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Cambodia earns Guinness Record for longest woven scarf

Cambodia earns Guinness Record for longest woven scarf

Cambodia won a place in the Guinness book of World Records Sunday for a 1,100-metre (3,600-foot) long version of the country's popular krama scarf.

All aboard! Hello Kitty bullet train debuts in Japan

All aboard! Hello Kitty bullet train debuts in Japan

A sleek ‘Hello Kitty’ bullet train festooned with images of the global icon from Japan began services on Saturday, drawing hundreds of fans to its opening ceremony.

Missing giant yellow duck found in Australia

Missing giant yellow duck found in Australia

A giant yellow inflatable duck named Daphne that made a break from its moorings in Australia has been located after a week on the lam, its swimming club owners said Monday.

'World's loneliest bird' Nigel dies in New Zealand

'World's loneliest bird' Nigel dies in New Zealand

New Zealand wildlife lovers are mourning the death of a gannet named Nigel, dubbed ‘the loneliest bird in the world’ due to the absence of any feathered friends on his island home.

Japan's latest overtime example? Xiang Xiang the panda

Japan's latest overtime example? Xiang Xiang the panda

By popular demand, Tokyo's new panda cub Xiang Xiang is working extra hours from Tuesday, the latest example of overtime in a country famous for its hard-working ‘salarymen.’

Chinese firm turns panda poop into toilet paper

Chinese firm turns panda poop into toilet paper

When life gave one Chinese company giant panda poop, it decided to make paper -- and profits.

Fake restaurant becomes London's top-rated eatery

Fake restaurant becomes London's top-rated eatery

A non-existent restaurant supposedly based in a garden shed briefly became London's top eating place on travel and restaurant website TripAdvisor, who on Thursday hit back at the hoaxers.

Traffic-weary Chinese man fined for repainting road lines

Traffic-weary Chinese man fined for repainting road lines

A Chinese man fed up with sitting in traffic during his daily bus commute came up with a brazen way of solving the problem -- repainting the lines on the road.

AI 'boy' granted residency in central Tokyo

AI 'boy' granted residency in central Tokyo

An AI character was made an official resident of a busy central Tokyo district on Saturday, with the virtual newcomer resembling a chatty seven-year-old boy.

Japan police unmask 74-year-old 'ninja' burglar

Japan police unmask 74-year-old 'ninja' burglar

Japanese police have finally nabbed a nimble ‘ninja’ thief who dressed in black and scrambled over walls to commit scores of break-ins over an eight-year career -- and were astonished to find he was 74.

Japanese firm to offer 'drive-thru' funeral service

Japanese firm to offer 'drive-thru' funeral service

A Japanese funeral parlour is set to offer relatives the chance to pay their final respects to deceased loved ones without leaving the comfort of their cars.

Chaste peacocks, cosmic cows: Indian judge baffles with theories

Chaste peacocks, cosmic cows: Indian judge baffles with theories

Peacocks don't have sex, but rather shed tears to conceive, according to a judge in western India whose unique theories have set off a social media storm in the country.