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Blackface in Chinese Lunar New Year sketch draws criticism

Feb 17, 2018

A comedy sketch that featured a Chinese woman in blackface has drawn accusations of racism after being broadcast on Chinese state television's Lunar New Year variety show, although some people were left wondering why it would be considered offensive

4 killed, 5 injured in China Lunar New Year fireworks blast

Feb 16, 2018

Chinese authorities say 4 people have been killed and 5 injured in an explosion at a stall selling fireworks on the eve of the Lunar New Year holiday

AP PHOTOS: People in Asia and beyond welcome Lunar New Year

Feb 16, 2018

AP PHOTOS: People in Asia and around the world have been celebrating the Lunar New Year Friday

Millions in China journey home for Lunar New Year

Feb 14, 2018

Millions in China are boarding trains, planes and automobiles in the travel rush ahead of Friday's Lunar New Year

Japanese Princess Mako's wedding postponed until 2020

Feb 6, 2018

Japanese media say the imperial palace has announced that Princess Mako's wedding will be postponed

AP PHOTOS: Lion dance in Singapore ahead of Lunar New Year

Feb 4, 2018

AP PHOTOS: Performers from Southeast Asia take part in an international lion dance competition in Singapore ahead of the Lunar New Year

US Navy locates crashed plane deep on Pacific seabed

Jan 6, 2018

The U.S. Navy has located a transport aircraft deep on the Pacific Ocean floor where it crashed in November, killing three sailors on board

Japan Emperor turns 84, thanks people over abdication plans

Dec 23, 2017

Japan's Emperor Akihito marks 84th birthday, pledging to fulfill his duties until the day of his abdication in 2019

Philippine president declares Christmas truce with rebels

Dec 20, 2017

The Philippine president has declared a Christmas truce with communist guerrillas and urges them to replicate the goodwill gesture after recently scrapping peace talks with the insurgents and declaring them terrorists

AP PHOTOS: Giant holiday lanterns light up the Philippines

Dec 19, 2017

AP PHOTOS: Skillfully crafted giant lanterns are lighting up the Christmas spirit in the Philippines, with 10 villages in Pampanga province taking part in an annual giant lantern competition, proudly showcasing huge elaborate lanterns for everyone to see.

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