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...

Khashoggi's killing threatens Trump dreams for Mideast peace

JERUSALEM (AP) — In recent months, the Trump administration has repeatedly put off the release of its long-awaited Mideast peace plan. Now, the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the hands o...

Swedes weigh choices before vote likely to boost far-right

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish political candidates are making their final pitches to voters on the eve of a general election expected to see a far-right anti-immigrant party make historic gains. ...

Mother, son killed by rogue wave, family laments not obeying Ghost Month taboo 

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A Taiwanese family is lamenting that their loved ones had not heeded a grandmother's call to observe the taboo of avoiding swimming in the ocean during Ghost Month, reporte...

Libertarian Gary Johnson throws US Senate race in chaos

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Former Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson said in seeking to make history and capture a U.S. Senate seat in New Mexico he'll have to give up a few of his favorite...

The Latest: Johnson looks to become independent swing vote

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on Gary Johnson running for U.S. Senate in New Mexico (all times local): 10:50 p.m. Former Libertarian presidential candidate Ga...

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...

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 ...

Young to Vatican: Let's talk about gay and gender issues

VATCAN CITY (AP) — Young people have told the Vatican in a survey that they want the church to concretely discuss gay and gender issues. The Vatican had solicited input from the youn...

5 traditional taboos during Dragon Boat Festival 

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Today (June 18) is the official day of the Dragon Boat Festival on the lunisolar calendar and in addition to the dragon boat races and the eating of zongzi, there are five tabo...

'Fauda' makes Israeli-Palestinian conflict a must-see TV hit

JERUSALEM (AP) — When the Israeli creators of the Netflix show "Fauda" first came up with its concept, they doubted whether an action series based on the never-ending Mideast conflict would make for m...

Flying Fish Festival afoot in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Orchid Island’s traditional Flying Fish Festival has begun and the Orchid Island Chief, Chang Ching-lai (夏曼.迦拉牧 or 張慶來), reminds the public of a few easy-to-avoid ta...

Taboos to avoid during Lantern Festival in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Today is the Lantern Festival (元宵節), which marks 15th and last day of the Lunar New Year festivities, the first full moon of the new year, and an auspicious day in which lanter...