Berlin OKs sending Leopard tanks to Ukraine

Berlin, Jan 24 (EFE).- The German government has approved the shipment of Leopard 2 battle tanks to Ukraine and is ready to authorize the transfer to that country at least a company – usually 14 tanks – according to weekly magazine Der Spiegel and the NTV television channel. The Leopard 2A6 tanks will come from … Read more

US tanks for Kyiv would be ‘blatant provocation’ against Russia, says envoy

Moscow, Jan 25 (EFE).- Washington’s possible approval of M1 Abrams battle tanks for Ukraine would be a blatant provocation against Russia, Moscow’s ambassador to the United States said Wednesday. The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that Washington was poised to approve just over 30 tanks for Kyiv, according to US officials, and follows reports from … Read more

EU foreign ministers approve new 500 million euros in aid to Ukraine

Brussels, Jan 23 (EFE).- European Union foreign ministers on Monday approved a further 500 million euros in aid to Ukraine, officials said Monday. Lithuanian foreign minister Arnoldas Pranckevicius confirmed the agreement, the seventh since Russia launched its invasion in February 2022, in a tweet. Since the beginning of the conflict, and including this new disbursement … Read more

Power restored in Pakistan after major breakdown

Multan, Pakistan, Jan 24 (EFE).- Electricity was restored in Pakistan on Tuesday morning after a major power outage caused a blackout across the country, including in the capital Islamabad and financial hub of Karachi. An energy ministry statement said all grid stations across the country were working now. Ministry spokesperson Sohail Atiq said power generating … Read more

Right-wing protests call for end to Sánchez government in Spain

Barcelona, Spain, Jan 22 (EFE).- Hundreds of supporters of Spain’s right-wing parties, including the far-right Vox, demonstrated in Barcelona on Sunday against the left-wing coalition government of prime minister Pedro Sánchez. The conservative People’s Party of Catalonia (PPC), the liberal Ciudadanos (Cs), and the conservative Valents were the other right-wing parties represented at the rally, … Read more

Relief, caution in first Chinese New Year since zero-Covid policy dropped

By Alvaro Alfaro and Victor Escribano Beijing/Shanghai, Jan 21 (EFE).- After three years of the Covid-19 pandemic, Chinese citizens are celebrating their first Lunar New Year with relief over no restrictions, but also with caution due to experts predicting an increase in infections arising from the holiday period. In 2021 and 2022, people who usually … Read more

Google parent company to cut 12,000 jobs, 6.4% of its workforce

New York, US, Jan 20 (EFE).- Alphabet, the parent company of Google, will lay off some 12,000 employees, 6.4% of its payroll, the company announced Friday. Google and Alphabet CEO, Sundar Pichai, said the “difficult decision” had been taken as the company now faces a “different economic reality” after two years of “dramatic growth”. In … Read more

Google takes on Microsoft in AI showdown

Davos, Switzerland, Jan 20 (EFE).- Google expects generative artificial intelligence to be the next breakthrough for technology companies after the hype generated by applications like ChatGPT, said company representatives at the World Economic Forum. Tech giants like Microsoft believe that the ChatGPT app, a chatbot capable of answering questions, holding conversations, translating and generating text, … Read more

‘Toadzilla’ found in Australian national park

Sydney, Australia, Jan 20 (EFE).- A 2.7-kilogram cane toad dubbed “Toadzilla,” which could be the largest on record, has been found in Australian national park, officials said Friday. The introduced species, considered a pest and a threat to Australian fauna, was found last week in Conway National Park, Queensland, when ranger Kylee Gray and colleagues … Read more

Zelenskyy welcomes US aid package ahead of talks to deploy arms to Ukraine

Lviv, Ukraine, Jan 20 (EFE).- Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, on Friday thanked the US for a new $2.5 billion defense aid package as Nato and its allies were due to meet to coordinate arms supplies to Kyiv. “Thank you Potus for providing Ukraine with another powerful defense support package worth $2.5 billion,” Zelenskyy said on … Read more