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Hong Kong Protests Erupt in Violence

Hong Kong protests turn violent.

After weeks of standoffs between protesters and police, the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong erupted in violence again late on Saturday night and early Sunday morning. The situation began to escalate on October 14, when protesters shut down a major artery on the Hong Kong road system — Lung Wo Road. Police went after… Read more »

Kim Jong Un Returns, Still In Control

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North Korean state media reported that Kim Jong Un recently gave “field guidance” to a newly developed residential district, his first public appearance in more than a month. Kim’s prolonged absence set off a flurry of rumors and theories. Although the report might put some of that speculation to rest, no doubt some are still… Read more »

Saudi Female Soccer Fan Attends Match, Men Are Outraged

female soccer fan

A Saudi female soccer fan, who “dared” to attend a match, is making headlines for all the wrong reasons after men became outraged. The scene unfolded as the woman, dressed in the traditional black garb — which covered every part of her body, except the eyes — came out to the stadium to support a… Read more »

Evacuations As Volcano Eruption In Philippines Threatens

Volcano eruption

Thousands in the central Philippines have been evacuated as scientists fear an impending volcano eruption that could lay waste to hundreds of miles around it. Mount Mayon has been showing signs of “relatively high unrest,” warn scientists, and a volcano eruption could be imminent, warns the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. A growing lava… Read more »

British Tourists Found Beaten To Death On Beach In Thailand

Thailand

Two British tourists were found beaten to death on a beach on southern Thailand’s Koh Tao Island, one of the country’s most popular diving destinations. The victims are unidentified as of this post. However, Thailand police have revealed that the British tourists are a 23-year-old woman from Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, and a 24-year-old man from… Read more »

American’s Trial In North Korea Set For September 14

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An American detained in North Korea is set to go to trial on September 14, according to a report by CNN. Matthew Todd Miller is the American being held in North Korea and, according to the CNN report, he was detained after allegedly destroying his visa and seeking asylum in the communist nation. In a… Read more »

What Is Teachers Day, And Why Is It Celebrated On September 5th?

Teacher's Day India

September 5th marks a special day in India. According to The Times of India, it is Teacher’s Day, or what the denizens of India refer to in Hindi as Shikshak Diwas. Teacher’s Day is designed to shower praise on the many teachers in India who strive diligently every single day to educate the nation’s youths…. Read more »

Prohibition In India’s Kerala State

Kerala State in India To Completely Ban Alcohol In 10 Years

Prohibition is headed for Kerala with a measure that is causing concern for what happens when the people are legally forbidden to drink. It’s a plan that will take 10 years to fully implement, but the results should show themselves much sooner than that. The BBC reports that Kerala has the highest per capita alcohol… Read more »

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

death toll rises from quake

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 »