China slams ‘absurd and hysterical’ US balloon response

Munich, Germany, Feb 18 (EFE).- Beijing has denounced the shooting down of an alleged Chinese spy balloon by the US, calling the response “absurd and hysterical”. Speaking on Saturday at the Munich Security Conference, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi insisted the balloon was unmanned and civilian and had “veered off course” into US airspace. Wang … Read more

Thousands of passengers grounded due to strike at 7 German airports

Frankfurt, Germany, Feb 17 (EFE).- A strike on Friday paralyzed air traffic at seven major airports in Germany, including the European Union’s busiest, Frankfurt. Over 2,300 flights have been canceled, with some 300,000 passengers expected to be affected by the 24-hour, multi-sector strike by ground staff, air traffic controllers and public sector workers called by … Read more

Survivors found week after twin quakes as Turkey, Syria death toll climbs

Ankara, Feb 14 (EFE).- Rescuers in Turkey pulled two women alive from under the rubble on Tuesday, nine days after two devastating earthquakes and a cascade of aftershocks struck Turkey and war-ravaged Syria, leaving almost 36,000 dead. A 35-year-old woman was rescued and taken to a hospital after being trapped 205 hours beneath the rubble … Read more

Thousands protest in Israel against judicial reforms

Jerusalem, Feb 13 (EFE).- Tens of thousands of people protested outside the Israeli parliament on Monday against controversial judicial reforms critics say will undermine the country’s democracy.   Local media reported that over 70,000 people flooded the streets of Jerusalem to protest the proposals that opponents of the new right-wing government say would curb the influence … Read more

Two killed, five injured in suspected car-ramming attack in East Jerusalem

Jerusalem, Feb 10 (EFE).- Two people, including a six-year-old boy, were killed and five were injured Friday in a suspected car-ramming attack in occupied East Jerusalem, Israeli officials said, adding that the Palestinian assailant was shot dead at the scene by security forces. The incident took place near the Jewish settlement of Ramot, where Israeli … Read more

Against the odds, some glimmers of hope from Turkey, Syria rubble

Ankara/Beirut, Feb 10 (EFE).- Against the odds, glimmers of hope continued to emerge from under the rubble as rescuers pulled several survivors out from under collapsed buildings in earthquake-devastated southeast Turkey and northwest Syria on Friday. On the fifth day of search and rescue operations since the two major earthquakes struck, the death toll had … Read more

Footage of fatal police beating of African-American released

Washington, Jan 28 (EFE).- The authorities in Memphis of the United States have released video of a brutal police encounter at a traffic stop before the death of an African-American man, Tyre Nichols. The more than an hour of footage made public on Friday shows officers beating Nichols, who shows no signs of resistance or … Read more

Sabalenka beats Rybakina to take first Grand Slam singles title

Melbourne, Australia, Jan 28 (EFE).- Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka won her first Grand Slam title on Saturday after a thrilling 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina. Sabalenka was overcome with emotion after finally converting her fourth championship point during a nervy conclusion to the match, as wayward serving – so often her downfall during … Read more