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.
News 2021-12-16T07:52:12Z

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

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 2021-12-14T04:34:44Z

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."
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 2021-12-06T03:25:50Z

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 2021-12-01T06:20:16Z

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 2021-11-29T09:28:57Z

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 2021-11-26T06:18:53Z

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.
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.
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