Polish culture attracts appreciation in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Going abroad is not the only option for getting a taste of foreign culture, as Taiwanese are set to enjoy the rich culture of Poland through the European nation's lite...

Australian court upholds Geoffrey Rush's defamation payout

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian court on Thursday rejected a newspaper publisher’s appeal against Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush’s $2.9 million Australian dollars ($2 million) payout for d...

Lives Lost: Indonesian doctor's musical passion led to love

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Michael Robert Marampe knew what he wanted to be since he was a kid: a doctor and a pianist. He became both, and his passion for music even led him to his fiancée — a woman h...

Luminaries Lost: A look at some of the artists lost to virus

A trumpeter who came up in the shadow of Miles Davis then stepped out of it. An architect whose soaring stadiums and concert halls are sitting silent in his native Italy. A rocker whose song gave flig...

Viggo Mortensen's career to be honored by Spanish festival

MADRID (AP) — The career of Viggo Mortensen, Aragorn in the popular trilogy “Lord of the Rings” and a protagonist in the Academy Award-winning “Green Book,” will be honored at this year’s San Sebastia...

'Shadow of the Wind' author Carlos Ruiz Zafón dead at 55

MADRID (AP) — Carlos Ruiz Zafón, whose wildly popular 2001 novel “The Shadow of the Wind” led to three sequels and made him one of the world’s most beloved Spanish authors, has died. He was 55. ...

Jackie Chan backs China's draconian security law for HK

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — On Friday (May 29), Jackie Chan (成龍), the "Clown Prince of Kung fu," joined over 2,000 performing artists in supporting China's new repressive security law f...

Celebrities deny endorsing Beijing's encroachment on Hong Kong

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An announcement claiming to represent the Hong Kong entertainment industry and listing 2,605 names in support of Beijing's new national security law for the territory ...

Liberal Warsaw mayor injects suspense into presidential vote

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Childhood actor. Pro-democracy activist. Avid supporter of the European Union and LGBT rights. Warsaw’s liberal mayor Rafal Trzaskowski made a late entry in Pol...

Donation brings a bit of Mardi Gras to hospital workers

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Emily Bauman is a believer in the power of music. So when she got her stimulus check, she put that power to work -- for New Orleans’s hospital workers and the city’s out-of-work mus...

Today in History

Today in History Today is Tuesday, May 19, the 140th day of 2020. There are 226 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 19, 19...

John Macurdy, bass who sang 1,001 times at Met, dies at 91

NEW YORK (AP) — John Macurdy, a bass who sang 1,001 performances at the Metropolitan Opera over four decades and created characters in notable world premieres, has died at 91, his wife said Wednesday....

Telethon raises $115M for New Yorkers impacted by COVID-19

NEW YORK (AP) — Tina Fey shed tears after announcing that more than $115 million was raised toward supporting New Yorkers impacted by COVID-19 during a virtual telethon. “Thank you,...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of May 17-23

Celebrity birthdays for the week of May 17-23: May 17: Singer Taj Mahal is 78. Drummer Bill Bruford of Yes and King Crimson is 71. Singer-guitarist George Johnson of The Brothers Joh...

Today in History

Today in History Today is Saturday, May 9, the 130th day of 2020. There are 236 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 9, 194...