Rio's unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge

SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian judge has ordered the closing of Rio de Janeiro's Olympic Park in the next 48 hours due to a lack of safety licenses. Judge Eugenio Rosa de Araújo said ...

2020 Taipei Lantern Festival to light up twin venues

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — This year's Taipei Lantern Festival, set for Feb. 8-16, will be held at two venues, with one on the western, historic side of the city, and another at the far eastern ...

Grass jelly ink painting wins Taiwan NPM product design contest

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A grass jelly ink painting (墨戲仙草) took the top award in a product design competition held by Taiwan's National Palace Museum (NPM). The gelatinous scene is based on...

West Coast fishery rebounds in rare conservation 'home run'

WARRENTON, Ore. (AP) — A rare environmental success story is unfolding in waters off the U.S. West Coast. After years of fear and uncertainty, bottom trawler fishermen — those who u...

Taiwan to host 2022 World Indigenous Tourism Summit

Taiwan has won the right to host the 2022 World Indigenous Tourism Summit (WITS), the Council of Indigenous Peoples (CIP) announced Thursday (Dec. 19), after signing a memorandum of understanding with...

Emirati diplomat says promoting tolerance takes time

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates has been on a yearlong, nationwide project to promote and brand state efforts under the theme of “tolerance,” but as 2019 comes to an en...

Prayer at Kashmir's biggest mosque for 1st time in 4 months

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — A call to afternoon prayer rang out from the central mosque in disputed Kashmir’s largest city for the first time in more than four months on Wednesday, ending a virtual ban on ...

SW Taiwan's Chiayi transforms into 'international wind music city'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Indulge yourself and enjoy a multitude of wind music performances at the 2019 Chiayi City International Band Festival (CCIBF ) from Dec. 21 to Jan. 1. The first Chiayi ...

India’s crackdown hits religious freedom in disputed Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — For years Romi Jan’s mornings would begin with the plaintive call to prayer that rang out from the central mosque in disputed Kashmir’s largest city. The voice soothed her soul ...

I-Fun Learning website helps Taiwan students prepare for 2019 curriculum

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Since the establishment of Taiwan’s National Academy for Educational Research (NAER) I-Fun Learning website in 2012, the academy has integrated various online learni...

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...

NASCAR goes back to its roots with a huge Nashville blowout

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kyle Busch toted his championship trophy all over Nashville for photo opportunities. He opened his celebratory week with an appearance on WWE's “Raw," then joined industry heav...

TIFA inspires for all with international performances in Taipei

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The 12th Taiwan International Festival of Art (TIFA 2020) features 17 programs from 10 countries and will get underway on Feb. 21, at the National Theater and Concert Hall...

Bus falls into river in Nepal, killing 17 and injuring 50

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Police say an overcrowded bus drove off a mountain highway and crashed in a river in Nepal, killing 17 people and injuring 50 more. Police official Madhav Kaf...

Trump stumping in Mississippi ahead of tough governor's race

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — President Donald Trump is traveling to Mississippi on Friday to try to shore up Republican support ahead of the state's toughest governor's race in nearly a generation, with two ...