Saturday, January 20, 2018

‘Beasts of war’: Afghanistan’s buzkashi horses prepare for battle

The rugged men of northern Afghanistan raise their buzkashi horses to be warrior princes, ready for the savagery of polo with a headless carcass. Mounts, like their riders, must be brave, strong and fast to...

Sora Aoi: Japan’s porn star who taught a Chinese generation about sex

When Japanese actress and former porn star Sora Aoi announced her marriage online, it set off a frenzy on Chinese social media. That's because she has played a surprisingly significant role in the lives of...

Wolf found in northern Belgium, first time in over 100 years

A wild wolf has been found in the northern Belgian region of Flanders for the first time in more than a century, an environmental group said Saturday. "Our country was the only one in continental...

Japan sewers clean up their act with manhole art

Japan's sewerage industry has found a way to clean up its dirty and smelly image: elaborately designed and colourful manhole covers with 12,000 local varieties nationwide -- including, of course, a Hello Kitty design. Appealing...

Naked Cowboy bravely sings of love for Trump in Mexico

The Naked Cowboy, whose white underpants, bronzed chest and cowboy hat are fixtures in New York's Times Square, took his act to Mexico City this week, bravely singing of his love for Donald Trump...

Japan’s ‘Virtual Currency Girls’ debut to fan frenzy

Japan's latest "idol" band, the Virtual Currency Girls, took to the stage for their debut concert Friday to educate the public about cryptocurrencies -- playing to frenzied fans waving their arms and chanting together. "Our...

Israeli leader Netanyahu stumps acclaimed mentalist

Acclaimed mentalist Lior Suchard appears to have met his match: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Suchard, who has wowed audiences around the world by guessing their secret bank PIN numbers or the names of their...

Fragment of flag from Nelson’s HMS Victory up for auction

Sotheby’s is auctioning a scrap of the red, white and blue “Victory Jack” flag that flew from Adm. Horatio Nelson’s flagship during the Battle of Trafalgar. The British naval hero was fatally shot aboard HMS...

‘Fire and Fury’ sales top 29,000 in first weekend

Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury” was the top-selling book last week, NPD BookScan told The Associated Press. And its numbers are likely to grow far higher. “Fire and Fury” sold 29,000 copies, BookScan announced Wednesday....

Bats’ brains boil in Australia heatwave

Hundreds of bats have died in sweltering conditions in Australia, with many dropping from their perches as the scorching temperatures "fried their brains", wildlife officials said Tuesday. A record-breaking heatwave saw the mercury rise to...
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