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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?

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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

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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

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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’

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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 »

S Korean Ferry Disaster Causes One Suicide and Three Arrests

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The Captain, a female third mate, and a 55-year-old helmsman have been arrested following the ferry disaster in South Korea. Five charges were filed against 68-year-old Ferry Captain Lee Joon-seok, including negligence of duty and violation of maritime law. The charges against the other two crew members were not revealed. What is known about the… Read more »

Transgender Gets Legal Status In India, But Gays and Lesbians Don’t

Indian Eunuchs Get Official Recognition

India has elementally redefined ‘Gender Recognition’ for its official purposes. Transgender now has been legally recognized as a third gender besides male and female. However, in a cruel twist of irony, gays, lesbians and bisexuals still do not have any recognition. India’s Supreme Court has passed a landmark judgement officially giving recognition to transgenders as… Read more »

Crimea Adopts New Constitution; The Region “Welcomed Home” By Russia

Crimea's new constitution adopts a pro-Russia stance.

Crimea lawmakers adopted a new pro-Russian constitution on Friday, despite the Muslim Tatar minority’s objection, Pravda News reports. The region of Crimea, which transferred from Russia to Ukraine in 1954, is now a step closer to rejoining Mother Russia, Reuters reports. The Crimea Constitution was approved by all 88 deputies present, afterwards, the deputies broke… Read more »