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...

Huge crowd of Filipino Catholics gathers amid terror fears

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A mammoth crowd of mostly barefoot Filipino Catholics has joined a raucous procession of a centuries-old black statue of Jesus Christ under extra-tight security in Manila du...

Poet fears for his people as China 'Sinicizes' religion

JINAN, China (AP) — Cui Haoxin is too young to remember the days of his people's oppression under Mao Zedong. The 39-year-old poet was born after the Cultural Revolution of 1966-76, ...

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...

Prague's fabled astronomical clock returns in former beauty

PRAGUE (AP) — Prague's fabled astronomical clock is returning to the Czech capital's picturesque Old Town Square after a complex repair operation restored the medieval landmark to its former glory. ...

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 ...

Fire mysteriously breaks out in Taiwanese temple during Ghost Month

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- With Ghost Month (鬼月) well underway, a fire mysteriously broke out yesterday (Aug. 14) in the Beigang Wude Temple in western Taiwan's Yunlin County, despite the f...

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...

4 steps to take on Dragon Boat Festival to have prosperous rest of year

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Today is the Dragon Boat Festival on the lunisolar calendar, which is a good time to make an effort at bringing good luck and changing misfortune into fortune for the rest...

WORLD CUP: Morocco back after 2 decades with eye on 2 events

Morocco's first World Cup victory in Russia could come off the field. On the eve of the tournament, Morocco is hoping to beat a North American bid for the right to stage the 2026 Wor...

Romania: measles outbreak sees 200 new cases per week

CHITILA, Romania (AP) — An outbreak of measles has killed dozens of infants and children in Romania, with 200 new cases reported each week. Doctors say the surge in the disease is fu...

Astros call up Kemp after sending down struggling Marisnick

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Houston Astros recalled outfielder Tony Kemp from Triple-A Fresno on Wednesday after sending Jake Marisnick down after the previous night's game. Kemp was ...