7 Headlines You Won’t Read Anywhere Else Today: Jan. 30

By Tina Tatarková, Epoch Times
January 30, 2014 Updated: January 30, 2014

South Korea: Rice losing dominance in Korean diet

Koreans are eating less rice, consuming other energy sources to sustain their health, data showed Tuesday. According to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rice accounted for 31.6 percent of major energy sources for Koreans in 2012, down nearly 10 percent from 2008. …

The Korea Herald


Germany: From Bobby-Cars to Barbie dolls

Each year Nuremberg hosts the largest toy trade show in the world. This year 2,750 exhibitors from 61 countries are expected. DW presents an overview of 2014’s gaming and toy trends. …



New Zealand: Black NZ flag not the best option – experts

A black and white New Zealand flag showing a fern leaf may not be the best option, according to academics and designers, but they agree it’s time for a change. The debate around the flag looks set to become emotional, …

The New Zealand Herald


Nigeria: Babangida Denies Writing Jonathan

Former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida, has denied media report that he, like former President General Olusegun Obasanjo, has written a letter to President Goodluck Jonathan on the state of the nation. …

All Africa


Chile: Suggested 10 percent tip for waiters becomes mandatory

New law will make inclusion of 10 percent suggested tip mandatory on all restaurant checks, aims to improve final wages for wait staff.
Restaurants will soon include a 10 percent suggested tip on all checks after Congress approved Wednesday a proposal aimed at improving wages for restaurant employees. …

The Santiago Times


Japan: ‘Outside-the-box’ stem cell research may lead to new era in regenerative medicine

In April 2012, Japanese researcher Haruko Obokata submitted a paper to the British science journal Nature detailing her discovery of a simple and safe procedure that promised to turn ordinary cells in the body into reprogrammable stem cells, only to have it rejected.

The prestigious magazine refused to publish her findings on grounds her outside-the-box discovery was “unbelievable,” forcing her to find additional supplemental evidence to support her hypothesis. …

The Asahi Shimbun


Czech Republic: Prague wins regional award for best meeting destination

Prague won the 2013 Meeting Star Award in the category of meeting destinations awarded by Slovenian Kongres magazine, which focuses on the region of Central and South East Europe. The editorial board of the magazine prepared an overview of convention centers, hotels and congress destinations that were assessed by hidden congress guests. In total, Prague collected 4.64 points and ranked higher than Dubrovnik and Budapest. …

Prague Post


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