Zelenskyy vows year of ‘invincibility’ as world marks invasion anniversary

Kyiv, Feb 24 (EFE).- Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy marked the first anniversary of Russia’s invasion with a pledge that the coming year would be one of “invincibility” in which the nation will strive for victory.  The former comedic actor turned globally recognized war-time president said Ukraine had defied the odds and endured through unity.  “We … Read more

Landslide halts efforts to rescue 53 missing in mine collapse in China

Beijing, Feb 23 (EFE).- A landslide has halted efforts to rescue 53 people trapped in a mine that collapsed in China’s Inner Mongolia region, state media reported Thursday. The massive landslide occurred at around 6 pm at the rescue site, where more than 900 people were working to locate those missing, official Xinhua news agency … Read more

Hong Kong’s iconic neon lights: a dimming shimmer

By Mar Sanchez-Cascado Hong Kong, Feb 23 (EFE).- Hong Kong’s iconic neon lights, the urban landscape of the financial city for decades, survive today threatened by new technologies and increasingly strict regulations, while some artists try to recover their legacy. With the rise of LED lighting, the market for traditional signs has shrunk dramatically in … Read more

Spain’s PM makes 2nd visit to Ukraine on eve of war anniversary

Kyiv, Feb 23 (EFE).- Spain’s prime minister Pedro Sánchez arrived Thursday in Ukraine on the eve of the anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion.  Sánchez is due to meet with Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskyy to express Spain’s ongoing support for Ukraine as it resists Russia’s onslaught. It was his second visit to the country since the … Read more

Gerard Butler-starrer ‘plane’ triggers controversy in Philippines

Manila (EFE).- American film “Plane,” starring Gerard Butler in a leading role, has triggered a controversy in the Philippines with several lawmakers calling for the movie to be banned as it portrays a “negative” image of the country. The controversy stems from scenes in the movie taking place in Jolo island, southwestern Philippines, where a … Read more

Putin lambasts West in national address

Moscow, Feb 21 (EFE).- Russia’s president Vladimir Putin on Tuesday used his long-delayed state of the nation address to lambast the West, which he accused of starting the war in Ukraine. The Kremlin leader’s first state of the nation address since April 2021 came just days before the first anniversary of the Russian invasion of … Read more

Japan tightens Seoul, Washington ties after North Korea missile launch

Tokyo, Feb 20 (EFE).- Japan said Monday it would work closely with the United States and South Korea, after North Korea launched two short-range missiles into the Sea of Japan and an intercontinental missile over the weekend. “Japan continues to collect information and monitor the situation as close cooperation with the US and South Korea … Read more

Rio sambadrome parades begin with homage to lauded artist

Rio de Janeiro, Feb 19 (EFE).- With a tribute to Arlindo Cruz, a historic samba composer with health problems since suffering a stroke in 2017, the Imperio Serrano group began Sunday the famous parades of the samba ” escolas” at the Rio de Janeiro carnival’s Grupo Especial. The group from the Madureira neighborhood, nine times … Read more