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Searching for the true meaning of Christmas in Taiwan

Christmas
by Angela Lu Fulton
Posted 12/24/15, 08:55 am

TAIPEI, Taiwan—In front of the Miramar shopping center stands a towering Christmas tree blinking its white and blue lights as shoppers browse through luxury-brand purses, watch movies, or ride the 230-foot Ferris wheel atop the building. When I first spotted the tree from across the street, my heart leaped at the small reminder of the most wonderful time of the year on an island that doesn’t recognize Christmas as a holiday. With the weather in the 70s and work and school continuing all this week, it’s easy to forget it’s Christmas at all.

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Associated Press/Photo by Ben Curtis

Muslims protect Christians in Kenyan bus attack

Religion
by Julia A. Seymour
Posted 12/23/15, 04:40 pm

Islamic militants with Somalia’s al-Shabaab are suspected of attacking a commuter bus in northeast Kenya on Dec. 21. The attack killed two people and injured at least six others.

A group of Islamist gunmen ambushed the bus, boarded it, and attempted to divide passengers into Muslim and Christian groups. But Muslim passengers refused to cooperate, Reuters reported.

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Associated Press/Photo by Charles Rex Arbogast

Wheaton, hijab-wearing prof reach impasse in reconciliation attempt

Religion
by Leigh Jones
Posted 12/23/15, 03:40 pm

Wheaton College and a political-science professor on leave for theologically muddy comments about Christianity and Islam are at a stalemate in talks over her reinstatement.

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