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India enthuses over Oscars for 'Naatu Naatu,' elephant doc

HYDERABAD, India (AP) — India celebrated its two historic Academy Awards with enthusiasm befitting the high-energy best original song “Naatu Naatu.” The dance anthem from the blockbuster...

India: Menstruation taboos are forcing girls to drop out of school

Social exclusion and a lack of education on menstrual hygiene are forcing many girls in India to drop out of school early or be ostracized for the duration of their menstrual cycle every month. This ...

Taiwanese director sentenced to 4 years for sexual assault

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Film director Doze Niu (鈕承澤) faces four years in prison for sexual assault after the Supreme Court rejected his final appeal Wednesday (Sept. 29). While shooting a movi...

City guide of Taipei in 1920s reissued, providing glimpse into capital long ago

[Last update: Dec. 16 2 p.m.] TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Chiang Wei-shui Cultural Foundation on Tuesday (Dec. 15) reissued a Taipei city guide that was first published during the Japanese col...

Free tampons and the fight against period poverty

Scotland are making it a legal right to have free access to pads and tampons. They are the first country to do so. With more and more women facing period poverty during the pandemic, experts say other...

Taiwanese artist grabs 2 top awards at Japanese manga contest

A Taiwanese artist known by his pseudonym Gene has won two top prizes at this year's Kyodo International Manga Anime Award, a Japanese contest that is held annually for aspiring manga artists from...

Why is India denying COVID-19 community transmission?

For weeks now, India has reported the fastest growth in COVID-19 infections in the world. Health authorities have registered nearly 1.49 million confirmed cases, including over 33,400 deaths. Last wee...

Another asylum-seeker makes national poetry contest finals

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — For the second consecutive year, an asylum-seeker from Maine has made it to the final round of a national spoken poetry competition. The road to the Poetry Out...

We need men to talk about periods: Oscar winner Guneet Monga

Period. End of Sentence is a documentary about the deep-rooted stigma attached to menstruation in the village of Hapur in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. For generations, women here did no...