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Taiwan unveils baby panda to public

Jan 6, 2014

Taiwan unveils baby panda to public

A 6-month old giant panda was unveiled to her adoring public in Taiwan on Monday, as long lines of children of all ages queued up at the Taipei zoo to see the cub cavorting around her cage with an understandably protective mother. Yuan Zai’s ...

Dec 20, 2013

Deli owner sued for semen in water

An Australian woman is suing a deli after drinking bottled water that allegedly contained semen, lawyers said Friday, with claims that DNA showed it matched the owner of the business. Alicia Cooper has filed a writ of summons in the District Court of Western ...

Dec 15, 2013

Pay-by-weight air fares take off

The head of a tiny Pacific airline that pioneered a fare system based on passengers’ weight says the move had been so successful the carrier is upgrading its fleet. Samoa Air introduced its world-first system late last year, when it began charging passengers fares ...

China's heavy metal shoemaker

Dec 11, 2013

China's heavy metal shoemaker

A Chinese factory worker says walking in huge iron shoes weighing more than 200 kg each can cure back pain, but faces hefty competition in his bid to build the country’s heaviest footwear. “I’ve been walking with iron shoes for seven years,” said Zhang ...

Singaporeans embrace 'Lithuanian Banksy'

Nov 29, 2013

Singaporeans embrace 'Lithuanian Banksy'

A Lithuanian artist who angered Malaysian officials with a street mural depicting a knife-wielding Lego robber has found unlikely admirers across the border in graffiti-averse Singapore for his works on a softer theme. Ernest Zacharevic, who has been likened to British graffiti artist Banksy, ...

In Thai capital, 852 schoolchildren set human Christmas tree record

Nov 22, 2013

In Thai capital, 852 schoolchildren set human Christmas tree record

Christmas is not a holiday in predominantly Buddhist Thailand, and its palm trees outnumber pines, but the country still set a world record with its holiday spirit. One of the country’s largest shopping malls arranged a publicity stunt involving 852 schoolchildren dressed in green ...

Oct 31, 2013

Pot use linked to N.Z. balloon crash

The pilot of a hot air balloon that crashed in New Zealand killing all 11 people on board had cannabis in his system, an official report said Thursday, blaming his poor judgment for the accident. Investigators called for tighter drug restrictions after the crash ...

'Autograph-seekers' throw bucket of feces into Taiwan pop star's van

Oct 31, 2013

'Autograph-seekers' throw bucket of feces into Taiwan pop star's van

Taiwanese pop star Jam Hsiao said he’s outraged by an alleged attack in which two apparent autograph-seekers threw a bucket of fecal matter into his van. The 26-year-old singer told reporters Tuesday that two motorcyclists approached his van asking for autographs before the attack. ...

Mass breast-feeding record attempted in Philippines

Oct 24, 2013

Mass breast-feeding record attempted in Philippines

Thousands of lactating mothers across the Philippines simultaneously breast-fed their babies Thursday in an attempt to break a world record and break down social taboos. Organized by the advocacy group Breastfeeding Philippines, the event was held in 1,000 cities across the conservative, largely Catholic ...

Oct 23, 2013

S. Korea nude beach plan stokes ire

A South Korean province is considering setting up the country’s first nudist beach in an attempt to boost tourism, but is already receiving protests from the public, officials said Wednesday. The idea was initially put forward by the East Sea-Rim Headquarters — a department ...

China cracks down on 'American Idol'-style shows

Oct 23, 2013

China cracks down on 'American Idol'-style shows

Chinese authorities are cracking down on how often broadcasters can air reality, dating and talent shows such as the Chinese versions of “American Idol” and “The Voice,” which draw huge audiences. Provincial broadcasters show such programs, which are cheap to produce and earn a ...