Taipower spends NT$16 million on scented candles from Su's Swedish son-in-law

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — After Secretary-General to the President Su Jia-chuan (蘇嘉全) resigned amid bribery allegations, news broke on Sunday (Aug. 2) that a scented candle company run by his daugh...

Gazans defy taboos to rescue, neuter stray animals

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — In the impoverished Gaza Strip, where most people struggle to make ends meet amid a crippling blockade, the suffering of stray dogs and cats often goes unnoticed. ...

In France, study shows virus hit African immigrants hardest

LE PECQ, France (AP) — Death rates among immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa doubled in France and tripled in the Paris region at the height of France's coronavirus outbreak, according to a study from ...

Russia: Feminist activist could face prison for vagina drawings

"My body is not pornography" — that is the slogan written under many of the social media posts inspired by Yulia Tsvetkova. Women are posting pictures of themselves showing off their c...

Japan: Will Tokyo governor's reelection spur ambitions?

Yuriko Koike remains the most powerful female politician in Japan. Though she ran as an independent candidate without any party backing in Sunday's gubernatorial election, she won more than 60% of...

Age of women having first child on the rise: Taiwan MOI

Both the average age of first-time mothers and the proportion of first births to women aged 35 and above have significantly increased in just over a decade, figures from a recent report issued by the ...

Women who dare dissent targeted for abuse by Yemen's rebels

CAIRO (AP) — Samera al-Huri’s fellow activists were disappearing, one by one. When she asked their families, each gave the same cryptic reply: “She’s traveling.” A few of the women re-emerged. But the...

Women who dare dissent targeted for abuse by Yemen's rebels

CAIRO (AP) — Samera al-Huri’s fellow activists were disappearing, one by one. When she asked their families, each gave the same cryptic reply: “She’s traveling.” A few of the women re-emerged. But the...

Friendly kissing poses European dilemma as virus spreads

MILAN (AP) — When French President Emmanuel Macron leaned in to give Premier Giuseppe Conte the Italian double-cheek kiss not once, but on two separate occasions, during a Franco-Italian summit in Nap...

Online daters looking for more than endless swiping

LONDON (AP) — While taboos surrounding online dating are long gone, some of today’s app users are sick of the endless swiping and virtual pen-paling that leads nowhere when it comes to long-term relat...

Amid clergy abuse, survivors of color remain in shadows

The Samples were a black Chicago family, with six children and few resources. The priest helped them with tuition, clothes, bills. He offered the promise of opportunities — a better life. ...

Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2019

A lauded writer who brought to light stories overshadowed by prejudice. An actress and singer who helped embody the manufactured innocence of the 1950s. A self-made billionaire who rose from a childho...

Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2019

A sharecropper's son who rose through the seats of power to become one of the nation's most influential voices. A Republican who went on to lead the U.S. Supreme Court's liberal wing. A lauded writer ...

A tattoo at a time, Afghan woman takes on society’s taboos

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A female tattoo artist, a rarity in ultra-conservative Afghanistan, is taking a big risk with every customer she takes on. It’s been 18 months since Suraya ...

In death and life, Lebanese woman shows religious law fight

BEIRUT (AP) — Nadyn Jouny’s sister taped up two messages in her memory inside a closet at the family home — one of motherly love tinged with pain, another of defiance. The first Joun...