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Thursday, December 24, 2015
"How have I impacted your life?" asks Niya, an American high schooler. "I loved you from day one," answers the warm voice of her grandmother.
S. Korea 'mock funerals' seek to ease life's stresses
In a dimly lit room, people dressed in white burial shrouds slowly sit up inside the wooden coffins where they had been lying, enclosed, for 10 minutes. Blinking, pale and solemn, they say they thought about their past and their loved ones while inside the coffins and vow to live better lives now.
Sunday, December 20, 2015
'Witcher 3,' 'Fallout 4' lead AP's top 10 games of 2015
Associated Press video game critics Lou Kesten and Derrik J. Lang's favorite titles of the year featured monster hunters, treasure hunters, guardian spirits and murder suspects:
Thursday, December 17, 2015
'Star Wars' fan's dream job: Crafting realistic lightsabers
This is not your father's lightsaber, Luke. This is not the weapon of a Jedi Knight, but the handcrafted replica of a Taiwanese man who disliked the official "Star Wars" products, started making his own blades and now sells them for up to US$400 each.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
1,000 Santas run for charity in Sweden
More than 1,000 joggers dressed as Santa Claus wearing red suits, boots and long white beards ran through the streets of Stockholm for charity on Sunday.
Australia, Japan, US drop food, toys on Pacific islands
Australian, Japanese and U.S. air force planes are dropping food and toys on remote atolls in the Pacific as part of the U.S. military's longest-running humanitarian relief mission.
Saturday, December 12, 2015
Inmate competition brings holiday cheer to Brazilian prison
In her sweat-stained Santa suit and soggy cotton-ball beard, Carina Barbosa looked every inch the picture of tropical Christmas cheer -- at least until she leaned into the candy cane striped bars of her cell and peered wistfully out.
Friday, December 11, 2015
Christmas delivery: 1st space station shipment from the US in 6 months
The International Space Station accepted its first U.S. shipment in more than half a year early Wednesday, receiving Christmas presents and much-needed groceries for the resident astronauts.
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Japanese Buddhist monks strutted their stuff Wednesday in a contest highlighting skills in chanting sutras, giving funeral sermons and, surprisingly, loud karate chops.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Three cheers for Chinese banquet guru
Lavish meals loaded with booze have long been a mainstay of Chinese politics and business for centuries, but for many they are more a source of anxiety than joy.
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