7 Headlines You Won’t Read Anywhere Else Today: Jan. 17

By Tina Tatarková, Epoch Times
January 17, 2014 Updated: January 17, 2014

Switzerland: Swiss ranked second in Oxfam’s global food table

The Swiss are justly proud of their cuisine but when it comes to having a plentiful, nutritious, healthy and affordable diet they fall behind the Dutch, according to a new report.
If you thought Dutch food was bland, think again — it apparently has world-beating attributes. …

The Local


Wales: Scottish independence should be rejected in September vote, says Minister 

Welsh education minister Huw Lewis will today urge people in Scotland to vote to remain in the UK in the September referendum.
Mr Lewis, who studied at Edinburgh University, will call for a “new progressive contract between the nations and regions of the United Kingdom for the common benefit of all” and echo First Minister Carwyn Jones’ call for a constitutional convention. …

Wales Online


South Korea: Wearfun CEO: Man who fanned Korea’s luxury fever

It wouldn’t be much of an exaggeration to say that Koreans’ taste for luxury goods came from this man’s hands.
From fashion buff to successful businessman, Kwon Gee-chan, CEO of Wearfun International, sees himself as one of the first importers of high-end fashion products in Korea during the 1980s.
“I’m always fascinated by the subject of how to make Korean men and women look more gorgeous,” he said. …

Korea Herald


Mexico: New US Travel Warnings Exempt Mexico Tourist Spots

On January 9, 2014, the US State Department updated its July 2013 travel warning to Mexico, making few essential changes but in an extremely detailed rundown getting even more specific about what to worry about where.
The good news for tourists is that, as in past warnings, most popular vacation destinations – including Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, Cancun, the Riviera Maya, Mexico City, Los Cabos, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Merida, Chichen Itza, Huatulco, and Oaxaca – are exempted. …

Banderas News


Japan: Japan WWII soldier who hid in jungle until 1974 dies 

A Japanese soldier who hid in the Philippine jungle for three decades, refusing to believe World War II was over until his former commander returned and ordered him to surrender, has died in Tokyo aged 91.

Hiroo Onoda waged a guerilla campaign in Lubang Island near Luzon until he was finally persuaded in 1974 that peace had broken out, ignoring leaflet drops and successive attempts to convince him the Imperial Army had been defeated. …

The Himalayan Times


Bhutan: Drawing lessons from last elections … 

The election commission of Bhutan (ECB) will revisit election rules and regulations and seek legal opinions on 20 or so issues that surfaced during the last parliamentary elections.

The commission has already  drawn an action plan to ensure the issues are addressed for proper conduct of future elections.
The list of issues and recommendations were compiled through a series of “learning from experience programs (LEP)” across the country. …

Kuensel Online


Slovakia: Slow progress towards an accessible Bratislava


Every tourist has a list of sites to see on their trip to Bratislava: the Castle, St Martin’s Cathedral, Mirbach Palace, Devín, among others. Yet for disabled people Bratislava’s castles, as well as many of its other famous monuments, remain impregnable even in the 21st century. They are guarded neither by knights nor rivers nor cliffs. Rather it’s simply that curbs are too high, road-crossings have no audible beeps, or elevators have not been installed. …

The Spectator


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