• Departure tax comes into force in Japan

    EFE Tokyo – A departure tax on every passenger leaving Japan by plane or by boat came into force on Monday, to finance initiatives which will assist tourists, according to the Government. The 1,000-yen-tax ($9.21), will be charged on plane and ship tickets, and will affect both Japanese and...
  • Trump threatens to declare national emergency to finance wall

    EFE US President Donald Trump threatened last week to declare a national emergency that would allow him to order construction of a border wall with Mexico without Congressional approval of the needed funds. “I can do it if I want,” Trump told a press conference when asked about the possibility of starting construction...
  • Spain to feast on 30 million traditional King’s Day cakes

    EFE Spaniards will celebrate this year’s King’s Day festivities by opening their Christmas gifts and sharing over 30 million roscones, or Three Kings’ Day cakes, a three-percent increase on 2018 figures, according to a baking industry spokesperson who spoke with EFE Thursday.    This rise is partly due to...
  • China’s Chang’e-4 probe lands successfully on far side of moon

    EFE Beijing – China’s Chang’e 4 space probe on Thursday became the first to make a soft landing on the far side of the moon, state-run news agency Xinhua said. China’s National Space Administration said the lander-rover probe touched down at 10.26am Bejing time, it added. The official Global...
  • Could Oregon Become First State to End Single-Family Zoning?

    Eric Tegethoff Public News Service PORTLAND, Ore. — In an effort to tackle the affordable housing crisis, Oregon could end single-family zoning this legislative session. Oregon would be the first state to do so if lawmakers who support the idea succeed. Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek is drafting legislation...
  • Trump defends Syria withdrawal after US envoy to anti-IS coalition quits

    EFE Washington – President Donald Trump on Saturday December 22 defended his decision to withdraw US forces from Syria after his envoy to the coalition fighting the Islamic State terror organization resigned in protest. “When I became President, ISIS was going wild. Now ISIS is largely defeated and other...
  • Chefs internacionales preparan paella para migrantes refugiados en Tijuana

    EFE Tijuana – A poco más de un día de que se celebro la tradicional “Nochebuena”, más de 30 chefs locales e internacionales se reunieron y prepararon paella para los miles de migrantes centroamericanos que llegaron a la ciudad mexicana de Tijuana hace ya más de un mes. Armando...
  • Wanda abrirá un parque temático del comunismo en el centro de China


    EFE Pekín – El conglomerado chino Wanda anunció que invertirá 12.000 millones de yuanes (1.740 millones de dólares o 1.535 millones de euros) para construir un parque temático del comunismo en la ciudad de Yan’an, en el centro de China, informa hoy el portal de noticias económicas Caixin. El...
  • Government Starts Work on Rail Project in Poor Southeastern Mexico

    The “Maya Train” Begins Its Construction in Southern Mexico Marti Quintana EFE Mexico City – President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador inaugurated construction over the weekend of the Maya Train, a colossal infrastructure project and an “act of justice” that is bound to bring a radical change to impoverished southeastern...