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Chinese woman pays to rescue 100 dogs from meat festival: report

A Chinese woman has paid over $1,000 to save around 100 canines from being eaten during a dog meat festival, media said Sunday, as activists lashed out at the event, labeling it cruel. Animal-loving Yang Xiaoyun paid about 7,000 yuan ($1,100) to save the dogs in the southern city of ...

Jul 6, 2015

China using animals to predict earthquakes: report

Chinese government researchers are using chickens, fish and toads to try to predict earthquakes, media reported. The seismological bureau in the eastern city of Nanjing has transformed seven animal farms into seismic stations, the China Daily newspaper reported last week. Breeders on the farms ...

China's dog meat festival draws rare criticism

Jun 23, 2015

China's dog meat festival draws rare criticism

For many residents of the town of Yulin in southern China, the peak of summer is the perfect time to get together with family and friends — and consume copious amounts of dog meat. Thousands of dogs are expected to end up on the ...

China's senior officials find comfort in supernatural

Jun 15, 2015

China's senior officials find comfort in supernatural

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The former Chinese security czar recently convicted of leaking state secrets did not pass classified documents to a foreign spy or a political rival. Rather, Zhou Yongkang, a former member of the all-powerful Standing Committee of the ruling Communist Party’s Politburo, shared the documents ...

May 11, 2015

Prince Harry tells New Zealand kids he calls Queen 'granny'

Britain’s Prince Harry told schoolchildren on a remote New Zealand island that his favorite food is spaghetti Bolognese, he calls the Queen Elizabeth II “granny” and he wishes he could speak other languages. The Prince visited Halfmoon Bay School on Monday on the third ...

In China, knock-off Apple Watches have their own fans

Apr 10, 2015

In China, knock-off Apple Watches have their own fans

Lining the glass display cases of Shenzhen’s giant tech malls, knockoff versions of Apple Inc’s smartwatch were on sale at many stalls, with some Chinese consumers eager to snap them up for a fraction of the cost of the original. “It came on sale ...

North Korea's well-to-do feast on French baguettes

Mar 26, 2015

North Korea's well-to-do feast on French baguettes

French-trained chefs are cooking up a storm in Pyongyang, where North Korea’s privileged classes are devouring their baguettes, a pro-North newspaper reported on Wednesday, even as much of the population outside the capital struggles to feed itself. The Kumkop General Foodstuff Factory for Sportspersons, ...

Foreign tourists posing nude at temples infuriate Cambodians

Mar 6, 2015

Foreign tourists posing nude at temples infuriate Cambodians

Cambodia’s most popular tourist attraction — the complex of ancient temples that includes Angkor Wat — is suffering from a form of overexposure: At least five foreign visitors have been arrested and deported this year for taking nude photos at the sacred sites. Authorities ...

Mar 4, 2015

Australia culls hundreds of starving koalas

Authorities in southeastern Australia have culled close to 700 koalas because overpopulation led to the animals starving, a state minister said Wednesday. Victorian Environment Minister Lisa Neville said the koalas were euthanized in the Cape Otway area, near the scenic tourist attraction the Great ...

Feb 13, 2015

Big condoms partly to blame for Thai teen STD spike: junta

Thai health officials Thursday said teenagers who are too embarrassed to choose condoms that fit are partly to blame for a recent spike in sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among their peers. In a statement ahead of Valentine’s Day — a time when Thai officials ...

Jan 30, 2015

Thousands of live cats from China seized in Vietnam: police

Thousands of live cats destined “for consumption” have been seized in Hanoi after being smuggled from China, police said Thursday, but their fate still hangs in the balance. Cat meat, known locally as “little tiger,” is an increasingly popular delicacy in Vietnam, and although ...