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 PESARO – Police raided a restaurant Monday evening, shutting it down – while being live-streamed on social media – as 90 guests dined in defiance of a new Italian government decree banning eateries and bars from opening beyond 6 p.m., police sources said on Tuesday.

 Under the new anti-Covid measure, which came into force Monday, restaurants and bars must close at 6 p.m.

 At 8.30 p.m., when police tried to break into La Macelleria restaurant, in the Marches seaside town of Pesaro, the owner tried to block entry.

27 Oct 2020
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 ROME -- An unprecedented letter of intent signed by the FAO Director-General, QU Dongyu, and Giulia Di Tommaso, President and CEO of CropLife International, a foundation representing Bayer, Syngenta and key agrochemical corporations, has raised concern among FAO watchers that the UN agency is caving in to a powerful pesticide lobby, diplomatic sources say.

26 Oct 2020
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 VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis on Sunday named 13 new cardinals, including six Italians and the first Black American to hold the rank.

 Making the announcement at the end of Sunday’s Angelus, the pope will award the ‘red hats’ at the next consistory at the Vatican on Nov. 28.

 Archbishop of Washington, Wilton Gregory, a Chicago native, is to become the first African American cardinal in the history of the Catholic Church.

26 Oct 2020
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 ROME – The son of a former Iranian ambassador to Italy, killed in a murder-suicide Tuesday, was under investigation for a 300 million euro shipment of arms destined for Tehran, police sources said on Friday.

 Said Ansary Firouz, 68, was allegedly murdered by a fellow national and former employee at his office in Formello in Rome’s northern outskirts. Forty-seven-year-old gunman Foloty Kave, who had previously threatened Firouz with extortion, shot his former employer three times before turning the weapon on himself.

23 Oct 2020
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ROME -- Imagine finding out your life began as a sex transaction.

 Your biological father – a western tourist who paid your mother for sex – doesn’t even know you exist. Finding him would be like searching the ocean for a lost ring.

 Facing a life of poverty, you risk following your mother’s footsteps into prostitution.

 But DNA technology may hold the key to breaking the poverty cycle and paving the way for justice for thousands of forgotten children of foreign sex tourists.

22 Oct 2020