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Pimp my rickshaw: Indonesian karaoke goes mobile

Apr 21, 2016

Pimp my rickshaw: Indonesian karaoke goes mobile

An Indonesian rickshaw fitted with a karaoke machine blasts out music next to a row of food stalls as revelers sing and dance enthusiastically nearby. The musical pedicab is among a wave of innovations helping Indonesians indulge their love of singing wherever they can, ...

Coral bleaching hits 93% of Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Apr 21, 2016

Coral bleaching hits 93% of Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is suffering its worst coral bleaching in recorded history with 93 percent of the World Heritage site affected, scientists said Wednesday, as they revealed the phenomenon is also hitting the other side of the country. After extensive aerial and underwater ...

Apr 21, 2016

China eyes deeper military ties with Afghanistan

China wants to have deeper military ties with Afghanistan, including counterterrorism intelligence cooperation and joint drills, a senior Chinese officer told a visiting Afghan envoy. China is working with Pakistan and the United States to broker peace talks to end a Taliban insurgency that ...

Enthusiastic artist gets granular with Taiwan's president-elect

Apr 21, 2016

Enthusiastic artist gets granular with Taiwan's president-elect

A Taiwan artist has refused to see the big picture and instead captured the likeness of president-elect Tsai Ing-wen, to celebrate her inauguration next month, on a single grain of rice. Chen Forng-Shean, who has also sculpted the face of China’s late Chairman Mao ...

Apr 21, 2016

Chinese state media refer to Xi as 'commander in chief'

Chinese state media unveiled a new title for President Xi Jinping, calling him “commander in chief” of the country’s new joint forces battle command center as he seeks to consolidate power over the military. State-run Xinhua News Agency and state broadcaster CCTV both carried ...

Apr 20, 2016

China suspends G-20 anti-corruption task force, members say

China suspended an international anti-corruption task force after taking over the presidency of the Group of 20 earlier this year, according to six individuals in the group, who called it a setback to efforts to crack down on shell companies used to conceal assets. ...