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 ROME-- U.S. President Donald Trump finished off his flying visit to the Eternal City, meeting with the Italian President, Sergio Mattarella, and Italian Prime Minister, Paolo Gentiloni, late Wednesday morning. 

 Trump met Mattarella at the Quirinal Palace, accompanied by his Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson. The POTUS received military honours in the Palace courtyard before he was received by the Italian president. 

 Mr. Trump then met with Italian premier Paolo Gentiloni at the U.S. Ambassador's residence, Villa Taverna, before leaving for Brussels. 

 

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24 May 2017
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ROME—The Italian and German offices of environmental organisation Greenpeace teamed up to project a message onto St Peter’s dome in the Vatican criticising U.S President Donald Trumps’s recent actions involving climate change.

The message read “Planet Earth first”, a jibe at Trump’s foreign policy slogan “America First,” presumably as a response to the President’s recent comments about the U.S involvement in the Paris climate agreement.

24 May 2017
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 ROME-- At least 20 have been confirmed as dead after a boat carrying around 500 migrants sunk 30 miles off the coast of Libya. 

 A boat carrying 500 migrants, more than double its 200 passenger limit, fell to pieces shortly after setting off, unable to support the immense weight it was carrying. 

24 May 2017
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 VATICAN CITY-- Pope Francis cracked a joke with U.S. First Lady, Melania Trump, asking her what she feeds the fussy all-American President her native Slovenian delicacies. 

 "What do you give him to eat, potizza?" he asked Melania, which warranted an elusive smile from the straight-faced First Lady.

 Potizza is a Slovenian dessert made with flour, butter, eggs and milk, which the pontiff is well-acquainted with since his grandniece married an Argentine with Slovenian roots. 

24 May 2017
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 ROME-- On Tuesday night the floodlights which normally illuminate Rome's famous historic monuments were switched off in memory of the victims of the Manchester terrorism attacks. At midnight for one hour the lights went out at the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and the Senatorial Palace to show Italy's solidarity with the family, friends, and loved ones of those who died in the Manchester Arena. The flag at the Quirinal Palace was flying at half mast all day Tuesday. 

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24 May 2017
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 VATICAN CITY – U.S President Donald Trump had a colourful audience with Pope Francis Wednesday that Trump dubbed "a great honour" but it was unclear if progress was made in reconciling their views.

 The two men shook hands in front of photographers, Trump looking smiley and casual in unbuttoned jacket, while the Pope appeared more serious, and then had a 30-minute private conversation.  Diplomatic sources said terrorism, in the wake of the deadly attack in Manchester, and climate change were at the top of their agenda.

24 May 2017
James Joshua

ROME- The 2017 BNL Internazionali d’Italia, often referred to as the Italian Open, was a resounding financial success with a record number of spectators and proceeds for the Italian Tennis Federation. Whilst sports such as football and rugby are fighting the problem of declining attendence, tennis' popularity in Italy is on the rise. Unfortunately, the lack of quality in Italian tennis continues to mar the event, with no Italian tennis player making it past the second round. 

23 May 2017
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 MILAN-- The historic Italian car brand, Innocenti, is making a comeback exactly 20 years on from when the company's manufacturing came to a halt. The new managment hope to bring together modern Italian style with technological innovation in the models destined for the 2017 relaunch.

 Innocenti was first founded in Milan in 1947 by the Tuscan businessman Ferdinando Innocenti, and enjoyed great industry success until activity ceased in 1997. 

23 May 2017
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 CESENA-- Fans on Tuesday were mourning the death of 35-year-old MotoGP champion, Nicky Hayden, who died from serious cerebral damage following a collision with a car the previous Wednesday. 

 Hayden, otherwise nicknamed the Kentucky Kid, was hit by a car while cycling along the Rimini coastline and died in the intensive care unit of the Maurizio Bufalini Hospital in Cesena five days later.

 The hospital released a statement on Monday afternoon confirming the young sportsman’s death.

23 May 2017

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