Rumors hampering fight against coronavirus in South Asia

NEW DELHI (AP) — The message started with an outlandish claim: The coronavirus was retreating in India because of “cosmic-level sound waves” created by a collective cheer citizens had been asked to jo...

Filipino Catholics pray for Mideast peace in Nazarene event

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A mammoth crowd of mostly barefoot Filipino Catholics prayed for peace in the Middle East as they began an annual procession of a centuries-old black statue of Jesus Christ ...

Taiwan KMT candidate to trumpet '666' childbirth subsidy program

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — On Saturday (Nov. 16), news broke that KMT presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) will soon announce a program to stimulate the birthrate using the sinister-sounding numb...

Ghoulish gaffe: Danish cyclist sits for pic on Taiwanese family tomb altar

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Danish cyclist raised hackles in Taiwan over a strict taboo he violated by posing for a photo while sitting on the alter of a Taiwanese family's tomb. Taiwanese o...

Review: Pattinson and Dafoe shine in 'The Lighthouse'

Enter "The Lighthouse " at your own risk. This is a stark, moody, surreal and prolonged descent into seaside madness that will surely not be for everyone. But those who do choose to ...

Kuai Kuai EasyCards go on sale for Ghost Month in Taiwan today

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Starting today (Aug. 14), limited edition EasyCards will be available which are shaped like a lucky Kuai Kuai (乖乖) snack bag to keep gremlins away from computers during Ghost M...

Hell money spotted in claw machine during Ghost Month spooks Taiwanese

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- As Ghost Month is well underway in Taiwan, a photo of claw machine game stuff with joss paper (金紙) has many superstitious Taiwanese netizens spooked as many fear it could lead ...

6 dos and don'ts for Qixi Festival in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Today (Aug. 7) is Qixi Festival (七夕節), the Lunar Valentine's Day in many parts of East Asia and a Taiwanese numerologist has created a list of six dos and don'ts to obs...

10 terrifying taboos to dodge 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. 1 to Aug. 29, and Taiwan News has created a list...

Albinism pageant in Zimbabwe joyfully breaks down prejudice

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Ayanda Sibanda, a model with albinism, has invariably been called "yellow" or "white" by friends and even some relatives. But she hardly recalls anyone referring to her by her ...

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. ...