KONRAD VAN HALEWYN
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ROME - The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) held the first and only hearing of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s appeal against his ban from holding office. Berlusconi was banned from running by the ECHR in 2012 after he was convicted of tax-fraud.

 Under the current judgement, he will be unable to run for public office until 2019. His decision to appeal the court’s decision shows his desire to run in the 2018 general elections after demonstrating that Italy still holds a place in the heart of the controversial politician during the Sicilian mayoral election.

22 Nov 2017
KONRAD VAN HALEWYN
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 ROME-- Running the Anglican Centre in the Eternal City may sound like a quixotic task pursuing elusive ecumenical unity. But Burundian Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi, the first African in the post, hopes to use his office atop the Palazzo Doria Pamphili as a springboard to resolve conflicts in Africa, nurture joint policies with Roman Catholics to combat people smuggling and modern slavery in the war torn Middle East, and foster the education of the poor. 

22 Nov 2017
JAN FILIPOWICZ

 ROME -- The FAO Director General, José Graziano da Silva, reportedly has applied for Italian citizenship but the Italian authorities evidently are dragging their feet over the request, perhaps because the Italian foreign ministry wants an Italian to take over running the embattled UN agency when the Brazilian kingpin stands down in 2019, FAO sources say.

21 Nov 2017
INSIDER NEWSDESK
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ROME - Milan has missed out on its chance to host the European Medical Agency (EMA), which would have led to increased economic prosperity and prestige in the region, as Amsterdam is chosen instead. The two regions were tied in an official vote by the heads of state of EU governments and the name of the canal city was picked randomly out of a hat to settle the dispute.

21 Nov 2017
MARGARET STENHOUSE
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ROME - A five-year project involving ten European universities reveals the lost music of times remote. The surprising results of their research are on exhibit currently in Rome

21 Nov 2017