Parents in China celebrate their children just like everyone else, and with census numbers showing far more boys than girls being born, officials are starting to relax the country's notoriously tough family planning restrictions to allow a second or even third child if the first born is a girl. Even with the change a cultural preference remains for boys, so officials will need to find other ways to establish a balance.
Tokyo's Hie shrine hosted the Setsubun bean-throwing ceremony Feb. 3, 2015, to drive demons out from the temple and invite good luck. tradition holds you eat the same number of beans as your age for this event.
Code Pink activists disrupted the Senate Armed Services Committee as former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger arrived to testify on Jan. 29, 2015, calling Kissinger a "war criminal." Sen. John McCain called the protesters "low-life scum."
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Kalangel was one of two soldiers killed by Lebanon's Hezbollah militants Jan. 28, 2015, when an anti-tank missile struck an Israel Defense Force vehicle on patrol near the border with Lebanon in northern Israel. He leaves behind a wife and a one year old daughter. Photos by Debbie Hill/UPI
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