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  VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis expressed his “sadness and pain” Sunday at the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka that killed as many as 192 Christians at churches on the island where they were celebrating Easter.

 “I learned with sadness and pain of the news of serious attacks that today on Easter Day brought mourning and pain to some churches and other meetings places in Sri Lanka,” the pontiff said in his Easter message.

21 Apr 2019
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ROME – Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi will likely be suing former head of the city’s trash management company Lorenzo Bagnacani, official sources reported on Friday.

Legal actions come after Italian weekly magazine ‘L’Espresso’ published a series of conversations between the mayor and the former CEO, in which Raggi demands the accounts of the waste company to be manipulated to hide credits from cemetery waste management services.

Bagnacani said he was fired after he refused to give in to the mayor’s intentions, as reported in the wiretaps release by the magazine.

19 Apr 2019
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ROME - Italian president Sergio Mattarella Friday stated that “the wind of sovereignism would not threaten the existence of the European Union,” in an interview with famed French magazine ‘La Revue de Politique Internationale’.

 “There are a large number of countries that are in unprecedented positions. But I do not believe that these changes can affect the workings of the Parliament, the Commission and the European Council, and even less threaten the existence of the Union,” Mattarella declared.

19 Apr 2019
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ROME - Napoli were knocked out of the Europa League quarter-finals by Arsenal on Thursday night, losing against the English side for a second time in a week following another limp performance.

 Carlo Ancelotti’s men went into the game off the back of a 2-0 first leg defeat. However, given Arsenal’s dismal recent form on the road, Ancelotti and his players knew they were still in with a shot of taking something from the tie.

19 Apr 2019
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ROME - Italy’s coalition government have clashed with finance minister Giovanni Tria over possible VAT rises in the coming years, government sources have revealed.

 Italy has come under pressure in recent months for its lack of economic growth, and was chided by EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker in March when it transpired that the nation’s GDP was expected to buck European trends and fall 0.2 per cent this coming year.

 This economic stagnation is, in turn, expected to cause yet further problems for Italy’s coalition government and its population.

18 Apr 2019