US announces historic $345 million Taiwan military aid package

The flags of Taiwan and USA are on display during the ceremonial opening of the 'Taiwan Council for US Affairs' office in Taipei, Taiwan, 06 June 2019. EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO

Washington, Jul 28 (EFE).- The White House announced Friday a historic military aid package for Taiwan worth $345 million, amid tension between the United States and China. The US government released a memorandum signed by President Joe Biden addressed to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, authorizing the shipment to the island of military equipment from … Read more

Desperate migrants crossing into US from Mexico despite growing risks

A 24 July 2023 photo of migrants at the Movimiento Juventud 2000 shelter in Tijuana, Mexico. EFE/Joebeth Terriquez

By Manuel Ayala Tijuana, Mexico, Jul 28 (EFE) – Migrant families with children, frustrated by their inability to schedule asylum appointments via a United States government app, are increasingly making desperate attempts to cross the border from Mexico, civil organizations say. Over the past week, two dangerous situations in the northwestern Mexican state of Baja … Read more

Grid penalty costs Verstappen pole at Belgian Grand Prix

Max Verstappen (Red Bull) takes part in qualifying for the Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix at the Spa circuit in Stavelot, Belgium, on 28 July 2023. EFE/EPA/CHRISTIAN BRUNA

Sports Desk, Jul 28 (EFE).- Reigning two-time Formula One champion Max Verstappen finished first Friday in qualifying for the Grand Prix of Belgium, but will start the race from P6 due to a five-place grid penalty for changing the transmission in his Red Bull. The Dutchman was 0.82 seconds faster around the Spa-Francorchamp circuit than … Read more

England’s Walsh stretchered off in win; Argentina earn a point

Denmark's Amalie Vangsgaard (R in red) heads the ball toward the England goal during the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 match in Sydney. EFE/EPA/DAN HIMBRECHTS AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Sports Desk, Jul 28 (EFE).- England’s 1-0 victory over Denmark to go 3 points clear atop Group D at the 2023 Women’s World Cup was marred by an injury to midfielder Keira Walsh, who left the field on a stretcher in the first half. In other action, Argentina overcame a 2-0 deficit to draw with … Read more

US, Australia alliance stronger than ever, Blinken says

Australian Federal Sports Minister Anika Wells (L), Foreign Minister Penny Wong (C) and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (R) converse during the Gender Equality Symposium being held as part of Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) talks in Brisbane, Australia, 28 July 2023. EFE-EPA/DARREN ENGLAND AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

Sydney (Australia), Jul 28 (EFE).- The United States’ Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on Friday said that the alliance between his country and Australia is stronger than it ever has been, a comment that comes amid rising tensions between Washington and Beijing in the strategic Indo-Pacific region. “We have no greater friend, no greater partner, … Read more

Egypt president urges Russia to restore Black Sea grain deal

A handout photo made available by TASS Host Photo Agency shows Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi addressing a plenary session during the Second Summit 'Russia-Africa' Economic and Humanitarian Forum in St.Petersburg, Russia, 28 July 2023. EFE/EPA/MIKHAIL TERESCHENKO / TASS HOST PHOTO AGENCY/ HANDOUT

Moscow, Jul 28 (EFE).- Egypt President Abdelfatah al Sisi on Friday urged Russia to unblock the grain deal that would allow the export of Ukrainian agricultural products through the Black Sea after Moscow withdrew from the agreement last week. A handout photo made available by TASS Host Photo Agency shows Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) … Read more

China foreign minister Wang Yi reveals priorities after being reinstated

China's newly appointed Foreign Minister Wang Yi attending a meeting with his Turkish counterpart in Ankara, Turkey, 26 July 2023. EFE/EPA/FILE/STRINGER

Beijing, Jul 28 (EFE).- The new Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Friday he would work to “resolutely defend national sovereignty, security, development interests,” according to state-owned Global Times newspaper. Wang’s statement, published in the foreign ministry website, comes days after he was reinstated as the country’s diplomatic head on Tuesday, replacing Qin Gang, who … Read more

Malaysia, Indonesia team up against EU anti-deforestation regulation

Workers harvest palm fruits at a palm oil plantation in Sabak Bernam, Selangor, Malaysia, 21 July 2023 (issued 28 July 2023). EFE/EPA/FAZRY ISMAIL ATTENTION: This Image is part of a PHOTO SET

By Gaspar Ruiz-Canela and Steven Handoko A worker loads harvested palm fruits on a truck at a palm oil plantation in Sabak Bernam, Selangor, Malaysia, 21 July 2023 . EFE/EPA/FAZRY ISMAIL Bangkok/Jakarta, July 28 (EFE) – Malaysia and Indonesia, the world’s largest palm oil exporters, have launched a diplomatic campaign against the European Union’s anti-deforestation … Read more