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China: 15 dead in Nanjing building fire

At least 15 people died and another 44 were injured in a blaze at a residential building in east China's Nanjing city, local authorities said on Saturday. A preliminary investigation showed the f...

Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival begins in Tainan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Tainan City Government held a press conference to announce the annual Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival will begin on Friday (Feb. 23). The event starts at Emperor Gua...

Cleansing by fire: Han Dan celebration in eastern Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The annual “Bombing of Master Han Dan” (炸寒單), a rite of passage for men who stand bare-chested aboard a palanquin as the audience pelts them with firecrackers,...

Fireworks burn down Christmas tree in northern Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Christmas tree art installation in a park in Toufen, Miaoli was found on fire Saturday (Feb. 10). Deputy Director of the Toufen Branch of the Miaoli County Police Dep...

Taipei warns against fireworks in riverside parks for Lunar New Year celebrations

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Taipei City Government issued a warning on Tuesday (Feb. 6) urging residents to refrain from setting off fireworks in the city's riverside parks as the Lunar New Y...

Farmers protest in Brussels as EU summit begins

Farmers have blocked roads leading to a European Union summit in Brussels on Thursday, using some 1,000 tractors, Belgian police said. A police spokesman told the French AFP news agency that "th...

Sanrio Characters Bring Chinese New Year Joy to 7-Eleven! Gather Good Luck & Blessings with 8 Roly Poly Lucky Coin Banks Overflowing with Fortune and Prosperity in the Year of the Dragon

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach Newswire - 17 January 2024 - As the Year of the Dragon rolls in, 7-Eleven has some fun surprises to share this Chinese New Year! This year, 7-Eleven has teamed up with ...

Forest fire in central Taiwan caused by firework factory explosion

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A fire spread to 900 square meters of forest after an explosion of suspected aluminum-magnesium alloy materials in a fireworks factory in Miaoli County’s Zaoqiao Tow...

CNN lists Tainan in 'best places to visit' list in 2024

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Tainan City made it onto a list of 24 places in CNN’s “Where to go in 2024: The best places to visit,” published on Jan. 2. Tainan was the only Taiwan...

Berlin police make numerous arrests on New Year's Eve

Berlin police say they detained over two hundred people on New Year's Eve in the German capital. At least 250 people were detained on various charges and around 15 officers were injured, police ...

Police ramp up security at Cologne Cathedral for New Year's

Authorities in the German city of Cologne have increased security measures around its Cathedral ahead of New Year's Eve. Police officers armed with submachine guns were being deployed to protect ...

Skies clear in much of Taiwan for New Year's Eve as cold front arrives

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Skies in most of Taiwan will be clear for the fireworks on New Year's Eve and the sunrise on New Year's Day, but temperatures will drop as a cold front arrives. ...

Taiwan's skies mostly clear on New Year's Eve, low of 11 C

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan will see mostly clear skies on New Year's Eve, but temperatures in flat areas could drop to 11 C. Meteorologist Daniel Wu (吳德榮) said on Thursday morning (Dec...

New Taipei's Tamsui to hold New Year's Eve fireworks show

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) —The 2024 New Year's Eve fireworks at Tamsui Fisherman's Wharf will last for more than 13 minutes and include more than 20,000 fireworks. On Dec. 13, the New Taip...

Taipei Metro extends New Year celebration service

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — In preparation for the grand New Year's Eve celebration in Taipei, Taipei Metro is gearing up for a 42-hour nonstop operation, starting at 6 a.m. on Dec. 31 and conclu...