Taiwan's Ministry of Culture begins trial period for post-pandemic performances

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Ministry of Culture has announced the conditions for Taiwan's full resumption of performances after the first indoor concert in two months was held last Sunday (Ma...

Taipei Film Festival to kick off in June as coronavirus threat eases

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Taipei Film Festival will kick off from June 25 and last through July 11 as Taiwanese society slowly returns to normal from the COVID-19 pandemic. With the curve fl...

Online, real-world cultural events planned for Labor Day break

Several cultural events have been planned in Taiwan for over the Labor Day weekend, both online and in the real world, as organizers contemplate appropriate ways to stay connected with audiences amid ...

French government calls off French rugby and soccer leagues

PARIS (AP) — The French government called off the soccer and rugby league seasons on Tuesday because of the coronavirus pandemic. France is set to come out of lockdown on May 11. ...

Virus warnings for Ramadan as some pandemic shutdowns ease

BANGKOK (AP) — The world inched toward a new phase in the coronavirus crisis on Thursday, as some countries like Vietnam and New Zealand with few new cases moved toward ending their pandemic shutdowns...

Muslims try to keep Ramadan spirit amid virus restrictions

BAHTIM, Egypt (AP) — Every year during Ramadan, the Light of Muhammad Mosque sets up long tables on the street and dishes up free meals at sunset for the poor to break their daily fast. It’s a charity...

Taiwan mulls testing people returning from countries stricken by coronavirus

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's health ministry is considering a general policy of testing people returning from countries heavily impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) as a way to prevent ...

Boost the schmooze? Trump wants tax dining deduction back

WASHINGTON (AP) — It may be an odd gesture at a time of social distancing, but President Donald Trump is leaning into his plea to Congress to restore full tax benefits prized by business for fine dini...

Taiwan International Documentary Festival postponed due to coronavirus

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Taipei-based biennial documentary festival, originally scheduled for May, has been postponed until next spring due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “We...

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...

Act of compassion leads to a spot at Bay Hill for Matthews

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Brandon Matthews makes his PGA Tour debut this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, all because of a putt he missed last November in the Argentine Open. And t...

National Symphony cancels Japan concerts due to virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Symphony Orchestra canceled the five remaining performances in Japan of its Asian tour because of a new virus epidemic. The orchestra originally was to...

Tokyo organizers, government take offensive on virus threat

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers and the Japanese government went on the offensive Wednesday after a senior IOC member said the 2020 Games were being threatened by the spread of a viral outbreak,...

World battles virus epidemic as cases multiply outside China

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Crews scrubbed everything from money to buses, military bases were on high alert and quarantines were enforced Wednesday from a beachfront resort in the Atlantic to a r...

World battles virus epidemic as cases multiply outside China

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Crews scrubbed everything from money to buses, military bases were on high alert and quarantines were enforced Wednesday from a beachfront resort in the Atlantic to a remote ...