Biden makes surprise visit to Ukraine as invasion anniversary nears

Kyiv, Feb 20 (EFE).- United States president Joe Biden made a surprise visit to Kyiv on Monday ahead of the anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.  Biden, traveling to Ukraine for the first time since Russia launched its invasion on February 24 last year, met with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy.  At a joint press conference … Read more

Defeat of Russia is only option, Zelenskyy tells Security Conference

Munich, Germany, Feb 17 (EFE).- Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Friday that there is “no alternative” to his country’s victory over Russian invading forces, as he urged Western allies to speed up deliveries of much needed military support. Zelenskyy was speaking during the opening of a two-day international security conference being held in the southern … Read more

India benefits from West-Russia tensions, seals huge plane deal

By Hugo Barcia New Delhi Feb 15 (EFE).- India’s flag carrier Air India has sealed a historic deal to buy a total of 470 airplanes from European manufacturer Airbus and United States-based Boeing, as part of an agreement signed by the Indian government to transform its aviation sector and placate two of its key western … Read more

Abortion in Thailand: a legal right, and often a secret

By Nayara Batschke Bangkok, Feb 16 (EFE).- Two years after Thailand joined a small group of Southeast Asian countries in legalizing abortion, ending an unwanted pregnancy remains taboo in the Buddhist-majority nation due to factors such as religious dogmas and lack of medical guidance. In February 2021, Thailand legalized abortion up to 12 weeks gestation, … Read more

Nicaragua strips citizenship from 94 political opponents

Tegucigalpa, Feb 16 (EFE).- Nicaraguan judicial authorities have stripped 94 political opponents accused of being traitors of their citizenship. The list of those affected includes human rights defenders, writers and former allies of the Central American nation’s long-serving president Daniel Ortega. Appeals court judge Ernesto Rodríguez said Wednesday the accused had been found guilty of … Read more

Russia targets key infrastructure in overnight attack across Ukraine

Lviv, Ukraine, Feb 16 (EFE).- Russia launched a massive overnight missile strike across Ukraine targeting key infrastructure, the Ukrainian army reported on Thursday. Commander-in-chief of the armed forces Valerii Zaluzhnyi said on Telegram that Ukraine’s military had downed 16 of the 36 missiles fired by Russia. “Between 01:40 a.m. and 03:45 a.m. February 16, 2023, … Read more

Barça payments to firm linked to ex-referee official sparks probe

Barcelona, Spain, Feb 15 (EFE).- Barcelona provincial prosecutors have opened a corruption probe into a company linked to a former senior official at Spain’s referee committee (CTA) that had accepted over a million euros in payments from FC Barcelona in the space of three years.  The probe was launched into DASNIL 95 SL, a firm … Read more

Sturgeon to step down as Scotland’s first minister in shock move

London, Feb 15 (EFE).- Nicola Sturgeon announced her decision to resign as Scotland’s first minister and the leader of her pro-independence Scottish National Party in a surprise move Wednesday that will shake up the national political landscape. Sturgeon, the longest-serving first minister and the first woman to hold the office, told a news conference at … Read more