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ROME – Concerns have been raised over Italy's choice not to prohibit travel from Pakistan, as Italy maintains a mandatory quarantine for all those arriving via or from non-EU nations, in accordance with a ‘safe travel’ list on the updated Italian Foreign Ministry website. The countries included on the green list are Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, and China (on the condition that China guarantees reciprocity).

10 Jul 2020
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 ROME – The WFP Executive Director David Beasley has curbed the powers of the reputed head of the old guard at the UN agency, Sudanese ‘pasha’ and deputy executive director,  Amir Mahmoud Abdulla, by appointing a ‘highly qualified and independent minded’ Senior Advisor with added executive level responsibilities, well-placed sources said Thursday.

9 Jul 2020
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Sardinia's best known bandit pulled off the eleventh successful escape of a long criminal career last week when he slipped quietly away from his home in the mountain town of Orgosolo as the supreme court prepared to confirm a 30-year prison sentence for international drug trafficking.

9 Jul 2020
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ROME – During the mass celebrated on the seventh anniversary of his visit to Lampedusa, the Pope Francis attacked the “hell” of the detention centres on the African coast, and spoke about his experience listening to a translator who felt compelled to give him an abridged version of the suffering the migrants had endured, such as it was. Francis spoke about the experience from Casa Santa Marta, during a meeting with migrants who arrived in Italy after the crossing of the Mediterranean.

9 Jul 2020
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ROME – Flights from Bangladesh to Italy have been suspended for a week following a “significant number of positive cases” on a flight from Dhaka, according to a statement from the Italian Minister for Health, Roberto Speranza. There were 36 positive tests carried out on arrival, with one in eight testing positive, and several more with temperature changes with yet more results waiting to come in, report Il Messaggero.

8 Jul 2020