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Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Mahjong masters clack tiles in glitzy Macanese casino for int'l contest
In a ballroom of a glitzy casino hotel, the clatter of plastic tiles turned into roaring applause as the winner was determined for an international mahjong competition late Sunday following a weekend-long wrangling over square tables.
Monday, December 7, 2015
Russian Orthodox priests pose for pics with pet cats in hit calendar
In a rare venture into popular culture, bearded Russian Orthodox priests have posed as models for a glossy 2016 calendar -- cuddling their pet cats.
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Estonia's bow-tie loving President Toomas Hendrik Ilves took a spin as a DJ Thursday night, wowing crowds at a popular Tallinn venue with classic rock hits as part of a novel charity drive.
Estonian President Ilves takes spin as DJ in campaign for kid's charity
Sunday, November 29, 2015
Christmas tree sets record with 518,838 lights
An Australian set his third Christmas-themed world record in as many years Friday by illuminating a tree in downtown Canberra with 518,838 twinkling lights.
British photographer McCullin says wars now harder to cover
Award-winning British war photographer Don McCullin, who will be celebrated at next year's Photo London festival with a special exhibition, spoke Friday about the growing difficulties in covering conflicts.
Friday, November 27, 2015
Skiing in New Mexico: New owners upgrading Taos resort
When it comes to skiing, the southwestern U.S. state of New Mexico has long been the stepchild of sorts to its northern neighbor, Colorado, and its abundance of larger, snowier mountains and well-developed towns and resorts.
Thursday, November 26, 2015
South Korea's 'webtoon' craze making global waves
Seoul office worker Park Sun-min constantly checks his smartphone -- trawling for updates on an insect apocalypse, ghost soldiers haunting the inter-Korean border, and a supermarket worker's struggle to form a trade union.
Saturday, November 21, 2015
For chocolate lovers with cash to burn, a gold-coated Kit Kat bar will hit stores in Japan later this month, but at an eye-watering 2,016 yen (US$16) a finger it will only be available for the lucky few.
Philippine police deploy Katy Perry to disperse APEC protesters
Philippine police deployed Katy Perry pop songs to disperse protesters at an Asia-Pacific leaders' summit on Thursday, enraging some demonstrators but amusing others.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
'APEC hotties' Trudeau and Nieto are setting Philippine hearts racing
The dashing good looks of Canada's prime minister and Mexico's president have sparked the unlikely hashtag "#APEChottie" to go viral at a gathering of world leaders in the Philippines.
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