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China TV host suspended over Mao parody

Apr 9, 2015

China TV host suspended over Mao parody

One of China’s most famous television hosts has had his shows taken off air after allegedly insulting Communist China’s founding father Mao Zedong, according to reports. State broadcaster CCTV said it was investigating Bi Fujian for having caused a “serious social impact.” A video ...

Apr 6, 2015

Malaysia detains 17 people suspected of plotting terrorism

Malaysia’s police chief said Monday that 17 suspected militants have been detained for allegedly plotting to carry out terrorist acts in the country’s largest city, Kuala Lumpur. Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said the 17 were detained Sunday. Khalid tweeted that two ...

Tradition meets 21st-century consumerism at Chinese festival

Apr 6, 2015

Tradition meets 21st-century consumerism at Chinese festival

Gleaming gold watches and smartphones are piled high in a ramshackle Chinese farmhouse — all replicas made of paper and designed to be incinerated, as 21st-century consumerism transforms the age-old market in offerings to ancestors. “Our work is serving the dead,” said Pu Shuzhen, ...

Hundreds protest against Islamic extremism in rallies around Australia

Apr 4, 2015

Hundreds protest against Islamic extremism in rallies around Australia

Protesters waving Australian flags and carrying signs such as “Yes Australia. No Sharia” rallied around the country on Saturday in events organizers said were against Islamic extremism. The “Reclaim Australia” events drew hundreds of supporters but also triggered counter-rallies from other groups who criticized ...

China's first museum on filial piety opens

Apr 3, 2015

China's first museum on filial piety opens

What makes a good son or daughter? At China’s first museum dedicated to the topic of filial piety, the answer seems to be: almost superhuman levels of devotion and sacrifice. Respect for family elders has been a cornerstone of Chinese culture for millenniums, but ...