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ROME – Massimo Galioto, accused of the 2016 murder of 19-year-old American student Beau Solomon, has been acquitted, reported Ansa. The 44-year-old man, who lived beside the Tiber where Solomon drowned, was cleared by judges of all charges on Friday.

 The case gained notoriety because Solomon, from Wisconsin, was just 16 hours into a five-week course at John Cabot University when he was reportedly pushed into the river by Galioto.

24 Jun 2019
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ROME – Pope Francis strongly condemned the physical and moral state of the Eternal City before a congregation at Casal Bertone on Sunday, reported La Repubblica. “Our city is starved of love and care. It suffers from neglect and dereliction,” said the 82-year-old.

24 Jun 2019
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ROME – A student from the prestigious University of Sapienza was killed after accidentally cutting a major artery while climbing over a gate into an unauthorised rave, reported Il Messaggero.

24 Jun 2019
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ROME – An earthquake tremor during the night which registered 3.7 on the Richter scale caused some in Rome to panic with memories of past quakes. Fortunately, however, no one was hurt, reported Il Fatto Quotidiano.

 The tremor, whose epicentre was at the small town of Colonna some 20 kilometres east of the capital, was unusually shallow. At just 9 kilometres below ground level, it meant the relatively mild tremor was nevertheless felt by many.

24 Jun 2019
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 ROME  -- Qu Dongyu, China’s deputy agricultural minister, was elected Sunday as the new director general of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, in a major setback for the United States, which had  myopically divided the Western vote by declining to support EU candidate  France.

23 Jun 2019