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Virtual 10-Year-Old Filipina Reveals Thousands of Cybersex Predators
November 06, 2013

Virtual 10-Year-Old Filipina Reveals Thousands of Cybersex Predators

Created by a child rights group, “Sweetie” was asked to perform online sex acts.

Mangalyaan: India’s Frugal Mission to Mars
November 06, 2013

Mangalyaan: India’s Frugal Mission to Mars

Could India become a “budget” player in the space technology market?

Big Economic Growth Brings Big Waistlines to India’s Rich
November 06, 2013

Big Economic Growth Brings Big Waistlines to India’s Rich

Western lifestyle and a lack of health education pave the way for obesity

Restaurant Menu Scandal Continues in Japan
November 03, 2013

Restaurant Menu Scandal Continues in Japan

High-end eateries admit to using cheaper ingredients than those advertised.

Who Are the Uyghurs Really?
October 31, 2013

Who Are the Uyghurs Really?

After growing up in post-9/11 America, living among Uyghurs changed my perception of Muslims.

Japan’s LDP Mulls Tepco Breakup as Fuel Rods OK’d for Risky Removal
October 31, 2013

Japan’s LDP Mulls Tepco Breakup as Fuel Rods OK’d for Risky Removal

Abe panel suggests that utility is unfit to decommission the stricken plant.

Don’t Expect Golf to Catch On in China
October 31, 2013

Don’t Expect Golf to Catch On in China

Social and economic factors have crippled golf’s popularity.

American TV Network Apologizes for “Kill Everyone in China” Comedy Skit
October 30, 2013

American TV Network Apologizes for “Kill Everyone in China” Comedy Skit

Jimmy Kimmel Live segment prompted outrage , Hitler comparison.

English from 3rd Grade for Japanese Students?
October 29, 2013

English from 3rd Grade for Japanese Students?

Will students benefit without fundamental changes to the current system? Teachers weigh in.

Scientist Links Asia’s “Abominable Snowman” to Ancient Bear
October 29, 2013

Scientist Links Asia’s “Abominable Snowman” to Ancient Bear

Tests of alleged Yeti hair samples match 120,000-year-old polar bear DNA.

Bye Bye, Bintang? Bali Braces for Proposed Indonesian Alcohol Ban
October 28, 2013

Bye Bye, Bintang? Bali Braces for Proposed Indonesian Alcohol Ban

Islamists push for prohibition in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country.

Mizuho Bank’s Yakuza Scandal: More than 30 Execs to be Punished
October 25, 2013

Mizuho Bank’s Yakuza Scandal: More than 30 Execs to be Punished

Roughly $2 million was knowingly loaned to Japanese gangsters.

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