Asia Pacific Topics

Online flap forces review of Asian Games mascot

Jan 4, 2016

Online flap forces review of Asian Games mascot

Indonesia said Monday it was reviewing a recently unveiled mascot for the 2018 Asian Games after netizens derided what was supposed to be an exotic, jungle-dwelling bird for resembling a chicken. The country’s sports ministry last week revealed a grinning bird of paradise named ...

Dec 28, 2015

Cow dung patties selling like hot cakes online in India

With the holiday season in full swing, Indians are flocking to the online marketplace in droves. But one unusual item is flying off the virtual shelves: Online retailers say cow dung patties are selling like hot cakes. The patties — cow poop mixed with ...

Dec 14, 2015

Vietnamese jailed for wearing uniform of former southern army

A Vietnamese court jailed a man for 15 months Monday for wearing the army uniform of the former South Vietnam regime, which fought a bitter war against the communist north. Nguyen Viet Dung, 29, from central Nghe An province, was charged with “disturbing public ...

Australian sets Christmas tree record with 518,838 lights

Nov 28, 2015

Australian sets Christmas tree record with 518,838 lights

An Australian set his third Christmas-themed world record in as many years Friday by illuminating a tree in downtown Canberra with 518,838 twinkling lights. Guinness World Records confirmed that David Richards had broken the record for the most lights on an artificial Christmas tree ...

Nov 17, 2015

Indonesian newlyweds accused of eating alleged rapist's genitals

A newlywed Indonesian couple have been arrested over claims they dined on the genitals of the woman’s suspected rapist after her husband allegedly murdered him and cut off his organ, police said Tuesday. The victim’s body was found in a burned-out van after a ...

Shirt photos offer sometimes awkward moments of APEC unity

Nov 17, 2015

Shirt photos offer sometimes awkward moments of APEC unity

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summits, which draw the U.S. president and 20 other regional leaders, are sometimes memorable for just one moment: the leaders posing for a group photo in unexpected attire. Former President Bill Clinton started the tradition in 1993, when he handed ...

Nov 2, 2015

Australia spears 'outdated' knighthoods

Australia has removed knights and dames from the national honors system, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull confirmed Monday, saying the titles were “not appropriate” in the modern age. Knights and dames were unexpectedly revived last year by then prime minister, and staunch monarchist, Tony Abbott ...

China city misses Guinness fried rice title because of wastage

Oct 27, 2015

China city misses Guinness fried rice title because of wastage

Guinness World Records has denied a Chinese city’s bid for the biggest serving of fried rice ever cooked, saying Yangzhou violated rules by wasting 150 kilograms of the feast. According to a posting on the record book’s Chinese microblog, organizers said 4 metric tons ...

Sep 9, 2015

Chinese 'princess' farmer guilty of fraud

A farmer who pretended to be a princess descended from the Qing dynasty to swindle people out of more than 2 million yuan ($315,000) has been sentenced to 13½ years in prison for fraud, a court said. Wang Fengying and her co-accused Yang Janglin ...

Aug 26, 2015

Taiwan boy accidentally damages $1.5 million painting

A 12-year-old boy accidentally punched a hole through a $1.5 million centuries-old Italian oil painting when he tripped and fell into the piece during an exhibition in Taiwan. The painting, entitled “Flowers” by Italian artist Paolo Porpora, dates back to the 1600s and is ...