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Australia competition watchdog calls for tough rules to curb power of Google, Facebook

The head of Australia's competition watchdog warned Monday that tough new regulation of tech giants like Google and Facebook was needed to protect the future of independent journalism.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/11 18:03:23

Fugitives praying for good fortune get arrested at Buddhist temple

Two fugitives who went to pray at the Dabei Buddhist Temple in North China's Tianjin Municipality during the Spring Festival on Tuesday were nabbed by local police after facial recognition software picked them out of the crowd of thousands of worshippers.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/11 18:03:21

Zoo visitor confuses Apple for apple

A visitor to the Yancheng zoo in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province, made an expensive mistake when she tossed an apple into the bear enclosure. She apparently mixed up the edible kind of apple with her Apple iPhone.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/11 17:58:40

People with skills get little rest during the Spring Festival

A hair stylist from Northeast China, who has been enlisted to cut the hair of a dozen relatives during his Spring Festival holiday, is getting a lot of sympathy from other professionals facing requests for help from family members.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/11 17:53:39

18-year-olds follow 500-year-old tradition and literally swing into adulthood

Thirteen 18-year-olds from an East China village on Lunar New Year's Day took turns on a pair of giant swings that is said to have a 500-year-old history.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/10 19:28:31

Girl saved from giant panda pen as bears close in

To the relief of hundreds of onlookers, a young girl who fell into a giant panda enclosure on Saturday was rescued by a security guard just as three of the curious bears lumbered toward her.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/10 19:23:39

Hawaii considers raising legal smoking age – to 100

People wanting to take up cigarette smoking in the US state of Hawaii might have to wait a very long time for their first legal drag, after a lawmaker introduced a bill that would bar sales to anyone under the age of 100.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/10 18:23:39

Not so sweet Valentine's Day gift offers closure for failed romances

Forget chocolate, flowers or a romantic dinner. A zoo in Texas is offering singles the chance to name a cockroach after their ex and see it fed to a meerkat live on camera on Valentine's Day.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/10 18:18:40

Porn site sponsors rugby match

The French rugby club US Carcassonne announced a porn website will be match sponsor.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/10 18:18:39

Court orders Benz renter to pay compensation for car damaged in typhoon flood

A woman in Northeast China who rented a Mercedes Benz that was damaged by a typhoon-caused flood plans to appeal a court ruling requiring her to pay the rental company almost 200,000 yuan ($29,791) for repairs and other compensation.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/1 18:08:40

AI cat shelter uses facial recognition

An engineer from Baidu Brain says he has incorporated artificial intelligence into a nearly two-meter-tall shelter for feral cats.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/1 18:03:41

Young teen ends up in emergency after drowning his sorrows in liquor, basketball following breakup

A 13-year-old boy in East China who drank three 100-milliliter bottles of liquor after his girlfriend broke up with him has recovered from alcohol poisoning that put him in a coma, according to a video posted on Sina Weibo.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/1 17:58:40

Young couples Spring Festival dilemma: Whose parents do they visit during the holiday?

A recent survey of 2,001 young Chinese couples showed 70 percent are faced with the dilemma of whose parents to spend the Lunar New Year with.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/1 16:58:41

Chinese hospital soothes patients with concerts

A hospital in east China's Jiangxi Province is presenting live piano concerts three times a week to help patients recover and ease their distress.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/1 16:58:41

Little girl asks mom's boss to grant a day off

A 7-year-old girl's handwritten note, which asks the president of her mother's company to grant her mom a one-day holiday so they could be together on her birthday, has touched hearts on social media.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/31 18:18:40

Amputee opens prosthetics shop

A man who lost both arms below his elbows in an explosion more than 35 years ago has created his own prosthetics shop to help amputees cope with their handicap.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/31 18:13:40

Grad blows up school and gets paid

A former student in East China got to trigger an explosion that instantly demolished a 12-story building at his alma mater, which in turn triggered an outburst of jokes from netizens saying he was living their childhood fantasy of “blowing up the school.”
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/31 17:08:41

Stinkin' to high heaven: A pair of Indonesian 'J-Queen' durians fetch $1,000 apiece

Two durians – a spiky, smelly, but savory fruit, have sold for nearly $1,000 each in Indonesia, an eye-watering price that lit up social media and prompted awestruck fans to take selfies with the pungent pair.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/31 16:53:43