Pope Benedict XVI breaks silence to reaffirm priest celibacy

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Retired Pope Benedict XVI has broken his silence to reaffirm the value of priestly celibacy, co-authoring a bombshell book at the precise moment that Pope Francis is weighing wheth...

The 2020 Taiwan Presidential Elections: A Laowai's Perspective

As a foreigner living in Taiwan, I cannot vote, but I have lived 11 years of my life here and it is hard to escape having a personal perspective on domestic politics. The Best KMT Candidate? It...

Taiwan KMT official allegedly tried to bribe Chinese spy into fake confession blaming DPP

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Kuomintang (KMT) official and Chinese official allegedly tried to bribe and intimidate self-proclaimed Chinese spy Wang "William" Liqiang (王立強) into making a f...

George Perles, longtime Michigan State coach, dies at 85

George Perles, who coached Michigan State to a Rose Bowl victory in 1988 and was an assistant for the dominant Pittsburgh Steelers teams of the 1970s that won four Super Bowls, died Tuesday, the schoo...

Top issues in the 2020 Virginia legislative session

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers are kicking off a 60-day legislative session with Democrats in full control for the first time in more than two decades. Here's a look at some top issues legisl...

Malaysian graft buster: Voice clips show cover-up by ex-PM

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's Anti-Corruption Commission has released a series of audio recordings allegedly showing how former Prime Minister Najib Razak abused his power to conceal wrongdoin...

Rhule successor at Baylor will start in different situation

Baylor's next coach will take over a better and much different situation than Matt Rhule did just over three years ago. The Big 12 team, which went from 11 losses to 11 wins two sea...

Column: Reed digs himself a hole that will be hard to escape

HONOLULU (AP) — Patrick Reed needed a 12-foot birdie putt to win at Kapalua and return at least some attention to his bullish brand of golf. It was an untimely miss in so many ways. ...

Taiwan tycoon to begin 4 years and 8 months in prison for food safety scandal

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Wei Ying-chun (魏應充), one of the four brothers who own the Ting Hsin International Group, will start serving four years and eight months in prison for his part in one of se...

Nissan says ex-chairman Ghosn guilty of 'serious misconduct'

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan said Tuesday it will still pursue legal action against its former chairman, Carlos Ghosn, despite his escape from Japan to Lebanon. The Japanese automaker said in a statem...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 12-18

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 12-18 Jan. 12: Country singer William Lee Golden of the Oak Ridge Boys is 81, actor Anthony Andrews is 72, actress Kirstie Alley is 69, radio...

Maduro tightens noose around Venezuela's opposition

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Nicolás Maduro's government moved aggressively to wipe out what remains of resistance to his socialist rule, attempting to install a pliant leadership in congress in a move o...

Ricky Gervais mocks Hollywood with explicit jokes at Globes

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Ricky Gervais kicked off the Golden Globes by telling the audience his fifth time hosting would be his last, then proceeded to deliver an expletive-laced skewering of Holl...

Ghana soccer association fires all coaches

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — The Ghana soccer association has fired all its national team coaches in a drastic and unexpected move. That includes the coaches for the men's and women's senior ...

Ole Miss hires former Maryland coach Durkin as assistant

Former Maryland coach D.J. Durkin, who was fired during the 2018 season following the death of a player who had collapsed during offseason conditioning drills, was hired Thursday as an assistant by Mi...