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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 ...

/ 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Australia spears 'outdated' knighthoods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 ...

/ 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 ...