PESCICHI - Flames are still raging in the Peschici region, burning hectares of woods and Mediterranean scrubs. The fire, which started on Monday, has continued to burn throughout the night.
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has ordered for the Vatican’s 100 fountains to be turned off as Rome faces a drought. The small papal state could not ignore the problems its neighbour has been facing recently.
TRENTINO - Ugo Rossi, President of the Autonomous Province of Trento, has signed an order calling for the capture of the bear which wounded a man who was walking his dog on Saturday in the small commune of Terlago, in the Municipality of Vallelaghi. The official document is for the “monitoring, identification and removal of a dangerous bear for public safety and security”, as reported by Italian daily Il Messaggero.
ROME – The United States has told the Food and Agriculture Organisation it will slash its funding of the UN agency by some 20 percent, or some dlrs 32 million, FAO sources say.
The cuts have not been announced officially but FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva has informed departmental directors of the upcoming measure in order to brace them for potential draconian budget reductions, the sources told Italian insider. In all the United States donates some dlrs 161 million to FAO, meaning that it is its largest donor by far.
SIEM REAP - Arturo Sosa Abascal, the Head of the Pope’s Jesuit Order, has been raising clerical eyebrows once again, this time in Cambodia’s “Temple Town” Siem Reap, where he was spotted sat amongst young monks during meditation.
Sosa traveled to Cambodia in the second stage of his first trip to Asia-Pacific. According to the chronicle published by the Jesuit Asia Pacific Conference website, it is the first time that that he has visited a country with a Buddhist majority.