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VENICE -- The Italian modern artist's golden installations head to Venice where they will light up the windows of the Museo Correr in St. Mark’s Square from September 1 to November 15.

 Written upon Plessi’s waterfalls of gold are the words, Pax Tibi, the start of the phrase printed on the gospel under the paw of the iconic Venetian lion.  

30 Jul 2020
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ROME -- The Pentagon has announced a plan to withdraw troops from Germany, two battalions and a squadron of F16s may be transferred to Italy, in a statement reported by La Repubblica. 

 The American President is unhappy with the contributions of Germany to NATO and believes they should therefore not benefit from America’s defence resources.

 Mark Esper, United States Secretary of Defense, announced plans for nearly 12,000 troops to leave Germany of which 5,600 will be redeployed to various European countries, among them Italy.

30 Jul 2020
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ROME -- The Catholic social group, the Community of Sant’Egidio, have organized a solidarity campaign for Roman prisons, including watermelon feasts for prisoners. 

 As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, prisoners faced increased isolation and less contact with the outside world. The Community of Sant’Egidio have therefore arranged a watermelon feast for prisoners on Sunday, 30 July, from 11:30 in Regina Coeli prison. Two more watermelon eating events will be held at other prisons in Rome in August. 

29 Jul 2020
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ROME -– The relentless rise of hunger, struggling economies, deepening inequality and an active hurricane season are threatening the people of Latin America and the Caribbean.

 

 These threats may have far-reaching consequences unless swift action is taken, warns the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). 

 

29 Jul 2020
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 ROME -- Italian coastguard has stepped in after French petrol company, Total, and Malta refused to help sinking migrant boat.  

 

 On Tuesday afternoon a rubber boat with a deflated tube and loaded with migrants was spotted half-sunk in the middle of the sea. The boat was in a search and rescue area under Libyan responsibility and motor-less, but the Libyans had no available boats to help.   

 

29 Jul 2020
JAN FILIPOWICZ

 ROME – Chinese FAO Director General Qu Dongyu has included symbolically three Americans in his 10-person ‘politburo’ senior management team but Western donors are mulling transferring funds out of the UN agency due to the autocratic tendencies of Beijing’s man at the poverty-busting organization by the Circus Maximus that have become clear in his first year in office, FAO sources say.

29 Jul 2020
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GHENT -- “Since the publication of our first findings, we keep receiving phone calls from all over the world,” professor Frank Vermeulen says from his home office. Behind him, a large book shelf is bulging with reference works.

 Academic journal Antiquity last month published a high-profile article on the exploration of the abandoned city of Falerii Novi. Since 2002, professor Vermeulen has been carrying out research on abandoned Roman cities.

29 Jul 2020
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ROME – Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced on Thursday an extension until October 15 of the period of emergency due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

 

 After the Senate approved the measure on Wednesday night, Conte spoke to Italian parliament to outline the reasons for the decision. The Prime Minister declared that “It would be incongruous to suspend the efficacy of the adopted measures while the emergency is not over.” 

 

29 Jul 2020
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SICILY -- The Italian army has arrived in Sicily to help control a burgeoning security crisis after hundreds of migrants broke out of reception centres, sparking sanitary and safety fears.

28 Jul 2020

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