Virus puts damper on Lunar New Year, China's biggest holiday

BEIJING (AP) — Temples have locked their doors. The Forbidden City, Shanghai Disneyland and other major tourist destinations are closed. Restaurant reservations are being cancelled. ...

Court ruling expected to end lawsuit in Chinese torture case

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal appeals court ruling Tuesday is expected to end a 15-year-old legal fight in the U.S. over whether a Chinese television official incited torture in ...

Taiwan President Tsai wins election, 'but she does not deserve it:' media figure

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwanese human rights activist Yang Sen-hong (楊憲宏) said Saturday (Jan. 11) that incumbent President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) would not have won the election if it had been held...

Sri Lanka president urges limit on minority political power

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's new president on Friday endorsed amending the constitution to reduce the power of minority political parties, saying the country wasn't suited to a system that cr...

China sentences pastor to 9 years on subversion charge

BEIJING (AP) — China on Monday sentenced a prominent pastor who operated outside the Communist Party-recognized Protestant organization to nine years in prison. The People's Interme...

Baba Ram Dass, spiritual guru and LSD pioneer, dies at 88

MAUI, Hawaii (AP) — Baba Ram Dass, the 1960s counterculture spiritual leader who experimented with LSD and traveled to India to find enlightenment, returning to share it with Americans, has died. He w...

Shinto festival carries on centuries-old tradition in Japan

CHICHIBU, Japan (AP) — As fireworks light up the winter night, scores of men, women and teenagers crying “washoi, washoi” haul the last of six towering, lantern-covered floats up a small hill and into...

Taiwan police draw criticism for promoting Buddhism in uniform

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A group of Taiwanese law enforcement officers has drawn criticism from the public after dancing in uniform in a promotional video for a Buddhist humanitarian organization....

Tibetans say the Dalai Lama should choose his successor

DHARMSALA, India (AP) — More than 150 Tibetan religious leaders say their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, should have the sole authority to choose his successor. A resolution adopt...

Buddhist nationalists claim victory in Sri Lankan election

In this mountain city that was for centuries home to Sri Lanka’s kings and in recent years has been riven by religious violence, Buddhist nationalists are rejoicing the election of the country&r...

Francis fulfills dream, goes to Japan as missionary pope

TOKYO (AP) — Pope Francis will fulfill his dream to be a missionary in Japan when he arrives for a three-day visit with two main aims: to appeal for nuclear disarmament and minister to a tiny Catholic...

Review: Coldplay do a 180-degree turn from arena pop-rock

Coldplay, “Everyday Life” (Parlophone/Atlantic) At the end of a year that saw musicians like Niall Horan and Ed Sheeran gingerly dip their toes into other languages, Coldplay have re...

Pope in Thailand calls for action to protect women, children

Pope Francis called Thursday for women and children to be protected from exploitation, abuse and enslavement as he began a busy two days of meetings in Thailand, where human trafficking and forced pro...

Tolerant Thailand to welcome pope, but martyrs tale haunts

SONGKHON, Thailand (AP) — When Pope Francis makes his first trip to Thailand this week, he will be visiting a country that welcomed Roman Catholic missionaries more than five centuries ago and whose B...

AIT sponsors US high school students to visit Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — In order to celebrate educational and cultural exchanges as part of its 40th anniversary, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) has sponsored a group of American students...