Woman vandalizes memorial of late Taiwan president Lee Teng-hui

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The memorial for late President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) in Taipei was reportedly vandalized on Friday (Aug. 14), the day of Lee's funeral, when a woman splashed red paint o...

Belgian court rejects move to extradite ex-Catalan minister

BRUSSELS (AP) — A Belgian court on Friday rejected Spain’s demand to have a former high-ranking politician from the region of Catalonia extradited back to the country to be tried for his alleged role ...

Writer Milan Kundera donating archive to Czech library

PRAGUE (AP) — Milan Kundera, the 91-year-old author of “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” and other acclaimed novels, has decided to donate his private library and archive to a public library in the ...

UK urged to refine quarantine plans after Spain criticism

LONDON (AP) — The British government came under renewed pressure Wednesday to refine its travel policies following criticism of its sudden decision to remove Spain from its safe list, a sudden change ...

Israeli artist takes aim at Netanyahu with life-size statue

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Residents of the city of Tel Aviv woke up Wednesday to a jarring site: a pop-up exhibit depicting a life-size statue of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu enjoying a lav...

Public Television Service to launch online platform introducing Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Public Television Service (PTS) is rolling out an international online platform next year to introduce Taiwan to the world from a broad range of perspectives. The g...

Taiwan's Ministry of Culture gives away over 2 million e-vouchers

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Ministry of Culture (MOC) announced the recipients of its "Arts Fun Vouchers" (藝FUN券) through a drawing on Tuesday (July 21). Aiming to boost the art indu...

List of Latin American leaders sickened by COVID-19

A list of Latin American senior officials sickened by COVID-19, gathered by Associated Press reporters from official statements across the region. Argentina: 1. Sec...

Macron approves restoration of Notre Dame spire 'as it was' 

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday gave his blessing for the reconstruction of the spire of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris after the structure was destroyed in a fire last year.  The spire w...

UAE orders government shakeup as virus erodes economic gains

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates announced a wide-ranging government shakeup on Sunday aimed at creating a more flexible and modern bureaucracy to tackle challenges as the c...

Taiwan's culture minister visits anti-extradition protest exhibition

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Minister of Culture Lee Yung-te (李永得) on Saturday (July 4) visited an exhibition marking the first anniversary of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong at Taiwan Comic B...

Aruba bans blackface makeup during annual Dutch celebration

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba will ban the blackface makeup worn every December during Sinterklaas, a celebration of St. Nicholas in which white people often dress u...

From Italy, Muti looks to reopen US classical music scene

RAVENNA, Italy (AP) — Conducting a joyful Mozart motet, Riccardo Muti sent a resounding message Sunday night, that live classical music has returned to the Italian stage after the coronavirus lockdown...

France wants answers from Macron over virus, jobs and racism

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is giving an address to his nation Sunday after an unusually long silence, as France faces both exceptional economic blowback from the virus pandemic and ...

Protesters try to seize African artwork from Paris museum

PARIS (AP) — Activists dislodged a 19th century African funeral pole from its perch in a Paris museum Friday and tried to walk away with it, saying they wanted to return it to Africa in a protest agai...