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Australian sets Christmas tree record with 518,838 lights

/ Nov 28, 2015

Australian sets Christmas tree record with 518,838 lights

An Australian set his third Christmas-themed world record in as many years Friday by illuminating a tree in downtown Canberra with 518,838 twinkling lights. Guinness World Records confirmed that David Richards had broken the record for the most lights on an artificial Christmas tree that ...

Shirt photos offer sometimes awkward moments of APEC unity

/ Nov 17, 2015

Shirt photos offer sometimes awkward moments of APEC unity

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summits, which draw the U.S. president and 20 other regional leaders, are sometimes memorable for just one moment: the leaders posing for a group photo in unexpected attire. Former President Bill Clinton started the tradition in 1993, when he handed out ...

/ Sep 9, 2015

Chinese 'princess' farmer guilty of fraud

A farmer who pretended to be a princess descended from the Qing dynasty to swindle people out of more than 2 million yuan ($315,000) has been sentenced to 13½ years in prison for fraud, a court said. Wang Fengying and her co-accused Yang Janglin said ...

/ Jul 29, 2015

It ain't Malibu, but surf's up in North Korea

Here's a new take on gnarly. A pro surfer who coaches the Chinese National Surf Team and a tourism agency based in New Jersey plan a surfing expedition and training camp in North Korea, which has pristine beaches, virgin waves and, they say, the potential ...

North Korea's well-to-do feast on French baguettes

/ Mar 26, 2015

North Korea's well-to-do feast on French baguettes

French-trained chefs are cooking up a storm in Pyongyang, where North Korea's privileged classes are devouring their baguettes, a pro-North newspaper reported on Wednesday, even as much of the population outside the capital struggles to feed itself. The Kumkop General Foodstuff Factory for Sportspersons, which ...