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New constellations aim to inspire young stargazers

British astronomers have come up with a new set of constellations inspired by figures such as Harry Potter and Usain Bolt in an attempt to teach children about the layout of the universe.
Source: AFP | 2017/12/14 19:18:40

Is Peppa Pig putting pressure on doctors?

Peppa Pig, a cartoon loved by children around the world, could be to blame for creating unrealistic expectations of doctors, according to an article in the light-hearted Christmas edition of the British Medical Journal.
Source: AFP | 2017/12/14 19:18:40

Sarcastic 'thank you' note goes viral

A sarcastic 'thank you' note to a heating company that claimed their terrible service in the dead of winter had helped rekindle the author's love life has gone viral.
Source: Global Times | 2017/12/14 19:18:39

Man stands trial for 400,000 yuan Beijing hukou scam

A man stood trial on Monday after he was accused of scamming a man out of 400,000 yuan ($60,532) with promises of a Beijing hukou, China National Radio reported.
Source: Global Times | 2017/12/14 19:18:39

Man smashes ticket machines at China train station

A man caught on video smashing ticket machines at a Jiangxi Province train station told police he wanted to erase records of traveling with his apparently pregnant ex who is now demanding he pay her money, media reported Wednesday.
Source: Global Times | 2017/12/14 19:13:40

Chinese tourists furious over fake butterfly show

Tourists in South China were far from aflutter over a butterfly exhibition last weekend when they instead found it filled with plastic ones.
Source: Global Times | 2017/12/13 19:53:39

Police in China release anti-drug video featuring 'dancing addict'

A new anti-drug ad in China featuring video of a man high on drugs edited to make him appear like he's dancing in his cell has gone viral.
Source: Global Times | 2017/12/13 19:38:40

22 years later, Buddhist abbot arrested for murder

An abbot of a Buddhist temple has been arrested for murder after police said DNA evidence confirmed him as the killer of his wife's suspected lover in North China 22 years ago.
Source: Global Times | 2017/12/13 19:38:39

Covfefe? Hollyweed? Weird news of the year recap

President Donald Trump's Oval Office style dominated US headlines in 2017, but readers were particularly perplexed by his use of the word "covfefe," in what turned out to be one of the oddest news stories of the year.
Source: Reuters | 2017/12/13 19:33:40

'Feminism' named 'Word of 2017'

In the year that Donald Trump's inauguration triggered nationwide women's protests and powerful men were toppled by a firestorm of sexual misconduct allegations, the leading US dictionary named "feminism" its word of 2017.
Source: AFP | 2017/12/13 19:33:40

Little bit of heaven

A replica of The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest, the iconic circular building from the Temple of Heaven complex in Beijing, measuring 10 meters tall is displayed at a shopping mall in Chengdu, Sichuan Province on Monday. The original stands at 38 meters.
Source: IC | 2017/12/12 19:48:40

US Supreme Court declines wife swap case: yes, you read that right

The US Supreme Court on Monday let stand a Louisiana sheriff's firing of two of his deputies for swapping wives and families, refusing to review lower court rulings in a case that raised eyebrows.
Source: AFP | 2017/12/12 19:48:39

Boy refuses pain treatment for surgeries to save family money

A boy with a form of gigantism who has refused pain treatments during surgeries in order to save his family money has received more than 370,000 yuan ($55,871) from a charity drive after his touching story went viral.
Source: Global Times | 2017/12/12 19:48:39

Oz's Christmas tree topping craze: Nathan Lyon

Australian cricket fans are paying homage to Test spinner Nathan "Garry" Lyon by making him the must-have Christmas tree topper this festive season.
Source: AFP | 2017/12/12 19:43:39

Discovered ancient Buddha statues may have been hidden to avoid persecution

Archaeologists in Northwest China have unearthed dozens of statues they believe were hidden during a suppression of Buddhism nearly 1,500 years ago, local officials announced on Monday.
Source: Global Times | 2017/12/12 19:43:39

Groom robs to pay for his wedding

A newlywed groom was arrested days after his wedding day after he held up a driver at knifepoint because he didn't have enough cash to pay for the reception.
Source: Global Times | 2017/12/12 19:38:39

Taobao-auctioned Boeing 747 freight planes delivered in China

Two Boeing 747 freighters successfully auctioned on Taobao's judicial sales platform last month were handed over to its buyer Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/12 16:30:27

Did Santa really exist? Ancient relic offers new clue

Was Santa real? Scientists have offered a tantalizing clue by dating a bone said to belong to St Nicholas, the inspiration for Father Christmas, to the same century in which he died in what is now Turkey.
Source: AFP | 2017/12/11 19:03:39