Black Pete protested as Dutch children hail St. Nicholas

World / Social Issues Nov 17, 2019

Black Pete protested as Dutch children hail St. Nicholas

The Dutch version of St. Nicholas arrived Saturday in the Netherlands in an annual children's party that has become the backdrop for increasingly acrimonious confrontations between supporters and opponents of his sidekick, Black Pete. White people often don blackface makeup to play the character in ...

Japan begins 10-day Golden Week holiday ahead of Imperial succession

National Apr 27, 2019

Japan begins 10-day Golden Week holiday ahead of Imperial succession

An unprecedented 10-day Golden Week holiday started Saturday ahead of the Imperial succession, with bullet train stations, airports and expressways crowded with travelers heading to their hometowns, major cities and overseas destinations. From the morning, there were long lines at check-in and luggage drop counters ...