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China's 'dancing grannies' irk neighbors, face new rules

Along with two dozen of her fellow “dancing grannies,” 60-year-old Zhang Jinsu twirls and steps her way every night across a central Beijing plaza, sometimes gliding over the pavement like a butterfly, at other times marching with a plastic rifle. But when new government instructions on such hugely popular — ...

Mar 21, 2015

Paper airplanes, parents help Indian pupils outsmart state exams

Around 600 high school students in eastern India have been expelled for cheating on pressure-packed 10th grade examinations this week, education authorities said Friday. The incident has gotten widespread attention after Indian television footage showed parents and friends of students scaling the outer walls ...

Mar 14, 2015

Examples of linguistic gap between South, North Korea

AP — After 70 years of separation, people in North and South Korea speak in increasingly different ways. South Koreans have incorporated many English words and phrases into their language while isolated communist North Korea has eliminated words with foreign origins and created homegrown ...

Amid split, two Koreas face widening linguistic gap

Mar 14, 2015

Amid split, two Koreas face widening linguistic gap

On one side of the line that has divided two societies for so long, the words arrive as fast as globalization can bring them — English-based lingo like “shampoo,” “juice” and “self-service.” To South Koreans, they are everyday language. To defectors from the insular ...

Insect snacks creep into Thai stores

Mar 1, 2015

Insect snacks creep into Thai stores

Street vendors selling deep-fried insects as snacks are a familiar sight in Bangkok, but a Thai entrepreneur is trying to give edible bugs a more upmarket appeal. Panitan Tongsiri will launch his HiSo brand of seasoned insect snacks this month and plans to stock ...