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NEWS 14 hours ago
Chinese authorities have told Evergrande's billionaire founder to use his own money to pay down the company's $300 billion debt, Bloomberg reports
Hui Ka Yan's net worth is about $7.6 billion, according to Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Evergrande's debt pile is $300 billion.
ECONOMY Oct 24, 2021, 3:03 AM
If China's economy keeps stumbling, it won't just take down Beijing — the whole world will collapse with it
Crushed by decades of debt, China is undergoing a radical transition under President Xi Jinping. The result could be economic and political chaos.
NEWS Oct 14, 2021, 9:48 PM
TikToker Lamu had hundreds of thousands of followers who watched as her ex-husband set her on fire during a livestream. He's now facing the death penalty.
Lamu was a 30-year-old Tibetan vlogger with 770,000 followers on TikTok. She regularly posted videos about her life in the mountains, until she was murdered by her ex-husband.
NEWS Oct 13, 2021, 9:02 PM
Topless North Korean soldiers displayed a bizarre show of strength to Kim Jong Un by performing dropkicks and lying on glass shards
North Korean soldiers displayed their martial arts prowess and performed feats of strength for the Supreme Leader and his officials at a defense development exhibition on Monday.
NEWS Oct 21, 2021, 10:44 PM
A 55-year-old mother of 9 was sentenced to death by hanging over possessing around 4 ounces of meth
On October 15, a Malaysian court sentenced Hairun Jalmani to death after convicting her on possession charges.
NEWS Oct 21, 2021, 12:23 AM
Chinese shoppers sent in so many preorders for the country's version of Black Friday they crashed online shopping app Taobao
The mass preorder event was held on Taobao on October 20, in the run up to the 11.11 Singles Day Shopping Festival.
NEWS Oct 20, 2021, 11:13 PM
South Korea's millennials say their lives aren't that different from 'Squid Game' as they face a crisis of mounting debt, unaffordable homes, and dead-end jobs
Some South Korean millennials told Insider that having no practical means to pay off staggering debt is a real and grim reality in cities like Seoul.
NEWS Oct 13, 2021, 8:02 PM
Chanel is limiting South Korean shoppers to buying 1 bag a year amid a flourishing market of resellers moving luxury goods at marked-up prices
The guideline applies to the Timeless Classic flap bag and the Coco Handle handbag, as well as small leather goods.
ENTERTAINMENT 15 hours ago
'Squid Game' keyword searches are reportedly yielding no results on major e-commerce platforms in China
The popular Korean dystopian survival drama has not been officially released in China due to the nation's strict content licensing rules.
MILITARY & DEFENSE 23 hours ago
China is fixated on a mysterious US submarine incident in the South China Sea and keeps accusing the US of a cover-up
The Pentagon has denied accusations of a cover-up, pointing to public comments and a press statement on the incident.
MILITARY & DEFENSE Oct 25, 2021, 11:11 AM
The Chinese military is thinking about how to stealthily destroy enemy ports and just set off a big explosion to see how it might work
"If we can use stealthy ways, like underwater explosions, to destroy the ports, we can kill off the enemy's war potential," a Chinese officer said.
NEWS Oct 4, 2021, 7:51 PM
Chinese property developer Fantasia just missed a $206 million repayment deadline, a sign that China's real estate woes extend beyond Evergrande
Fantasia, worth $415 million, and its default add to fears that an imminent major collapse in China's property market could destabilize the entire country's economy.
ADVERTISING Oct 26, 2021, 6:11 AM
Beijing's crackdown is about to bring marketers' booming growth in China to an end
China's crackdown and cultural differences is making it harder for global advertisers and agencies to do business there.
POLITICS Oct 25, 2021, 3:54 AM
Xi and Putin are snubbing the COP26 climate summit, even though China and Russia produce some 32% of global CO2 emissions
World leaders will likely struggle to meaningfully rein in the world's CO2 production without support from the planet's most polluting nations.
TECH Oct 14, 2021, 9:31 AM
LinkedIn is shutting down its Chinese site after drawing criticism for censoring profiles with content considered offensive to the country's government
LinkedIn is ending its version in China after censoring accounts of reporters and researchers sharing content considered offensive to the government.
Oct 25, 2021, 9:51 PM
Samsung's heir and leader has been fined $60,000 for using the sedative propofol, the same drug that killed Michael Jackson
Jay Y. Lee's lawyers said he had taken the sedative for medical purposes due to stress following his father's hospitalization and a separate trial that saw him convicted for bribery, according to Reuters.
LIFESTYLE Oct 23, 2021, 1:29 PM
Teen girl says she was shamed for her Princess Diana-inspired homecoming dress by adults on Facebook
The TikTok video featured screenshots of the Facebook comments — many of which showed adults mocking the high school student's outfit.
POLITICS Oct 23, 2021, 9:31 AM
Meghan McCain says she suffered a miscarriage after 'disaster' interview with Seth Meyers
Meghan McCain shared details about her 2019 miscarriage in her new audio memoir, "Bad Republican," which debuted on Audible.
ENTERTAINMENT Oct 23, 2021, 7:55 AM
Ryan Gosling is in 'final negotiations' to play Ken opposite Margot Robbie in 'Barbie' film: report
Ryan Gosling would play Ken — the iconic Mattel character — opposite Margot Robbie, who's cast as the film's titular character.
NEWS Oct 18, 2021, 2:11 PM
VIDEO: Deadly floods and landslides sweep away homes in southern India
Heavy rainfall caused flash floods and landslides across southern India. Thousands of people have been evacuated, and dozens have been killed.
ENTERTAINMENT Oct 17, 2021, 1:27 PM
Robert Pattinson wore Val Kilmer's 1995 'Batman Forever' batsuit during a screen test for 'The Batman'
"The Batman," starring Robert Pattinson and directed by Matt Reeves, will debut in theaters on March 4, 2022.
ENTERTAINMENT Oct 16, 2021, 9:36 AM
'Squid Game' director says he lost 6 teeth during filming due to stress
Netflix's "Squid Game" has surpassed "Bridgerton" to become the streaming platforms' biggest series launch so far.
PARENTING Oct 15, 2021, 10:04 AM
I moved from China to the US because of my daughter's dyslexia. It was the only way to give her what she needed.
The author's daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia when she was 3, but there was little information in China about it. She moved to the US for support.
NEWS Oct 15, 2021, 9:13 AM
A man accused of killing a Hong Kong taxi driver and going on the run was caught after having a beer with a woman who recognized him
The stabbing death of the cab driver sparked a two-day manhunt in Hong Kong in the middle of a typhoon.
NEWS Oct 14, 2021, 3:35 AM
A Singaporean man was given the death penalty after he was found with 2 pounds of cannabis
Omar Yacob Bamadhaj, 41, was sentenced to death in February, and a court dismissed his appeal on Tuesday, local news reported.
NEWS Oct 12, 2021, 2:00 AM
How a Chinese county's plan to fix declining marriages turned into 'operation warm the older men's beds' and sparked a social media firestorm
The government of Xiangyin county in Hunan province wanted to encourage women to stay in their hometowns to marry. It was promoted as "operation warm the older men's beds."
NEWS Oct 11, 2021, 11:15 PM
A new survey has found that almost half of China's urban young women don't plan to get married
A survey of close to 3,000 unmarried urban youth aged 18 to 26 found that 44% of Chinese women and 25% of Chinese men did not plan to get married.
NEWS Oct 10, 2021, 11:56 PM
A former North Korean spy said the regime planned terrorist activities as a 'gift' to the supreme leader: report
In one particular case, Kim Jong Un allegedly plotted an assassination of a defector to please his father, said the top spy.
NEWS Oct 6, 2021, 10:21 PM
The Evergrande crisis has some Chinese millennials 'doom-scrolling' about financial collapse and questioning whether they'll ever be able to buy their own homes
"It is extremely scary to read stories of people my age who put down deposits for Evergrande apartments, thinking they'd be able to move into a home of their own in five or six years," one man told Insider.
TRAVEL Oct 5, 2021, 6:48 AM
The 5 most affordable private islands, according to Airbnb
Whether you're after a romantic getaway or a secluded spot to vacation for the family, these Airbnb stays on private islands are all affordable.
NEWS Oct 4, 2021, 10:20 PM
Web users are accusing a Chinese mobile game of ripping off Final Fantasy XIV's trailer frame-for-frame
Web users pointed out the similarities between a video for Douluo Continent: Soul Master Duel and the trailer for Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers.
NEWS Oct 1, 2021, 2:14 AM
A mile-long bridge is all that separates Malaysia and Singapore. But border restrictions have kept many couples from seeing each other for months, and some are now contemplating divorce.
Prolonged pandemic restrictions in both Malaysia and Singapore have resulted in couples being split-up across the causeway for months on end.
NEWS Sep 28, 2021, 11:08 PM
Singapore is being terrorized by the country's growing population of adorable otters, who've eaten thousands of dollars' worth of expensive koi fish
Otters are killing thousands of dollars' worth of pricey koi as they move from Singapore's waterways to attacking fish in private ponds.
ASIA Sep 22, 2021, 11:21 PM
Indonesia is finally emerging from its summer of death. But as the country looks to reopen, 3 of the problems that created its pandemic crisis still loom large.
"If what happened in Jakarta happens here, it would be crazy," one doctor said about rural Indonesia. "I don't even want to imagine it."
NEWS Sep 20, 2021, 9:16 PM
A pair of 107-year-old sisters from Japan has set a new record as the world's oldest identical twins ever
Umeno Sumiyama and Koume Kodama, born in 1913, surpassed the previous record holders, who became celebrities known as "Kin-san" and "Gin-san."
NEWS Sep 19, 2021, 9:02 PM
Douyin, China's version of TikTok, is capping time on its platform for users under 14 to 40 minutes a day
The platform's "youth mode" also locks users under 14 out of the platform from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. every day.
NEWS Sep 19, 2021, 8:06 PM
Boxer Manny Pacquiao is running for president in the Philippines
Pacquaio, 42, is a senator in the Philippines. He accepted his party's nomination to run for president on Sunday.
NEWS Sep 17, 2021, 1:23 AM
Japanese high schoolers sent out a message in a bottle 37 years ago. It just turned up in Hawaii.
High schoolers in Japan's Chiba Prefecture sent out the message in a bottle in 1984 to try to investigate ocean currents.
NEWS Sep 16, 2021, 10:59 PM
China is furious over a new US-UK-Australia nuclear submarine deal that could counter Beijing's growing military might
China called the deal an "outdated Cold War zero sum mentality" and accused the West of intensifying the global arms race with double standards.
NEWS Sep 12, 2021, 11:43 PM
China just gifted Cambodia a $150 million stadium that looks like a giant ship, and it's part of its 'stadium diplomacy' strategy. Take a look inside.
The Morodok Techno National Stadium, which pays homage to Chinese-Cambodian relations, is part of China's "stadium diplomacy" tactic.
NEWS Sep 12, 2021, 8:56 PM
14 Chinese content platforms signed a pledge to be 'self disciplined' as the government cracks down on toxic fan behavior and celebrity worship
Fourteen platforms this week signed a "Self Discipline Convention" resolving to help the Chinese government clean up its cyberspace.
MILITARY & DEFENSE Sep 9, 2021, 3:12 AM
North Korea threw a military parade in the middle of the night for its 73rd birthday, and photos show a slimmed-down Kim Jong Un and marchers in hazmat suits
Kim Jong Un was pictured at the ceremony at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang. Independent journalists were not given access to the event.
NEWS Sep 8, 2021, 10:45 PM
North Korea has been barred from participating in the Olympics until the end of 2022 over its no-show at the Tokyo Games
North Korea will be suspended until the end of 2022 and will no longer receive funding from the Olympic Committee.
NEWS Sep 7, 2021, 10:54 PM
China built a massive 190-foot statue of a god of war that locals don't like. Now it'll cost more than $20 million to move the hulking work of art.
Officials ordered the 1,200-ton bronze statue of Chinese warrior-god Guan Yu to be relocated to a less conspicuous location five miles away.
NEWS Sep 7, 2021, 12:18 AM
A Kyoto-themed shopping street in China was forced to shut down after social media users accused it of being a form of 'Japanese occupation' and 'cultural invasion'
The street is part of a Japanese-themed town located outside the city of Dalian that cost locals nearly $1 billion to build.
NEWS Sep 6, 2021, 1:12 AM
Kim Jong Un says climate change is crippling North Korea and the country needs an 'urgent' response
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said that the danger of an "abnormal climate" has been rising in recent years, and called on officials to act.
NEWS Sep 5, 2021, 8:35 PM
A man was arrested on suspicion of stealing more than 700 pieces of women's underwear from coin laundromats
Police searched 56-year-old Tetsuo Urata's home after a 21-year-old female college student accused him of pilfering her underwear at a laundromat.
NEWS Sep 2, 2021, 9:35 PM
Yoshihide Suga, the prime minister of Japan, is set to resign after one year in office
Suga told members of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) on Friday that he will not run in the party's upcoming presidential election.
NEWS Sep 1, 2021, 9:54 PM
Fewer than 100 of Kabul's 700 women journalists are still working following the Taliban's takeover: report
Most female journalists in Kabul have either stopped working or have been barred from their jobs after the Taliban's rise to power on August 15.
NEWS Sep 1, 2021, 8:52 PM
North Korea rejects almost 3 million doses of Sinovac vaccine, saying it should be given to countries that need it more
The hermit kingdom had previously rejected almost 2 million AstraZeneca vaccines due to the potential of rare but severe blood clots.
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