Locked out of China, South Korea’s K-pop stars are heading to the US

May 22, 2017

(CNN)China’s loss is America’s gain. “China is South Korea’s biggest trading partner and many Chinese are big fans of Korean pop culture,” said Ellen Kong, CEO of Elf asia, a Hong Kong promotion company specializing in K-pop. “But the impact of THAAD has been substantial,” she added, referencing China’s staunch opposition to the US backed missile shield now housed in South Korea. “It’s meant China is no longer a viable market for …

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Superbug C. auris identified in 122 people across 7 states, CDC says

May 19, 2017

(CNN)The number of cases of an emerging and often multidrug-resistant fungus in the United States has grown from seven to 122 over the past nine months, according to a field report in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report issued Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The fungus, Candida auris, can cause severe illness with high mortality, especially among high-risk patients, including those in intensive care units, those with a central venous catheter and those who …

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In ancient city of Xi’an, China hopes to restart the Silk Road

May 15, 2017

Xi'an, China (CNN)Michael Chang’s love of noodles should make his adopted home a perfect fit. Growing up poor in eastern China, Chang crowded around one of the only two televisions in his village to watch Hong Kong soap operas and TV dramas. “They were all in these fancy offices eating instant noodles,” he said. ” I wanted that to be me.” China’s party ruined by N. Korea missile What is China’s grand plan for the world? In …

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Kim Jong Il Fast Facts

May 15, 2017

(CNN)Here is a look at the life of the late Kim Jong Il, former Leader of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Details of his life were mysterious and varied from source to source. Death date: December 17, 2011 Birth place: Sources vary between Khabarovsk, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics/Siberia and Mount Paektu, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea …

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Just what is this One Belt, One Road thing anyway?

May 12, 2017

Hong Kong (CNN)Spanning more than 68 countries and encompassing 4.4 billion people and up to 40% of the global GDP, China’s One Belt, One Road project is not short on ambition. But no one can say for sure what exactly the plan encompasses, and detractors warn it could be an expensive boondoggle at best or a massive expansion of Chinese imperial power at worst. So what is One Belt, One Road? …

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Pandora — The World of Avatar and 10 other hot theme parks of the future

May 12, 2017

(CNN)Ever wanted to fly on the back of a banshee, sail through a bioluminescent jungle or climb a floating mountain? Not enough theme park thrills? There’s more to come as construction gets underway on hot new adventure experiences around the world. To get the lowdown on what to expect, we caught up with The Theme Park Guy, aka Stefan Zwanzger, a man whose roller coaster career has so far taken him to more than 350 parks in 150 countries. “I’ve been to parks that …

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Anti-vaccine groups blamed in Minnesota measles outbreak

May 9, 2017

(CNN)A measles outbreak continues to strike Minnesota as health officials stress the importance of getting vaccinated. There are now 48 confirmed measles cases in Hennepin, Ramsey and Crow Wing counties, mostly affecting unvaccinated Somali-American children, according to data released by the state’s Department of Health on Monday. Of those impacted, 46 are children 10 and younger; 41 are Somali-American; and 45 have not been vaccinated against the disease, according to the data. …

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7 tips for parents who work from home

May 6, 2017

… breakfast, lunch, and dinner with my family, every day, at set times, and I work in between. My kids know I get off work at 5 pm each day, and that until 5 pm rolls around theyre not to disturb me. Since they know when Ill be done with work, it makes it easier for them to resist the temptation to enter the office during the rest of the day. 7. Start early After reading The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod I began waking up at 4 am each morning. Since Im based in asia I schedule interviews and calls …

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Tainted love: Bob Thissen finds beauty in derelict Japanese love hotels

May 4, 2017

(CNN)In one photo, a dusty chandelier hangs from the ceiling above a large circular mattress framed by a mirrored headboard. In another, an abandoned suit of armor stands guard over a chariot bed adorned with stained pillows. Signs of decay, from the scattered debris of a collapsing roof to water stained walls, are everywhere. Yet the images — all taken in the rooms of an abandoned Japanese sex hotel by Dutch photographer Bob Thissen — seem oddly serene, like staged monuments …

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FIFA Official Sheikh Ahmad Resigning Amid Bribery Claims

May 2, 2017

… since 2012; president of the Olympic Council of asia since 1991; and chairman of the IOC's Olympic Solidarity panel which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars to ANOC members. The sheikh left FIFA, which he joined in 2015, as pressure was building to remove him from the May 8 election. Two FIFA panels were reviewing his status this weekend. FIFA President Gianni Infantino said he had "taken note" of the sheikh's move, adding in a brief statement that "I want to …

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Treasuries, Oil Gain as Risk-Off Sentiment Rules: Markets Wrap

April 12, 2017

Treasuries rose and stocks were little changed with investors erring on the side of caution as geopolitical concerns build in asia and the Middle East. Oil posted its longest run of gains this year and the dollar weakened for the first time in three trading sessions. For the sixth time in seven days, the S&P 500 ran into trouble after crossing above its 21-day moving average. The chart level, roughly the index’s mean altitude over the last month, current sits at 2,360.7. The …

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So, Bad News: Now Militants Are Using Drones as Projectiles

April 10, 2017

… problem for Gulf countries, though. The US has Patriot and other missile defense systems deployed outside the region, including in East asia, where North Korea has been expanding its drone and ballistic missile programs. “I am sure the North Koreans are looking at their own extended-range drones and missile defenses popping up all over the region and making similar plans,” says Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East asia nonproliferation program at the Middlebury Institute of …

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China versus the US: Australia’s increasingly hard choice

March 29, 2017

(CNN)At the start of his five-day visit to Australia, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told parliamentarians in Canberra that “peace was the most precious thing.” That might be Chinese diplomatic boilerplate, but Li was speaking at Parliament House, where security had been tightened following the appalling atrocity in London, so it would have felt very real to those in the room. Of course, Premier Li insisted in his Canberra speech that China “will never seek dominance.” …

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NATO wants 5 more data-hungry surveillance drones

March 29, 2017

An RQ-4 Global Hawk taxis at an undisclosed location in Southwest asia.Image: christopher Boitz/REX/Shutterstock NATO wants more data-sucking surveillance drones. The alliance is buying five Global Hawk surveillance drones, according to The Wall Street Journal. They’ll be based in Italy, and the first one will begin flying around either later this year or early next. SEE ALSO: Forget taxis; Dubai wants to fly you around in passenger drones While it’s a bit unclear how those …

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Shanghai: Insider Travel Guide

March 24, 2017

(CNN)Welcome to the future. This is the best of Shanghai, home to more than 20 million residents, 6,000 high-rises (and growing) and a constant chorus of jackhammers. It’s a city striving to set all the benchmarks for the modern world. …

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One Penny Still In Circulation Is Worth $85,000. Do You Know How To Spot It?

March 17, 2017

… cent. Wikimedia Commons Solid copper pennies from 1943 are all extremely valuable because they are very, very rare. In 1982,the rising cost of copper meant that we switched the material we use tomake them. Modern pennies only have a copper veneer. Prior to 1982, all pennies were made of solid copper, with the exception of one year. Facebook / Grits & Gravy From 1943 to 1944, America fought WWII with our allies in Europe and asia. Because the war effort …

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Why there is more to Middle Eastern art than women and war

March 16, 2017

(CNN)A couple of months ago, I invited a reputed art historian to speak at Art Dubai’s inaugural Modern Symposium, a series of talks that focus on 20th-century art produced by masters from Africa, the Middle East and South asia. I explained that the symposium, in part, responds to those who doubt the wealth, breadth and quality of modernism in this region. She laughed, knowing all too well the criticism that Middle East art practitioners face. I’m so proud to work with an …

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Pikachu-themed batteries are too hot that’s why they’re being recalled

March 11, 2017

Image: Getty Images Pikachu can’t recharge your phone any more. The electric-type Pokmon and the world’s most recognisable electric rodent is now the face of the latest battery-related product recall. SEE ALSO: 80 new Pokmon are coming to ‘Pokmon Go’ The Pokmon Company which manages the Pokmon franchise released a warning yesterday on its website (link in Japanese) regarding two of its Pokmon-themed batteries, which were adorned with an image of Pikachu and the …

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