Archaeologists find how China’s ancient Liangzhu city was developed

A woman looks at the frontal bone of a homo erectus from the Late Middle Pleistocene Age (over two hundred thousand years ago) at an exhibition outside Beijing, Wednesday 24 September 2003. The bone was discovered in 1966 by the Chinese archaelogist Pei Wenzhong at the site of the Peking Man' cave, where even older bones were found and lost before World War Two.  On exhibition until 17 October, this bone has never been displayed before. EPA PHOTO/EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS/CAPTION CORRECTION: COUNTRY IN OBJECT NAME/[CAPTION CORRECTION: COUNTRY IN OBJECT NAME ]

Beijing, Nov 29 (EFE).- China’s National Cultural Heritage Administration on Wednesday unveiled new archaeological findings that offer insight into how the Liangzhu ancient city, one of the world’s oldest known settlements, was developed and built. The research on Liangzhu ruins, located in eastern Zhejiang province, mainly delved into hypotheses regarding the city’s development phases and … Read more

Taylor Swift’s ‘Eras Tour’ concert movie crosses $250 million at global box office

US singer-songwriter Taylor Swift performs during the Eras Tour, at MetLife Stadium in New Rutherford, New Jersey, US, 26 May 2023. EFE-EPA FILE/SARAH YENESEL

Los Angeles, US, Nov 27 (EFE).- Taylor Swift’s “The Eras Tour” concert movie surpassed $250 million at the global box office on Monday, according to specialized media reports. The film, produced by the 33-year-old singer, is the 19th highest highest-grossing release of the year worldwide. “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour” earned up to $100 million … Read more

Little Amal wraps up Mexico tour in Ciudad Hidalgo

The puppet Amal, which represents a Syrian migrant girl, crosses the Suchiate River on a raft, in Ciudad Hidalgo, state of Chiapas, Mexico, 26 November 2023. EFE/Juan Manuel Blanco

Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, Nov 26 (EFE).- Little Amal, a 3.4-meter tall puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee girl, arrived Sunday in Ciudad Hidalgo on Mexico’s border with Guatemala and the gateway for thousands of migrants trying to reach the United States. Residents welcome the puppet Amal, which represents a Syrian migrant girl, in Ciudad Hidalgo, … Read more

Thailand bans import of iguanas as pets to combat ‘outbreak’ in wild

Thai crowds observe an iguana on display in a shopping centre in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday 18 October 2004 in an exhibition featuring many endangered species. EPA-EFE FILE/RUNGROJ YONGRIT

Bangkok, Nov 22 (EFE).- Thailand has announced a ban on the import of all iguanas to prevent and control their reproduction amid an “outbreak” of the reptiles in the country. Iguanas are herbivorous lizards native to tropical areas of Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean, but increasingly popular as exotic pets in Thailand. … Read more

Nicaraguan becomes first Central American to be crowned Miss Universe

Miss Nicaragua, Sheynnis Palacios, reacts after being called in the top 20 during the coronation ceremony of the new Miss Universe 2023, in San Salvador, El Salvador, 18 November 2023. EFE/ Rodrigo Sura

San Salvador, Nov 18 (EFE).- Nicaragua’s Sheynnis Palacios on Saturday night became the first Central American to be crowned Miss Universe, during the 72nd edition of the event, held in El Salvador.The winner succeeded American Miss Universe 2022 R’Bonney Gabriel.Palacios took the crown ahead of first runner-up from Thailand, Anntonia Porsild.Australia’s Moraya Wilson was second … Read more

Multiple appeals challenge Nepal’s TikTok ban before Supreme Court

(FILE) A view of TikTok logos in the TikTok office during a press tour of Bytedance and TikTok's offices in Singapore, 29 August 2023. EFE/EPA/HOW HWEE YOUNG

Kathmandu, Nov 17 (EFE).- At least a dozen appeals were filed Friday before the Supreme Court of Nepal to challenge the recent government ban on Chinese social network TikTok. “We have registered their writ. The hearing will begin on Monday,” supreme court spokesperson Bhadrakali Pokharel told EFE. Earlier this week, the Nepal government announced a … Read more

Lafourcade, Shakira, Karol G, Bizarrap & Barrera sweep Latin Grammys in Spain

Colombians Ovy on the Drums, Karol G and Keityn pose with their Latin Grammys at the annual Latin Grammy gala in Seville on Nov.16, 2023. EFE/José Manuel Vidal

By Javier Herrero. Seville, Spain, Nov 16 (EFE).- The 24th edition of the Latin Grammy Awards, the first held in Spain, on Thursday night crowned musical kings and queens including the Mexican-American Édgar Barrera, Argentinian Bizarrap, Mexican Natalia Lafourcade and Colombians Shakira and Karol G in an especially powerful night for their country. Colombian singer … Read more

X takes Australian watchdog to court over pedophilic content issue

(FILE) A person holding a mobile phone showing the logo of social media platform X in Los Angeles, California, USA. EFE/Etienne Laurent

Sydney, Australia, Nov 16 (EFE).- Australia’s online safety watchdog said on Thursday that the social media platform X, formerly Twitter, has filed a lawsuit against the regulatory body after it fined the platform for failing to outline its efforts to combat child sexual abuse content. Last month, the Electronic Safety Commission levied a fine of … Read more

Miss Universe hopefuls compete in El Salvador preliminaries

Miss Universe Nepal, Jane Garrett, parades in a swimsuit during the Miss Universe 2023 preliminary gala, at the National Gymnasium in San Salvador, El Salvador, 15 November 2023. EFE/Rodrigo Sura

San Salvador, Nov 15 (EFE).- The more than 80 candidates for the Miss Universe 2023 crown competed Wednesday night in the preliminaries of the pageant, in which they paraded in evening dresses and swimsuits with the Latin Americans among the most applauded by the public. The competition, which began with the presentation of each of … Read more

Hollywood actors reach agreement with studios to end strike

Picketers gather outside of Paramount Pictures Studios in Los Angeles, California, USA, 03 October 2023. EFE-EPA FILE/CAROLINE BREHMAN

Los Angeles, US, Nov 8 (EFE).- The Hollywood actors’ union reached a tentative agreement Wednesday with the major studios that could end the strike that has lasted 118 days. Picketers gather outside of Paramount Pictures Studios in Los Angeles, California, USA, 03 October 2023. EFE-EPA FILE/CAROLINE BREHMAN The SAG-AFTRA actors’ union committee approved the deal … Read more