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China's 'Spidermen': Litter-picking over the abyss

December 08, 2020 11:35 AM

Mr Yang Feiyue and his colleagues collected two tonnes of litter in 2020.

Must be love: The Tokyo 'clinic' treating stuffed toys

November 05, 2020 9:50 AM

The Natsumi Clinic specialises in restoring much-loved teddies and other cuddly toys to their original glory.

Lost at sea: Surfboard drifts 8,000km from Hawaii to Philippines

September 21, 2020 11:12 AM

MANILA (AFP) - When big wave surfer Doug Falter lost his board in a wipeout in Hawaii, his best hope was for a local fisherman to pick it up. He never imagined it would be found more than 8,000km away in the southern Philippines.

Many Hong Kong youths look to flee amid extradition bill fury

June 28, 2019 4:36 PM

HONG KONG (REUTERS) - Immigration consultants in Hong Kong have seen a dramatic surge in inquiries, especially from the young, after mass protests against an extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China from the Asian financial hub for trial.

Bangladesh 'Tree Man' wants hands amputated to relieve pain

June 24, 2019 6:56 PM

DHAKA (AFP) - A Bangladeshi known as the "Tree Man" because of bark-like growths on his body said Monday (June 24) he wanted his hands amputated to relieve him of unbearable pain.

India stampede leaves at least 14 dead: Police

June 23, 2019 10:40 PM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - At least 14 people were killed and dozens injured in a stampede at a religious gathering in northern India Sunday (June 23), after strong winds caused a large marquee to collapse.

Hong Kong's alienated youngsters split over Tiananmen vigil

May 31, 2019 12:54 PM

HONG KONG (AFP) - Hong Kong's youth are shunning their city's annual Tiananmen vigil, focused on fighting their own pro-democracy battles instead of commemorating a historical atrocity against compatriots from whom they feel steadily more alienated.

Thou shalt not march: South Korean conservatives denounce Pride event

May 31, 2019 11:45 AM

SEOUL (AFP) - Tens of thousands of gay rights supporters will parade through central Seoul Saturday (June 1), despite South Korea's main conservative opposition party denouncing the Pride event in a country where Christian churches have enduring political influence.

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