A Taiwanese beauty queen has been kicked out of the Miss Earth 2015 pageant after refusing to wear a sash that identified her as the representative of "Chinese Taipei," rather than "Taiwan ROC."
The Chinese Taipei name is often used in place of Taiwan at international sports competitions because of pressure from China, which regards Taiwan as a renegade province and it disallows any use of the name "Taiwan" at international events.
Ting Wen-yin expressed dismay that all her work leading up to the pageant would be undone over the sash. She wrote on Facebook that her sash originally said "
The Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) is under investigation by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) for last week's game against China when fans booed the Chinese national anthem.
In addition to making placards with the word "Boo," fans also shouted "We Are Hong Kong."
HKFA announced that they have received an official letter from FIFA, which has launched disciplinary proceedings over the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers match between Hong Kong and mainland China.
The fans' booing violated FIFA Disciplinary Code, which holds c
The World Meteorological Organization says that 2015 is likely to be the hottest year on record. A strong “El Nino” phenomenon in the Pacific, combined with global warming, has pushed temperatures higher than ever, making 2015 the hottest January to October ever recorded.
Temperatures are now 1 degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
The UN's weather, water, and climate body said 2011 to 2015 has been the warmest five-year period since records began, with the world experiencing extreme weather such as heatwaves due to climate change.
"The state of the global climate in 2015 wi
More than a third - 36 percent – of foreign workers in food establishments in Malaysia have not been vaccinated against typhoid, according to a health ministry’s recent study.
Food operators, especially those hiring foreign workers, should give priority to safety and cleanliness, Health Minister Subramaniam Sathasivam said. Food handlers not being vaccinated against typhoid, he added, poses a public threat as they can be instrumental to the spread of the disease.
Between January and October of this year, of the 111,641 food premises inspected, 1,996 (1.8 percent) were ordered to clos
Dozens of Colombian women - all acid burn victims of domestic violence - gathered in protest in the capital city Bogota to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
Attacks that involve throwing acid on women’s faces have increased despite a Colombian government initiative to impose stricter punishments on the attackers. Statistics show that Colombia now has the second highest rate of domestic violence against women worldwide.
According to the National Institute of Legal Medicine, last year 810 women died from domestic violence and brutality, or "
Zimbabwe is planning to venture into the car manufacturing industry and could soon be the proud producer of an Italian-inspired indigenous car model, according to the country’s Industry and Commerce Minister Mike Bimha.
Bimha recently signed a deal with an Italian firm, the El Badaoui Group, which he claimed would help “spearhead the design and manufacture of a Zimbabwean-made car with potential for export to Africa."
But the news, as reported on the front page of the state-owned Herald newspaper, has been received with much skepticism and outright disbelief among many Zimbabweans,
Last Sunday Argentina held historic elections and voted for conservative candidate Mauricio Macri of the opposition alliance, ending a 12 years of the Kirchner presidency.
One of Macri's first orders of business as president elect was to request that Venezuela be removed from Mercosur, South America's sub-regional bloc that promotes free trade and fluidity of people, goods, and currency. Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Venezuela are the current full members, while Colombia, Peru, Chile, Peru, and Suriname are associates.
Macri made a formal request to Paraguayan Fore
The apex court in India has ruled in favor of a woman's rights over the dowry paid to her spouse, making it clear that she can claim it even after separation.
Delivering the ruling after setting aside the order of a trial court and a High Court in the eastern state of Tripura, the Supreme Court said that denial to pay back the dowry, which is known as “stridhan” in the country, is punishable under the Domestic Violence Act. The husband and in-laws are liable to be prosecuted.
The Supreme Court reversed the verdict of the lower court that dismissed the plea of the woman on the grounds
Ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan have been severely restricting access to education for women and girls. From July to September 2015 around 210 all-girl schools have been closed, mostly because of direct threats, preventing 20,500 students from getting an education.
The eastern region remains the most acutely affected, where at least 13,000 girls no longer go to school due to threats, closures and direct attacks, the United Nations (UN) says.
“This year, Afghanistan has witnessed some horrific incidents of violence against women, and we have also witnessed unprecedented collective acti
Parents are to be held responsible for the actions of their grown children after a string of arsons caused damage in the Russian republic of Chechnya, according to its President Ramzan Kadyrov.
The deliberate fires targeted mausoleums of Sufi saints across the republic, and are thought to be the response of Salafist radicals to another recent clampdown on their activities.
Derisive of the many variations of traditional Islam across the globe, Salafism is a Saudi Arabian import that wreaks havoc on Muslim communities across the globe with its appeal to the younger crowds as the only "aut
A groundbreaking study of the DNA of early Londoners has found that the U.K.'s capital city has always been ethnically diverse, even in its earliest days. Researchers from the Museum of London and scientists from Durham University used a specialized ancient DNA lab at McMaster University in Canada to reconstruct the DNA of four early Londoners.
Of the four individuals they constructed, two had DNA from outside Europe, one originated from the European continent, while only the fourth one was actually native British.
The most complete skeleton the researchers used, which was uncovered in a
Home to some of the most famous Chinese dishes, Xi'an may now be standardizing its fares to ensure the quality of its traditional delicacies.
The Xi'an Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision announced that it was looking for suggestions on setting regulations on five of its most well-known dishes: rou jia mo (Shaanxi-style hamburgers), shredded cakes in beef and mutton soup, gourd steamed bun, biangbiang noodles, and hele buckwheat noodles.
The Beijing Youth Daily reported that the standardization of specialty dishes have grown more common in recent years, down to the spec
A remark made by an administrator of a temple in the south Indian state of Kerala that he would allow women to enter Sabarimala, a Hindu pilgrimage centre, only after a machine was invented to detect their “purity” - meaning that they weren't menstruating - has attracted a lot of criticism and attention.
Entry to the popular hill shrine which attracts millions of pilgrims every year is barred for women of menstruating age.
Outraged women started the #HappyToBleed hashtag on Facebook to protest against the sexist statement. “’Happy to Bleed’ is a counter campaign launched agains
Due to the recent terror attacks in Paris and the state of emergency in Belgium, European security forces have begun to invest in fighting terror through civic systems. Similarly to the U.S.'s reactive spending for security after 9/11, a sharp increase has been noted in requests for Israeli intelligence technology, according to sources in the Israeli homeland security industry.
Belgium was the first country to immediately contact Israeli companies about security technologies, followed by France, Germany, and Italy. BriefCam, which specializes in quick reviews of video footage, reported
The Central Statistics Office of Hungary revealed a gloomy outlook for 2060. Population growth may be a global problem, but Hungary has reached a point where the loss of one million people within 45 years is the best case scenario.
Themost extreme outcome of this forecast may happen as a result of the current migration trend to Western Europe. About 530,000 Hungarians, who were born in the motherland, were living abroad in 2013. The primary reason behind the mass migration of Hungarians is that there are better paying jobs abroad. Researchers don't see this wealth imbalance improving s
An alarming WhatsApp message began to spread the last few days in Italy, warning of an imminent terrorist attack in Rome, and it caused panic. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi himself was forced to ask people not to pay attention to such hoaxes.
While authorities were trying to figure out the person behind the message, a mother and her daughter reported themselves to the police.
According to their story, the woman recorded the alarming audio message, saying “a friend of mine, working at the Interior Ministry, knows of an imminent attack in a club, the situation is very serious” in an
Italy is crazy about the “Game of Thrones” television and book series to the point that a role-playing group is organizing a huge live event scheduled to be held in a ruined castle on Aug. 15, 2016.
The event, called Dracarys (High Valyrian for Dragonfire), won't be just a cosplay affair. The 300 attendants will act for the whole day, re-enacting rivalries between two different houses. All of the characters have been scripted; everyone has his own part to play.
Elio Biffi, the event’s spokesperson, says that there will be plenty of intrigue and action, with a stronger emphasis o
Since the implementation of a rewards system in March 2014, Beijing's terrorism hotline has received tips from over 500 residents for terror-related crimes, according to the Beijing police bureau. The tipsters have received a combined total of over 600,000 yuan ($94,000) in rewards.
Opening the hotline has allowed authorities to intervene before serious damage occurs. Most recently, a citizen dialed the 110 hotline to report suspicious pictures seen online of explosives that looked like detonators. Underneath the pictures was this caption: "I'm going to be on the news; see you in 18 years."
Nearly 13 million Chinese citizens - 1 percent of the total population - have no hukou, a problem that the government is looking to remedy.
Hukou refers to the household registration that grants citizens access to public education, healthcare, and other welfare benefits. The legal documents of hukou also allow the individual to travel long distances within the country.
Guo Shengkun, the minister of public security, called a meeting to address the issue of "black households," meaning unregistered households or individuals. Through the years, various regions have attempted to extend
"Miners Shot Down," a documentary film about the events that led up to the infamous 2012 Marikana Massacre in South Africa, has won an International Emmy Award for Best Documentary.
The film tells the story of the devastating incident - the single most lethal use of force by South African security forces against civilians since 1960 - when police opened fire on a group of miners who had gone on strike for better wages at one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines. At least 34 miners were killed and many others were injured.
The documentary is filmed from the perspective of the mine
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