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  • Hong Kongers fight to save beloved trams

    A controversial new proposal to take Hong Kong's beloved trams off the streets has sparked a wave of anger from residents who fear losing track of the city's past.

  • 83% of Japanese high schoolers use social networking services

    About 83 per cent of Japanese high school students use social networking services such as LINE, Twitter and Facebook, according to a government institution’s survey on high school students in Japan, the Untied States, China and South Korea. The figure of Japanese was the highest among the four countries.

  • Overtime is norm for China's white-collar workers

    Working overtime has become routine for white-collar workers, with more than 60 per cent of employees in a recent survey saying they have to work extra time on weekdays and 40 per cent having to do so on the weekends.

  • Japanese toilet giant flipping open lid on new museum

    Japan's leading toilet giant opens a new museum this week dedicated to a century of lavatories, from its first water flushing model to the most cutting edge version with odor-neutralizers and variable water jets.

  • Millennium sequel hits bookstores as author admits 'total fear'

    The eagerly-awaited sequel to Stieg Larsson's best-selling Millennium crime trilogy hit store shelves in 25 countries on Thursday, as the author admitted he wrote the book in a manic depressive state.

  • Smartphone growth creating etiquette challenges

    It's OK to use your smartphone walking down the street or on public transportation. But not at a family dinner. And definitely not in church.

  • Women to parade topless through New York on Sunday

    Women will parade topless through the streets of New York on Sunday, flashing their breasts in the name of feminist liberation as they celebrate annual GoTopless Day.

  • Kung fu tourism: foreigners learn at China school

    In the countryside outside the birthplace of the Chinese sage Confucius, 35 students -- the vast majority of them foreigners -- battle the elements as well as exhaustion at a remote kung fu training academy.

  • Why do pretty girls go under the knife?

    Malaysian DJ and model Leng Yein, 30, touted as Asia’s sexiest DJ and Malaysia’s social media queen, travels the world on deejaying gigs and is ranked number eight on the World’s Top 100 Female DJ list.

  • Topless Times Square women court New York ire

    Naked but for a thong and body paint to spare their blushes, topless women in New York's Times Square are courting the wrong crowd this summer.

  • A meal and a webcam form unlikely recipe for S. Korean fame

    Every evening, 14-year-old Kim Sung-jin orders fried chicken, delivery pizza or Chinese food to eat in a small room in his family's home south of Seoul. He gorges on food as he chats before a live camera with hundreds, sometimes thousands, of teenagers watching.

  • Bent in Taiwan storm, 2 mailboxes become celebrities

    A pair of roadside mailboxes that were uniformly bent by a falling signboard during a typhoon earlier this month have become celebrities in Taiwan, drawing steady lines of people to snap photos and inspiring fan merchandise.

  • Study links homework to 'family stress'

    With youngsters in the United States getting ready to go back to school, a new study indicates that the homework they bring home is adding to "family stress."

  • New Princess Diana wedding photographs up for auction

    A set of behind-the-scenes photographs from Princess Diana's wedding to Prince Charles is going up for auction in Boston next month.

  • World's priciest wine from unexpected corner of Burgundy

    A rare Burgundy has emerged as the world's most expensive wine at more than $15,000 a bottle, and it is not a Romanee-Conti, according to the WineSearcher website.

  • Truck driver voted Sao Paulo's most handsome elderly man

    A Brazilian truck driver has won Sao Paulo's annual "Most Handsome Elderly Man" contest.

  • Singapore is second-largest backer of Kickstarter travel jacket that has gone viral

    Singapore residents form the second-largest group of backers for a multi-feature travel jacket project, which is the most-funded clothing project in the history of crowdfunding site Kickstarter. In just three weeks, it raised US$2.7 million (S$3.71 million).

  • How fasting helps lose weight

    Nutritionist Marzuki Iskandar explained how fasting could help Muslims lose weight and detoxify their body during their holy month of Ramadhan which starts on Thursday.

  • Starbucks hopes 'Mini Frappuccino' tempts new customers

    If a small Frappuccino seems like too much of an indulgence, Starbucks is now selling a more petite version of the sugary coffee drink.

  • Last catwalk

    Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen (center), celebrates with models Caroline Ribeiro (left) and Fernanda Tavares (right) at the end of the show from the Colcci Summer collection at Sao Paulo Fashion Week in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Wednesday. Bundchen, the Brazilian supermodel who has lit up catwalks around the world for 20 years, is retiring from the runway. (AP/Andre Penner)