Taiwan’s president rallies supporters on re-election mission

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — cTsai paid her respects at three temples in southern Taiwan’s Pingtung County alongside Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators Chuang Jui-hsiung (莊瑞雄), Su Ch...

AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Voters in Indonesia, the world's third-largest democracy, voted in presidential and legislative elections. The key race pitted incumbent President Joko Widodo against nationalist former general Prabow...

Israeli police detain Jewish suspects with sacrificial goats

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say they detained four suspects involved in an attempt to smuggle two baby goats into Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site for a ritual sacrifice. Pol...

Matsu pilgrimages spotlight Taiwan’s rich religious traditions

Every spring, throngs of worshippers parade through cities and counties across Taiwan alongside palanquins bearing statues of Mazu, goddess of the sea. These pilgrimages are among the most anticipated...

Taiwan's annual Dajia Matsu Pilgrimage begins with over 50,000 people

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The annual pilgrimage of the goddess Matsu and her followers kicked off early Monday morning, April 8, in Miaoli County, attracting over 50,000 pilgrims at the start of th...

For India's prime minister, symbolism is political strategy

VARANASI, India (AP) — It's a project dripping with equal parts symbolism — Modi, the devout Hindu, restoring the ancient connection between two religious icons — and political calculation. In his fiv...

Dust devil kills two, injures 20 in China's Henan Province

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Two children were reportedly killed and numerous others injured after a whirlwind hit a fairground in China’s Henan Province. State-run media outlet CGTN reports ...

Taiwan’s Dajia Matsu Pilgrimage Procession to take place April 7 -16

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan’s Dajia Matsu Pilgrimage Procession, hailed as one of the world’s three largest religious activities by Discovery Channel and included in the UNESCO Int...

Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai launches new promotion targeting Taiwanese travelers

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Surrounded by old temples and a stunning natural landscape, Chiang Mai, the hub of Northern Thailand, has become an alternative to Bangkok for tourists from Taiwan in rece...

Egypt discovers ancient port used by temple builders

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt says archaeologists have found a 3,000-year-old port where stones were transported to be used in the building of temples and obelisks. The Antiquities Ministry sai...

Once sanctuaries, houses of worship struggle with security

DETROIT (AP) — A rabbi who packs a gun. A church installing security cameras. A police car protecting a mosque. Houses of worship have traditionally been places of refuge where stran...

Tiny Israeli sect protests Jerusalem cable car plan

JERUSALEM (AP) — A tiny religious sect is emerging as a major impediment for a controversial plan to connect modern Jerusalem and its historic Old City with a cable car network. Othe...

AP PHOTOS: 'Peace & Love' summit shirts for sale in Hanoi

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — As Vietnam's capital gears up for the second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, people leave offerings at temples, snap selfies and buy sn...

Ancient site linked to Caesar's murder to open to public

ROME (AP) — A complex of ancient temples in Rome that are linked to the scene of Julius Caesar's murder will be opened to the public. The below-street-level temple ruins at Largo Arg...

Cambodian 'monk' accused of sexual assault, profiteering in N. Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A self-professed "monk" from Cambodia, faces deportation after being charged by over a dozen women with sexual assault and profiting from his religious teachings. ...