Gifty new and unusual pandemic-proof games for the holidays

NEW YORK (AP) — The pandemic has proven there's no shortage of games to keep families, couples and kids amused. The classics are ever-present, but a range of new or off-the-beaten-track gift entries a...

German president in quarantine after bodyguard tests positive for COVID-19

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier was quarantining on Saturday after one of his bodyguards tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a spokeswoman for the president's office. The ...

Iran says it detains leader of California-based exile group

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Saturday said it had detained a leader of a little-known California-based opposition group for allegedly planning a 2008 attack on a mosque that killed 14 people and wounde...

Asia Today: Rules return in Hong Kong, India, ease in China

HONG KONG (AP) — Renewed restrictions took effect in Hong Kong on Wednesday, with restaurants limited to takeout after 6 p.m., as the Asian financial center battles a resurgence of the coronavir...

Asia Today: Renewed restrictions take effect in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (AP) — Renewed restrictions took effect in Hong Kong on Wednesday, with restaurants limited to takeout after 6 p.m., as the Asian financial center battles a resurgence of the coronavirus. ...

Taipei International Book Exhibition, Creative Expo Taiwan canceled

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The annual Taipei International Book Exhibition (TiBE, 台北國際書展) and Creative Expo Taiwan (CET, 台灣文博會) have been canceled as a precaution against Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19...

Blueprints for the original World Trade Center are on sale

NEW YORK (AP) — Blueprints for the original World Trade Center are on sale at the New York International Antiquarian Book Fair after a Colorado man rescued them from the trash. The s...

The Latest: China's deaths caused by virus surpass 3,000

BANGKOK (AP) — The Latest on the virus outbreak (all times local): 8:40 a.m. China's deaths from the new COVID-19 illness have surpassed 3,000 though new cases have...

Taipei postpones international book fair until May amid coronavirus fears

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE), Taiwan’s largest annual literary event, will be postponed from Feb. 4-9 to May 7-12 as a result of the spreading nov...

Taipei International Comics Festival to be held as scheduled: organizer

The annual Taipei International Comics and Animation Festival will go ahead this week as scheduled, despite escalating fears over the spread of a new coronavirus that originated in China, the organize...

2020 Taipei book fair to promote 'Korean-Style'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Notable Korean authors are expected to visit Taiwan for the 2020 Taipei International Book Exhibition (TiBE) scheduled for February, as South Korea has been named the &ldq...

Vatican New Year calendar suspected of hinting at support of Hong Kong protests

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — On the cover of the Holy See's latest annual calendar, Pope Francis can be seen standing in the middle of an umbrella-holding crowd as raindrops fall from the sky. ...

Rio de Janeiro mayor halts all payments amid budget crunch

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro Mayor Marcelo Crivella has suspended municipal treasury payments in the midst of a year-end budget crunch caused by debts for salaries of medical professionals. Th...

Taiwan's Wordwave Festival: 'Reading is sexy'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Wordwave Festival 2019 at Huashan Cultural Creative Park until Monday (Dec. 16) is exploring the love of reading. The 7th edition of Wordwave Festival (華文朗讀節), hosted b...

Taiwanese writers to appear at Mexico’s Guadalajara book fair

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan is inviting writers to appear at its pavilion at the Guadalajara International Book Fair, the largest such even in the Spanish-speaking world. The 33rd edition o...