Asia Pacific Topics

May 11, 2015

Prince Harry tells New Zealand kids he calls Queen 'granny'

Britain’s Prince Harry told schoolchildren on a remote New Zealand island that his favorite food is spaghetti Bolognese, he calls the Queen Elizabeth II “granny” and he wishes he could speak other languages. The Prince visited Halfmoon Bay School on Monday on the third ...

In China, knock-off Apple Watches have their own fans

Apr 10, 2015

In China, knock-off Apple Watches have their own fans

Lining the glass display cases of Shenzhen’s giant tech malls, knockoff versions of Apple Inc’s smartwatch were on sale at many stalls, with some Chinese consumers eager to snap them up for a fraction of the cost of the original. “It came on sale ...

North Korea's well-to-do feast on French baguettes

Mar 26, 2015

North Korea's well-to-do feast on French baguettes

French-trained chefs are cooking up a storm in Pyongyang, where North Korea’s privileged classes are devouring their baguettes, a pro-North newspaper reported on Wednesday, even as much of the population outside the capital struggles to feed itself. The Kumkop General Foodstuff Factory for Sportspersons, ...

Foreign tourists posing nude at temples infuriate Cambodians

Mar 6, 2015

Foreign tourists posing nude at temples infuriate Cambodians

Cambodia’s most popular tourist attraction — the complex of ancient temples that includes Angkor Wat — is suffering from a form of overexposure: At least five foreign visitors have been arrested and deported this year for taking nude photos at the sacred sites. Authorities ...

Mar 4, 2015

Australia culls hundreds of starving koalas

Authorities in southeastern Australia have culled close to 700 koalas because overpopulation led to the animals starving, a state minister said Wednesday. Victorian Environment Minister Lisa Neville said the koalas were euthanized in the Cape Otway area, near the scenic tourist attraction the Great ...

Feb 13, 2015

Big condoms partly to blame for Thai teen STD spike: junta

Thai health officials Thursday said teenagers who are too embarrassed to choose condoms that fit are partly to blame for a recent spike in sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among their peers. In a statement ahead of Valentine’s Day — a time when Thai officials ...

Jan 30, 2015

Thousands of live cats from China seized in Vietnam: police

Thousands of live cats destined “for consumption” have been seized in Hanoi after being smuggled from China, police said Thursday, but their fate still hangs in the balance. Cat meat, known locally as “little tiger,” is an increasingly popular delicacy in Vietnam, and although ...

Jan 4, 2015

Sexy China TV drama busted, returns to air more sedate

A Chinese television drama that was pulled off the air after the female characters appeared on screen showing cleavage has returned to the screen, though this time showing only the actresses’ heads, state news agency Xinhua said on Saturday. The drama, “The Empress of ...

Hippo's leap from moving truck ends badly in Taiwan

Dec 27, 2014

Hippo's leap from moving truck ends badly in Taiwan

A hippopotamus that panicked while being transported by truck in Taiwan jumped from the vehicle and landed on a car, breaking a leg and causing confused residents to report a “dinosaur” on the loose. Television footage showed the animal lying on the road with ...

Dec 27, 2014

Nut rage leak cracked; Korean transport official held

South Korean prosecutors have arrested a government official who allegedly leaked information about an investigation into former Korean Air Lines executive Cho Hyun-ah, who forced a flight to return over a bag of macadamia nuts. Prosecutors say the transport ministry official was sent to ...