Shabani is tall, dark, handsome ... and a gorilla. While becoming a sensation in Japan, he's also touched off debates about his hotness, girls love for him — and about Japan's frequent labeling as "weird" by outsiders.
Comic artists in Taiwan and Hong Kong started a Facebook page, the Blonde Dalai Lama, after the Tibetan Buddhist leader's comments that he may be reincarnated as an attractive, “mischievous blonde woman.”
The plight of the Rohingyas has prompted this week's Time Magazine cover. A group of young people in Myanmar's capital has been countering the hate of their countrymen with a selfie campaign on Facebook to promote tolerance and friendship.
Tajikistan's government claims nearly 400 Tajik nationals are fighting with ISIS. The latest to join from this Central Asian nation might be the highest profile: the head of the country's special forces branch of its police.