Taiwan ranks No. 3 in global hospitability

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan ranks third in a global survey of hospitability by travel website Booking.com. Taiwanese are known for being hospitable. Booking.com released a survey result on ...

Taiwan attends ATM travel show, taking steps to make inroads into Middle East market

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A new initiative to promote Taiwan’s tourism was announced on April 28 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The first-ever partnership between Taiwan’s Tourism B...

Remote corner of Nevada ranked among world's darkest spots

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Computer scientist Chris Schmandt doesn't visit Nevada for the casinos, but he does appreciate the state's nightlife. Schmandt of Boston prefers to go beyond the gl...

Taiwan gets a whole lotta love from solo travelers

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Taiwan is getting "lots of love" for being the "country with the nicest people" for solo travelers on Reddit, the social discussion website and app. One ...

AP PHOTOS: As the sun sets, Venezuela's capital empties

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — When the sun goes down in Venezuela's capital of Caracas, the once-thriving metropolis empties under darkness. Many street lights don't work. Residents avoi...

Thai party fields transgender candidate for prime minister

BANGKOK (AP) — As Pinit Ngarmpring, he was a CEO and sports promoter, well known in the world of Thai soccer. Now, under her preferred new name of Pauline Ngarmpring, she's pursuing a bid to become th...

India's top court paves way for bars with dancers to reopen

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's Supreme Court has paved the way for the reopening of Mumbai's dance bars, which had been a nightlife staple in the country's entertainment capital until they were outlawed six...

Shah of Iran modernized his nation but vacillated in crisis

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — At the height of his power in 1971, Iran's Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi drew world leaders to a wind-swept luxury tent city, offering a lavish banquet of food flown in...

Photo of the Day: Taipei looking cinematic

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A Taiwanese-American photographer captured a scene in Taipei's Ximending area which exemplified the cinematic feel many parts of the gritty, glowing city has. The photog...

UFC champ Nurmagomedov a conservative voice in Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is probably the best-known Muslim athlete in Russia, and he's rapidly becoming a leading conservative voice at home. When a National Gu...

'The Challenge' star Johnny 'Bananas' morphs into a TV host

NEW YORK (AP) — During Tuesday's episode of "The Challenge," Johnny "Bananas" Devenanzio managed to escape elimination on the reality show competition. Saving himself from all-but-certain expulsion ha...

Filipina becomes American-style restaurant manager and shareholder in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Originally from the Philippines, Melina Imperio Lim left her hometown and came to Taiwan to seek a better life. She is now a manager at the American-style restaurant Malibu Wes...

Photo of the Day: Rainy Taipei looking like 'Blade Runner'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A French engineer currently living in Taiwan recently captured these haunting images of Taipei in the rain looking very much like scenes from the 80s science fiction thriller &...

Budapest: World heritage and well-being

On tiny Linosa, it's easy to adopt island's relaxed rhythms

LINOSA ISLAND, Italy (AP) — There are no hotels, but islanders open up their simple, gaily painted homes to those seeking relaxed rhythms. No banks either, but there's not a lot mone...