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Keelung Ghost Festival activities in northern Taiwan to reach climax Thursday night

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Keelung Ghost Festival, a tradition that has been observed for 168 years, will reach its climax on Thursday night (Aug. 11) with a parade and release of water lanterns...

13 unlucky taboos to evade during Ghost Month in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The gates of hell will open this year on Friday (July 29), marking the start of Taiwan's Ghost Month (鬼月), and folk custom expert Yang Teng-kei (楊登嵙) has listed 13 tab...

Russia-Ukraine updates: POWs, civilians 'tortured' in occupied south

Russia's armed forces are torturing prisoners of war and civilians in southern Ukraine, Human Rights Watch (HRW) alleged Saturday. The rights group said it carried out interviews with dozens of p...

White House announces $270M military package for Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House announced Friday that the U.S. is sending an additional $270 million in security assistance to Ukraine, a package that will include additional medium range rocket sys...

'Bang, bang': Children live and play near Ukraine front line

KRAMATORSK, Ukraine (AP) — The children flicker like ghosts on the empty playgrounds in weedy courtyards deep in a city whose residents have been told to get out now. Six-year-old Tania has n...

Tainan’s zombie invasion offers great ghoulish day out

KAOHSIUNG (Taiwan News) — Arts exhibitions come and go to Taiwan, usually with very little fanfare. However, occasionally, something captures the public imagination. And when that happens, th...

Taiwan exhibition about ghosts goes viral

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An immersive exhibition at the National Taiwan Science Education Center featuring stories about Minxiong Ghost House has become an online sensation in Taipei. Inspired ...

It's alive! How belief in AI sentience is becoming a problem

AI chatbot company Replika, which offers customers bespoke avatars that talk and listen to them, says it receives a handful of messages almost every day from users who believe their online friend is s...

Taiwan zombie exhibition serves legendary 'Tea of Forgetfulness'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Tainan Fine Arts Museum and The Pool is serving up a "Tea of Forgetfulness" during the viral zombie exhibition. Despite taking flak from religious groups for ...

'Zombie fever' creeps into 18 Levels of Hell in southern Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The zombie craze kicked off by an exhibition at Tainan Art Museum has boosted visits tenfold at a nearby temple known for its "Eighteen Levels of Hell" (十八地獄). ...

First day of Taiwan zombie show plagued by success

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Overwhelming success caused ticket sales to be halted for several hours on the first day of a zombie exhibition at the Tainan Art Museum Saturday (June 25). The show, t...

Religious group attacks art performances for opening doors to hell

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Tainan Art Museum's zombie exhibition and a National Theater and Concert Hall stage performance have come under fire from a religious group for blasphemy. “Gh...

Religious critics of south Taiwan zombie exhibition spark debate

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Following recent comments criticizing and calling for the cancelation of the Tainan Art Museum’s upcoming “Ghosts and Hells: The Underworld in Asian Art”...

Photo of the Day: Zombies spotted in southern Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — These haunting images of gliding ghouls spooked Taiwanese netizens on Sunday (June 12). The photos were posted that evening by the Tainan Art Museum to promote the upco...

Indian novel 'Tomb of Sand' wins International Booker Prize

LONDON (AP) — Indian writer Geetanjali Shree and American translator Daisy Rockwell won the International Booker Prize on Thursday for “Tomb of Sand,” a vibrant novel with a boundary-crossing 80-year-...