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ROME - The Minister for Economic Development, Carlo Calenda, has condemned Ryanair over their threats to pilots and crew planning to strike next week in a meeting of the Italian Banking Association Wednesday. When asked of his opinion on the planned protest, Calenda commented that “I think we should intervene, you cannot stay in the market and take advantage and not respect the rules.”

13 Dec 2017
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VATICAN CITY - Sundays are are a treasured day for rest that enables us to live fulfilling lives, Pope Francis announced to the congregation at his weekly address Wednesday. The pope declared that not working on Sunday is a Christian invention and that not adhering to it is to essentially submit oneself to slavery. 

13 Dec 2017
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ROME - Civil defence workers toiled Wednesday to help the 1,000 people evacuated from northeastern provinces as their homes flooded. Residents in Lentigione and Colorno in the Emilia Romagna region were lifted to safety after the banks of River Enza burst, sending waves of water into residential and commercial areas.

 Videos from the Vigili del Fuoco, Italy’s civilian protection agency, show residents standing on their roofs and being carried away to safety from the foods by rafts. A helicopter was also used as part of the rescue team.

13 Dec 2017
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BARI - The Judge of the State Council, Francesco Bellomo, has defended himself against allegations of advising female students to wear skimpy outfits to court and of sexually assaulting one of his pupils. The Judge works as a professor at a private school training future magistrates and has been accused of telling students to wear miniskirts and stiletto heels to the courtrooms and announce that they were unmarried.

13 Dec 2017
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ROME - Dr. Benedikt Koehler, the author of Early Islam and the Birth of Capitalism, delivered a talk on the subject of pre-fascist era historian and Leone Caetani’s insights into the then-relationship between Libya and Italy at the Euro-Gulf Information Centre.

 The talk was focused around the theme of culture: defining oneself against the other, the centrality of Islam to the Libyan identity, and the “acid washing” effect of western rationalism when imposed on the Libyans through colonialism.

12 Dec 2017