It’s that time of the year again! The English Premier League returns to action, here’s our in-depth guide to the world’s most popular football league.

By SCMP’s Alberto Lucas Lopez

We thought this was pretty amazing.  A lot of stuff not seen before but still controlled by minders. Here’s the full story.

Happy Friday!

To celebrate, we give you this:

Hello, hello, hello! World’s first surviving panda triplets born in Guangzhou

A Chinese zoo has unveiled newborn panda triplets billed as the world’s first known surviving trio, in what it hailed as a “miracle” given the animal’s famously low reproductive rate…see the full story and complete video here.


Robin Williams as Mork from Ork on the TV show “Mork & Mindy.”


Dead Poets Society [Peter Weir, 1989]


Dead Poets Society [Peter Weir, 1989]

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By SCMP’s Alberto Lucas Lopez

The shot heard around the world

1914 marked the end of an era characterised by colonial greed, ambition and disputes between the great powers…and the beginning of WWI.


As leaders of nearly 50 African countries gather in Washington to explore the economic potential of the continent, we look at the current state of Africa and its people. Here’s how African countries measure up in matters of governmenthealthquality of life, and money.

(via washingtonpost)

A beautiful graphic about a tragic event.

The last days of rosewood by SCMP’s Adolfo Arranz

An unprecedented boom in China in the popularity of reproduction Ming and Qing Dynasty furniture made with rosewood - known as hongmu - is putting unsustainable demands on the forests of Southeast Asia.

INFOGRAPHIC: Zhou Yongkang’s web of power, money, connections

A look at the extensive business interests of Zhou Yongkang, after the former security chief was placed under formal investigation, shattering the decades-old political taboo of not prosecuting the highest ranking Communist Party officials for corruption.


Germany: the world’s capital of penis enlargement

Yes, but why all the Latin American countries…? And, what about Asia we ask?!