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Adult swaddling therapy fad hits Tokyo

Adult swaddling therapy fad hits Tokyo

TOKYO Wrapped up from head to toe in a white bag and gently rocking from side to side, five Japanese mothers are hopeful Tokyo's latest health trend can cure their post-pregnancy

China girlfriend rental app gets leg up from Lunar New Year demand

China girlfriend rental app gets leg up from Lunar New Year demand

By Muyu Xu and Ryan Woo| BEIJING

BEIJING As millions in China head home to celebrate the Lunar New Year holiday with their families, 24-year-old Luoluo is busy answering messages on

Japan doll maker offers mini Trump ahead of Girls Day holiday

Japan doll maker offers mini Trump ahead of Girls Day holiday

By Kwiyeon Ha| TOKYO

TOKYO A traditional Japanese doll modeled after U.S. President Donald Trump has raised eyebrows among some Tokyo shoppers ahead of "Girls Day", a holiday meant to celebrate

Chinese woman jailed over balloon-popping guns set free

Chinese woman jailed over balloon-popping guns set free

BEIJING A Chinese court on Thursday set free a woman who had been jailed for three-and-a-half years for illegal ownership of guns used in a balloon-shooting game, a case that sparked

Lookalikes of Trump, North Korea's Kim grab Hong Kong by surprise

Lookalikes of Trump, North Korea’s Kim grab Hong Kong by surprise

By Pak Yiu| HONG KONG

HONG KONG It is a scene unlikely ever to become reality - American president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hugging and leaning

Australia zoo urges people to catch deadly spiders as antidote runs low

Australia zoo urges people to catch deadly spiders as antidote runs low

By Claudia Farhart| SYDNEY

SYDNEY An Australian zookeeper on Tuesday urged people to catch and donate deadly funnel-web spiders, to help replenish stocks of antidote running low after a spate of

'It's made in Vietnam!' At inauguration, origin of red Trump hats shocks many

‘It’s made in Vietnam!’ At inauguration, origin of red Trump hats shocks many

By Melissa Fares and Dustin Volz| WASHINGTON

WASHINGTON One of the biggest cheers President Donald Trump received from supporters watching his inaugural address on Friday was his call to "buy American

Small moth with yellowish coif named after Donald Trump

Small moth with yellowish coif named after Donald Trump

A small moth with a yellowish-white coif of scales has been named after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, in honor of the former reality TV show host and real estate magnate's signature

British police use stun-gun on their own black race relations adviser

British police use stun-gun on their own black race relations adviser

LONDON Britain's police watchdog is to hold an investigation after officers were filmed firing a stun-gun at their own local black race relations adviser who they apparently mistook for a wanted

That was hairy - Paris wax museum plays catchup with Trump dummy

That was hairy – Paris wax museum plays catchup with Trump dummy

PARIS A Paris wax museum unveiled a Donald Trump effigy with real human hair on Thursday, having being caught off guard with a half-ready figure of Hillary Clinton when he won

German swimmers dive into frosty waters to become 'Ice King of Chiemsee'

German swimmers dive into frosty waters to become ‘Ice King of Chiemsee’

PRIEN, Germany Some 30 swimmers braved the frosty waters of Germany's Chiemsee over the weekend, racing to be crowned "Ice King" of the famous lake near Munich.

In driving snow,

It's the Year of the (Giant Inflatable Trump) Rooster at one Chinese factory

It’s the Year of the (Giant Inflatable Trump) Rooster at one Chinese factory

BEIJING A factory in eastern China is racing to keep up with demand for its new clutch - giant inflatable rooster balloons that bear what some say is an uncanny resemblance

Rooster inspires new year resolutions in Singapore bird park

Rooster inspires new year resolutions in Singapore bird park

SINGAPORE A rooster at Singapore's Jurong Bird Park inspired visiting Chinese tourists to make a few resolutions on Wednesday, ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday.

The holiday, which ushers in

Mexico's lower house becomes 'Chamber of Rats' on Google Maps

Mexico’s lower house becomes ‘Chamber of Rats’ on Google Maps

MEXICO CITY Pranksters changed the name of Mexico's lower house of Congress to the "Chamber of Rats" on Google Maps on Tuesday in the latest dig at the political class during

Prankster behind 'Hollyweed' sign surrenders to Los Angeles police

Prankster behind ‘Hollyweed’ sign surrenders to Los Angeles police

LOS ANGELES A prankster who altered the iconic "Hollywood" sign in Los Angeles to make it read "Hollyweed" has surrendered to police and been charged with trespassing, a city official said.

Man phones police from roof of speeding car to thwart thief

Man phones police from roof of speeding car to thwart thief

PARIS A man clung onto the roof of his father's stolen car and called police on his mobile phone during a 130 km per hour (80 miles per hour) motorway chase

Doctors advise Germans to walk like penguins on ice

Doctors advise Germans to walk like penguins on ice

BERLIN German trauma surgeons advised the public on Wednesday to walk like penguins to avoid slipping on pavements with freezing temperatures forecast nationwide over the next few days.

An advisory published

Surgical forceps removed from Vietnamese man after 18 years

Surgical forceps removed from Vietnamese man after 18 years

HANOI Doctors in Vietnam have removed surgical forceps from a man who unknowingly carried them inside his body for 18 years, national television VTV reported.

Ma Van Nhat, 54, said the

'Hollyweed': Prankster alters LA's landmark sign

‘Hollyweed’: Prankster alters LA’s landmark sign

LOS ANGELES The iconic hillside sign overlooking Southern California's film-and-television hub was defaced overnight in honor of marijuana.

Residents awoke on Sunday to find "Hollyweed" staring down at them in four-story,

Canadian man punches cougar attacking dog near fast food store

Canadian man punches cougar attacking dog near fast food store

By Nia Williams| CALGARY, Alberta

CALGARY, Alberta A Canadian man punched a cougar in the face to stop it attacking his dog in a wooded area near a fast food store

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