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Shark 'photo-bombs' competition for surfing mothers in Australia

Dec 3, 2014

Shark 'photo-bombs' competition for surfing mothers in Australia

A jumping shark has “photo-bombed” a surfing competition off an Australian beach. Amateur photographer Steph Bellamy captured the image of the shark with her smartphone on Sunday as she was photographing mothers and their children paddling on their surfboards off a beach in the ...

Nov 30, 2014

Peter Gabriel, Pussy Riot rally for Hong Kong protesters

Musicians including Peter Gabriel and Pussy Riot are offering support to Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters in the form of photographic tributes. In pictures that started being projected on an outdoor screen in Hong Kong’s Admiralty District on Friday, the musicians each stand with umbrellas, ...

Nov 3, 2014

Man apologizes for dead whale surfing stunt

An Australian man who climbed onto a dead whale as it floated offshore apologized on Monday for his “idiot” act. The man dived off a boat and climbed onto the humpback’s carcass as sharks circled and fed on it, south of Perth, western Australia, ...

Rich Chinese pay sky-high prices for meteorites

Nov 2, 2014

Rich Chinese pay sky-high prices for meteorites

One small check for a businessman, one giant leap for a meteorite: After journeys of millions of kilometers, rocks that were formed from the primordial matter of the solar system have landed on the walls of a Chinese showroom. For some of China’s wealthy, ...

Oct 20, 2014

Bear in Chinese zoo bites arm off boy trying to feed it

A bear in China has bitten off the arm of a 9-year-old boy who tried to feed it through the cage. Media reports say the attack happened Saturday afternoon at Pingdingshan Hebin Park in central China, which has a zoo inside. The boy managed ...

South Korea rumor crackdown jolts social media users

Oct 5, 2014

South Korea rumor crackdown jolts social media users

South Korea’s president is cracking down on rumors in cyberspace in a campaign that threatens the popularity of Kakao Talk, the leading social media service in a country with ambitions to become a global technology leader. Prosecutors announced the crackdown two weeks ago after ...

Sep 27, 2014

Philippines claims to set world tree-planting record

Philippine officials said Saturday they had set a new world record for the most trees planted in an hour, with 3.2 million seedlings sown as part of a national forestation program. Official certification from Guinness World Records will still take weeks but government officers ...