News 2021-12-16T07:52:12Z
A newborn baby is seen being fed on a bottle in the ward of a hospital in China

A Chinese man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for selling off his 5 children for $28,000

The man, surnamed Yang, was dealt a 10-year prison term after being accused of having five children for the sole purpose of selling them for profit.
News 2021-12-16T05:33:32Z
Hu Xijin, chief editor of Global Times

China's 'king of trolls,' a newspaper editor known for being a nationalist firebrand voice for the Chinese Communist Party, is retiring

Hu Xijin said he was retiring as chief editor of the state-linked Global Times, but would keep contributing to the Communist Party's news outreach.
News 2021-12-17T07:28:25Z
Hui Ka Yan at a Communist Party National Committee

Evergrande's boss has seen his wealth slump by $17 billion this year amid the company's debt crisis

Hui Ka Yan is now worth $6.1 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
News 2021-12-17T04:51:20Z

Congress passes ban on all imports from China's Xinjiang unless businesses can prove they are made without forced labor

The move comes amid intense concerns about human rights abuses against the Uyghur, a Turkic Muslim minority ethnic group, in China's Xinjiang region.
News 2021-12-14T04:34:44Z

A 683-pound giant blue sapphire — thought to be one of the largest in the world — is heading to auction and is expected to fetch millions

The massive sapphire has been dubbed the "Queen of Asia," and was found in the southern city of Ratnapura, known as Sri Lanka's "city of gems."
Markets 2021-12-16T11:26:11Z

Chinese authorities are auditing the assets of Evergrande and its billionaire boss to determine if it needs a bailout: Reuters

The government has stepped in to manage Evergrande's crisis after it said there was "no guarantee" it would have enough funds to meet debt repayments.
Entertainment 2021-12-15T07:02:21Z
News 2021-12-14T07:46:51Z

Travelers from the US to Hong Kong must now stay at a spartan quarantine camp for a week before completing an additional 2 week quarantine

Only Hong Kong citizens are allowed to transit into Hong Kong from the US. US citizens wishing to travel to Hong Kong must spend 14 days in a lower-risk country before entering Hong Kong.
News 2021-12-13T06:53:45Z

Alibaba fired a female employee who accused a former supervisor and a client of sexual assault: report

The employee released an 11-page document outlining the sexual assault allegations over the company's intranet.
News 2021-12-06T03:25:50Z

A Chinese city is paying $1,500 to anyone who tests positive for COVID-19

This is a new effort by the city's local government to lure anyone with symptoms to get tested for the virus without having to contact trace them.
News 2021-12-23T08:04:47Z

Hong Kong's 'Pillar of Shame' statue, which commemorates the victims of the Tiananmen Square massacre, was removed in the middle of the night

The "Pillar of Shame" was erected 1997, the same year Hong Kong was returned to China. Its removal comes amid Beijing's crackdown on dissent.
News 2021-12-23T07:42:29Z

China is swinging into panic mode ahead of the Winter Olympics, locking down a city of 200,000 people over one COVID-19 case

China's COVID-zero approach has led it to impose harsh travel curbs, including a swift lockdown on a city of 13 million people.
News 2021-12-17T07:50:37Z

Seoul is using AI to detect people who might be intending to jump to their deaths off the Han River's bridges

The Han River's bridges are a hotspot for people looking to end their lives. This new tech will serve as an early-warning system to rescue teams.
Asia 2021-12-16T21:44:09Z

Inside the wildly competitive world of recreational badminton in Singapore, where players jockey for courts and space is snapped up in minutes

Welcome to Singapore, where badminton is no mere evening activity — it's a lifestyle, and a highly competitive one at that.
News 2021-12-13T07:05:49Z

A Korean dairy conglomerate is being dragged on social media for an ad depicting women as cows to be milked

The 37-second video showed a man secretly filming women doing yoga in a secret glade. These women subsequently morphed into cows.
News 2021-12-10T06:32:19Z

Japanese scientists are developing face masks that glow under UV light if the wearer has COVID-19

The scientists say the masks help detect COVID with a filter that shows traces of the virus when sprayed with a fluorescent dye containing antibodies.
News 2021-12-06T06:39:20Z

Myanmar civilian leader and Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi given 4 year sentence following a closed-door trial

Suu Kyi and deposed President Win Myint were found guilty of inciting unrest and violating COVID-19 pandemic restrictions during last year's election.
News 2021-12-01T06:20:16Z

In a new push for vaccine diplomacy, China's Xi Jinping has pledged to give Africa a billion vaccines

Xi made the undertaking to give Africa vaccines in Beijing on November 29, adding that China will also be sending 1,500 health experts to Africa.
News 2021-11-30T04:42:54Z

A man spent $260,000 to build a replica of the Taj Mahal complete with marble columns, and dedicated the monument to his wife

Anand Prakash Chouksey made trips to the Taj Mahal to study it before building the scaled-down replica, which is a third of the real Taj Mahal's size.
News 2021-11-30T04:30:20Z

North Korean defector who made a daring escape from a Chinese prison was recaptured by authorities after 40 days on the run

Zhu Xianjian crossed into China and was jailed by authorities there in 2013 for stabbing an elderly woman, according to court documents.
News 2021-11-29T09:28:57Z

Daring smugglers ferry millions of dollars of illegal, unregulated meat into China each year via Hong Kong's waterways, and the government can't seem to stop them

The Hong Kong authorities are playing catch-up with gangs who, under the cover of darkness, transport tonnes of frozen meat into the Chinese mainland via speedboat.
News 2021-11-29T06:05:08Z

Hong Kongers are paying to go on 'bus rides to nowhere' to have a quiet spot to doze off for 5 hours

The "rides to nowhere" are being offered by a tour agency, which provides a quiet bus for people to dose off during a 52-mile-long journey.
News 2021-11-29T04:16:59Z

Shanghai canceled over 500 flights, closed schools, and suspended hospital services because of 3 COVID-19 infections

Shanghai canceled 30% of flights from two major airports and stopped outpatient services at 20 hospitals after three COVID-19 cases were identified in the city.
News 2021-11-26T06:18:53Z

South Koreans are so stressed, they're forking out cash just to sit in a room and stare blankly into space

South Koreans are paying to sit in movie theaters and for time slots at special quiet spaces to do nothing and space out, per The Washington Post.
News 2021-11-26T05:47:57Z

North Korea is banning leather coats to prevent its people from imitating Kim Jong Un's fashion style: report

Kim Jong Un has often been spotted attending events, including military parades, sporting a leather trench coat.
News 2021-11-25T04:05:15Z

Ikea Japan is leasing tiny 107-square-foot homes for less than $1 a month

The lease for these tiny homes will extend until January 15, 2023, and the monthly rent paid will only cost 99 Japanese yen (equivalent to $0.86).
News 2021-11-24T07:51:13Z

China keeps a blacklist with 88 celebrities it claims are violating the country's moral standards, and it includes a K-pop star, a disgraced actress, and a TikTok influencer

The list includes influencer Guo Laoshi who was cited by the Chinese government for rejecting conventional ideas of Chinese femininity.
News 2021-11-24T06:33:24Z

A man was found alive after being declared dead and left in a morgue freezer overnight, reports say

Srikesh Kumar, 45, was declared dead after a traffic accident and placed in a morgue, but his family saw him moving when they arrived six hours later.
News 2021-11-23T06:41:31Z

The Chinese government might be releasing videos to reassure the world that Peng Shuai is alive and well, but her presence on the country's social media has been scrubbed clean

Mentions of Peng — who accused a top Chinese official of sexually assaulting her — appear to have been scrubbed from China's social media platform Weibo.
Lifestyle 2021-11-20T12:00:00Z

A former hoarding technician shares 6 of her favorite cleaning hacks for a spotless home

Fiona Mills, a former hoarding technician with Spaulding Decon, shared her go-to tips for cleaning that largest — and grossest — messes.
News 2021-11-19T08:27:08Z

A Philippine megachurch leader who is President Duterte's spiritual advisor made underage girls sleep with him as a 'night duty,' say US prosecutors

Apollo Quiboloy, who ran a children's non-profit in Los Angeles, told girls it was "God's will" to give their bodies to him, said prosecutors.
News 2021-11-19T03:10:54Z

'They eat their children' — The wife of a former Interpol president who went missing in China in 2018 calls the Chinese government a 'monster'

Grace Meng, the wife of former Interpol president Meng Hongwei, lashed out at the Chinese government in a scathing interview.
News 2021-11-18T08:17:43Z

A Chinese man who vanished for 16 years after failing out of college and feeling too ashamed to face his parents has been reunited with them

The unnamed man, surnamed Wang, disappeared in 2005 after he failed out of a top university in China.
News 2021-11-18T04:55:35Z

TikTok is up in arms over after a luxury hotel charged a guest $14 for 2 small bowls of steamed white rice

A receipt seen on TikTok shared by the account "richlife1688" showed that two bowls of rice cost S$18.83.
News 2021-11-16T07:28:42Z

A woman in China stuck a fluorescent light through her ponytail to keep studying when the university lights went out, and the photo has become a viral symbol for hard work

The woman was studying for an exam when the lights went out, so she improvised and strapped a fluorescent light to her head.
News 2021-11-15T07:39:34Z

A hashtag about 4 types of drinking behavior that will lead to legal trouble is trending in China right now, and it shows the extent of the government's alcohol crackdown

The guidelines aren't new, but Beijing seems to be doubling down on its push against a business drinking culture where employees are pressured into getting drunk.
News 2021-11-10T04:07:03Z

I'm swearing off Singles' Day's livestream sales events because they're anxiety-inducing, overwhelming, and annoying

Last year, I ended up buying items like makeup brushes, anime fan goods, and scrapbooking kits that I had not initially planned on purchasing.
News 2021-11-09T07:26:01Z

'League of Legends' fans shaved their heads and swarmed the streets to celebrate a Chinese team's world championship win

Shanghai squad Edward Gaming upset tournament favorites Damwon Gaming from Korea, prompting some fans to shave their heads and run through the streets in their underwear.
News 2021-11-08T06:51:24Z

A female astronaut made history this weekend when she became the first Chinese woman to ever complete a spacewalk

Wang ventured outside China's Tiangong space station for six hours on November 8 on a spacewalk with fellow crew member Zhai Zhigang.
News 2021-11-05T06:11:55Z

Japanese fans are going nuts over a racehorse named 'Sumomomomomomomomo' after a popular tongue twister about peaches and plums

A beloved filly with a name from a tongue twister scored her first victory on Monday, putting commentators on the spot as she raced to the front.
News 2021-11-03T09:22:19Z

Researchers say China is constructing 300 possible missile silos, which could make its nuclear arsenal bigger than Russia's or America's

The new report tops earlier missile silo estimates. The silos could house hundreds of nuclear warheads, said researchers.
News 2021-11-03T07:10:08Z

A math teacher is hosting his lessons on Pornhub to market his tutoring services for college students

Hosting free lessons on the site has attracted paying customers and Chang Hsu now earns around $268,000 a year from his online lessons held on other platforms.
Parenting 2021-11-02T21:05:13Z

The new popular parenting term in China is 'jiwa' — or 'chicken blood' parenting

The author explores how the parenting style in China went from "tiger moms" to "chicken babies" and what that means for kids.
News 2021-11-02T09:04:33Z

Chinese social media users think Elon Musk should join the Communist Party if he's serious about selling his Tesla shares to solve world hunger

Musk suggested this week that he would sell his Tesla shares if the UN can detail how it would use his $6 billion to solve world hunger.
News 2021-11-02T05:32:46Z

China was once obsessed with exams, but a tutoring ban by the government now has parents sending their kids to learn sports

Around 33,000 new sports and art schools opened a month after China banned for-profit tutoring in July and told schools to reduce homework.
News 2021-11-02T04:36:48Z

Japan's new political powerhouse is a young, right-wing Twitter-friendly governor known for advocating that people gargle iodine to cure COVID-19

Hirofumi Yoshimura is a fresh-faced politician lauded after his party nearly quadrupled their seats in Japan's latest general election.
News 2021-11-01T07:17:56Z

Round heads are all the rage in China, so some Chinese parents are putting their babies in pricey headgear to make their skulls rounder

Some Chinese parents are investing in head molds and special pillows to ensure that their babies have "aesthetically pleasing" round heads.
Home 2021-10-30T11:10:00Z

A snake-shaped Airbnb has cave-like hallways near a botanical garden and mineral cave in Mexico — take a look inside

El Nido De Quetzalcóatl in Mexico is curved like a snake and apartments are found in the serpent's back.
Lifestyle 2021-10-23T20:29:14Z

Teen girl says she was shamed for her Princess Diana-inspired homecoming dress by adults on Facebook

The TikTok video featured screenshots of the Facebook comments — many of which showed adults mocking the high school student's outfit.
Politics 2021-10-23T16:31:27Z

Meghan McCain says she suffered a miscarriage after 'disaster' interview with Seth Meyers

Meghan McCain shared details about her 2019 miscarriage in her new audio memoir, "Bad Republican," which debuted on Audible.
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