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Braille technology firm builds electronic 'Kindle for the blind'

A British company plans to launch a Braille e-reader for blind people this year that should greatly enhance their reading experience and spare them from lugging around hefty print volumes.
Source: Reuters | 2019/1/15 17:53:43

Fashion brands' Year of the Pig products leave netizen squealing

Chinese netizens are having fun trashing some very expensive and "ugly" pig year fashions designed by big-name luxury brands such as Gucci and Louis Vuitton.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/15 15:28:42

Parking war starts in kindergarten

People who drive know how frustrating it can be finding a parking space, and now a bunch of pupils at a kindergarten in East China getting an early life-lesson in orderly parking.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/14 17:08:39

Overloaded fire truck gets traffic violation, sparks controversy between departments

The traffic department in Chongqing Municipality in Southwest China has come under criticism for issuing a traffic violation to a fire department when one of its fire trucks was discovered to be overweight.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/14 17:03:40

Extravagant Saudi weddings losing appeal

A Saudi wedding is typically a lavish affair and is seen both as a social obligation and a symbol of affluence.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/14 16:53:41

Afghan talent show singer finds fame as Justin Trudeau's double

An Afghan talent show contestant's striking resemblance to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has turned him into an unlikely celebrity in the war-torn country, and potentially given him the winning edge.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/14 16:53:40

Brave 4-year-old boy leads police to deadly accident, saves his baby sister

A 4-year-old boy in Zhaotong, Southwest China's Yunnan Province bravely climbed up a hill to seek help from locals after surviving a car crash. His efforts are credited with saving his younger sister, who is a year and a half old, but their two relatives died in the accident.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/13 17:53:40

Alipay helps improve prison life

Relatives of prisoners being held at the Beijing Municipal Administration of Prisons (BMAP) can now send up to 1,000 yuan ($148) per month to a prisoner's online account which they can spend electronically at the prison.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/13 16:53:39

Replica of Qiqi the Yangtze dolphin on exhibit 18 years after her death

An exact replica of Qiqi the "much loved" Baiji river dolphin who died in 2002 after living in captivity for two decades has gone on display at a museum in Wuhan, Central China's Hubei Province.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/13 16:43:40

'Maybe I forgot you had grown up, but I just needed to pick you up'

An 84-year-old woman who suffers from Alzheimer's disease confused people at a kindergarten when she came to pick up her daughter who had left the school 30 years ago.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/13 16:38:39

Lying on unexploded WWII shell not a good idea, Dutchman told

Lying down on top of an unexploded World War II shell is "strictly ill-advised," officials on Thursday told a Dutchman who found one in his garden.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/13 16:13:40

Can insect pet food reduce dogs' carbon pawprint which is twice that of a 4X4 drive car?

Love your dog, but worry about the environmental impact of their meat-heavy diet? Now one British company is offering a solution, feed your pooch insects instead.
Source: Reuters | 2019/1/13 16:13:40

WeChat data shows generation gap

WeChat's annual data report offers some curious insights into the habits of people born in different decades.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/10 18:08:41

Hotel accepts deposit then cancels reservation for cemetery's meeting

A hotel in North China is being accused of discrimination after canceling a reservation made by a cemetery even after the hotel accepted a deposit.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/10 18:03:40

Cat in the bank – panicked feline literally drops into secure area, freaks out staff, clients

A bank in Central China's Henan Province had a security scare Monday when inexplicably a cat suddenly fell from the ceiling.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/10 17:48:40

Canadian Atlantic village seeks help with invasion of seals

A Canadian Atlantic coast village is asking the federal fisheries department for help to get rid of some 40 stranded seals who wreaking havoc, by blocking roads and doors to homes and businesses.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/10 17:38:41

The shoe does not fit: Aussie PM tripped up by doctored footwear

Australia's prime minister laughed off a clumsy attempt by aides to Photoshop him wearing snazzier, and markedly cleaner, footwear on Wednesday, saying he was perfectly happy with his battered old kicks.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/10 17:38:40

WeChat data report digs into generational habits

The release of WeChat's annual data report on Wednesday offers some curious insights into how different generations use China's most popular instant messaging app.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/10 11:43:39