Asia Pacific Topics

Apr 1, 2016

April Fools' Day is no joke: Xinhua

April Fools’ Day is no laughing matter, China’s official news service intoned Friday, saying the Western tradition of opening spring with a gag was un-Chinese. The official news agency Xinhua’s stiffly worded post on micro-blog Weibo declared: “Today is the West’s so-called ‘April Fools.’ ...

Mar 31, 2016

Man arrested after doing yoga, meditating on airplane: FBI

A Japan-bound airplane returned to Hawaii because of a violent South Korean passenger who wanted to do yoga instead of sit in his seat, the FBI said. The pilot of the March 26 United Airlines flight from Honolulu International Airport to Narita International Airport ...

Mar 29, 2016

China gets tough on foreign-sounding street and development names

China will clamp down on foreign-sounding and bizarre names after too many streets and developments called “Manhattan” or “Venice” have popped up amid decades of frenzied building, a government official says. Civil Affairs minister Li Liguo said in a recently televised speech that the ...

Thousands marry in mass South Korea wedding ceremony

Feb 20, 2016

Thousands marry in mass South Korea wedding ceremony

About 3,000 couples from 62 countries tied the knot in South Korea on Saturday, in a mass wedding ceremony conducted by the Unification Church founded by the late Reverend Sun Myung Moon. A further 12,000 couples worldwide participated in the ceremony via the Internet, ...

Feb 6, 2016

Throwing sex toys gives New Zealand a bad image, premier says

Throwing dildos makes New Zealand look bad and is an “appalling way” to behave on the country’s national day, Prime Minister John Key said Saturday, angered by an attack on a senior government minister. Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce was hit in the face ...

Feb 5, 2016

Crew grounded over Bollywood crooner's midair concert

India’s Jet Airways has grounded five crew members for allowing a Bollywood singer to perform over the in-flight announcement system, an airline spokesman said Friday, prompting a social media backlash against the decision. The temporary suspension of the crew comes after a video showing ...

Jan 23, 2016

China punishes man who altered headline to 'two-wife' policy

A Chinese man was detained after he altered an image of a newspaper front page to add a headline declaring the official adoption of a “two-wife” policy, a joke on the country’s new “two-child” policy, the state-owned Yangjiang Daily said Friday. The newspaper from ...

North Korea says it's brewing 'hangover-free' alcohol

Jan 20, 2016

North Korea says it's brewing 'hangover-free' alcohol

North Korea has created a hangover-free liquor that is between 30 and 40 percent alcohol but leaves you clear-headed in the morning, according to state media. A recent edition of the Pyongyang Times said the drink, Koryo Liquor, used a cunning combination of six-year-old, ...

Online flap forces review of Asian Games mascot

Jan 4, 2016

Online flap forces review of Asian Games mascot

Indonesia said Monday it was reviewing a recently unveiled mascot for the 2018 Asian Games after netizens derided what was supposed to be an exotic, jungle-dwelling bird for resembling a chicken. The country’s sports ministry last week revealed a grinning bird of paradise named ...

Dec 28, 2015

Cow dung patties selling like hot cakes online in India

With the holiday season in full swing, Indians are flocking to the online marketplace in droves. But one unusual item is flying off the virtual shelves: Online retailers say cow dung patties are selling like hot cakes. The patties — cow poop mixed with ...