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Mauricio Ruiz is a writer and journalist who has lived in the US, Belgium, Mexico and Norway. His work has appeared in Words Without Borders, CatapultThe CommonThe RumpusElectric LiteratureJMWWRiver TeethLiteral Magazine, among others. He's been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and Myriad Editions Competition in the UK, as well as the Fish Short Story Prize in Ireland. He has received fellowships from OMI writers (NY), Société des auteurs (Belgium), Jakob Sande (Norway), Can Serrat (Spain), and the Three Seas' Council (Rhodes). His second book, Silencios al sur, was published in early 2017, and his work has partially been translated into Dutch and French. Mauricio Ruiz can be followed on Twitter and Instagram.

27 December 2021

Ryanair’s annual loss forecast grows amid Omicron fears and tighter travel restrictions

Ryanair has doubled its annual loss forecast due to the impact of the Covid-19 omicron variant. The appearance of the new variant has led to a […]
27 December 2021

Belgium confirms the shutdown of its seven nuclear reactors by 2025

On Thursday December 23rd, the Belgian government reached an agreement on the nuclear future of the country. The seven parties in the governing coalition in Brussels […]
27 December 2021

EU extends free mobile roaming until 2032

“The European Parliament and the European Council reached a political agreement to extend roaming rules until 2032” announced joyfully the European Commission through a Christmas-tweet. Citizens […]
24 December 2021

The most beautiful Christmas legends

Christmas is a religious celebration in which Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus. Christmas has, since the Roman Empire, been a clash between religious and pagan […]
24 December 2021

4 quirky Christmas traditions from around the world

Decorating the Christmas tree, waiting for Santa on Christmas Eve, exchanging presents and eating with the family… Those are all classical activities that everybody knows. But […]
23 December 2021

The Trans Bhutan Trail ready to welcome visitors after 60 years

The Trans Bhutan Trail has been restored and will be open to visitors in 2022. For hundreds of years, it was used by pilgrims, messengers, armies […]
23 December 2021

Several cities are canceling their NYE celebrations to stop the speed of contagion cases

The rapid advance of the omicron variant of Covid-19 has led governments of countless countries around the world to take strong measures in order to stop […]
23 December 2021

Camels with Botox and silicone disqualified from beauty contest

During King Abdulaziz Camel Festival, a popular beauty contest for camels held in Saudi Arabia, 43 contestants were disqualified for having subjected the animals to various […]
23 December 2021

American passports are about to get more expensive

As of December 27th, the cost of applying for a US passport for the first time or renewing it will increase, according to the federal government. […]
23 December 2021

Names and looks of Santa Claus around the world

Santa Claus is probably one of the most universally recognised characters in the world. But this great old man has a different name in basically every […]
23 December 2021

Brussels Airport is expecting around 527,000 passengers during the Christmas holiday

Between Friday 24 December and Sunday 9 January, Brussels Airport is expecting around 527,000 passengers at the airport. That is more than double the 215,000 passengers […]
22 December 2021

Why the Japanese eat cake for Christmas

Despite less than 1% of the Japanese identifying as Christians, Christmas is still widely celebrated throughout the island nation. One of the most rooted Christmas traditions […]
22 December 2021

Traditional Christmas dinners around the world

One of the most beautiful things about Christmas is that families and friends get together around the table, grateful for everything in life and being able […]
22 December 2021

Large influx of U.S. travelers expected over the holiday season

More than 109 million Americans, an almost 34% increase from 2020, will travel 50 miles (80 km) or more as they hit the road, board airplanes […]
22 December 2021

China may not reopen its borders before 2023

China, which maintains a strict policy of zero Covid within its territory and keeps its borders almost completely closed, has recorded its first two cases of […]
22 December 2021

European Commission to accept EU vaccine certificates for 9 months

1. Extension of validity for vaccine certificates As of 1 February 2022, EU vaccine certificates intended for intra-EU travel will be valid during 9 months, the […]