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Chinese company demands edits to ‘Transformers’

By Sun, Jun 22, 2014 7:40PM UTC Chinese company demands edits to ‘Transformers’

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese company says it has terminated cooperation with the new “Transformers” movie and wants Paramount Pictures to make edits to the blockbuster film.

Hollywood stars in HK for ‘Transformers’ premiere

By Thu, Jun 19, 2014 6:55PM UTC A giant Transformer figure is displayed against Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong, Wednesday. Pic: AP.

HONG KONG (AP) — The stars of “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” including Mark Wahlberg and good-guy robot Optimus Prime, are attending the film’s worldwide premiere in Hong Kong, which plays a key role in the blockbuster franchise’s latest installment.

Japan bans child porn, but excludes manga, anime

By Wed, Jun 18, 2014 6:52PM UTC Japan bans child porn, but excludes manga, anime

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s parliament has passed a law which bans possession of child pornography, but excludes sexually explicit comics, animation and computer graphics.

Taylor Swift cancels Bangkok concert after coup

By Tue, May 27, 2014 5:36PM UTC U.S. singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. Pic: AP.

BANGKOK (AP) — Taylor Swift has canceled a sold-out concert in Thailand, which came under military rule last week after a coup d’etat.

Jakarta shuts down notorious Stadium nightclub

By Thu, May 22, 2014 10:42AM UTC Stadium nightclub in Jakarta. Pic via Asia Sentinel.

Shocked by the drug overdose death of a 22-year-old policeman, authorities Tuesday swooped down and closed a huge nightclub complex in the heart of Jakarta that had operated for 16 years with impunity despite its location not far from the Presidential Palace.

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