a likely-exaggerated news story came out, reporting that all the men in North Korea would soon be required to get the signature hair cut of dictator Kim Jong-un. A salon in London thought it’d capitalize on the ridiculousness of Kim’s regime by making fun of his haircut, with a poster advertising a new promotion. Evidently, officials from the North Korean embassy didn’t think it was very funny. According to the shop’s manager, two very serious men in suits, who indentified themselves as North Korean officials, came by and demanded that the poster be removed. Police in the U.K. confirmed to The Guardian that they had been contacted by both the shop owner and the North Korean embassy about the incident, but for now, the poster remains up at the shop. Even though the jab at Kim Jong-un was meant as a light-hearted joke, the dictator’s authoritarian rule in the reclusive country is very real—and very serious. Hundreds of thousands remained locked up in horrific conditions in secretive prison camps, and extreme punishment of anti-government behavior remains widespread ... Discuss

 

Rescue teams are still searching the waters of the Yellow Sea for survivors of the ferry accident that has left at least three dead. Though 164 have been rescued, as many as 292 remain missing. The boat was mostly filled with students and teachers from a local high school who were going on a trip to a nearby resort island. The U.S. Navy, who had a vessel in the area, also dispatched rescue teams to the site. Officials are not certain what caused the boat to sink so rapidly ... Discuss

 

According to the AP, at least 71 people were killed and more than 124 were injured this morning when a bomb exploded near a bus station in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria. The country’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, has said that the attack is the work of the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram. The terrorist group, whose name means “Western education is forbidden,” is responsible for thousands of deaths in the northeast region of the country in frequent bombings, shootings and attacks on Christian schools ... Discuss

 

Has Banksy struck again? This weekend, a new work of street art—in Banksy’s signature stenciled look—appeared just three miles from a British intelligence agency office in the U.K. The new image depicts three suited men with listening equipment spying on a real-life telephone booth. Though there’s no formal confirmation that it was created by the legendary street artist, critics say it has all the hallmarks of his style. The BBC reached out to the GCHQ, the controversial agency accused of spying on communications, to get their feedback on the piece, which appears to take aim at their intelligence programs: "Although we are not qualified critics, we are as intrigued as the rest of the residents of Cheltenham about the appearance of the mysterious artwork. For those who are interested, our website gives a glimpse of what modern-day intelligence operatives are really like, although some may be disappointed by the lack of trench coats and dark glasses." Yeah, but what about all of the domestic spying equipment? ...

UPDATE: This is definitely a new Banksy. The image of a couple enamored with their smartphones appeared on the artist’s website, though the location is currently unknown. Discuss

 

First of all, who knew you could ban certain types of emails? France did, that's who—and they're doing it. Specifically, they're banning checking your work email between the hours of 6pm and 9am, making it legally mandatory to leave your work at work and focus on home while you're home. It's all part of France's "35-hour work week," which they implemented in 1999, but has become difficult to enforce following the smartphone revolution. Well, smartphones or not, if you work from home in France, you'd better be prepared to pay the price.

In the meantime, according to Gawker, the average American works 200 more hours per year than the average French worker ... Discuss