2021-02-25: News Headlines

teleSUR (2021-02-25). Presidents AMLO and Fernandez Summon Latin American Unity. telesurenglish.net Argentina's President Alberto Fernandez and Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) on Wednesday signed a joint declaration whereby they agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation and preserve Latin American unity. | RELATED: | The 15-point declaration was released on the last day of Fernandez's visit to Mexico, which started on Feb, 22. Among the most relevant aspects of the document is the bilateral alliance to overcome the COVI…

Randy Alonso Falcón (2021-02-25). Cuba: Una cita definitoria. globalizacion.ca Abril será un mes de simbolismos y acontecimientos en Cuba. La nación recordará el aniversario 60 de la primera gran derrota que sufriera el imperialismo yanqui en América Latina, cuando sus tropas mercenarias fueron derrotadas en las arenas de Playa…

WSWS (2021-02-25). South American states militarize borders against refugees. wsws.org Conditions for refugees residing in Latin American countries have only deteriorated during the pandemic as millions have been laid off, evicted and made homeless.

Tanya Wadhwa (2021-02-25). Cuba is one step closer to launching its own anti-COVID vaccines. peoplesdispatch.org Cuba is the only country in the Latin American and the Caribbean region that is working to develop its own vaccines against COVID-19. The country has four vaccine candidates. Two of them, Soberana 02 of the Finlay Vaccine Institute (IFV) and Abdala of the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB), will begin the third phase of clinical trials in March…

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Real Madrid nip Atalanta; Man City cruise against Mà∂nchengladbach. laprensalatina.com Sports Desk, Feb 24 (efe-epa).- While Real Madrid needed a goal with four minutes left in regulation Wednesday to beat Atalanta 0-1 in the first leg of their Champions League knockout stage tie, Manchester City cruised to a comfortable 0-2 win against Borussia Mà∂nchengladbach. The Blancos have hoisted the trophy a record 13 times and …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Olympic torch relay to start in March in Japan amid Covid-19 measures. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games announced Thursday that the Olympic torch relay will start as planned on Mar. 25 in Japan amid measures aimed at preventing Covid-19 infections. The torch relay will begin in a month in the northeastern Fukushima prefecture and will travel through another …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Japan registered $ 3 billion trade deficit in January. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- Japan registered a 325,375 million yen ($3 billion) trade deficit in January, the first negative balance in seven months and 75.3 percent less than in the same month of 2020, the government said Thursday. The negative balance contrasts the surplus registered in December, of 751,005 million yen, according to data published …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Peruvian judge decriminalizes euthanasia for Ana Estrada case. laprensalatina.com Lima, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- A Peruvian judge, in an historic ruling, has ordered euthanasia decriminalized in the specific case of Ana Estrada, the first person in Peru to publicly demand the right to select the time to die with dignity, but the judge refused to allow a protocol to be prepared to govern similar cases. …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). 40 minutes a jab, Portugal speeds up vaccine process amid delay fears. laprensalatina.com Oeiras, Portugal, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- Stand in line, get the jab and wait to make sure you don't have an allergic reaction — it takes a total of 40 minutes to get a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at one of Portugal's most efficient centers. The rhythm of the vaccination campaign has picked up speed …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). India in talks with Bangladesh for return of Rohingyas stranded at sea. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- India is in talks with Bangladesh for the return of Rohingya refugees who have been adrift on a boat, without food or water, in the Andaman Sea for several days, the foreign ministry said on Thursday. The boat carrying 64 women and 24 men, including 13 minors, left Cox's Bazar …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Merkel says EU to have Covid-19 vaccine passport by summer. laprensalatina.com Berlin, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- The European Union plans to institute a Covid-19 vaccine passport by summer with an eye toward enabling travel within the 27-member bloc, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said here Thursday. The bloc's executive arm, the European Commission, has been given three months to define the technical parameters for an immunization passport, she …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Fingers crossed as India fears 2nd Covid-19 wave after inexplicable dip in infections. laprensalatina.com By David Asta Alares New Delhi, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- Kush Sharma, a doctor at a state-run hospital in New Delhi, expresses relief over the declining Covid-19 cases across India, with figures now hovering around 10,000 new infections a day. The head of the coronavirus task force at Lok Nayak hospital, one of the capital's leading …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Neymar's PSG contract renewal 'on track,' talks ongoing with Mbappé. laprensalatina.com Paris, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- Paris Saint-Germain's sporting director Leonardo on Thursday said Neymar Jr.'s contract renewal was on track and although less progress had been made in the club's attempts to hang onto 22-year-old star Kylian Mbappé, ongoing talks with the player were edging toward a decision. "A contract is only closed when it is …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Armenia PM fires military chief after 'attempted coup'. laprensalatina.com (Update: adds details from opposing rallies) Tbilisi, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Thursday fired the head of the country's armed forces after an "attempted coup." Chief of General Staff Onik Gasparyan was among dozens of senior army officials, who signed a statement Thursday calling on the prime minister to step down. …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Xi Jinping declares China's 'complete success' in fighting poverty. laprensalatina.com Beijing, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- Chinese President Xi Jinping officially said Thursday that the country has completed its "arduous task" of eradicating extreme poverty, adding that almost 99 million people have emerged from it in the last eight years. "Today we solemnly declare … a complete success in the fight against poverty in the country," Xi …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Australia passes law for Google and Facebook to pay local media. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- Australia approved Thursday a pioneering law for Google and Facebook to pay local media for the publication of their journalistic content, a week after the platform led by Mark Zuckerberg was banned from publishing news in the country. The law "will ensure media receive fair remuneration for the content they …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Biden repeals Trump measure banning migrants over 'occupational hazards'. laprensalatina.com Washington, Feb 24 (efe-epa).- US President Joe Biden revoked a measure Wednesday by his predecessor Donald Trump, banning the entry of some immigrants deemed a "risk to the labor market," among them the beneficiaries of the visa lottery and relatives of permanent US residents or citizens. In a countermeasure released Wednesday by the White House, …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Altetico Madrid's stadium becomes Covid-19 vaccination hub. laprensalatina.com Madrid, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- The home stadium of La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid opened its doors Thursday as authorities in the Spanish capital started to vaccinate teachers, police officers, firefighters and civil defense personnel against Covid-19. Teachers aged over 55 years can also receive their doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine at healthcare centers in addition …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Baguettes take on Parisian rooftops for Unesco 'Intangible Heritage' nod. laprensalatina.com Luis Miguel Pascual Paris, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- A battle is being waged in Paris between two of the French capital's icons: the classic French baguette, baked in their thousands across the city every day, versus its traditional zinc rooftops as they vie to be the latest additions to Unesco's Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage. While …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Graffiti on security barriers to welcome Pope Francis in Baghdad. laprensalatina.com By Amer Hamid Baghdad, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- Amid heavy security measures as part of the Iraqi capital's preparations to receive Pope Francis next week, graffiti murals decorate the barriers that protect Baghdad's churches. The Our Lady of Salvation Cathedral, where the Pope is scheduled to meet Iraq's clerics, has been fortified for years to prevent …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). India, Pakistan army commanders vow to stop cross-border clashes in Kashmir. laprensalatina.com Islamabad/New Delhi, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- India and Pakistan Thursday said they have re-affirmed their commitment to the boundary ceasefire and stop cross-border firing in the disputed Kashmir region, where such clashes would kill dozens of people each year. The military operations heads of the two countries spoke after months of intermittent firing along the Line …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Ecuador trying to unravel prison massacre circumstances. laprensalatina.com By Elias L. Benarroch Quito, Feb 24 (efe-epa).- Ecuadorian authorities are trying to understand the circumstances surrounding the massacre on Tuesday inside four of the country's prisons, while judicial officials are continuing their work to decipher what occurred without ruling out — experts say — that the deeds could be drug-related. Meanwhile, dozens of relatives …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). LaLiga, Cervantes collaborate to teach Spanish through soccer in India. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- Soccer fans in India will be able to sing anthems, learn about legendary players and the jargon of the best clubs in Spain through a collaborative project between LaLiga and Instituto Cervantes in New Delhi to boost the popularity of the sport and Spanish language and culture in the country. …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Qantas pushes resumption of international flights to October. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- Qantas Airways Ltd. announced Thursday that it will resume international flights to and from Australia at the end of October, almost four months later than estimated. "The date change aligns with the expected timeframe for Australia's COVID-19 vaccine rollout to be effectively complete," the airlines said in a statement. Australia, …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). The rooftop gardens helping favelas breathe amid summer heat. laprensalatina.com Maria Angelica Troncoso Rio de Janeiro, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- It is summer in Rio de Janeiro and the heat in the narrow alleys of the city's favelas is suffocating. Cooling these neighborhoods sustainably is the goal of Techo Verde Favela, a project that was born in the heart of these Brazilian shanty towns. Also known …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Pro-Myanmar junta demonstration turns violent in Yangon. laprensalatina.com (Update 1: Adds detail of pro-junta march, re-ledes, alters headline, offers new info) Yangon, Myanmar, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- Violent clashes erupted between supporters of Myanmar's military junta and anti-coup protesters in downtown Yangon Thursday resulting in at least one person being stabbed. Around a thousand pro-junta demonstrators gathered in the center of the country's former …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Indonesia vaccinates 5,000 journalists to thank their work. laprensalatina.com Jakarta, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- Some 5,000 Indonesian journalists were being vaccinated Thursday for Covid-19, in gratitude for the work of the media amid the pandemic. The first doses went to photographers, cameramen and reporters on the ground, despite not being within the priority groups of the mass vaccination campaign that began in January and will …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). At least 8 killed in Myanmar violence as Facebook bans military accounts. laprensalatina.com Yangon, Myanmar, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- At least eight people have been killed in Myanmar, including three shot by police, due to violence after the coup on Feb. 1, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners While the official number of deaths stands at three, which includes those protesters that have been shot dead with …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). India issues new guidelines to regulate digital, social media. laprensalatina.com By Sarwar Kashani Srinagar, India, Feb 25 (EFE).- India on Thursday unveiled a set of new guidelines that will allow the government to regulate digital content and assert more control over online news portals, social media and video-streaming platforms. The new rules, which will have far-reaching ramifications for digital content in the country, make it …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Bolivia extends Covid-19 vaccination to chronically ill people. laprensalatina.com Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- President Luis Arce traveled to Bolivia's largest city on Thursday to see the Covid-19 vaccine administered to people with underlying health conditions, such as cancer or kidney failure, along with medical personnel who were not inoculated in the first phase of the vaccination effort. The start of expanded vaccination …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Miami's Virginia Key, a beach symbol of civil rights struggle. laprensalatina.com Miami, Feb 24 (efe-epa).- A beach in Miami stands as a symbol of the fight for civil rights. Virginia Beach in August 1945 was designated for the use of "persons of color," when all other sandy seaside locations were exclusively for the use of whites, and nowadays it has been converted into a park that …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Morocco prepares to join global trend in legalizing 'certain uses' of weed. laprensalatina.com Javier Otazu Rabat, Feb 25 (efe-epa) — Morocco, the world's leading producer of cannabis (known locally as kif), is preparing to legalize certain "medical and industrial" uses of the plant, according to a bill presented on Thursday to the Council of Government, which is expected to be approved next week. After several decades of total …

Online News Editor (2021-02-26). Biden: US has administered 50 mn anti-Covid vaccine doses. laprensalatina.com Washington, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- President Joe Biden on Thursday hailed the fact that the US has now administered 50 million doses of the vaccines against Covid-19, an achievement he said was an enormous milestone in defeating the virus. "In five weeks, America's administered the most shots of any country in the world, with among the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-26). Man United, Arsenal, Granada, AC Milan advance in Europa League. laprensalatina.com Sports Desk, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- Traditional powers Manchester United, Arsenal and AC Milan and European debutants Granada were among the 15 clubs who qualified Thursday for the Europa League round of 16. Real Sociedad needed a miracle at Old Trafford to overcome an 0-4 deficit after the first leg in Spain. A glimmer of hope …

Online News Editor (2021-02-26). Former US Olympic gymnastics coach commits suicide after being indicted. laprensalatina.com Washington, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- The former coach of the US women's Olympic gymnastics team, John Geddert, committed suicide on Thursday after being charged with 24 crimes, including sexual assault and human trafficking, all of them linked to athletes he supervised, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel reported. Nessel said in a statement that her office had …

Online News Editor (2021-02-26). Detained Bangladeshi writer dies in jail. laprensalatina.com Dhaka, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- A Bangladeshi writer detained under a controversial cyber law for allegedly spreading rumors on social media died in jail on Thursday, authorities said. The superintendent of central Kashimpur High-Security Jail, Gias Uddin, told EFE that writer Mushtaq Ahmed was declared dead about 8: 20 pm local time after he was taken to …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Malaysian man wins court battle against homophobic Islamic law. laprensalatina.com Bangkok, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- A Malaysian man arrested in 2018 for having sexual relations "against the order of nature" won Thursday the first legal battle against the homophobic Islamic regional laws used to persecute the LGBT community in the Muslim country. The Malaysian LGTBQ+ network welcomed the ruling of the country's highest court in the …

RT (2021-02-25). Trump hands over 'MILLIONS of pages' of tax returns to Manhattan DA — reports. rt.com Former president Donald Trump has reportedly handed over his tax returns to prosecutors in New York. With Trump describing the investigation as a "fishing expedition," sifting through the "millions of pages" may take time. | The US Supreme Court ruled on Monday that Trump's lawyers may no longer shield the ex-president's tax returns from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, who is investigating whether Trump and the Trump Organization committed any financial crimes, including his alleged inflating of property values to secure loans. | Trump's lawyers immediately handed over the returns, CNN reported on Thu…

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Bahraini crown prince discusses Iran nuclear talks with Netahyahu. laprensalatina.com Manama, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- Bahrain's Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa discussed the Iranian nuclear talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday. The Bahraini official news agency (BNA) said that "the importance of regional participation in any negotiations on the Iranian nuclear deal, provided that these negotiations include broader issues to consolidate regional …

sputniknews (2021-02-25). Benny Gantz: Iranian Deal Should Include Nukes, 'Oversight', Tehran's Activities in Region. sputniknews.com Israel is a fierce opponent to the possible reconstruction of Iran's 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which it considers not strict enough, and is reportedly contemplating taking part in the negotiation process, presenting its own demands, particularly related to Iran's ballistic missile programme and alleged support for Hezbollah.

Susan Price (2021-02-25). Regional solidarity with the people of Burma. greenleft.org.au Responding to escalating protests in Myabnmar/Burma against the military coup, left groups from the Asia-Pacific region have issued a joint statement, reports Peter Boyle.

Vijay Prashad (2021-02-25). The illegal blockade of Venezuela and the Anti-Blockade Law. peoplesdispatch.org On February 21, 2021, Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro made a

_____ (2021-02-25). US Sanctions On Venezuela Have Failed To Achieve Anything But Death And Misery. popularresistance.org In its regime-change effort in Venezuela, the US has imposed devastating sanctions that have caused tens of thousands of deaths among the most vulnerable — without ever coming close to toppling the president. | Alena Douhan, the UN Special Rapporteur on unilateral coercive measures and human rights — a new position created by the UN Human Rights Council in March of 2020 — issued a stinging preliminary report last week condemning US and EU sanctions against Venezuela. Ms. Douhan has urged the US, EU and other nations to drop all sanctions against Venezuela after her two-week fact-finding mission…

Eds. (2021-02-25). Cuba has assisted almost one third of the world's population in health care. mronline.org In the six decades of Cuban medical collaboration abroad, its health personnel have assisted 1.988 billion people in the world, almost a third of mankind, said Dr. Jorge Delgado Bustillo, director of the Central Unit for Medical Cooperation (UCCM).

Iroel Sánchez (2021-02-25). Cuba — Aprender, aprender y aprender sobre las redes sociales de Internet. globalizacion.ca El primer capítulo de la primera temporada de la distópica serie británica Black Mirror, que la televisión cubana transmitió hace ya más de un año en un horario cercano a la madrugada, cuenta cómo el primer ministro del Reino Unido…

Viviana Weinstein (2021-02-26). Denver protest: 'No war on Iran!'. workers.org Feb. 20, Denver.Denver Students for a Democratic Society, Jewish Voice for Peace and the Denver Peace Council held a demonstration Feb. 20 at the state capital, in cooperation with the national call to prevent Washington from instigating a war against Iran. Threats the U.S. warships would move into the Persian/Arabian . . . |

A Guest Author (2021-02-26). Denver protest: 'No war on Iran!'. workers.org By Vivian Weinstein Denver Students for a Democratic Society, Jewish Voice for Peace and the Denver Peace Council held a demonstration Feb. 20 at the state capital, in cooperation with the national call to prevent Washington from instigating a war against Iran. Threats the U.S. warships would move into the . . . |

Ted Kelly (2021-02-26). Biden sends B-1 bombers to Norway, threatens Russia. workers.org The U.S. Air Force announced during February that it is sending four B-1 bombers and at least 200 personnel to Orland Air Base on the central coast of Norway. Pentagon officials made no secret of the fact that the deployment is meant as a threat to Russia, which is well . . . |

A Guest Author (2021-02-26). Black rage: a new 'reconstruction' in the U.S. workers.org The following letter from an incarcerated worker at SCI Pine Grove was received by Workers World Feb. 24. By Wesley Massey How do we make a paradigm shift to change how Blacks are viewed with pessimism, and on a good day cautious optimism? How do we change the culture in . . . |

Paul Dobson (2021-02-25). EU Imposes Further Sanctions on Venezuela as Maduro Visits UN Human Rights Council. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | Venezuela has blasted the imposition of additional European Union (EU) sanctions …