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Liu and Yassky Headed for Runoff for New York City Comptroller   Posted 09-16-2009

After a tight, expensive race for city comptroller between candidates with little name recognition, City Councilmen John C. Liu of Queens and David Yassky of Brooklyn appeared to be headed for a runoff election on Tuesday night.

"Mona Lisa" comes to life in high-tech art exhibit   Posted 08-28-2009

BEIJING (Reuters Life!) - For centuries, Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" and her enigmatic smile have inspired as much speculation as admiration. Now she's ready to answer questions -- in Mandarin.

Where Life Revolves Around Your Cellphone, the Factory Floor, and Forged Diplomas: A Q&A With the Au   Posted 12-24-2008

Chinese cities today have more than 130 million migrant workers, most of whom have relocated from more rural parts of China, writes Leslie Chang in her recent book Factory Girls: “Together they represent the largest migration in human history - three times the number of people who emigrated to America from Europe over a century.”

Time to Reboot America   Posted 12-24-2008

Landing at Kennedy Airport from Hong Kong was, as I’ve argued before, like going from the Jetsons to the Flintstones. The ugly, low-ceilinged arrival hall was cramped, and using a luggage cart cost $3.

The Big Question: Why is the panda so revered, and is it China's most powerful secret weapon?   Posted 12-23-2008

China has wheeled out its black and white furry secret weapon, the Giant Panda, in an attempt to cement relations with Taiwan, the island which Beijing considers an inalienable part of its territory.

China’s Goodwill Giant Pandas Arrive in Taiwan   Posted 12-23-2008

A pair of giant pandas from China's fog-shrouded mountains reached an excited but wary Taiwan on Tuesday, a symbol of improved relations between the longtime political rivals who once stood at the brink of war.

'Strong-Willed Pig' named China's animal of the year   Posted 12-22-2008

A pig that became a nationwide celebrity after surviving for 36 days buried beneath rubble after this year's Sichuan earthquake has been named China's most inspirational animal of 2008.

36 Hours in Ho Chi Minh City   Posted 12-22-2008

HO CHI MINH CITY, or Saigon, as most locals still call it, is a relative newcomer. With only three centuries of history, compared with Hanoi’s thousand years, the city has a youthful spirit and is quick to embrace change.

Saudi court tells girl aged EIGHT she cannot divorce husband who is 50 years her senior   Posted 12-22-2008

A Saudi court has rejected a plea to divorce an eight-year-old girl married off by her father to a man who is 58, saying the case should wait until the girl reaches puberty.

Rescuing Cultures of India, From A to Z   Posted 12-22-2008

In an academy deep in the agrarian countryside of western India, five students were writing briskly in ruled notebooks. When they are finished, the world will have five more documented languages.

From a Hinterland, Hmong Forge a Home   Posted 12-22-2008

“Sometimes I imagine that I am seeing the mountains of Laos in those green hills,” said Mr. Ly, 50, a farmer and baker who was born into the Hmong, the mountain tribe that waged a C.I.A.-backed guerrilla war against the Communist Pathet Lao in Laos in the 1960s and 1970s.

In Booming Gulf, Some Arab Women Find Freedom in the Skies   Posted 12-22-2008

It was graduation day at Etihad Training Academy, where the national airline of the United Arab Emirates holds a seven-week training course for new flight attendants.

Toyota Expects Its First Loss in 70 Years   Posted 12-22-2008

Toyota Motor, the Japanese auto giant, said Monday that it expected its first operating loss in 70 years, underscoring how the economic crisis was spreading across the global auto industry.

China to the Rescue? Not!   Posted 12-22-2008

I had no idea that many of those oil paintings that hang in hotel rooms and starter homes across America are actually produced by just one Chinese village, Dafen, north of Hong Kong. And I had no idea that Dafen’s artist colony had been devastated by the bursting of the U.S. housing bubble.

Hell No, Kitty!   Posted 12-21-2008

Taiwan is home to an unusual maternity hospital; one entirely decked out in Hello Kitty accoutrements.

Chinese Protesters: Stop Nabbing, Eating Our Cats   Posted 12-19-2008

Several dozen protesters in Beijing today urged an end to the "shameful" and "cruel slaughter" of cats for food as they unfurled banners in a tearful demonstration.

Pakistan May Not Be Ready for Its Beauty Queen   Posted 12-19-2008

Every once in a while, you can catch Miss Pakistan, Natasha Paracha, 24, hopping out of a cab in her rhinestone tiara, fresh from an appearance.

Kraft's Chinese Oreo Cookie Makeover   Posted 12-17-2008

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Man dies after retirement party hijinks   Posted 12-16-2008

A 60-year-old man who was thrown into the air in celebration at his retirement party died after his colleagues failed to catch him and he fell to the floor, a Japanese newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Eliot Spitzer shows his face in Chinatown   Posted 12-16-2008

If Eliot Spitzer had had to choose a venue at which to make his re-entry into society, he would presumably not have selected a former massage parlour in Chinatown on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

What Saudi women can and cannot do   Posted 12-16-2008

I was recently asked if I could make a list of what Saudi women can and cannot do due to the culture, social, law and religious traditions of the Kingdom.

Captive doctor to return to UK   Posted 12-14-2008

An NHS doctor who was freed following claims that she was being held captive in Bangladesh by her parents is due to fly into the UK later.

Vietnam prostitutes kept in dog cages   Posted 12-10-2008

Some 130 women were held prisoner, some in dog cages, at a Ho Chi Minh City brothel, forced to work as prostitutes 18 hours per day, local media reports say.

Inventor builds She-3PO robot   Posted 12-10-2008

SHE is the perfect wife, with the body of a Page 3 pin-up and housekeeping skills that put TV’s Kim and Aggie to shame. Her name is Aiko, she can even read a map, and will never, ever, nag.

Math Gains Reported for U.S. Students   Posted 12-09-2008

American fourth- and eighth-grade students made solid achievement gains in math in recent years and in two states showed spectacular progress, an international survey of student achievement released on Tuesday found. Science performance was flat.

Home Business & Finance News U.S. Politics International Technology Entertainment Sports Lifestyle O   Posted 12-09-2008

A young woman in southern China has partially lost her hearing after her boyfriend ruptured her eardrum during an excessively passionate kiss, local media reported Monday.

Wie finally proves she belongs on LPGA Tour   Posted 12-09-2008

Having played 90 holes over five days in pursuit of LPGA Tour membership, the final act for Michelle Wie was to sign her scorecard. Walking to the tent, one fan held up a sign that played off the marathon political season. "Yes Wie Can."

Brits Try To Free Doctor Held Captive In Bangladesh   Posted 12-09-2008

A British lawyer is trying to help a U.K. resident allegedly being held by relatives in Bangladesh by using a new law that allows British courts to prevent someone from being forced into marriage.

The Indian mother who had an IVF baby at the age of 70   Posted 12-08-2008

This is the Indian woman who has become the second in the country to give birth to a child by IVF at the age of 70. Mrs Rajo Devi, old enough to be a great-grandmother, brought her daughter into the world after IVF treatment at an Indian medical centre. Both are said to be doing well.

Hello baby! Hello Kitty welcomes Taiwan newborns   Posted 12-05-2008

Mommy, daddy -- and Hello Kitty -- welcome newborns at a cat-themed Taiwan maternity hospital that hopes the Japanese cartoon icon will ease the stress of childbirth as well as boost business.

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