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 ROME -- FAO chef de cabinet Mario Lubetkin was dismissed Friday by Chinese director general Qu Dongyu and replaced by a Zimabawean diplomat who has championed the virtues of crocodile burgers, diplomatic sources said.

 It is unclear what role Lubetkin, an assistant director general, will carry out until his contract expires in December. Some sources said he could become director of corporate services, others that he will be put in a room and given specific tasks.

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VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis postponed his engagement with Microsoft, IBM, and other technology companies on Friday, where he was to sign the Vatican''Rome Call for AI Ethics', which aims to promote ethical principles in artificial intelligence, according to the Holy See Press office.

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ROME - Italian President Sergio Mattarella gave a speech on Friday at the 13th anniversary of Telethon, held at the Quirinal Palace, in which he said that “knowledge helps with responsibility and constitutes a strong antidote to irrational and unmotivated fears," in a direct reference to the recent coronavirus panic in Italy.

  "The unity of purpose and the principles of solidarity are a great asset for society, particularly in delicate moments," continued the head of state, as the death toll climbed to 17 with the number of cases at reaching 650.

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LIVORNO – Over three tonnes of cocaine worth 400 million euros was seized in the port of Livorno, on the west coast of Tuscany, in what is the second largest drugs bust in Italy in terms of quantity, reports the Florentine DDA Giuseppe Creazzo.

  The ship had set sail from Colombia, and when it docked in Livorno on Monday it was searched by carabinieri on the basis of a tip off from French investigators. The drugs were found in backpacks that weighed around 37 pounds each.

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BRUSSELS - Italian Schumann trainees at the European Parliament were left feeling confused by absurd contradictions in their communications with the EU traineeship office on Tuesday, after receiving a single email that said they would not be able to begin the scheme if they had arrived from or passed through the Italian regions of Lombardy, Veneto or Emilia Romagna.

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