K-pop star Goo Hara found unconscious at home, sparks debate on pressures of K-pop fame

(CNN)South Korean singer and actress Goo Hara has apologized to fans after being found unconscious at home, reigniting debate about the intense pressure on the country’s K-pop superstars. On Tuesday, Goo addressed the reports, apologizing for “causing concern to everyone and causing a commotion,” according to Sankei Sports, a media outlet in Japan, where Goo has a large following. “I’m recovering. Many things overlapped and I had been suffering. But I’ll steel myself and work to show you my healthy self,” she reportedly said. Since last September, Goo has been embroiled in a public dispute with her former boyfriend Choi Jong-bum. She has accused Choi of blackmailing her by threatening to release video of them having sex, according to the …

African samurai: The enduring legacy of a black warrior in feudal Japan

Hong Kong (CNN)When feudal Japan’s most powerful warlord Nobunaga Oda met Yasuke, a black slave-turned-retainer, in 1581, he believed the man was a god. In an era racked by political espionage, merciless assassinations and ninja attacks, Yasuke was seen as an asset. Nobunaga soon made him a samurai — even providing him with his own servant, house and stipend, according to Jesuit records. Today, Yasuke’s legacy as the world’s first African samurai is well known in Japan, spawning everything from prize-winning children’s books to a manga series titled “Afro Samurai.” And his legacy continues to spread worldwide. Earlier this month, “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman announced he would play Yasuke in a Hollywood movie scripted by “Narcos” co-creator Doug Miro. …

Thailand King Maha Vajiralongkorn crowned in elaborate three-day celebration

(CNN)Thailand has crowned its new king in a $31 million three-day celebration that comes almost 69 years to the day since the last coronation. He also delivered his first royal command as King, saying, “I shall continue, preserve, and build upon the royal legacy and shall reign with righteousness for the benefit and happiness of the people forever.” In some ways, Thitinan said the celebrations are likely to be relatively “modest” compared with those for the late King’s 60th anniversary in 2006, when the Sultan of Brunei, the Emperor of Japan, and Queen Elizabeth’s son Prince Andrew traveled to Bangkok for the occasion. This time, no foreign dignitaries have been invited. Who is King Vajiralongkorn? King Vajiralongkorn studied in Australia …

Suspected Bangladesh plane hijacker shot dead

(CNN)Bangladeshi commandos have stormed a passenger plane and shot dead a man who allegedly tried to hijack it, authorities said. Authorities have not given a motive for the suspected hijacking. Local media reported that the suspect was armed and had demanded to speak with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Trophy hunter ‘pays $110k’ to kill and pose with rare mountain goat

(CNN)An American trophy hunter has sparked outrage after reportedly paying $110,000 for a permit to kill a rare mountain goat in Pakistan, before posing with the dead animal after the hunt. The paper reports that the fee was the highest ever paid for a hunt in Pakistan, and the third American hunter to pay at least $100,000 in permit fees in recent weeks. But the hunt has prompted fury on social media in both countries, with commentators labeling the killing as cruel. “Goats are gentle individuals, not trophies,” animals rights group PETA wrote on Twitter, while some Pakistanis called for a ban on hunting such animals. The markhor is the national animal of Pakistan, but its horns make it an …