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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 ...

Oct 31, 2013

Pot use linked to N.Z. balloon crash

The pilot of a hot air balloon that crashed in New Zealand killing all 11 people on board had cannabis in his system, an official report said Thursday, blaming his poor judgment for the accident. Investigators called for tighter drug restrictions after the crash ...

'Autograph-seekers' throw bucket of feces into Taiwan pop star's van

Oct 31, 2013

'Autograph-seekers' throw bucket of feces into Taiwan pop star's van

Taiwanese pop star Jam Hsiao said he’s outraged by an alleged attack in which two apparent autograph-seekers threw a bucket of fecal matter into his van. The 26-year-old singer told reporters Tuesday that two motorcyclists approached his van asking for autographs before the attack. ...

Mass breast-feeding record attempted in Philippines

Oct 24, 2013

Mass breast-feeding record attempted in Philippines

Thousands of lactating mothers across the Philippines simultaneously breast-fed their babies Thursday in an attempt to break a world record and break down social taboos. Organized by the advocacy group Breastfeeding Philippines, the event was held in 1,000 cities across the conservative, largely Catholic ...

Oct 23, 2013

S. Korea nude beach plan stokes ire

A South Korean province is considering setting up the country’s first nudist beach in an attempt to boost tourism, but is already receiving protests from the public, officials said Wednesday. The idea was initially put forward by the East Sea-Rim Headquarters — a department ...

China cracks down on 'American Idol'-style shows

Oct 23, 2013

China cracks down on 'American Idol'-style shows

Chinese authorities are cracking down on how often broadcasters can air reality, dating and talent shows such as the Chinese versions of “American Idol” and “The Voice,” which draw huge audiences. Provincial broadcasters show such programs, which are cheap to produce and earn a ...

Oct 10, 2013

Male marsupials having killer sex

Mating is such an arduous and frenzied process for some male marsupials that it kills them, according to new Australian-led research. Scientists had wondered for decades why some species of insect-eating marsupials dropped dead after sex, with speculation including that they died from fighting ...

No nose-picking: Image-conscious China admonishes its 'unruly' tourists

Oct 2, 2013

No nose-picking: Image-conscious China admonishes its 'unruly' tourists

Chinese tourists should not pick their noses in public, pee in pools or steal airplane life jackets, China’s image-conscious authorities have warned in a handbook in their latest effort to counter unruly behavior. The National Tourism Administration publicized its 64-page Guidebook for Civilized Tourism, ...

Can ambitious Chinese effort rival Hollywood's movie clout?

| Sep 25, 2013

Can ambitious Chinese effort rival Hollywood's movie clout?

An ambitious studio complex built by China’s richest man will be a major boost for the country’s film industry, but experts say it needs more than sprawling grounds to rival Hollywood. Global A-listers Nicole Kidman, Leonardo DiCaprio and Catherine Zeta-Jones showed up for the ...

Huge duck makes debut in Beijing

Sep 20, 2013

Huge duck makes debut in Beijing

China’s first authentic version of a giant rubber duck that has made a splash around the world and inspired fakes across the country made its debut Friday — but some complained that visitors had to pay to see it. The inflatable yellow bird, which ...

Sep 4, 2013

Suicide victim's organ donation wish denied in China

A man who texted police in China to donate his body and organs to science before hanging himself was denied his final wish because he had not applied in advance, official media reported Wednesday. “I have decided to donate my body and all my ...

Aug 21, 2013

Dog donates blood to save cat in N.Z.

Traditional animal rivalries were set aside in New Zealand when a dog’s blood was used to save the life of a poisoned cat in a rare interspecies transfusion, reports said Wednesday. Kim Edwards was frantic last Friday when her ginger tom Rory went limp ...