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Fewer New Year fireworks in polluted Beijing

A man runs with fire crackers on a street in Beijing on February 10, 2013. Revellers across the city lit fireworks as China welcomed the lunar new year of the snake. AFP  / Ed Jones

The annual Lunar New Year fireworks barrage in Beijing was notably muted following government appeals to reduce the smoky celebrations after air pollution rose to near catastrophic levels over recent weeks.

Posted: February 11th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

In Davao, making noise legally

THE PEOPLE of Davao City find creative ways of celebrating the Lunar New Year, like sending colorful lanterns up into the sky, in the midst of a ban on firecrackers and fireworks. KARLOS MANLUPIG

More than 10 years after this city started enforcing what could be the country’s toughest ban on firecrackers, the Davao Chinese-Filipino community is becoming more creative in celebrating the Lunar New Year.

Posted: February 9th, 2013 in Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Ecowaste finds toxic chemicals in lucky charms for lunar new year


Some lunar new year charms and accessories might not exactly bring good fortune. Consumer safety watchdog Ecowaste Coalition discovered dangerous chemicals in 28 lucky charms and accessories, including a fertility amulet with a high level of lead that ironically could induce miscarriage and premature childbirth.

Posted: February 5th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Fireworks, feasts in Year of Dragon

A Chinese man takes pictures as he stands among the crowd watching a performance at a temple fair in Ditan Park during the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year in Beijing, China, Monday, Jan. 23, 2012.   AP PHOTO/ANDY WONG

Millions of ethnic Chinese, Koreans and Vietnamese across Asia are ringing in the new Year of the Dragon with fireworks, feasting and family reunions.

Posted: January 23rd, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Balloons carrying Choco Pie sent to N. Korea

North Korean refugees living in South Korea launched balloons carrying cakes across the heavily fortified border Friday to help their former compatriots celebrate the Lunar New Year holiday.

Posted: January 20th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »