France braced for nationwide strike over pension reforms

Paris, Jan 19 (EFE).- France was bracing itself for nationwide demonstrations and paralyzed transport services on Thursday after the country’s main unions called a strike in protest against the government’s proposed pension reforms. The strike is expected to have a major impact on public transport services and schools, with over 200 rallies called in cities … Read more

Meta highlights ‘extraordinary potential’ of Metaverse in education

Davos, Switzerland, Jan 18 (EFE).- Meta, the parent company of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, has said that artificial intelligence and its cross-platform online space, known as the Metaverse, have “extraordinary potential” in terms of education, the tech giant’s chief product officer said Wednesday. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Chris Cox said the … Read more

BoJ maintains ultra-low interest rates despite market pressure

Tokyo, 18 Jan (EFE).- The Bank of Japan said Wednesday it would continue its policy of ultra-low interest rates and defended its stimulus plan despite soaring inflation. Following a two-day policy meeting, BoJ governor Haruhiko Kuroda told reporters the bank would maintain its yield curve control (YCC) program at -0.1% for short-term interest rates and … Read more

Ukraine first lady calls for international unity to end war

Davos, Switzerland, Jan 17 (EFE).- The first lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska, on Tuesday urged global businesses and political leaders meeting in Davos this week to use their influence and to show resolve and unity in confronting Russia’s aggression against her country. “I am meeting at the Davos forum because deep inside we believe there … Read more

Sánchez warns of far-right threat amid Spain abortion controversy

Davos, Switzerland, Jan 17 (EFE).- Spain’s prime minister Pedro Sánchez on Tuesday warned against allowing far-right parties into governing institutions. Sánchez’s remarks at the World Economic Forum in Davos came amid an unfolding controversy back in Spain, after the right-wing coalition government of the Castile and Leon region, led by the far-right Vox in coalition … Read more

Brazil’s Lula to work for consensus on the world stage

Davos, Switzerland, Jan 17 (EFE).- Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will use his country’s turns as chair of the G20, BRICS and South America’s Mercosur trade bloc to strive for agreement in areas such as democracy, peace, sustainability and reducing inequality, his finance minister said here Tuesday. “President Lula is a politician with … Read more

Hundreds protest in London against bill limiting right to strike

London, Jan 16 (EFE).- Hundreds of people protested here Monday outside 10 Downing Street, the official residence of British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, against a bill that would enforce minimum service levels during strikes in crucial sectors such as health care and public transport. Following months of strikes by rail and postal employees, nurses, ambulance … Read more

Search resumes for 4 missing from Nepal plane crash that killed 68

Kathmandu, Jan 16 (EFE).- Rescuers Monday resumed a search for four missing passengers from a Nepal plane that crashed a day ago, killing 68 people from the 72 onboard. The ATR-72 aircraft operated by Yeti Airlines crashed around 10.30 am on Sunday in the Pokhara district, a popular tourist destination around 200 km west of … Read more

China censors footage of maskless fans in world cup broadcasts

Beijing, Nov 29 (EFE).- China’s state television has edited footage of Qatar 2022 World Cup matches to remove shots of maskless fans, after broadcasts of packed stadiums with crowds enjoying the games amid no Covid measures fuelled protests across the Asian nation. This measure, which has not been officially confirmed by China Central Television, but … Read more