Asia Pacific Topics

May 2, 2014

Chinese man seeks smog-based divorce

A Beijing man is seeking to divorce his wife after she took their son to a tropical province to escape the capital’s notorious smog, saying the long-distance relationship had destroyed their marriage. The man, identified only by his family name, Wang, married his wife ...

Apr 27, 2014

China to lock up rare-animal eaters

China will imprison people who eat rare animals for 10 years or more under a new interpretation of the criminal law, state media reported, as the government seeks to close a legal loophole and better protect the natural environment. China lists 420 species as ...

Erotic art offers glimpse of China's lost sexual philosophy

Apr 18, 2014

Erotic art offers glimpse of China's lost sexual philosophy

Ancient paintings of fornicating Chinese couples and phalluses made of stone are among items that Dutch art collector Ferdinand Bertholet hopes will help China reconnect with its sexually charged past. Explicit works spanning from the Han Dynasty (206 B.C. to A.D. 220) to the ...

Apr 17, 2014

Sri Lankans hunt for president's macaws

Four macaws belonging to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa have escaped his tightly guarded residence in Colombo, his office said Wednesday, appealing for help in tracing the birds. “The president is very fond of these birds,” an official in his office said. The macaws ...

Apr 11, 2014

China 'guardian angels' protect docs

Beijing is taking a novel approach to protecting doctors from growing violence from patients: volunteer “guardian angels.” The campaign will recruit students, medical workers and other patients to act as middlemen between doctors and those in their care to defuse disagreements and smooth over ...

Pakistani baby accused of attempted murder

Apr 10, 2014

Pakistani baby accused of attempted murder

While many children his age are still learning how to crawl, a 9-month-old boy in Pakistan has been accused of attempted murder in a case observers say highlights endemic flaws in the country’s legal system. Baby Mohammad Musa along with his father and other ...

Are mandatory Kim haircuts a baldfaced lie?

Mar 28, 2014

Are mandatory Kim haircuts a baldfaced lie?

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s distinctive hairstyle is the ‘do of the day on the Internet, thanks to a viral report that every male university student in the capital is now under orders to get a buzz just like it. But it appears ...

Daring 'urban explorers' get high on history

Mar 16, 2014

Daring 'urban explorers' get high on history

Dangling his feet off the edge of a skyscraper more than 50 stories above the streets of Hong Kong, “Jonathan Tsang” looks as relaxed as if he was kicking back in his own living room. For most people, the view below would be a ...

Mar 14, 2014

Aussie hangman hopefuls snubbed

Two Australians have applied in vain for the position of hangman after Sri Lanka’s last official executioner got upset on seeing the gallows for the first time and quit, it was learned Thursday. “Two Australians have sent emails to one of our departments saying ...

Mar 13, 2014

Dead, deep-frozen Indian guru in fact 'deeply meditating'

Despite being declared dead and kept in a deep freezer at his ashram for six weeks, an Indian guru’s followers are confident he will return to life to lead them. Devotees placed Ashutosh Maharaj, whom authorities declared clinically dead Jan. 29, in the freezer ...