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 PARMA – The colourful island of Procida has officially been handed the symbolic baton and deemed Italy’s Capital of Culture 2022 in a ceremony held in the Emiglia Romagna city that held the position last year.

 The ceremony took place Friday at 3 p.m. in the Teatro Regio in Parma. The event was attended in person by invitation only, but live-streamed from the official Procida 2022 Facebook page for millions to see.

14 Jan 2022
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 MILAN – Women account for 66 percent of people who book wine tourism experiences, according to an early data report from tech company Divinea.

 In 2020, women accounted for 54 percent of bookings at a number of participating wine experiences in Italy. In one year, that number has grown by 12 per cent.

14 Jan 2022
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 VENICE – ‘Tricolore 2022,’ a new, world-touring exhibition by Congolese-Italian artist Luigi Christopher Veggetti Kanku, will start its journey in the City of Canals at The AKKA Project, a dynamic gallery of contemporary African art. The artworks will be there from Jan. 20 until March 10, before moving to the next location.

13 Jan 2022
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 GENOA – The head of Infectious Diseases at San Martino hospital, Matteo Bassetti, ignited controversy as he suggested Italy release Covid-19 data on a weekly rather than daily basis, Italian media discussed. On Wednesday Italy reported 196,224 new cases and 313 more victims, the highest daily death toll in this fourth wave. The positivity rate is up from 16 percent to 16.5 percent.

13 Jan 2022
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 ROME -- World Food Programme Executive Director David Beasley's increasing involvement in peace initiatives in Africa and central Asia has divided senior executives at the UN agency with some claiming that the former South Carolina governor may jeopardise the safety of WFP staff if he is seen to take sides in conflicts.

 Mr Beasley, who collected a Nobel Peace Prize for the agency this year, has visited a dozen countries since June including trips to Taliban-controlled Kabul and Sudan to try and kickstart the flow of humanitarian relief to Afghanistan and sub-Saharan Africa.

11 Jan 2022