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Forbidden fruit: China bans 'erotic' banana-eating live streams

May 8, 2016

Forbidden fruit: China bans 'erotic' banana-eating live streams


Bananas may be China’s new forbidden fruit — at least online. As part of the government’s crackdown on “inappropriate” content online, Chinese live-streaming video services have banned people from filming themselves while eating bananas “erotically,” state media has reported. New regulations mean hosts of ...

Apr 22, 2016

Man pleads guilty over yoga altercation on airplane

A tourist accused of becoming violent because he couldn’t do yoga on a plane pleaded guilty Thursday to interfering with a flight crew. As part of a plea deal, Hyongtae Pae is expected to be sentenced to time served, which was about 12 days, ...

Enthusiastic artist gets granular with Taiwan's president-elect

Apr 21, 2016

Enthusiastic artist gets granular with Taiwan's president-elect

A Taiwan artist has refused to see the big picture and instead captured the likeness of president-elect Tsai Ing-wen, to celebrate her inauguration next month, on a single grain of rice. Chen Forng-Shean, who has also sculpted the face of China’s late Chairman Mao ...

Apr 1, 2016

April Fools' Day is no joke: Xinhua

April Fools’ Day is no laughing matter, China’s official news service intoned Friday, saying the Western tradition of opening spring with a gag was un-Chinese. The official news agency Xinhua’s stiffly worded post on micro-blog Weibo declared: “Today is the West’s so-called ‘April Fools.’ ...

Mar 31, 2016

Man arrested after doing yoga, meditating on airplane: FBI

A Japan-bound airplane returned to Hawaii because of a violent South Korean passenger who wanted to do yoga instead of sit in his seat, the FBI said. The pilot of the March 26 United Airlines flight from Honolulu International Airport to Narita International Airport ...

Mar 29, 2016

China gets tough on foreign-sounding street and development names

China will clamp down on foreign-sounding and bizarre names after too many streets and developments called “Manhattan” or “Venice” have popped up amid decades of frenzied building, a government official says. Civil Affairs minister Li Liguo said in a recently televised speech that the ...

Thousands marry in mass South Korea wedding ceremony

Feb 20, 2016

Thousands marry in mass South Korea wedding ceremony

About 3,000 couples from 62 countries tied the knot in South Korea on Saturday, in a mass wedding ceremony conducted by the Unification Church founded by the late Reverend Sun Myung Moon. A further 12,000 couples worldwide participated in the ceremony via the Internet, ...

Feb 6, 2016

Throwing sex toys gives New Zealand a bad image, premier says

Throwing dildos makes New Zealand look bad and is an “appalling way” to behave on the country’s national day, Prime Minister John Key said Saturday, angered by an attack on a senior government minister. Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce was hit in the face ...

Feb 5, 2016

Crew grounded over Bollywood crooner's midair concert

India’s Jet Airways has grounded five crew members for allowing a Bollywood singer to perform over the in-flight announcement system, an airline spokesman said Friday, prompting a social media backlash against the decision. The temporary suspension of the crew comes after a video showing ...

Jan 23, 2016

China punishes man who altered headline to 'two-wife' policy

A Chinese man was detained after he altered an image of a newspaper front page to add a headline declaring the official adoption of a “two-wife” policy, a joke on the country’s new “two-child” policy, the state-owned Yangjiang Daily said Friday. The newspaper from ...