Oarfish appearances stir fears of earthquake, tsunami in Japan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – On Friday Feb. 1, two deep-sea oarfish were caught in fishing nets in Toyoma Bay on Japan’s west coast, following a number of others found in January, sparking fears...

Pakistan kicks off year's first polio campaign in 2019

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani health official says the country has kicked off its first nationwide polio vaccination campaign for the year in efforts to eradicate the crippling disease by the end of 20...

Dior pulls the stars in conveyor-belt menswear show in Paris

PARIS (AP) — The black box construction branded "DIOR" was so big it obscured the view of the Eiffel Tower. At 2,840 square meters (30,570 square feet), the sheer scale of menswear d...

Officials say Pakistan on track to eradicate polio in 2019

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani officials say the country is on track to eradicate polio in 2019 despite Taliban attacks and superstition that has spurred many parents in the region bordering Afghanistan t...

Top 5 Taiwanese taboos to avoid on Dongzhi, Winter Solstice

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Today (Dec. 22) is the Dongzhi (冬至, extreme of winter) Festival or winter solstice, the peak of winter based on the lunisolar calendar, and though many consider it a festive ti...

Top 10 Taiwanese superstitions to follow for luck on Dongzhi, Winter Solstice

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Today (Dec. 22) is the Dongzhi (冬至, extreme of winter) Festival or winter solstice, the peak of winter based on the lunisolar calendar, and a Taiwanese feng shui expert and a T...

Satanic Temple statue among displays at Illinois Capitol

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A local chapter of The Satanic Temple has been allowed to place a statue in the Illinois Capitol alongside holiday displays of a Nativity scene and a menorah. ...

Video shows nude female 'ghost' strutting in Taiwan tunnel

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A strange video of a nude woman strutting in a freeway tunnel near Taipei late at night has given Taiwanese netizens the creeps, with some speculating that it was a leftover gh...

Red packet on scooter spooks Taipei man fearing 'ghost bride'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A Taipei man panicked when he discovered a red envelope on the seat of his scooter because during Taiwan's Ghost Month (鬼月) picking it up could entrap him&nb...

Bad feng shui reason for relocation of wind turbine in Taiwan's Penghu 

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Just before Ghost Month, it was announced that a wind turbine in Taiwan's Penghu County is to be relocated because it is considered to have bad for feng shui (風水)...

Empty bridge on Ghost Month registers '741 people,' spooking Taiwanese  

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Taiwanese netizens have become spooked by a digital readout of a turnstile showing "741 people" standing on Dijiu Suspension Bridge (地久吊橋) , even though it ...

10 more taboos to avoid during Ghost Month in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Now that Ghost Month (鬼月) is has been underway for a couple days now, it is time to become versed in some of the other taboos major observed by many Taiwanese du...

Top 10 taboos to watch out for during Taiwan's Ghost Month

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Taiwan's Ghost Month (鬼月), observed in the 7th month of the lunar calendar, is once again here, this year running from Aug. 11 to Sept. 9, and Taiwan News has created a lis...

2 days before Ghost Month, Taiwan approves solar panels in cemeteries

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- The Ministry of Interior (MOI) yesterday (Aug. 9) cleared the way for the installation of solar panels in public cemeteries, reported CNA, oddly two days before the start ...

Christian heartland opens window into fight for China's soul

NANYANG, China (AP) — The 62-year-old Chinese shopkeeper had waited nearly his entire adult life to see his dream of building a church come true — a brick house with a sunny courtyard and spacious hal...