ADDIS ABABA -- Ethiopia plans to cut the number of embassies it has in foreign countries by around half, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Monday.
"The Ethiopia Ministry of Foreign Affairs needs to be reformed. Ethiopia shouldn't have 60 or so embassies and consulates presently," he said.
"Instead of spending U.S. dollars all over the place, in the next sixth months to one year period, at least 30 embassies should be closed and the ambassadors instead should be here," Ahmed said.
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JERUSALEM -- Israel's Ministry of Education has been encouraging students to take Chinese classes due to the growing importance of China in the global arena.
"As China has become Israel's primary trading partner and Chinese turned a world language, a growing number of people in Israel are seeking to learn more about China and its culture," stressed Tamar Cohen Kehat, inspector of Chinese language teaching at the ministry.
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TOKYO -- Radioactive wild hybrid pigs have emerged near the Fukushima nuclear disaster zone in eastern Japan which suffered a nuclear catastrophe in 2011, according to recent news reports.
"While the radiation hasn't caused a genetic effect, the invasive domestic pig species has," Donovan Anderson, a researcher at Fukushima University, told the media.
"I think the pigs were not able to survive in the wild, but the boar thrived in the abandoned towns, because they're so robust," Anderson said.
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WELLINGTON -- Hospitals and healthcare providers across New Zealand have been overwhelmed by patients with influenza-like winter illnesses, local media reported.
"Generally these viral or respiratory illnesses come in from overseas, so with the opening of the borders with Australia, we have suddenly seen the virus enter the New Zealand community and we have seen the upswing," said Bryan Betty from the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.
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NAIROBI -- The realization of zero malaria status by African countries by 2030 could be within reach thanks to technical support provided by China to help combat the tropical disease, a World Health Organization (WHO) official has said.
"We are proud of China's support in the fight against malaria in Africa. The greatest fruit of our collaboration is the willingness of China to offer support that is adaptable to our local context," Akpaka Kalu, Team leader, Tropical and Vector-borne Diseases Program at WHO Regional Office for Africa, said during a virtual interview on Friday.