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Adultery website tests the law in South Korea

Canada-based adultery hookup service AshleyMadison.com — slogan: “Life is short. Have an affair” — drew 46,000 people within a week of launching a website last month in South Korea, where marital infidelity is a crime punishable by up to two years in prison. The company, which claims more than 25 ...

Samsung, LG ads criticized abroad

Apr 6, 2014

Samsung, LG ads criticized abroad

by Youkyung Lee

When Samsung unveiled a new smartphone at New York’s storied Radio City Music Hall, the Broadway-style spectacle was memorable not for technology but for a cast of giggling female characters who fantasized about marrying a doctor, fretted about eating too much cake and needed ...

Malaysia bans 'Noah' epic as 'un-Islamic'

Apr 5, 2014

Malaysia bans 'Noah' epic as 'un-Islamic'

Malaysia has joined other Islamic countries in banning the Hollywood biblical epic “Noah” starring Russell Crowe, decrying it as irreligious and saying it violates Islamic law against depicting prophets. A Home Ministry official on Saturday confirmed that Paramount’s latest big-budget film, which has sparked ...

Five babies a day left at Chinese city's 'baby hatch'

Mar 17, 2014

Five babies a day left at Chinese city's 'baby hatch'

More than 260 unwanted children, most of them babies, have been abandoned in a Chinese “safe haven” in just over six weeks — more than five a day — since it opened in late January, authorities said. The “baby hatch” in Guangzhou, in the ...

China smog drives face masks out of stock

Feb 26, 2014

China smog drives face masks out of stock

China’s biggest online face-mask sellers were running out of stock Wednesday as consumers rushed to protect themselves from smog that has shrouded large swathes of northern China for an entire week. Beijing’s official reading for PM 2.5 — small airborne particles which easily penetrate ...

U.S. to extend federal benefits to same-sex spouses

Feb 9, 2014

U.S. to extend federal benefits to same-sex spouses

Attorney General Eric Holder is applying a landmark Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage rights to the Justice Department, announcing Saturday that same-sex spouses cannot be compelled to testify against each other. Same-sex spouses also should be eligible to file for bankruptcy jointly and ...

Daughter of H.K. tycoon issues plea on sexuality

Jan 30, 2014

Daughter of H.K. tycoon issues plea on sexuality

The lesbian daughter of a Hong Kong tycoon who offered more than $100 million to find her a male suitor has issued a heartfelt open letter urging him to accept her sexuality. In the letter, which starts “Dear Daddy,” socialite Gigi Chao asked her ...

Chinese lash out at sexuality 'conversion therapy'

Jan 21, 2014

Chinese lash out at sexuality 'conversion therapy'

A wire connected to his genitals, a Chinese man says doctors administered repeated electric shocks as he watched a pornographic film — part of treatment he hoped would eliminate his sexual attraction to men. “I thought I’d try and see if there was a ...

China mom homeless after 17-year hunt for son

Jan 19, 2014

China mom homeless after 17-year hunt for son

The 17-year hunt for her kidnapped son cost Ye Jinxiu her marriage, home and family. And when she found her boy, now a grown man and stranger, he wanted nothing to do with her. Now 59, homeless and alone again, Ye roams the streets ...