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Year of the Horse will be a fiery one: H.K. seers

Jan 30, 2014

Year of the Horse will be a fiery one: H.K. seers

Conflicts, disasters, record-high temperatures, an economic chill in Asia and more trouble for Justin Bieber — the upcoming Year of the Horse is set to be a dramatic one, say Hong Kong feng shui masters. With the Year of the Snake slithering into history, ...

Jan 24, 2014

Dad sues son for 'marrying down'

A father in eastern India is suing his only son for defamation after he married a woman from a lower caste, saying he has damaged his reputation and social standing. Sidhnath Sharma is seeking 10,000,000 rupees ($162,000) in damages from his son, Sushant Jasu, ...

Chinese farmers build $2 million wall of money

Jan 16, 2014

Chinese farmers build $2 million wall of money

Farmers in one of the poorest counties in a Chinese province have built a wall of cash from more than $2 million paid out in yearend bonuses, according to a report. The farmers, members of a cooperative in Liangshan County in Sichuan province, stacked ...

Jan 10, 2014

Scientists sorry over failure to create dragon

Australia’s national science agency has issued a rare apology to a 7-year-old girl for not being able to make her a fire-breathing dragon, blaming a lack of research into the mythical creatures. The girl, Sophie, wrote to a “Lovely Scientist” at the Commonwealth Scientific ...

Taiwan unveils baby panda to public

Jan 6, 2014

Taiwan unveils baby panda to public

A 6-month old giant panda was unveiled to her adoring public in Taiwan on Monday, as long lines of children of all ages queued up at the Taipei zoo to see the cub cavorting around her cage with an understandably protective mother. Yuan Zai’s ...

Dec 20, 2013

Deli owner sued for semen in water

An Australian woman is suing a deli after drinking bottled water that allegedly contained semen, lawyers said Friday, with claims that DNA showed it matched the owner of the business. Alicia Cooper has filed a writ of summons in the District Court of Western ...

Dec 15, 2013

Pay-by-weight air fares take off

The head of a tiny Pacific airline that pioneered a fare system based on passengers’ weight says the move had been so successful the carrier is upgrading its fleet. Samoa Air introduced its world-first system late last year, when it began charging passengers fares ...

China's heavy metal shoemaker

Dec 11, 2013

China's heavy metal shoemaker

A Chinese factory worker says walking in huge iron shoes weighing more than 200 kg each can cure back pain, but faces hefty competition in his bid to build the country’s heaviest footwear. “I’ve been walking with iron shoes for seven years,” said Zhang ...

Singaporeans embrace 'Lithuanian Banksy'

Nov 29, 2013

Singaporeans embrace 'Lithuanian Banksy'

A Lithuanian artist who angered Malaysian officials with a street mural depicting a knife-wielding Lego robber has found unlikely admirers across the border in graffiti-averse Singapore for his works on a softer theme. Ernest Zacharevic, who has been likened to British graffiti artist Banksy, ...

In Thai capital, 852 schoolchildren set human Christmas tree record

Nov 22, 2013

In Thai capital, 852 schoolchildren set human Christmas tree record

Christmas is not a holiday in predominantly Buddhist Thailand, and its palm trees outnumber pines, but the country still set a world record with its holiday spirit. One of the country’s largest shopping malls arranged a publicity stunt involving 852 schoolchildren dressed in green ...