Greece fighting biggest ever wildfire in EU

Residents watch the fire coming closer at the Sikorrachis village in Alexandroupolis, Thrace, northern Greece, 23 August 2023. EFE/EPA/ACHILEAS CHIRAS

Athens, Aug 24 (EFE).- Multiple wildfires have been raging for six consecutive days in Greece, including one in the northeastern region of Evros, which on Thursday became the largest blaze ever recorded in the European Union. “With more than 73,000 hectares burnt, the fires in Alexandroupolis are now the largest wildfires on record the EU … Read more

Zelenskyy presses int’l leaders for more war support at G7 in Japan

Hiroshima, Japan, May 20 (EFE).- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy arrived Saturday in the western Japanese city of Hiroshima to meet with the leaders of the G7 and other guest countries to call for continued support for his country’s fight against Russian invading forces. Zelenskyy arrived at Hiroshima airport on a French government plane from Jeddah, … Read more

Unborn baby among 7 killed in shooting at Jehovah’s Witness hall in Hamburg

Berlin, Mar 10 (EFE).- Seven people, including an unborn baby, were killed and several others were injured in a shooting at a Jehovah’s Witness center in Hamburg, police said on Friday.   The shooting occurred around 9pm on Thursday night at the three-story Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall, in a neighborhood north of Hamburg, Germany’s second-largest city. … Read more

Biden: US will protect ‘every inch’ of Nato

Warsaw, Feb 22 (EFE).- US president Joe Biden on Wednesday promised to protect all of the countries on Nato’s eastern flank, saying they are the first line of the alliance’s defense against Russia. Biden was speaking during a meeting at the presidential palace in Warsaw with leaders of the Bucharest Nine, a group made up … Read more

Putin lauds China relations as foreign minister visits Moscow

Moscow, Feb 22 (EFE).- Russian president Vladimir Putin praised his country’s ties with China as he met with Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi in Moscow on Wednesday to discuss Beijing’s proposals to bring peace to Ukraine. During their meeting, Putin said cooperation between the two nations was “important for stabilizing the international situation.” “Sino-Russian relations … Read more

One million living in temporary shelters after Turkey earthquakes

Istanbul, Turkey, Feb 19 (EFE).- Around one million Turks have lost their homes and are currently living in tents, prefabricated houses or other temporary shelters following the two massive earthquakes which struck two weeks ago, killing at least 40,689 people in Turkey, authorities reported Sunday. Nearly half a million people have also been evacuated from … Read more

Top US diplomat travels to quake-stricken Turkey

Istanbul, Feb 19 (EFE).- US secretary of state Antony Blinken arrived in Turkey Sunday to visit areas struck by the devastating earthquakes that killed more than 46,000 people. On his maiden trip to the country, Blinken met his counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu to show solidarity and send his condolences to those affected by the two earthquakes, … Read more

Nepal celebrates Hindu god Shiva in record-breaking festival

Kathmandu, Feb 18 (EFE).- The Hindu community in Nepal was marking Maha Shivaratri on Saturday, one the most popular festivals of the year, which this year is expected to see about two million devotees visiting the Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu. “We expect a record number of devotees to visit the temple” to worship the god … Read more