China censors footage of maskless fans in world cup broadcasts

Beijing, Nov 29 (EFE).- China’s state television has edited footage of Qatar 2022 World Cup matches to remove shots of maskless fans, after broadcasts of packed stadiums with crowds enjoying the games amid no Covid measures fuelled protests across the Asian nation. This measure, which has not been officially confirmed by China Central Television, but … Read more

Casemiro scores late to lift Brazil over Switzerland, into knockout stage

Casimiro lifting his right hand in a celebration gesture

Doha, Nov 28 (EFE).- Brazil struggled to break down Switzerland’s well-organized defense for most of their World Cup Group G contest on Monday, but a goal by Casemiro with time winding down in the second half gave his side a 1-0 victory and a berth in the tournament’s knockout stage. With star forward Neymar Jr. … Read more

Squid Game actor accused of sexual abuse in South Korea

A poster depicting O Yeong-su

Seoul, Nov 25 (EFE).- Veteran actor O Yeong-su, known globally for his role in the “Squid Game” series, has been indicted by the South Korean prosecutor’s office for allegedly touching a woman inappropriately, Yonhap agency reported Friday. The district prosecutor’s office of Suwon, to the south of Seoul, indicted O, 78, on Thursday after a … Read more

Report slams former Australian PM secretly taking ministries during pandemic

Scott Morrison looking down in front of an open door

Sydney, Australia, Nov 25 (EFE).- Australia’s former Prime Minister Scott Morrison “fundamentally undermined” the principles of responsible government by secretly assuming five ministerial positions during the Covid-19 pandemic, an independent investigation concluded Friday. However, the report added that Morrison’s appointment of himself as health, finance, industry, interior and treasury minister between March 2020 and May … Read more

China’s Xi meets Cuban president, promises ongoing support

Miguel Diaz-Canel speaking

Beijing, Nov 25 (EFE).- China’s President Xi Jinping met his Cuban counterpart, Miguel Díaz-Canel, in Beijing on Friday and promised that his country would do everything possible to support Cuba. “No matter how the international situation may change, China’s commitment to long-term friendship with Cuba will not change. China’s determination to support Cuba in pursuing … Read more

UN calls on Taliban to end violence against women

Female television presenters appeared with their faces covered at a television set

Kabul, Nov 25 (EFE).- The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Friday called on the Taliban government to immediately end violence against women and the general deterioration of women’s rights, which have been especially diminished since the fundamentalists took power last year. On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, … Read more

German players cover mouths in One Love armband protest

Germany national team covering their mouths

Doha, Nov 23 (EFE).- The German national team covered their mouths for the pre-match photo on Wednesday as the fallout from Fifa’s decision to prohibit the captains of several European national teams competing at the World Cup in Qatar from wearing armbands with the anti-discrimination message “One Love” continued. Germany were taking on Japan in … Read more

European Parliament declares Russia as a ‘state sponsor of terrorism’

Strasbourg, France, Nov 23 (EFE).- The European Parliament on Wednesday declared Russia a “state sponsor of terrorism” over its attacks against the population of Ukraine. The majority of EP lawmakers voted in favor of the resolution on the grounds of “deliberate attacks and atrocities committed by Russian forces and their proxies against civilians in Ukraine, … Read more

Scotland cannot hold independence vote without UK consent: court ruling

A man holding a Scottish flag

London, Nov 23 (EFE).- The Scottish government cannot hold an independence referendum without the consent of the United Kingdom’s government, the UK’s Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. The ruling will come as a blow to the independence ambitions of Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon. “While I am obviously very disappointed by it (the ruling), I do … Read more

At least six dead in Virginia Walmart shooting

A parked police car in front of the Walmart store.

Washington, Nov 23 (EFE).- At least six people have been killed in a shooting at a Walmart in the southeastern state of Virginia, United States, the Chesapeake city council reported. “Chesapeake Police confirm 7 fatalities, including the shooter, from last night’s shooting at Walmart on Sam’s Circle,” the municipal government reported on Twitter. The shooter, … Read more