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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.

US Navy prepares to comb sea bed for crashed plane, sailors

Dec 9, 2017

The U.S. Navy says it will deploy deep water salvage experts to search for a transport aircraft that crashed in the western Pacific last month, killing three sailors

Japanese princess engaged to college love; wedding next year

Sep 3, 2017

Japan's palace has announced that Japanese Emperor Akihito's oldest grandchild, Princess Mako, is getting married to her university classmate

China Jan. bird flu deaths hit 79, most since at least 2013

Feb 16, 2017

China's national health authority says an outbreak of bird flu killed 79 people around the country in January, the highest monthly death toll from the H7N9 strain in at least three years

Clip of Trump's granddaughter singing spreads on Chinese web

Feb 3, 2017

A brief video clip of Donald Trump's granddaughter singing in Chinese is circulating to strong approval on the internet in China, even while some criticized the U.S. president's failure to send greetings to the Chinese people over the Lunar New Year

Molten iron creates bursts of light at Chinese New Year show

Jan 30, 2017

Inside a dark amphitheater near China's Great Wall, four performers carry long, wooden spoons filled with molten iron. Each throws the iron against a giant wall, creating a burst of light.

China marks Lunar New Year with prayers, incense, fireworks

Jan 28, 2017

Chinese are lighting incense sticks and praying at temples to wish for an auspicious start to the Lunar New Year

Chinese Lunar New Year feast begins with drums and dumplings

Jan 27, 2017

Villages and cities across China are preparing this weekend to celebrate Lunar New Year, though few feasts are as elaborate as the one in Liuminying, a hamlet in Beijing's suburbs

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