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Commentators unravel `totally weird` NFL for Chinese fans

Commentators unravel `totally weird` NFL for Chinese fans

Published 17/10/2017

As the Denver Broncos prepared to battle the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football, China's top NFL announcers were going through their own pre-game rituals. [more…]

World`s largest pink diamond expected to fetch up to $30 million at auction

World`s largest pink diamond expected to fetch up to $30 million at auction

Published 13/10/2017

The Pink Raj, an intense pink diamond described by experts as the world's largest, is expected to fetch up to $30 million when it is auctioned in Geneva next month. [more…]

Hong Kong leader can`t rule out barring even former governor Patten as China flexes muscles

Hong Kong leader can`t rule out barring even former governor Patten as China flexes muscles

Published 13/10/2017

Hong Kong's leader denied on Friday that China had taken over immigration controls in the city after a British activist was refused entry, but she couldn't rule out barring even the last colonial governor and frequent China critic, Chris Patten. [more…]

Italy`s Gucci bans fur, joining others in seeking alternatives

Italy`s Gucci bans fur, joining others in seeking alternatives

Published 12/10/2017

Italy's Gucci will stop using fur in its designs from next year, joining a growing number of fashion houses looking at alternatives after coming under pressure from animal rights activists and changing consumer tastes. [more…]

Earthlings test warning system as asteroid flies by

Earthlings test warning system as asteroid flies by

Published 12/10/2017

An asteroid the size of a school bus flew remarkably near Earth on Thursday, providing scientists with an opportunity to test the warning systems that would kick in if a space collision was coming. [more…]

Swiss flushing away millions in gold and silver every year

Swiss flushing away millions in gold and silver every year

Published 12/10/2017

While London's sewers can get clogged with fatbergs made up of grease and diapers, it seems Switzerland's waste system is flecked with silver and gold. [more…]

Pope to get closer to heavens with call to space station

Pope to get closer to heavens with call to space station

Published 09/10/2017

Pope Francis will get closer to the heavens this month when he puts in a call to the International Space Station. [more…]

Los Angeles exhibit explores rise of Tiki culture in America

Los Angeles exhibit explores rise of Tiki culture in America

Published 07/10/2017

The rise of Tiki culture in 1950s America in the aftermath of World War Two is explored in a new exhibit that opened Friday in Los Angeles. [more…]

In meeting with military, Trump talks of `calm before the storm`

In meeting with military, Trump talks of `calm before the storm`

Published 06/10/2017

After discussing Iran and North Korea with U.S. military leaders on Thursday, President Donald Trump posed for a photo with them before dinner and declared the moment "the calm before the storm." [more…]

Exorcism excise: U.S. psychic pleads guilty to $3.5 million tax evasion

Exorcism excise: U.S. psychic pleads guilty to $3.5 million tax evasion

Published 05/10/2017

A self-proclaimed psychic who was paid $3.5 million by an elderly Massachusetts woman in exchange for claiming to cleanse her of demons pleaded guilty on Thursday to trying to avoid paying taxes. [more…]