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  ROME - "We can look to the future with prudent optimism and confidence," said Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi as he announced at a press conference the measures for the gradual reopening of the country.

  "April 26 is anticipated as the reintroduction of the yellow zone, though with a change with respect to the past." The changes including giving "precedence to activity in the open, including outdoor restaurants opening for lunch and dinner." There will be a "reinforcement" of the yellow zone, with the curfew still staying at 10 pm.

17 Apr 2021
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  DAKAR - Millions of families in West and Central Africa are growing more hungry and desperate by the day as food prices skyrocket - stoking a widening hunger emergency in a region engulfed by conflict and the socio-economic fallout from COVID-19, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today, noting that immediate action is required to prevent a catastrophe.

16 Apr 2021
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  ROME - Italy’s Constitutional Court, as announced in an official press release, has ruled that life sentences without the possibility of parole, which are currently in force, are unconstitutional. This is a sentence which is mainly applied to crimes of mafia association - particularly to those who don’t collaborate with justice - and this change to the constitution could affect 1,290 mafiosi currently incarcerated.

  The Constitutional Court has now given the government a year to decide on an official legal ruling.

16 Apr 2021
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  PISA - Some 23 people have been arrested in a Carabinieri raid on ‘ndrangheta activity in Tuscany, carried out in conjunction with the Antimafia District Directorate (DDA) of Florence.

  Among those being investigated, according to police sources, are Ledo Gori, the President of Tuscany’s Chief of Staff, and Andrea Pieroni, the former President of the Province of Pisa and current Democratic Party (PD) Regional Councillor, for acts of corruption and association with several businessmen thought to be linked to the ‘ndrangheta. 

16 Apr 2021
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  PROCIDA - The island, that was in January nominated as Italy's 2022 Culture Capital, announced on Thursday that it is to hold the inaugural '50 top rosé' competition. Procida, a small island of the coast of Naples is currently planning its year of cultural activity that will see it become a focal point for all of Italy.

15 Apr 2021