World’s Longest Rail Tunnel Opens in Switzerland

World’s Longest Rail Tunnel Opens in Switzerland

After nearly 20 years of construction, the world’s longest rail tunnel opened in Switzerland Wednesday. The 35-mile Gotthard Basel Tunnel is a high-speed rail link under the Swiss Alps that will eventually help slash travel time between Zurich and Milan. The tunnel has been constructed at a cost of  $12.6 Billion . The opening ceremony has been attended by German Chancellor and The french President. Please follow and like us:

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Egypt launches inquiry into “slaves and dogs” comment during Kenya meeting

Egypt launches inquiry into “slaves and dogs” comment during Kenya meeting

Egypt’s foreign ministry has said it will launch an investigation into claims that one of its diplomats publicly referred to sub-Saharan Africans as “slaves and dogs” during a United Nations meeting held last week in Nairobi. The controversy comes as a setback for Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at a time when his administration is courting closer political and business ties with the African continent. Uncivilised, undiplomatic, irresponsible, degrading and insulting behaviour This year Egypt returned to the Pan-African Parliament, the African Union’s legislative body, after a three-year absence. Cairo…

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Ethiopia to Present Projects for Russian Companies to Make Up for Debt

Ethiopia to Present Projects for Russian Companies to Make Up for Debt

In late April, Russian and Ethiopian foreign ministers met in Moscow and discussed the issue of outstanding debt relief. Russia has been writing off Ethiopia’s debt since 1998 which at the time stood at $5 billion. “The Russian Federation agreed to cancel most of the debt that we had and the remaining $126 million we agreed with the Russian side that we would use that provided that Ethiopia presents viable projects to be used by Russian companies,” Grum Abay Teshome said. According to the ambassador, Ethiopia is already finalizing the list of these projects. “They are in the engineering area, science and technology…

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Construction for the National Blood Transfusion Service Center launched

Construction for the National Blood Transfusion Service Center launched

Ethiopian Minister of Health Dr. Kesetebirhan Admasu and USAID Ethiopia Mission Director Dennis Weller led a groundbreaking ceremony in Addis Ababa on May4th, to kick off construction for the National Blood Transfusion Service Center. The new center will provide the Ministry of Health with additional capacity to receive donations, screen and process blood products, and distribute life-saving products to serve approximately 26 million Ethiopians. The 5,300 square meter facility will house the administrative headquarters for blood transfusion services, providing a permanent home for offices, training, meetings, and document storage. One of…

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Medal presented for families of Ethiopian soldiers killed in Abyei

Medal presented for families of Ethiopian soldiers killed in Abyei

The UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) has presented a medal of honour to families of 16 Ethiopian peacekeepers who have lost their lives while serving with the peacekeeping mission since its founding. UNISFA Deputy Force Commander Brigadier General Zewdu Kiros received the newly created Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal for Exceptional Courage on behalf of the families. “These peacekeepers also laid down their lives while answering the call for service to humanity; we can do them no better service than recognize their contribution and to continue working for peace…

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