'Afghan Bruce Lee' high-kicking his way to Internet fame

Dec 10, 2014

'Afghan Bruce Lee' high-kicking his way to Internet fame

From the ruins of a bombed-out palace above Kabul, a young Afghan man bearing a striking resemblance to kung fu legend Bruce Lee is high-kicking his way to Internet fame, aiming to show another side to his war-weary nation. Videos and photos of Abbas ...

New Thai tourism strategy: 'I Hate Thailand' video

Nov 27, 2014

New Thai tourism strategy: 'I Hate Thailand' video

It has been a bad year for tourism in Thailand, and at first glance it looked like a new YouTube video was adding to the misery. The video, called “I Hate Thailand,” drew more than 1 million views within days of being posted last ...

Unboxing videos online chronicle the big reveal

Nov 27, 2014

Unboxing videos online chronicle the big reveal

Rrrrip goes the packing tape and squeak goes the protective foam. Are there sweeter, more seductive sounds than the opening of a new toy or gadget? Not to unboxers and the millions of people who watch their videos on YouTube. For the uninitiated, unboxing ...

High school dancer puts a skip in Toyama's step

Nov 6, 2014

High school dancer puts a skip in Toyama's step

A high school girl whose dance videos have found an avid following on the Internet is bringing some cool cred to her hometown, the economically depressed but perky city of Toyama. Aika Miyajima, 18, started posting video clips of her dancing online in June ...

Islamists show online savvy in displaying menace, soft side

Jul 8, 2014

Islamists show online savvy in displaying menace, soft side

Tweets and online videos are emerging as weapons of war in the Islamic State’s campaign to seize a swath of Iraq, with the al-Qaida offshoot’s use of social media dwarfing efforts by other militant groups. Over the weekend, websites previously used by the group ...

Egypt asks YouTube to remove video of sex assault

Jun 14, 2014

Egypt asks YouTube to remove video of sex assault

Egypt has asked YouTube to remove a video of a woman being sexually assaulted in Tahrir Square during a rally supporting the country’s newly elected president. Presidential spokesman Ehab Badawy said in a statement that the Egyptian Embassy in Washington made the request to ...

'Gangnam' tops YouTube hit list

Jun 1, 2014

'Gangnam' tops YouTube hit list

The wildly popular “Gangnam Style” music video cemented its place Saturday as one of the defining soundtracks of the digital age, smashing through the 2-billion barrier on YouTube. The infectious and satirical megahit by South Korean pop star Psy became a worldwide sensation, fueling ...