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ASSAM--Survival international is calling for emergency action to stop the steps taken by anti-poaching authorities in national parks such as Kaziranga National Park in India.

 It almost seems that ‘conservationism’ is having hard time learning from the past: killing, torture and the victimization of innocents, often tribal people, continues in the name of conservation.

18 Feb 2017
Tom Little

 ROME--Protests continued on Friday as Taxi drivers stand against the potential changes to  laws that might occur in the coming days regarding car hire. The protestors feel betrayed by a potential new amendment that they feel favours an app like Uber or those who hire a driver. 

 On Friday there were very few cars around and none at Termini Station nor at either of Rome’s major airports. The management group of Roman airports has brought in a free shuttle to help travellers get back and forth to Rome. Similar inconvenience is happening across Italy.

17 Feb 2017
JAN FILIPOWICZ

ROME – Republican politician David Beasley’s expected nomination to be the Executive Director of the World Food Programme may usher in a new organizational culture at the UN food agencies that for too long has been marked by sexual harassment and cronyism, WFP watchers say.

17 Feb 2017
Samantha Wernham

 ROME -- The legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, famed across the globe for his relaying of social turmoil through hard-hitting lyrics, has enjoyed a career spanning over 50 years. The literary excellence of the artist’s lyrics won him a Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016 -- something author Marco Zoppas predicted upon beginning his biographical book ‘Ballando con Mr D.’

16 Feb 2017
FLORENCE BROCK

  NAPLES -- Aiming at creating a military centre for the Mediterranean, NATO approved a plan for a new anti-terrorism hub in Naples which will serve as a focal point for monitoring threats growing along the alliance’s southern doorstep, NATO’s top official said.

 

16 Feb 2017
Tom Little

PARMA-- I travelled north to Emilia Romagna to sample the delights of the region and above all to all see first-hand the work of one of Italy’s most renowned chefs, Massimo Spigaroli, as he taught a group of chefs, both trainee and experienced, the art of Salumi and, above all, that of the legendary Culatello.  

16 Feb 2017
INSIDER NEWSDESK

 SAN MARINO – British Ambassador to Italy, Jill Morris, CMG, paid homage to the fallen Gurkha cadets of Sept. 18, 1944, in front of the monument in Monte Pulito, Faetano.

 The senior diplomat laid a wreath Wednesday in remembrance of the fallen, dedicating a speech to those who lost their lives, saying, “their sacrifice will never be forgotten.”

16 Feb 2017
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 BRUSSELS -- Despite wide-spread disapproval from the public, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement was passed by the European parliament on Wednesday.

 A broad civil society coalition from in both Europe and Canada called for the deal to be rejected. A petition, signed by over 3.5 million people from all over Europe, is one of the strongest single popular movements in European democracy in recent memory.

15 Feb 2017
INSIDER NEWSDESK

 ROME -- The EU Commission has begun the second phase of infringement proceedings against Italy and other countries – Germany, France, Spain and Great Britain -- for excessive NO2 pollution in the air of major cities such as Rome, Milan, Turin, Berlin, London and Paris.

 Each year, more than 400,000 citizens die prematurely in the EU due to the low air quality. Millions of people suffer cardiovascular and respiratory diseases due to atmospheric pollution.

15 Feb 2017

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