Mexico marks Day of Dead on 500th anniversary of Conquest

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico is marking its Day of the Dead amid the 500th anniversary of the Spanish Conquest, and true to the holiday's roots, it has become an opportunity for reflection and reconcilia...

Stars advocate for progress at honorary Oscars event

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Inequality in the film industry got a high-profile spotlight at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 11th annual Governors Awards, where Cherokee actor Wes Studi, Italia...

'Pagan idols,' married priests and more mark Amazon synod

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' meeting on the Amazon is wrapping up after three weeks of debate over married priests and the environment. But the week's most important debate just might be over the...

Taiwan indigenous scholar uses native tongue during Presidential Office meeting

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — On Thursday (Oct. 17), the Presidential Office received its first presentation given entirely in the language of Taiwan’s Paiwan people, marking an important milesto...

City official: I support vandalism of Columbus statue

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A city councilor in Rhode Island says she thinks the recent vandalism to a Christopher Columbus statue is a good thing. Democrat Katherine Kerwin told WPRO ra...

The Latest: Columbus statue defaced in San Francisco

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Latest on Columbus statues defaced around the country (all times local): 2 p.m. A Columbus statue in San Francisco was defaced with red ...

Columbus statue vandalized: 'Stop celebrating genocide'

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A statue of Christopher Columbus in Rhode Island has been vandalized on the U.S. holiday named for him. The statue in Providence was splashed from head to toe...

Some US states marking their first Indigenous Peoples' Day

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A handful of states are celebrating their first Indigenous Peoples' Day on Monday as part of a trend to move away from a day honoring Christopher Columbus. F...

Samba, Amazon fruits and fish at Brazil's Ver-O-Peso market

BELEM, Brazil (AP) — Exotic Amazonian fruits, medicinal tonics with natural ingredients from the rainforest that claim to cure it all and freshwater fish served fried with a side of thick, deep purple...

AP Explains: Columbus, once immigrant hero, now heel to some

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The image and story of Christopher Columbus, the 15th century navigator who began European incursions into the Americas, have changed in the U.S. over the decades. Columbus wa...

Paiwan tribal festival spotlights Taiwan’s rich cultural tapestry

The Maljeveq festival, a colorful indigenous celebration featuring ancestor rituals, ceremonies to ward off evil spirits, dancing, feasting, food offerings and singing, is the cultural highlight of Oc...

Mexican actress Aparicio named UNESCO ambassador

PARIS (AP) — The United Nations' cultural agency UNESCO has appointed Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio as its goodwill ambassador for indigenous peoples. The 25-year-old actress made...

Taiwan to join Palau's Independence Day celebration

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwanese Minister Icyang Parod (劉文雄) will attend Palau’s 25th Independence Day celebration on Oct. 1 as an envoy to the country. Appointed by President Tsai Ing-...

US, Japan to join Taiwan in hosting Austronesian language forum in Palau

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) is preparing to host the International Austronesian Languages Revitalization Forum in Kodor, Palau, on Sunday (Sept. 29) in cooperat...

A museum in Bolivia pays homage to President Evo Morales

ORINOCA, Bolivia (AP) — From the air, it stands like a concrete fortress amid the humble adobe and brick homes in the remote town of Orinoca high up in the desert of the Bolivian altiplano. ...