• Japan to arm remote western island, risking more China tension

    By Nobuhiro Kubo TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is sending 100 soldiers and radar to its westernmost outpost, a tropical island off Taiwan, in a deployment that risks angering China with ties between Asia's biggest economies already hurt by a dispute over nearby islands they both claim. Japanese Defence…

    Reuters53 mins ago
    • Gaga's un-retouched images cause uproar

      Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott are said to be upset that un-retouched images they took of Lady Gaga for her Versace campaign were leaked.

      Cover Media
      • Centipede Bursts from Snake's Stomach

        A group of researchers stumbled upon a grisly scene during a field study in Macedonia last year: a dead nose-horned viper with a centipede's head sticking out of its ruptured abdomen. "All of us were astonished, as nobody has ever seen something like this," Ljiljana Tomovi?, a herpetologist at the…

        • Study: sleeping positions reflect quality of relationships

          Whether a couple sleeps face to face or back to back, with or without physical contact, is a good indicator of relationship health, according to a study presented at the Edinburgh International Science Festival, which is taking place in the Scottish city through April 20. Couples who sleep closer…

          AFP Relax
          • That Nap Could Be Leading You to an Early Death

            We all know how important it is to get enough sleep—but a new study suggests that daytime napping may actually increase your risk of an early death. Researchers looked at more than 16,000 British adults over a 13-year period, and found that those who sle

            Healthy Living
            • Are Tom Cruise & Laura Prepon Dating?

              Is Tom Cruise secretly dating Laura Prepon?

              Access Hollywood
              • The sleeping giant awakes

                Napoleon Bonaparte was said to have warned of the “Sleeping Giant,” China, which now is fully awake and appears to be wrecking havoc among its neighbors in Southeast Asia. What he meant is that China, which had lain dormant for many years, is a potential world power and because of many domestic…

                Manila Bulletin
                • Heartbreaking texts from students on sinking S. Korea ferry

                  Heart-wrenching messages of fear, love and despair, sent by high school students from a sinking South Korean ferry, added extra emotional weight Thursday to a tragedy that has stunned the nation. Nearly 300 people -- most of them students on a high school trip to a holiday island -- are still…

                  AFP News
                  • Filipinos nailed to cross in Easter ritual frowned on by church

                    Nearly 20 Filipinos and a Danish filmmaker were nailed to crosses to re-enact the crucifixion of Christ on Good Friday, a practice the Roman Catholic Church frowns upon as a distortion of the Easter message. The annual Philippine ritual draws thousands of spectators to San Fernando, 80 km (50…

                    Reuters54 mins ago
                    • Replacement Asian Games hosts needed fast, not Singapore - Ng

                      By Patrick Johnston SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The Olympic Council of Asia must move fast to find a replacement city to host the 2019 Asian Games, International Olympic Committee Vice President Ng Ser Miang told Reuters on Friday, but ruled out his suitable Singapore homeland as an option. Vietnam's…

                      • 10 Natural Cough Remedies

                        The next time you have an annoying cough, take your grandmother's advice and try one of these natural remedies.

                        Healthy Living
                        • Maggie Gyllenhaal: Sex scene was cool

                          Maggie Gyllenhaal insists she is nowhere near as "wild" in real life as she is on screen.

                          Cover Media
                          • 4 Tricks to Fall Asleep Faster

                            Tossing and turning when all you want is to snooze? Here's how to shut off your mind fast.

                            Healthy Living
                            • Iranian woman forgives son's killer at the gallows

                              The execution of an Iranian convicted of murder was halted at the very last minute in a dramatic scene this week when the mother of his victim forgave him as he stood on the gallows with the noose around his neck, according to Iranian media.

                              Associated Press
                              • This origami-like lightbulb may be the world’s most energy efficient

                                How many engineers does it take to change a light bulb? Three, it turns out.

                                Tech in Asia
                                • Australia's Houston: Calm face of Flight 370 hunt

                                  PERTH, Australia (AP) — He speaks with a calm, steady voice as he tackles question after question in an attempt to explain one of the biggest mysteries the modern world has ever known: What happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370?

                                  Associated Press
                                  • Marseille striker threatens to sue Burger King over Whopper ad

                                    Hefty Marseille striker Andre-Pierre Gignac is threatening legal action against Burger King over a newspaper ad poking fun at his weight.

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                                    • Evacuation came too late for many on sinking ferry

                                      MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — An immediate evacuation order was not issued for the ferry that sank off South Korea's southern coast, likely with scores of people trapped inside, because officers on the bridge were trying to stabilize the vessel after it started to list amid confusion and chaos, a crew…

                                      Associated Press
                                      • Woman's Ear Reattached with Help of Leeches

                                        A 19-year-old woman who lost her ear to a dog attack got it back with the help of a few leeches. While plastic surgeons are trained to reattach severed organs, these reattachments are simplest when the cut is clean and sharp — as from a kitchen knife, Dr. Stephen Sullivan, a plastic surgeon at…

                                        • Pacquiao picks 17 as his PBA jersey number

                                          Los Angeles — If everything falls into place, Manny Pacquiao might end up becoming not only as one of the shortest players to ever play hoops in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) but also as the oldest rookie. Pacquiao, 35, had told The Bulletin a few days before he faced Tim Bradley in…

                                          Manila Bulletin