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Thais treat lucky 'child angel' dolls like pets

Jan 30, 2016

Thais treat lucky 'child angel' dolls like pets

Mix one part superstition, two parts fashion, a dab of celebrity idolatry and a heap of media frenzy, and what do you get? The “child angel” dolls, the latest craze in Thailand. They occupy a niche somewhere between Buddhist amulets, which are beloved by ...

Jan 27, 2016

South Korea denies using missionaries to smear North

South Korea on Wednesday rejected allegations — leveled in a video “confession” by a detainee in North Korea — that Seoul was supporting an anti-Pyongyang campaign through missionaries based in China. “We express strong regret that the truth is being distorted, while our national ...

Jan 12, 2016

U.S. tycoon's China scholars project announces first class

A new scholarship program in China that is intended to rival the prestigious Rhodes Scholarships has announced the members of its first class. The program founded by Wall Street tycoon Stephen Schwarzman covers all expenses for students in a one-year master’s degree program at ...

Thai skin-whitening ad provokes race storm

Jan 9, 2016

Thai skin-whitening ad provokes race storm

A Thai company pulled an advert for skin-lightening pills on Friday following an outcry on social media over a product sold with the tag line “white makes you a winner.” It is the latest marketing gaffe to draw accusations of racism in a kingdom ...