Taiwan public health expert suggests ‘internet tomb sweeping’ to avoid Wuhan virus

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A public health expert suggested on Monday (Feb. 24) that the public engage in "internet tomb sweeping" to avoid the spread of the Wuhan virus instead of partici...

Virus puts damper on Lunar New Year, China's biggest holiday

BEIJING (AP) — Temples have locked their doors. The Forbidden City, Shanghai Disneyland and other major tourist destinations are closed. Restaurant reservations are being cancelled. ...

No Christmas at Notre Dame, as fire forces Mass into exile

PARIS (AP) — Notre Dame Cathedral is unable to host Christmas services for the first time since the French Revolution, because the Paris landmark was too deeply damaged by this year's fire. ...

Secret documents reveal how China mass detention camps work

The watch towers, double-locked doors and video surveillance in the Chinese camps are there “to prevent escapes.” Uighurs and other minorities held inside are scored on how well they speak the dominan...

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...

Taiwan public-private sector efforts revitalize Daxi’s cultural heritage

Remnants of Daxi’s days as a prosperous port abound as one traverses the streets of its downtown area. Located in the northern metropolis of Taoyuan, the district made a name for itself during J...

China uses invasive mobile app to track Uyghurs, says human rights group

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Integrated Joint Operations Platform (一體化聯合作戰平台), or IJOP, is a system Chinese authorities have deployed to monitor every move of the thirteen-million Uyghurs and othe...

Taiwan’s Dajia Matsu Pilgrimage Procession to take place April 7 -16

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan’s Dajia Matsu Pilgrimage Procession, hailed as one of the world’s three largest religious activities by Discovery Channel and included in the UNESCO Int...

China says Muslim 'training' centers will slowly disappear

BEIJING (AP) — China says heavily guarded internment camps for Muslims which it calls vocational training centers will "gradually disappear" if there comes a day that "society does not need" them. ...

China: West is using Christianity to subvert state power

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Chinese authorities have claimed the West is inseminating China with influence in an attempt to undermine its government through Christian church groups. Reuters report...

Taiwan's Tainan offers package tours for Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Tourism Bureau of Tainan City Government teams up with six travel agencies to offer package tours for attending this year’s Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival, w...

Communist party members in Tibet irk Beijing by engaging with religion

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – According to reports, the Chinese communist party is having trouble trying to keep party members in Tibet from engaging in religious activities and adopting attitudes symp...

Prince Naruhito's enthronement: Japanese groups oppose use of state funds

Crown Prince Naruhito, the 58-year-old first son of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, is due to assume the Chrysanthemum Throne on May 1 next year, one day after his father abdicates. Around 120 p...

Tourist hopspot in southern Taiwan: Wanchin Basilica

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Wanchin Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, the oldest Catholic Church structure located in Taiwan’s southernmost county of Pingtung, has become a tourist hot...

The Latest: No Vatican comment on possible NKorea pope visit

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on South Korea saying that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wants Pope Francis to visit (all times local): 6:15 p.m. The Vatican...