Archie Farquharson
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VATICAN CITY – Returning from Geneva on Friday, having met with the leaders of Christian Churches, Pope Francis spoke about the urgent need for European countries to provide aid through the Marshall Plan to African countries with high emigration rates, papal sources said.

 Praising the migration project currently being carried out by German Chancellor Angela Merkel alongside French President Emmanuel Macron, the pope hoped that unified efforts, offering direct support to African nations, would drastically reduce the huge migratory flows.

22 Jun 2018
Lily Begg
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ROME - On Friday, Mediatrends America hosted the ‘Climate Change and Energy in South America’ conference where the FAO special advisor, Fernando Ayala, was invited to speak. Enrique Yeves, who was originally scheduled to speak, was unable to attend for personal reasons.

 Ayala addressed four main topics at the conference: global warming, water, famine and oil, and in particular, how they all have an effect on food security in South America.

22 Jun 2018
Archie Farquharson
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ROME – Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio announced on Friday that eight hours of unpaid labour would be required in order to qualify for the citizens’ income as he prepares to launch his ‘Dignity’ decree next week, political sources said.

 Speaking at the Italian Labour Union (UIL) Congress on Friday, Di Maio stressed that the purpose of the citizens’ income was “not to give money to someone to sit on the sofa but to say frankly: you have lost your job - your sector is finished or has changed - now you need a path to retrain and be reintegrated into new sectors.”

22 Jun 2018
Archie Farquharson
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ROME – A German NGO search and rescue vessel, operating under the Dutch flag and currently carrying 239 migrants, was still awaiting official instructions to port on Friday, shipping sources said, after Interior Minister Matteo Salvini called for Malta to receive the “illegal” ship, which which the deputy prime minister said would later be detained by authorities.

22 Jun 2018
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ROME – As tension re-emerges between Italy and France over migration, Italian Deputy Prime Minster Luigi Di Maio branded French President Emmanuel Macron a hypocrite after the latter hit out at the populist “leprosy” spreading across Europe, political sources said.

 Macron had urged European supporters and political commentators, during a visit to Brittany on Thursday, to fight those who “hate Europe.”

 “You see them growing like leprosy, a little bit everywhere in Europe, in countries where we thought it was impossible to see them reappear,” he said.

22 Jun 2018