Famed Thai temple bars foreigners entry over COVID-19 fears

BANGKOK (AP) — One of Thailand’s major tourist attractions is barring entry to foreigners, professing fear that they could spread the coronavirus. Signs seen Thursday morning at the ...

Houses of worship gain audience by going online during virus

On a rainy evening in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis delivered a special blessing, asking God for help against the coronavirus. The square in Vatican City would normally be packed...

New Taipei Lantern Festival shows off eye-catching designs

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The annual New Taipei Lantern Festival kicked off at the New Taipei Metropolitan Park in Sanchong District on Friday (Feb. 7), attracting thousands of spectators to witnes...

Day-trip ideas for the Lunar New Year holiday

The Tourism Bureau has recommended several day trips to explore Taiwan's nature and culture across during the seven-day Lunar New Year holiday from Jan. 23 to 29. In northeastern Taiwan, people...

Taiwan expat wins NT$8 million jackpot

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A migrant worker from Thailand has won the grand prize of Monday's (Jan. 13) Daily Cash 539 Taiwan Lottery and will receive NT$8 million (US$260,000) in winnings. A...

Death toll surges as Cambodian building collapse search ends

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The death toll from the collapse of a building under construction in Cambodia surged to 36 on Sunday, even as an additional survivor was pulled from rubble, officials said....

Search in Cambodia resumes after building collapse kills 5

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Search and rescue teams in Cambodia removed rubble Saturday for a second day to find any more survivors from a building collapse that killed at least five people and injure...

Year-end violence highlights danger of worshipping

NEW YORK (AP) — When a machete-wielding attacker walked into a rabbi's home in Monsey, New York, during Hanukkah and a gunman fired on worshippers at a Texas church 14 hours later, the two congregati...

Houses of worship attacked with deadly frequency in 2019

On Dec. 1, a band of assailants opened fire on worshippers at a small-town Protestant church in Burkina Faso, an impoverished West African country where the Christian minority is increasingly a target...

Temple collapses in Cambodia, killing 3 and injuring 13

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Police in Cambodia say a Buddhist temple under construction in Siem Reap, home of the famed Angkor temples, has collapsed, killing at least three people and injuring 13 oth...

Gotabaya Rajapaksa sworn in as Sri Lanka’s new president

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Former defense official Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been sworn in as Sri Lanka’s president and appealed to the minority Tamil and Muslim communities who voted against him to rally...

French filmmaker Tolt releases 'Don’t go to Taiwan'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — French film director Benjamin Martinie, who goes by the handle "Tolt," has created a travel video introducing Taiwan with the contrarian title "Don't go...

Half the tigers rescued from Thai temple reported dead

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai wildlife officials say that more than half the tigers rescued three years ago from a Buddhist temple where they served as a popular tourist attraction have died of disease. ...

Communist Party Matsu Temple in southern Taiwan declared illegal

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – On Friday (Sept. 6), the local government of Tainan City declared that a so-called “temple” dedicated to the goddess Matsu and co-opted by supporters of the Ch...

CCP destroys more Buddhist statues to stamp out religion in China

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- As part of its efforts to subjugate religion in China, photos have surfaced showing the Communist Chinese government defacing, walling up, and tearing down Buddhist statues acr...