Asia Pacific Topics

Oct 10, 2013

Male marsupials having killer sex

Mating is such an arduous and frenzied process for some male marsupials that it kills them, according to new Australian-led research. Scientists had wondered for decades why some species of insect-eating marsupials dropped dead after sex, with speculation including that they died from fighting ...

No nose-picking: Image-conscious China admonishes its 'unruly' tourists

Oct 2, 2013

No nose-picking: Image-conscious China admonishes its 'unruly' tourists

Chinese tourists should not pick their noses in public, pee in pools or steal airplane life jackets, China’s image-conscious authorities have warned in a handbook in their latest effort to counter unruly behavior. The National Tourism Administration publicized its 64-page Guidebook for Civilized Tourism, ...

Can ambitious Chinese effort rival Hollywood's movie clout?

| Sep 25, 2013

Can ambitious Chinese effort rival Hollywood's movie clout?

An ambitious studio complex built by China’s richest man will be a major boost for the country’s film industry, but experts say it needs more than sprawling grounds to rival Hollywood. Global A-listers Nicole Kidman, Leonardo DiCaprio and Catherine Zeta-Jones showed up for the ...

Huge duck makes debut in Beijing

Sep 20, 2013

Huge duck makes debut in Beijing

China’s first authentic version of a giant rubber duck that has made a splash around the world and inspired fakes across the country made its debut Friday — but some complained that visitors had to pay to see it. The inflatable yellow bird, which ...

Sep 4, 2013

Suicide victim's organ donation wish denied in China

A man who texted police in China to donate his body and organs to science before hanging himself was denied his final wish because he had not applied in advance, official media reported Wednesday. “I have decided to donate my body and all my ...

Aug 21, 2013

Dog donates blood to save cat in N.Z.

Traditional animal rivalries were set aside in New Zealand when a dog’s blood was used to save the life of a poisoned cat in a rare interspecies transfusion, reports said Wednesday. Kim Edwards was frantic last Friday when her ginger tom Rory went limp ...

Aug 20, 2013

Fork extracted from Aussie's penis

Shocked doctors had to perform emergency surgery on a man in the Australian capital of Canberra after he lodged a 10-cm steel fork inside his penis for sexual pleasure. According to a paper titled “An Unusual Urethral Foreign Body” that was published in the ...

Aug 15, 2013

Chinese zoo's lion in fact hairy dog

A Chinese zoo’s supposed “African lion” was exposed as a fraud when the dog used as a substitute started barking. The zoo in the People’s Park of Luohe, in the central province of Henan, replaced exotic exhibits with common species, according to the state-run ...

N. Korea unveils 'secure, homemade' smartphone

Aug 13, 2013

N. Korea unveils 'secure, homemade' smartphone

North Korea, one of the most isolated and censored societies on the planet, has unveiled what it claims is a domestically produced smartphone. Industry analysts, however, say the Arirang, built around Google’s Android OS, is likely manufactured in neighboring China. The existence of the ...

Thai pupils see glimpse of freedom in new hair rules

| Aug 7, 2013

Thai pupils see glimpse of freedom in new hair rules

Pudding-bowl bobs and army-type cuts were for decades the only hairstyles allowed for Thai schoolchildren — but now looser rules spell new freedom for classroom coiffures. “I am embarrassed having this kind of hairstyle,” 14-year-old Visarut Rungrod said, running a hand over his close-cropped ...

Aug 2, 2013

Mass vomiting hits Qantas passengers

Dozens of people were rushed off a Qantas flight for medical treatment in Sydney after a stomach bug struck mid-journey, triggering a mass vomiting episode. A “number of passengers traveling in the same group on QF28 (between) Santiago and Sydney became unwell with a ...

Aug 2, 2013

Indian baby with big head released

Doctors Friday discharged a 1-year-old Indian baby who underwent multiple surgery to correct a rare disorder that caused her head to nearly double in size, a neurosurgeon said. Roona Begum endured several surgical procedures which saw doctors at a hospital near New Delhi drain ...