Asia Pacific Topics

Jun 14, 2016

With flag gaffe, Facebook accidentally says Philippines is at war

In what was meant to be an innocuous flag tribute for the Philippines’ Independence Day, Facebook has apologized for accidentally declaring the country is in a state of war. The social media giant greeted Filipinos with a “Happy Independence Day” on Sunday with a ...

Fish photographed inside a jellyfish

Jun 9, 2016

Fish photographed inside a jellyfish

A fish has been pictured swimming inside a jellyfish off Australia’s east coast in a remarkable and rare image that has gone viral, with more than 2 million online views. Underwater photographer Tim Samuel was in the water with a friend near the popular ...

Jun 2, 2016

Kangaroo ruptures Australian woman's breast implants

A kangaroo jumped onto a woman cycling in South Australia, rupturing her breast implants and using her as a “little airbag,” she told local media Tuesday. Sharon Heinrich, 45, was on the Riesling Trail in the Clare Valley with her friend when the “cute” ...

Thai man bloodied but unbowed after snake attacks him in toilet

May 26, 2016

Thai man bloodied but unbowed after snake attacks him in toilet

A Thai man is recovering from a bloody encounter with a 3-meter (10-foot) python that slithered through the plumbing of his home and latched its jaws onto his penis as he was using a squat toilet. Attaporn Boonmakchuay was smiling as television stations interviewed ...

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 ...