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David Bowie Wanted His Ashes Scattered in Bali

Apparently, Bali left quite the impression on Major Tom.

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Why Taiwanese Students Are Keen to Learn Vietnamese

In university classrooms across Taiwan, students are beginning to opt for Vietnamese language courses in an effort to further their careers.

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[Photos] Thai Authorities Ban Airline Tickets for 'Child Angel' Dolls

In a strange, true-life version of Lars and the Real Girl, regional carrier Thai Smile airways recently began permitting its passengers to purchase airline tickets for their “child angel” dolls, only ...

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Tourists Sustaining Vietnam's Dog Meat Trade

Though Vietnam's dog meat trade seems to be slowly falling out of favor among the country's younger citizens, it turns out the practice is alive and well among a different demographic these days: tour...

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North Korea Invents 'Hangover-Free' Alcohol

North Korea may have what is arguably one of the most oppressive societies on Earth, what is definitely an atrocious human rights record and what is possibly a hydrogen bomb, but now the cou...

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Vietnam Registers Disapproval After Chinese Oil Rig Returns to Disputed Waters

No matter how the rest of the international community tries to reason with China, it seems Vietnam's northern neighbor will do as it pleases. First, it was an oil rig in the East Sea, then some island...

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Heavy Metal Singer Elected to Taiwanese Legislature

While Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan's first female president, nabbed the most international headlines after her historic victory in the country's recent elections, Freddy Lim, frontman for the Taiwanese metal ...

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Thai Company Under Fire for Blackface Commercial

Thai company Seoul Secret recently pulled its latest commercial for skin-whitening pill Snowz after the ad, which featured a woman in blackface, sparked social media outrage.

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[Video] Terrorist Attack in Jakarta Leaves 7 Dead

Seven are dead after a terrorist attack rocked central Jakarta earlier today.

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Amid Its Aging Public Spaces, Yangon Just Opened a Community Skate Park

If you had to pick any Southeast Asian country to house a public skate park, Myanmar might not be your first guess. In Yangon, its biggest city, horse-drawn carts still travel the betel-stained street...

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Tokyo Is Catching Unruly Drones With Bigger Drones and Nets

In an effort to keep civilian drones out of unwanted areas, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department is now using bigger drones with nets attached to thwart unmanned vehicles operating in sensitive ar...

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North Korea Claims 'Perfect' Hydrogen Bomb Test

This morning, North Korea announced the successful detonation of its first hydrogen bomb.

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Cambodia, Thailand Reach Agreement on Pan-Asia Railway Network

Earlier this month, Cambodia and Thailand signed a memorandum of understanding on a new railway line that will run from Bangkok to Phnom Penh.

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New Evidence Suggests 'Last Stand' at Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat might not have been just a religious monument.

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South Korean 'Comfort Women' Are Not Happy About Japan's Latest Apology

On Monday, Japan and South Korea reached a landmark deal on aid to South Korean "comfort women", who were forced to serve as sex slaves to Japan's Imperial Army during World War II.

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[Video] North Korea's Spice Girls Didn't Perform in China After All

Chinese music lovers were hanging their heads in sorrow earlier this month, as the Beijing debut of North Korea's Spice Girls – a girl group better known as Moranbong – was canceled.

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Thai Junta Will Hand Power Back to Civilian Government in 2017

A year and a half after overthrowing Thailand's civilian government, the country's military junta has vowed to return power to a newly elected civilian government in 2017.

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[Video] Take a Tour of North Korea's Pyongyang From Above

To much of the world, North Korea is a mystery. Images of the super-secretive nation, headed by lube-loving Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un, seldom reach international media, and many wonder what life insi...

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Chinese Restaurant Charges Customers For Clean Air

There's no such thing as a free lunch. Nor, apparently, is there such thing as free air to breathe while you eat that lunch.

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Thailand Will Ban Visitors Who Overstay Their Visas

Thai authorities are getting serious about its visa policies, as the country's Immigration Bureau announced this week that it will begin cracking down on foreign visitors who overstay their visas.