Asia Pacific / Offbeat Apr 29, 2018

Fruit's pungent smell mistaken for gas leak, prompts panic

The pungent smell of the rotten durian fruit at an Australian university library has been mistaken for a gas leak, prompting an evacuation of the building. Specialist crews wearing masks searched the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology university campus library Saturday, but all they found ...

Toilet paper crisis in Taiwan sparks government intervention

Asia Pacific Feb 27, 2018

Toilet paper crisis in Taiwan sparks government intervention

Taiwan's premier is urging the public to avoid hoarding toilet paper after a reported spike in prices by manufacturers spurred a run on supermarket supplies. The island's government is monitoring distributors and retailers for signs of price manipulation after local media said major toilet-paper brands ...

World / Offbeat Feb 21, 2018

German newspaper gets dog registered as a Social Democrat

Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) were forced on Tuesday to declare that a 3-year-old dog called Lima would not be allowed to vote with party members on a coalition deal with Angela Merkel's conservatives, despite joining the party. The top-selling Bild daily splashed a photo of ...

James Bond villain? Steven Mnuchin takes that as a compliment

World / Politics Nov 20, 2017

James Bond villain? Steven Mnuchin takes that as a compliment

Steven Mnuchin has fought back against a fair share of criticism since becoming Treasury Secretary, sparring with Democrats who questioned his role in the housing crisis and calling media reports that chastised him "fake news." But now, he's embracing attacks. Images last week of Mnuchin ...