In Depth

Minnesota bar’s ‘face slapping contest’ ends in serious assault

It was just meant to be a "a competition in which willing contestants take turns slapping each other in the faces," according to a promoter of the event at a popular bar in St. Paul. However, according to reports by local media, it turned into something far more violent. According to police, the 'slap fest' escalated to the point that one of the…

Taiwan implements complete ban on killing animals at state-run shelters

According to reports by Chinese-language media outlets, Taiwan is set to ban state-run animal shelters from putting down animals next year. The new measure, which is widely acknowledged to be a challenge given the amount of stray animals in the country, will save the lives of thousands of dogs and cats once it comes into effect in February 2017.…

Villagers risk their lives to help rescue baby elephant trapped for hours in well

After a traumatic 11 hours trapped in a muddy well, a baby elephant weighing ‘hundreds of pounds’ has been rescued in dramatic circumstances in a small Indian village, after locals risked their lives to help in the operation. According to local media, the baby elephant became stuck in the well late in the evening, and the elephant’s mother tried…