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ELLE Magazine Declares North Korea a Fashion Trend
November 20, 2013

ELLE Magazine Declares North Korea a Fashion Trend

The influential lifestyle magazine is promoting “North Korea Chic” as a top international fashion trend this fall.

Malaysian Authorities Whitewash Street Artist’s Lego Mural
November 18, 2013

Malaysian Authorities Whitewash Street Artist’s Lego Mural

The removal of a controversial mural fails to hide a crime problem.

Uluru: Aborigines Ask Tourists to Refrain From Climbing
November 15, 2013

Uluru: Aborigines Ask Tourists to Refrain From Climbing

Restrictions and economic woes threaten the world’s largest monolith.

Kim Jong-Un Impersonator Delights Hong Kong, the Internet
November 15, 2013

Kim Jong-Un Impersonator Delights Hong Kong, the Internet

After a viral photograph, one Australian man became a full-time “dictator.”

Mongolians Aim for the Bull’s-Eye in International Darts Scene
November 15, 2013

Mongolians Aim for the Bull’s-Eye in International Darts Scene

The sport’s rising popularity could see it included in a future Olympics.

Ram Leela: Delhi Court OKs Controversial Film After Name Change
November 14, 2013

Ram Leela: Delhi Court OKs Controversial Film After Name Change

The original title of Bollywood’s Romeo and Juliet offended some Hindus.

First Wild Saola Sighting in 15 Years Gives Conservationists Hope
November 14, 2013

First Wild Saola Sighting in 15 Years Gives Conservationists Hope

The critically endangered mammal was photographed in Vietnam.

Top Ten Most Popular Asian Athletes
November 14, 2013

Top Ten Most Popular Asian Athletes

The Diplomat’s Samuel Chi ranks Asia’s best sportsmen and women.

Jimmy Kimmel Row: An Obstacle for Shanghai Disneyworld?
November 13, 2013

Jimmy Kimmel Row: An Obstacle for Shanghai Disneyworld?

Chinese Government calls for a “sincere” apology from Disney-owned ABC.

Japanese Prime Minister “Test Drives” Autonomous Vehicles
November 12, 2013

Japanese Prime Minister “Test Drives” Autonomous Vehicles

Shinzo Abe rode in three self-driving cars from leading Japanese automakers.

Brunei to Release First Commercial Film
November 12, 2013

Brunei to Release First Commercial Film

One of the smallest countries in the world hopes for a big screen hit.

Singles Day in China Decimates Online Shopping Records
November 12, 2013

Singles Day in China Decimates Online Shopping Records

Move over Cyber Monday. Chinese shoppers spent more than $5.75 billion in 24 hours.

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