In this blog post, Itamar Snir, Product Manager for Google News, and Lauren Clark, Product Manager for Google Search, said:
Suppose you want to understand the impact on the people of Mexico of a magnitude 7+ earthquake earlier this month. Using this feature, you will be able to search and view translated titles from news results from Mexican publishers, as well as titles written in your preferred language. You’ll be able to read authoritative reports from journalists in the country, giving you a unique perspective on what’s going on there.
Building on its earlier translation work, the feature will translate French, German and Spanish titles and articles into English for launch on mobile and desktop.
Google has experimented with news translation before, adding the ability to display content in two languages simultaneously in the Google News app feed three years ago. But for the most part, the search giant lets users translate content through Chrome’s translate button and tools like Google Translate. Presumably, if the Google Search News translation feature is well received, support for more languages will be introduced in the future.