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H.E. Ambassador Hirut Zemene is currently the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to Belgium, Luxembourg and EU Institutions. She is a top and well experienced diplomat, who has served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia as well as Ethiopian Missions abroad for over 28 years in different capacities starting from junior officer to the level of State Minister for Foreign Affairs. She has contributed her part building sustainable peace and stability in the Horn of Africa and the wider region.

19 January 2022

Ghenna and Timket: Colourful cultural and religious festivities in Ethiopia

Ghenna (ገና) and Timket (ጥምቀት) are synonymous to Christmas and Epiphany, respectively, in the official working language Amharic with their unique Ethiopian features and calendar. In […]
18 January 2022

Turkmenistan’s “Gates of Hell” may finally be closed after 50 years of non-stop burning

The “Gates of Hell”, a gaping hole in the middle of the Karakum Desert, in Turkmenistan, have been permanently burning since 1971. After 50 years of […]
18 January 2022

Italy attempts to preserve Venice by limiting the number of tourists

1. Ending mass tourism Trying to preserve the city of Venice, the Italian government decided to limit the number of tourists to discourage day-trippers. Over the […]
18 January 2022

What do travellers want for 2022?

1. Probing future tourists After two years of travel uncertainty, more than a third of recently surveyed travellers want to go to a destination they have […]
18 January 2022

Plastics, greenhouse gases and procrastination

The Environment Investigation Agency (EIA) has reported a “dire emergency” a “deadly ticking clock” as I write this. Before you hasten to dismiss the hyperbole, consider […]
18 January 2022

Hong Kong Airport bans transit passengers from more than 150 countries

On Friday January 14th, Hong Kong Airport announced that from Sunday January 16th, stopovers of passengers from more than 150 countries will be banned. The new […]
17 January 2022

Brussels to become greener and more bicycle-friendly

The City of Brussels has applied for an urban planning permit for the redevelopment of the public space around the new administrative center, reports Belgian news […]
17 January 2022

The world’s most powerful passports in 2022

The ‘power’ of a passport is essentially measured by one statistic: how many countries can be entered without a visa. The Henley Passport Index scrutinizes the […]
17 January 2022

UN predicts world economy to grow by 4% in 2022 and tourism rise

After a global contraction of 3.4% in 2020 and a rebound of 5.5% in 2021, the UN projects that the world economy will grow 4% in […]
17 January 2022

Vaccines remain effective against severe diseases and hospitalisation says EMA

EMA continues to monitor emerging data on the effectiveness of vaccines against Covid-19, including disease caused by the Omicron variant which is now spreading rapidly across […]
17 January 2022

American Airlines passenger storms cockpit and damages flight controls

A man stormed the cockpit of an American Airlines plane damaging flight controls and provoking a delay of eight hours. The incident happened as the passenger […]
17 January 2022

EU Digital Covid Certificate to be valid for maximum 9 months after vaccination

As of February 1, 2022, the European Certificate of Vaccination against Covid-19 will be valid for a maximum of 9 months after the end of the […]
17 January 2022

American Airlines asked former Miss Universe to ‘cover-up’

Former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo was asked by American Airlines to put more clothes on shortly before boarding on a flight to Cabo San Lucas, in […]
17 January 2022

Europe’s travel & tourism in 2022: Beyond uncertainty there is hope

For two years now Europe’s travel and tourism sectors have been battling uncertainty due to Covid-19. While the situation is nowhere near as bleak as spring […]
17 January 2022

Bill Gates: “Once the Omicron variant passes, Covid will be more like the seasonal flu”

Bill Gates believes that the Covid-19 pandemic is entering its final phase, and that after the peak of the Omicron variant the coronavirus will be treated […]
16 January 2022

Mandatory Covid-19 vaccination in Austria as of 1 February

1. Mandatory vaccination After preliminary warnings, Austria is about to become the first European country introducing mandatory Covid-19 vaccination. The measure should apply as of 1 […]
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