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World Famous Yoga Guru Dies At 95

BKS Iyengar, a world famous yoga guru, has died at 95

One of the world’s foremost yoga gurus has died. The Times of India reports that BKS (Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja) Iyengar, the guru considered responsible for bringing yoga to the mainstream attention of the West, was admitted to the intensive care unit of a private hospital in Pune on August 12th with poor heart function and… Read more »

Indonesia Boat Tragedy: 15 Foreigners Missing After Boat Sinks

Boat tragedy in Indonesia

At least 15 people, mostly vacationing foreigners have been reported missing following a boat tragedy in Indonesia. According to BBC News, the accident happened in central Indonesia on the eastern shore of the country at around 7 p.m. local time last night. The boat was reportedly making its way from the tourist island of Lombok… Read more »

Malaysia Airlines To Be Taken Over By Government

Malaysia Airlines Government Guyout

Malaysia Airlines will soon be state-owned after the airline admitted to being mired in debt and still reeling from two aircraft disasters this year. Khazanah Nasional, the investment arm of the Malaysian government, formally requested the delisting of the airline in a letter to the country’s stock exchange Friday. The investment arm also offered to… Read more »

China Earthquake Death Toll Rises As Rescue Efforts Continue

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The death toll has risen to 589 in southwest China three days after an earthquake devastated Yunnan province on Sunday. According to Chinese news agency Xinhua, the sudden rise in casualties comes as a result of delayed confirmation. This is a mountainous region, and the villages affected by this earthquake are remote and difficult to… Read more »

China Factory Explosion Kills 68 Workers

Explosion Shattered Glass 500 Meters Away

An explosion at a metal products factory in Kunshan, China, has killed at least 68 workers and left nearly 200 more injured with burns over 80 to 90 percent of their bodies. The BBC has reported that the factory, which employs 450 workers, belongs to the Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products Company, has contracts with large… Read more »

Little Tiger: Vietnam’s Taste For Cat Meat

The Vietnamese Consider Cat Meat A Delicacy

In most countries, eating cat meat is a taboo, but for others, it’s a developed taste which often has its social origins in times of extreme hunger. The practice is officially banned in Vietnam but the delicacy turns up on restaurant menus anyway. It is a delicacy, an expensive one. According to the Agence France-Press,… Read more »

South Korea’s Government Is Funding Mail-Order Bride Schools In Vietnam

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The huge demand for mail-order brides in South Korea’s rural areas has pushed the national government to fund mail-order bride schools overseas. According to Washington Post, South Korea is financing training centers for mail-order brides in Ho Chi Minh, including one institution called Asia Cultural Exchange Foundation, which reportedly gets an annual $80,000 funding from… Read more »

Can Malaysia Airlines Survive After Two Devastating Disasters?

Can Malaysia Airlines survive?

After two tragic aviation disasters, Malaysia Airlines is fighting to survive, but is it possible? More than 500 people have perished between the MH370 and last week’s MH17 incidents, with the former not resolved and no signs of debris in the area where investigators believe the plane went down. Following Thursday’s downing of Malaysia Airlines… Read more »

Wider Parking Spaces For China’s Women Drivers Spark Sexism Debate

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A mall in China is currently under fire for allotting wider parking spaces for their women patrons. Dashijiedaduhui – or “World Metropolis”, a popular mall in the northern port city of Dalian, China, has recently unveiled parking spaces specially made for women drivers. Each of these parking spaces are 30 centimeters (11.811 inches) wider than… Read more »

Cambodia Military Helicopter Crash Kills Five, Injures One

Cambodia helicopter crash

A military helicopter has crashed near the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, killing five individuals, including a Cambodian Air Force Commander. According to The Cambodia Daily, the helicopter was carrying a total of six people. Most of the people inside the helicopter were pilot trainees and Brigadier General Ieng Vanarith was on the flight to… Read more »

Xi Jinping, China President, Visits South Korea, Snubs Pyongyang

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Chinese president Xi Jinping landed Thursday in Seoul for a state visit with Park Geun-Hye, marking his first trip ever to the Korean peninsula. Xi Jinping’s South Korea visit raised questions regarding the current state of his country’s relationship with North Korea, and it’s baby-faced strongman, Kim Jong Un. A week before Xi landed in… Read more »

American Detained In North Korea For Having A Bible

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Another American has been detained while traveling in North Korea, according to media reports. The man, identified by The Associated Press as 56-year-old Ohio native Jeffrey Edward Fowle, is being held on unspecified charges by the North Korean government. “The state-run Korean Central News Agency identified the latest detainee as Jeffrey Edward Fowle. It said… Read more »

Tiananmen Square 25 Years Later: Mourning, Struggle, But Little Progress

Tiananmen Square

The Chinese government tightened security in and around Beijing this week, in anticipation of the 25 year anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protest of June 3-4, 1989. Fox News reports that the government’s tight security affected not only mourners who traveled to the public square, but also the friends and family of many of the… Read more »

Tehran Dust Storm: At Least 4 Confirmed Killed, 30 Injured [Photos]

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At least four people were killed and 30 injured when Tehran was hit by a powerful dust storm on Monday afternoon, with winds reaching up to 80-miles-per-hour. Additionally, the dust storm caused flight cancellations at Tehran’s International Airport, fallen trees, and dozens of car accidents due to poor visibility. Some incredible photos have been posted… Read more »

Thailand Martial Law Declared, But Military Tells Country ‘Don’t Panic’

Thailand martial law

Thailand went under martial as of Tuesday morning, when the country’s army declared the need to “preserve law and order,” after acting Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra defied a court order to resign along with several of her cabinet ministers. The declaration comes after weeks of fierce street demonstrations and clashes between supporters of Shinawatra’s… Read more »

Is China Preparing For ‘Inevitable’ War In South China Sea?

A report in a Chinese journal suggests China will fight wars of aggression over the next 50 years.

Is China preparing for an ‘inevitable war’ (or inevitable wars) in the South China Sea? When you hear that question, chances are that it conjures up images of xenophobic conspiracy theorists looking for additional reasons to stockpile an arsenal while they wait for a doomsday scenario half way around the world. After all, we’ve all… Read more »

Massive Explosion Levels Historic Aleppo Hotel In Syria

Massive Explosion In Syria Levels Historic Aleppo Hotel

A historic Aleppo hotel in Syria was leveled as a result of an explosion, reportedly by the country’s biggest rebel group, the Islamic Front. The hotel has been identified as the Carlton Hotel, which according to ABC News was being used as a government army base in the northern city of Aleppo. The Huffington Post… Read more »

Is Earliest Image Of Jesus Christ Ever Found In Egyptian Tomb?

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Spanish archaeologists believe they have stumbled upon the earliest known image of Jesus Christ while doing work in an ancient Egyptian tomb. According to a report in the Daily Mail, the University of Barcelona scientists believe the tomb was the final resting place for a scribe and several priests, due to the type of artifacts… Read more »