Ukraine interior minister, officials killed in helicopter crash

Lviv, Ukraine, Jan 18 (EFE).- The death toll from a helicopter crash near a kindergarten on the outskirts of Kyiv on Wednesday morning has been downgraded to 14, Ukrainian officials said, after initially saying 18 people had been killed in the incident. “Following identification procedures, 14 people were found killed at the site, including one … Read more

Meta to announce ‘soon’ whether Trump’s accounts will be restored

Davos, Switzerland, Jan 18 (EFE).- Meta, the parent company of social media platforms Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram, has not yet decided whether to reinstate the accounts of former US president Donald Trump but will announce its decision soon. Trump’s accounts were suspended after the social media giant accused the former president of using them to … Read more

Peru prosecutor opens genocide probe against Boluarte, several ministers

Lima, Jan 11 (EFE).- Peru’s public prosecutor has opened a preliminary investigation into allegations of genocide against president Dina Boluarte as well as several current and former following clashes at demonstrations in recent weeks that have left 47 people dead and dozens injured. In a statement published on Twitter on Tuesday night, the Public Prosecutor’s … Read more

Asian airlines cautiously welcome China’s reopening

By Paloma Almoguera Singapore, Jan 10 (EFE).- Asian airline companies have responded cautiously to Beijing reopening its borders amid a sudden rush of Chinese tourists booking flights to destinations like Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Japan. When Beijing announced it was lifting nearly all remaining pandemic restrictions and that it was ready to reopen its … Read more

17 protesters die in bloodiest day of Peru protests

Lima, Jan 9 (EFE).- At least 17 people died Monday in new clashes between protesters and security forces in the southern Peruvian city of Juliaca, bringing the total to at least 46 killed nationwide since the start of anti-government protests last month. According to reports from the Ministry of Health and the Ombudsman’s Office, most … Read more

Chinese provinces claim to have waded Covid-19 infection peak

Beijing, Jan 10 (EFE).- Several provinces in China announced the Covid-19 infections wave has reached its peak in provinces such as Henan, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Canton, Sichuan and Hainan, local press reported Tuesday. Meanwhile, in Beijing, its mayor said in an interview with state television CCTV that the capital surpassed the peak of infections and that … Read more

Cash-strapped Sri Lanka slashes ministry budgets

Colombo, Jan 10 (EFE).- The Sri Lankan government decided Tuesday to cut the allocated budget of each ministry by five percent in an attempt to keep expenditure in check as the island nation struggles to keep afloat amid the acute economic crisis. Moreover, the government’s position has also been influenced by a delay in the … Read more

1,200 protesters arrested after pro-Bolsonaro camp broken up

Brasilia, Jan 9 (EFE).- At least 1,200 supporters of former president Jair Bolsonaro were arrested on Monday at a camp they had set up outside the Brazilian army’s headquarters in the capital. Supporters of the far-right firebrand Bolsonaro, who had set up the camp in October to protest the election victory of the left-wing Luiz … Read more

Former Pope Benedict XVI dies age 95

Vatican City, Dec 31 (EFE).- Former Pope Benedict XVI has died at the age of 95 at his Vatican residence, where he had lived since his historic resignation from the pontificate in 2013, the Holy See said in a statement Saturday. “With sorrow I inform you that the Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI, passed away today … Read more

Taiwan warns its democracy ‘not for sale’

Beijing, Oct 10 (EFE).- Taiwan’s leader Tsai Ing-wen warned Monday that it would never give up democracy and freedoms, and that fractured relations could only resume with Beijing commiting to Taiwanese sovereignty.  During a speech to mark Taiwan’s National Day, the president said “the broadest consensus among the Taiwanese people and our various political parties … Read more