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Shakespeare’s Homes to be Recreated in … China?

No need to travel to England to see Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Shakespeare’s New Place as the two homes will be recreated in the People’s Republic of China. Under an exclusive cooperation agreement signed today, 28 September, by the [...]

Chinese Communist Party Funds Washington Think Tanks

United Front Work Department conducts aggressive influence operations in U.S. Bill Gertz reports: China’s Communist Party is intensifying covert influence operations in the United States that include funding Washington think tanks and coercing [...]

Vacations for Yakuza Not Much Fun

AMY TAKAHASHI reports: For most Japanese, the month of August will include a summer vacation, likely during the obon holiday period, when the spirits of one’s ancestors are honored. Likewise, members of the nation’s many yakuza syndicates are [...]

Netflix Surges; Licensed Shows Still Take the Crown

David NG writes: Netflix’s promotional tagline is “See what’s next” — a nod to the numerous titles that are instantly available to watch at the click of a remote. For the streaming entertainment giant, “what’s next” is changing in [...]

Japanese Probe Snaps Close-Up Images of Asteroid Ryugu

Elizabeth Howell, Space.com Contributor reports: A Japanese sample-return spacecraft just gave its destination asteroid a special close-up. As Hayabusa2 swept to only 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) above the surface of 162173 Ryugu, it spotted boulders, [...]

Death Wish Coffee Launches into Space

NEW YORK (Death Wish Coffee PR) Doug Messier reports: Death Wish Coffee, also known as The World’s Strongest Coffee, announced its launch into space on June 28th aboard SpaceX CRS-15, officially making it the galaxy’s strongest coffee. The [...]

The Seedy Underworld of Movie Memorabilia

With the market for memorabilia breaking records, collectors and auction houses must contend with thieves, fakers and skeptical police who wonder, ‘Who in their right mind would pay that much for that?’ Gary Baum reports: The [...]