Zelenskyy visits frontline troops in Ukraine’s Donetsk

A handout photo made available by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Service shows Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky recording his speech to Ukrainians in front of the sign of the city of Sloviansk, Donetsk area, Ukraine, 06 December 2022 amid to the Russian invasion. EFE/EPA/PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE

Lviv, Ukraine, Dec 6 (EFE).- Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Tuesday visited the town of Sloviansk in the Donetsk region to meet with troops on the eastern frontline, to mark the Day of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. “I meet with our fighters on the front on this day. Today we are in Donbas. The combat … Read more

US, EU reminds Bangladesh of the importance of democracy ahead of rally

Members of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and of its student wing, the Bangladesh Jatiotabadi Chatra Dal, take part in a protest at the party headquarters in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 22 November 2022. EFE/EPA/FILE/MONIRUL ALAM

Dhaka, Dec 6 (EFE).- Over a dozen countries, including the United States and the European Union, on Tuesday reminded Bangladesh of the importance of fair and peaceful democratic processes, days ahead of a mass opposition rally in the capital city of Dhaka. Identifying themselves as “friends and partners of Bangladesh,” the countries, which also include … Read more

Iran issues 5 more death sentences, mulls blocking women’s bank accounts

Canberra (Australia).-File image of a demonstrator attending the Women Life Freedom protest in solidarity with citizens of Iran, outside Parliament House, in Canberra, Australia, 28 November 2022. EFE/EPA/LUKAS COCH

Tehran, Dec 6 (EFE).- Iran has sentenced five more people to death for allegedly participating in the protests that have gripped the country for nearly three months, the country’s judiciary announced on Tuesday.  The convicted protesters are accused of fatally stabbing a member of the Basij — volunteers in Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard— at the … Read more

The women caught in the web of Chinese organized crime in Rome

View of Vittorio Emmanuel's Chinatown massage center. EFE - Alvaro Padilla

By Gonzalo Sánchez Rome, Dec 6 (EFE).- The news that three prostitutes had been murdered last month in one of Rome’s more upmarket neighborhoods shocked the city. Two of the victims were Chinese, and no one seemed to know who they were. They were just two of the many women caught in a web of … Read more

Protests erupt in Jakarta over reform to criminalize sex outside marriage

A person wearing a mask holds a a placard reading 'The criminal law controls women's body'

A protester holds a placard reading 'The criminal law controls women's body' during a protest against the draft of a new criminal law, outside the parliament building in Jakarta, Indonesia, 05 December 2022. EFE/EPA/MAST IRHAM

Jakarta, Aug 5 (EFE).- A crowd gathered in front of the Indonesian Parliament in the capital city of Jakarta on Monday to protest against the imminent approval of the country’s penal code, which, among other measures, will make sex outside marriage punishable with imprisonment. The reform in the penal code, which also seeks to criminalize … Read more

Moscow to stop EU oil supply this year

An oil tanker is seen by the Lakhta Centre business tower (L), the headquarters of Russian energy corporation Gazprom, in St. Petersburg, Russia, 20 September 2022.EFE/EPA/ANATOLY MALTSEV

Vienna, Dec 3 (EFE).- Moscow will stop supplying oil to Europe this year, following the bloc’s move, alongside the G7 and Australia, to cap the price of Russian seaborne oil, Russia’s representative to international organizations in Vienna said on Saturday. “Starting from this year Europe will live without Russian oil. Moscow has already made it … Read more

Russia wants West to recognize annexed territories before peace talks

Kherson, Ukraine.- Victor Tsap walks past his destroyed house outside Kherson in the village of Pravdyne, southern Ukraine, 30 November 2022. EFE/EPA: ROMAN PILIPEY

Moscow, Dec 2 (EFE).- Russia on Friday said the United States and other Western countries’ refusal to recognise territories in eastern and southern Ukraine it annexed illegally in September was hindering peace negotiations. At a White House press conference alongside French president Emmanuel Macron on Thursday evening, US president Joe Biden said he was willing … Read more

China admits conditions in place for a shift in Covid policy

People wearing face masks walk at Raffles city shopping mall in Beijing, China, 01 December 2022. EFE-EPA/WU HAO

By Alvaro AlfaroBeijing, Dec 2 (EFE).- After several cities in China eased coronavirus restrictions following protests in recent days, the country’s authorities said that conditions were in place for the country to adjust its anti-pandemic measures. Vice Premier Sun Chunlan, who is in charge of supervising the country’s “zero Covid” policy, said Thursday that the … Read more

Ukraine says OSCE should carry on without Russia

Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Poland Zbigniew Rau (R) and Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba attend a meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), concluding Poland's OSCE Chairmanship in Lodz, Poland, 01 December 2022. EFE/EPA/Roman Zawistowski POLAND OUT

Lodz, Poland, Dec 1 (EFE).- Ukraine’s foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, said Thursday that Russia should be removed from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Ukraine’s top diplomat made the statements ahead of a Thursday ministerial meeting in Poland titled ‘OSCE at the crossroads’. “I dared to disagree with the title. OSCE is on … Read more

Nicaragua bars EFE correspondent in Managua from returning home

An employee of the Casino Pharaos de Managua installs a giant Nicaraguan flag on the 182nd anniversary of the country's independence. EFE/File: Oscar Navarrete

Madrid, Nov 30 (EFE).- Luis Felipe Palacios, EFE news agency’s correspondent in Managua, has been banned from entering Nicaragua by the country’s authorities. The Nicaraguan journalist was due to return to the Central American nation after a work trip to Panama. Palacios, who began working at EFE in 2006 and was appointed the agency’s chief … Read more

Palestinian killed during Israeli military raid in West Bank

Israeli soldiers keep watch at a bus stop next to the scene of a ramming attack next to the West Bank settlement of Kokhav Ya'akov, 29 November 2022. EFE/EPA/ATEF SAFADI

Jerusalem, Nov 30 (EFE).- A Palestinian man has been killed during a fresh Israeli army raid in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, amid the worst wave of violence in the region in years. “A citizen with gunshot wounds to the chest succumbed to his critical injuries in the town of Yabad,” the Palestinian ministry … Read more

Spain maintains no one died on its territory during Melilla migrant tragedy

Fernando Grande-Marlaska speaking with a hand gesture

Spain's interior minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska during his speech in the parliament. EFE / JUAN CARLOS HIDALGO

Madrid, Nov 30 (EFE).- Spain on Wednesday insisted that no deaths were recorded on its territory during a mass attempt by migrants to storm the border to the Spanish enclave of Melilla earlier this year in which 23 people died. On June 24, some 23 people died in an attempt by hundreds of migrants to … Read more