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 ...

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___ Senators grill Boeing CEO over plane involved in 2 crashes Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg has faced tough questioning from senators about two crashes of 737 Max j...

Concert promoters turn away from facial recognition tech

BOSTON (AP) — Major concert promoters in the U.S. are stepping back from plans to scan festival-goers with facial recognition technology — at least for the time being. Live-entertain...

Germans flock to Frankenstein Castle for spooky Halloween

FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE, Germany (AP) — Medieval Frankenstein Castle has become a favorite haunt for Germans celebrating Halloween, a tradition that's grown increasingly popular in continental Europe in r...

Raines recalls Montreal, roots for Nats; others, maybe not

MONTREAL (AP) — Tim Raines started wearing the tricolor cap as a teen and proudly sported the Montreal Expos logo for years, all the way onto his Hall of Fame plaque. So no wonder wh...

10-year-old dies after being ejected from festival ride

BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — A 10-year-old girl died after plunging from an amusement park ride at a harvest festival in southern New Jersey over the weekend, authorities said. Troopers we...