Gambia truth hearings grip nation as past atrocities emerge

BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — For more than two decades people in Gambia knew life was deeply troubled under dictator Yahya Jammeh, who fled into exile nearly three years ago after a surprise election loss. ...

Miss Taiwan to wear Santaizi-inspired costume for Miss International pageant

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Instead of wearing a traditional qipao this year, Taiwan's Miss International contestant is set to impress judges with the first-ever Taiwanese temple culture-inspired...

Filipino community in New Taipei celebrates women over 40

Hundreds of Filipinos gathered in New Taipei on Sunday for a beauty pageant that featured women of Ilocano lineage, over the age of 40. The Ilocanos are one of the largest ethnolinguistic groups in...

Hundreds of Filipinos celebrate Ilocano heritage in Taiwan's Taichung

Hundreds of Filipinos of Ilocano lineage gathered in Taichung on Sunday to celebrate their heritage with presentations of dance, music, and a beauty pageant with a twist. The Ilocanos are one of th...

Zheng Yi-ting crowned 'Miss Taiwan 2019'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The 10th edition of Miss Taiwan has announced its winner: 24-year-old Zheng Yi-ting (鄭婷怡). The final competition of Miss Taiwan took place at the Garden Villa hotel in ...

Mexico crowns transgender beauty queen in bid for acceptance

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The contestants in the beauty pageant sashayed in red bathing suits, paraded across the stage in evening gowns with plunging necklines and answered questions about climate change an...

Beauty pageant winner accuses ex-Gambia president of rape

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A beauty pageant winner is accusing Gambia's former dictator of raping her four years ago. The young woman is one of several now coming forward and accusing Yah...

Miss Asia beauty pageant to be held in Kaohsiung for first time

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Miss Asia 2019 will be held in Taiwan’s southern city of Kaohsiung for the first time, Liberty Times Net reported on Thursday (May 23). The organizer of Miss Asia...

Taiwan First Nations creatives shine at YIRRAMBOI festival in Australia

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Indigenous Taiwanese artists are being celebrated in a week-long program for the first time at this year’s YIRRAMBOI Festival for First Nations arts in Melbourne, Au...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week. At least 43 ...

Amazon Peladao: a soccer tournament unlike any other

MANAUS, Brazil (AP) — It's 4:10 a.m. in the largest city in Brazil's Amazon region, and striker Suzy Carvalho is busy preparing for the biggest game of her amateur career. Dressed in...

Uganda: Pageant to showcase women's 'curves' draws outrage

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A beauty pageant in Uganda that purports to promote local women's "curves" has outraged critics who say it demeans the dignity of women. The pageant, dubbed "M...

Review: Gina Rodriguez deserves more than bland 'Miss Bala'

If you've ever watched TV's hugely entertaining "Jane the Virgin," you'll know that its star, Gina Rodriguez, is one of the most engaging, charismatic and relatable actresses out there. ...

AP PHOTOS: Camels wrestle in traditional Turkish event

SELCUK, Turkey (AP) — Braveheart, Crazy Hasan, The Conqueror and Black Diamond were among the furry, hump-backed contestants in this year's annual sporting showdown in Turkey: camel wrestling. ...

Filipina Francesca Taruc crowned Miss Tourism World 2019 Intercontinental

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Just weeks after Catriona Gray of the Philippines was crowned Miss Universe 2018 in mid-December, another Filipina beauty was been crowned the as Miss Tourism World Interc...