Dec 2, 2014

South Koreans to light new frontline Christmas tree

South Korea said Tuesday it had approved a Christian group’s plan to set up and illuminate a large Christmas tree near the border with North Korea in spite of the almost certain fury it will provoke from Pyongyang. South Korea dismantled a 43-year-old frontline ...

U.S. consumer group lists '10 worst toys' for kids

Nov 20, 2014

U.S. consumer group lists '10 worst toys' for kids

A bow that shoots illuminated arrows its manufacturer says can fly up to 145 feet (44 meters) and the Catapencil — a pencil with a miniature slingshot-style launcher on its end — are on an annual list of unsafe toys released Wednesday by a ...

Oct 31, 2014

French town bans clown disguises after assaults

A small town outside Montpellier in southern France has banned people from disguising themselves as clowns from the streets — especially on Halloween. This week’s decision by Mayor Pierre Dudieuzere of Vendargues follows a series of incidents around France in which people dressed as ...

Dutch 'Black Pete' finally gets face-lift

Oct 16, 2014

Dutch 'Black Pete' finally gets face-lift

Black Pete, the jolly sidekick of the Dutch Saint Nicholas, is finally getting a face-lift after years of bitter debate, including death threats against those calling for change. An Amsterdam court’s ruling in July that Pete — traditionally dressed in a gaudy medieval costume ...

Golden Week exodus peaks; transport routes overwhelmed

May 3, 2014

Golden Week exodus peaks; transport routes overwhelmed

The mass exodus for the Golden Week holidays peaked Saturday as travelers crowded trains, airports and expressways. The international terminal at Tokyo’s Haneda airport, which expanded to accommodate extra flights at the end of March, was abuzz with families departing for overseas destinations. Japan ...

Pot holiday goes mainstream in Colorado

Apr 21, 2014

Pot holiday goes mainstream in Colorado

Once the province of activists and stoners, the traditional pot holiday of April 20 has gone mainstream in Colorado, the first U.S. state to legalize recreational marijuana. Tens of thousands gathered for a weekend of cannabis-themed festivals and entertainment, from a marijuana industry expo ...

Chinese horses clash in battle to mark Lunar New Year

Feb 3, 2014

Chinese horses clash in battle to mark Lunar New Year

Hooves clash in mid-air, a stallion bites his opponent while delighted spectators cheer wildly , and in southern China some chose to see in the Year of the Horse by watching the animals fight. For the residents of Tiantou, a remote village in the ...