Imran Khan court hearing delayed amid clashes in Pakistan

Lahore, Pakistan, 18 March (EFE).- An Islamabad court on Saturday suspended a hearing into a case that former prime minister Imran Khan sold sate gifts during his term after clashes erupted between police and supporters of the cricketer-turned-politician.  The judge allowed Khan to return to his home due to rising tensions outside the Judicial Complex … Read more

Scores dead after boat capsizes off southern Italy coast

Rome, Feb 26 (EFE).- At least 60 people have died after a boat carrying more than 200 migrants capsized off the southern Italian coast, police told Efe on Sunday. The death toll is likely to increase because many people thought to have been traveling on the boat have not yet been rescued, according to the … Read more

Two Israelis killed in West Bank shooting

Jerusalem, Feb 26 (EFE).- Two Israelis were shot dead on Sunday in what was the latest in a months-long wave of violence between Israelis and Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, Israeli medical services reported. A gunman opened fire on an Israeli vehicle at an intersection of a road in a town near the flashpoint … Read more

Return of Crimea to Ukraine will restore peace: Zelenskyy

Kyiv, Feb 26 (EFE).- President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that peace would only be restored once Crimea, a territory Russia invaded and annexed in 2014, was returned to Ukraine. Zelenskyy’s statement via Telegram came on the Day of Resistance to the Russian Occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol, which was first observed in February 2021. “Nine years … Read more

Hong Kong police arrest 4 after finding dismembered body of model

Hong Kong, Feb 26 (EFE).- Hong Kong Police have arrested at least four people in connection with the murder of well-known model Abby Choi, according to a statement released by authorities on Sunday. Police arrested two men aged 31 and 65, both of whom were charged with murder, and a 63 year-old woman, with one … Read more

G20 ends with no consensus over war in Ukraine

Bengaluru, India, Feb 25 (EFE).- Finance leaders of the world’s largest economies failed to reach a joint statement after the G20 group was unable to reach a consensus on how to describe the ongoing war in Ukraine. Most nations condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine with only China and Russia declining to pen a joint declaration. … Read more

Crisis-struck Bordeaux wine-growers to uproot 10% of vines

By Maria D. Valderrama Libourne, France, Feb 25 (EFE).- Crisis-struck Bordeaux wine growers have asked the French government for financial aid to uproot vines in the iconic wine-producing region amid myriad challenges including a drop in the volume of red wine exports and consumption. Vineyards line the roads for miles and miles in the Gironde … Read more

Nigerians head to polls in hotly contested elections

Lagos, Feb 25 (EFE).- Voting got underway on Saturday in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country with 213 million inhabitants, to choose a presidential successor to Muhammadu Buhari in hotly contested elections.  Buhari is stepping down as his two-term limit has come to an end after 8 years in power. Over 176,800 polling stations opened with … Read more

Heists, hostages, sit-ins: the Lebanese citizens reclaiming their savings

By Ana Maria Guzelian and Noemí Jabois Beirut, Feb 24 (EFE).- Lebanese citizens are turning to radical measures to access their savings as the nation’s economic woes deepen and banks shutter up.  The dire situation has prompted banks to impose stiff rules on savings accounts, limiting the amount of cash customers can withdraw and locking … Read more

G20 finance leaders meeting kicks off in India

Bengaluru, India, Feb. 24 (EFE).- The meetings of G20 finance ministers and central bank governors kicked off in India on Friday, coinciding with the first anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which has sparked global tension and a series of challenges that will dominate the summit. “We are witnessing raging geopolitical tensions in different … Read more

China mine collapse death toll climbs to 6

Beijing, Feb 24 (EFE).- The number of deaths due to a collapse of a mine in northern China’s Inner Mongolia region climbed to six as rescue efforts to locate the 47 missing continued, state media reported Friday. Another six people with injuries were rescued from the rubble and are already in a hospital in the … Read more

Quake deaths exceed 33,000 as Turkey cracks down on contractors

Beirut/Ankara, Feb 12 (EFE).- The death toll from earthquakes that struck part of Turkey and Syria surpassed 33,192 on Sunday, as Ankara vowed to pursue contractors linked to deadly building collapses. United Nations aid chief Martin Griffith has warned that the death toll could “double or more” during a visit to Turkey’s worst-hit province of … Read more