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Altamonte Springs, Florida - Four elderly ladies were playing a peaceful game of mahjong in their private Escondido Condominium clubhouse in Altamonte Springs, Florida, when a nosy neighbor called in a police raid citing illegal gambling, breaking up the gobsmacked grandmas.

KOBE, Japan - Officials in the Japanese city of Kobe have unanimously voted to ban mahjong and slot machines at elderly care centres, amid fears of fuelling gambling addictions.

TOKYO, Japan, - Co., Ltd., makers of online mahjong server Tenhou, have released a developing beta version of the popular riichi mahjong platform, and have indicated that this may be the first version of tenhou.net to translate into English

TAOYUAN, China (ECNS) -- A man swept in more than 200,000 yuan ($3,1357.8) during a half-month mahjong gambling by using a pair of special contact lenses, according to Xiaoxiang Morning News.

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NGAWA, China - Performers dressed as giant pandas play mahjong at a scenic spot in Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang autonomous prefecture, Southwest China's Sichuan province.

FOSHAN, China - The scenic vacation spa Qiu Dao Valley in Foshan, China hosted more than 100 competitors in its swimming pool mahjong tournament.

BEIJING - A man who is said to have carried out an axe attack in China's volatile Xinjiang region apologises on television, saying he was persuaded to go through with it in the name of ‘jihad’. The man is supposed to be the only surviving member of a gang of three who slashed people playing mahjong in the remote city of Hotan a week ago, wounding four, one of the latest in a series of attacks in the far west region.

LEISHAN - Mahjong parlors in the Guiyang region are massively closing down now the county has issued a strict ban that forbids government officials from playing the game anytime, anywhere, whether on the job or off.
Leishan county, a popular tourist attraction in Southwest China's Guizhou province, issued the ban in March. The public's response has been mixed.

Wu is arrested over the callous murder of mahjong bar owner Mr. Chang.

HEYUAN - When Wang Wu was thrown out and banned from the local mahjong club, that set of a chain of events that resulted in him jumping out of a building - only for him to survive and get arrested.