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Weather closures and delays in the D.C. area for Feb. 9

Which schools have closed or been delayed because of the weather?

Astoria Characters: The 5-Bark Barista

A chocolate Chihuahua, leading a leash-holding woman, prances into Chateau le Woof. Rocky, for that is his name, is a regular. He's coming to meet his girlfriend, Lola, who's sitting pretty in a sweet sweater on the sofa. Photo by Nancy A. Show More Summary

D.C. area forecast: Sloppy winter storm today, then temperatures crash through the weekend

Scattered areas of snow and wintry mix could make roads slushy and slippery, especially in the far west and northwest suburbs.

Xiaomi rumored to unveil its own drone priced at just 699 RMB at Mi 5 launch event later this month

2 hours agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

If we are to believe all the whispering going on in the China tech world right now, Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi is ready to launch its very own and very reasonably-priced drone. [ more › ]

WeChat ready to challenge Facebook, WhatsApp for mobile supremacy in Africa

2 hours agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

Not satisfied with merely being a titan on the mainland, Tencent is also apparently well and truly conquering Africa with the rise of the WeChat Wallet launched last November. [ more › ]

North Korea’s Satellite Is Tumbling In Orbit

The satellite is dysfunctional — but this may be beside the point

You can now go for a spin on Shanghai's first rooftop Ferris wheel

2 hours agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

The moment you have all been waiting for is finally here!... well, no, not that one. [ more › ]

Several Killed in Train Crash in Southern Germany

Several wagons overturned when a train derailed on Tuesday morning

Indian Soldier Miraculously Found Alive 6 Days After Avalanche in the Himalayas

Lance Naik Hanamanthappa was buried under nearly 8 m of snow at an altitude of 5,900 m

Bei Bei climbs his first tree, with some help from mom

The National Zoo's giant panda cub Bei Bei ventured outside to climb a tree for the first time. His mother Mei Xiang waited with open arms to help him down.

Local Thoughts in Same-Sex Marriage

We need to start this with a note or sorts; this video post was scheduled on our editorial ‘to do’ list. As fate would have it, we’ve been lucky enough, at around the same time, to have received some blog posts from Rei of Takurei’s Room - a resource on all things LGBT in Japan. Show More Summary

Chinese filmmaker's new documentary about sexual abuse in China receives rave reviews in US after Sundance screening

5 hours agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

Chinese documentary Hooligan Sparrow has been garnering intentional praise after its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in the US. Starring the eponymous Sparrow, aka outspoken women's rights icon Ye Haiyan, the film follows a group of activists as they wage a war against corruption and sexual violence in China. [ more › ]

U.N. Probe Details ‘Massive and Systematized Violence’ Against Detainees in Syria

The Syrian government is accused of "extermination, murder, rape... torture, imprisonment, enforced disappearance and other inhuman acts"

The Art of Nomikai in Japan

Nomikai in Japan is an art to be mastered if you want to survive in the corporate world About the meaning: Nomikai (written ??? can be translated as "drinking session" from ??: drink and ?:meeting, session, gathering,...) If you areShow More Summary

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