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  ROME - Italy’s Democratic Party (PD) has been left in turmoil after the sudden announcement that the Secretary, Nicola Zingaretti has resigned.

  Though the party is struggling through a period of much internal conflict, the vast majority of members, including Dario Franceschini, Lorenzo Guerini, Maurizio Martina and Francesco Boccia lamented Zingaretti’s decision to step down, with most describing him as a widely liked leader, many even asking him to take his position back.

5 Mar 2021
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  ROME - Pope Francis’ 33th international visit began on Friday when at 7:35 a.m. he departed Fiumicino airport for Iraq. He is due to arrive in Baghdad at midday (2:00 p.m. Baghdad time).

  Just before leaving his apartments in the Casa Santa Marta, the pontiff met with 12 Iraqi refugees from the Community of Sant’Egidio and the ‘Auxilium' social cooperative.

5 Mar 2021
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  ROME - Italy has blocked the shipment of 250,000 doses of the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid vaccine to Australia, according to diplomatic sources, making use of the new rules introduced by the EU to block the export of the vaccine to countries outside the EU.

  Italian government officials reported this decision to Brussels at the end of last week, who did not object.

  During last week’s EU Council, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi also insisted on the stricter imposition of controls on exports of the vaccine.

4 Mar 2021
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  ROME - Empowering women and girls is crucial to ensure sustainable food security in the aftermath of COVID-19, say UN food agency heads ahead of International Women’s Day.

6 Mar 2021
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  FLORENCE - Several high ranking members of staff at the University of Florence are being investigated for crimes of fraud, abuse of office and criminal association, with the Guardia di Finanza on Friday beginning a search of the offices of the Careggi university hospital.

  Among those being investigated are the Rector of the university, Luigi Dei, and the Director General of the Careggi University Hospital, Rocco Damone. In total around 20 university staff are under investigation.

5 Mar 2021