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 CATANIA – There is severe concern that Stromboli volcano, in the Aeolian islands, may be about to erupt again.  According to Dr Eugenio Privitera, the director of the Catania section of the National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology, the volcano has been in a state of instability since its explosion in July, and the possibility of another eruption cannot be ruled out. 

 

20 Aug 2019
ISABELLA MASSAM

 ROME -- Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced his resignation at the end of a speech to Parliament Tuesday explaining why his coalition Government couldn't continue. He was handing in his resignation to President Mattarella at the Quirinal Palace following the parliamentary debate, he said.

 In his speech, Mr Conte cited League leader and deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini's decision no longer to support the Government in coalition with the radical Five Star Movement party headed by Luigi Di Maio, as the reason for his resignation. 

20 Aug 2019
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 GENOA - The Intercity Leghorn-Milan train has arrived four hours late following two breakdowns and an alleged attack on the conductor. The train had stopped at Arquata Scrivia following the breakdown of the engine, which had already been replaced at Genoa Pontedecimo. A tourist then assaulted the conductor. The 118 emergency medical service and the railway police were called.

19 Aug 2019
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 ROME — FAO staff and consultants paid tribute Monday at their headquarters to former director general Jacques Diouf, who died last week-end at age 81.

 Staffers gathered at 12 a.m. and observed a minute of silence in front of building A, under the UN flag.

19 Aug 2019
JAN FILIPOWICZ

 ROME -- The Food and Agriculture Organization confirmed this week the departure of its former Human Resources director Fernando Servan following his investigation and summary dismissal amid charges of sexual harassment, abuse of power and corruption in one of the highest level 'Me Too' scandals to rock the United Nations, FAO sources said.

16 Aug 2019
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ROME - Technology company Leonardo announced the sale of five helicopters valued at nearly 30 million euros while at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE), held August 13-15 in São Paulo, Brazil.

 Three AW109 Trekker light twins, one AW109 GrandNew and one AW169 intermediate twins will join other 170 Leonardo helicopters flying in Brazil and over 220 units in South America, expanding the 40% market share that global leader Leonardo enjoys in the in the VIP multiengine segment.

16 Aug 2019
JAN FILIPOWICZ
ROME -- FAO Human Resources Director Fernando Servan, dubbed a 'sex predator' by NGO Hear their Cries, was fired last week after being suspended following a probe into alleged sexual harassment, abuse of power and corruption, FAO sources said Saturday.
 Peruvian Servan, who began his career in Rome as a cab driver and went on to be head of publications at FAO before being appointed HR supremo by Brazilian FAO DG José Graziano da Silva, was dismissed on Thursday, the sources told the Insider.
10 Aug 2019
INSIDER NEWSDESK

ROME – The Public Prosecutor’s Office in Rome is wrapping up its investigation against a Vatican clergyman accused of sexual abuse against young altar boys. 

 Former seminarian, now priest, Don Gabriele Martinelli, is accused of sexual violence with aggravating circumstances for acts taking place inside the Vatican.

 At the time of the alleged crimes, dating back to 2012, he was said to have abused his position of higher authority, forcing himself on the boys.

 The victims were then aged 13 and 15, while the alleged offender was 21.

9 Aug 2019
Gianfranco Nitti

 GENEVA – Protecting and restoring forests and urgently revamping the global food system through dietary change are the key solutions to the escalating land and climate crisis, an authoritative UN report has found.

 The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report reveals that since the pre-industrial period the temperature over land has already increased 1.53°C compared with the global average of a 0.87°C increase, taking into account air above ocean and land. The temperature rise is impacting food security and driving desertification and land degradation.

9 Aug 2019

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