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 GENOA - The Intercity Leghorn-Milan train has arrived four hours late following two breakdowns and an alleged attack on the conductor. The train had stopped at Arquata Scrivia following the breakdown of the engine, which had already been replaced at Genoa Pontedecimo. A tourist then assaulted the conductor. The 118 emergency medical service and the railway police were called.

19 Aug 2019
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 SALERNO – The body of Simon Gautier has been found in a ravine.  The 27-year-old French tourist, who went missing on August 9 while hiking, was identified by mountain rescue in the Belvedere di Ciolandrea zone, in San Giovanni da Piro, Salerno province.

 “I am devastated, we were hoping up until the last minute that Simon was still alive,” said Asha, a Danish student who shared an apartment in Rome with him.  “This is a terrible time.”   

 Gautier’s parents learned the news in a Policastro hotel, from his friends.  

19 Aug 2019
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 NEW YORK – For exactly six months, thousands of protesters have been gathering in the streets of Algiers and other major cities, every Friday without fail. Last Friday marked the 26th time they had gathered in this way. Undeterred by security vehicles and barriers blocking their advance on Central Post Square, they chanted slogans and vowed that the Hirak, or protest movement, would not stop until all their demands were met, including the removal of every remnant of the old regime in Algeria.

19 Aug 2019
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 ROME -- The new Beijing-ruled regime at the FAO has got off to a chaotic start as new Chinese attachés hired to the Cabinet of the UN agency have little or no knowledge and are incapable of speaking English, making it difficult to understand them, FAO sources say.

19 Aug 2019
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 ROME - The Open Arms rescue ship, stranded in the Mediterranean for 18 days, has been offered a safe port in Spain, a decision the NGO has slammed as “incomprehensible.” 

 “After 18 days of stalemate, Italy and Spain seem to have finally found an agreement, a decision that seems completely incomprehensible to us,” Open Arms president Riccardo Gatti said.

 “With our boat 800 metres from the coast of Lampedusa, European states are asking a small NGO like ours to deal with 590 miles and three days of navigation in adverse weather conditions,” he added.

19 Aug 2019