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 ROME – Private parties, school excursions and amateur soccer – those are some of the activities banned under new restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus in the Bel Paese, sources at Palazzo Chigi said on Tuesday.

 The new decree, signed by Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and Health Minister Robert Speranza overnight, will be in effect for the next 30 days, ANSA reported. 

13 Oct 2020
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Statement by WFP Executive Director David Beasley

 ROME – The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the World Food Programme (WFP) is a humbling, moving recognition of the work of WFP staff who lay their lives on the line every day to bring food and assistance for close to 100 million hungry children, women and men across the world. People whose lives are often brutally torn apart by instability, insecurity and conflict.

12 Oct 2020
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 ROME – Jogging or ‘slow running’ does not require a mask – that’s the official word from the Interior Ministry, clearing up the doubts surrounding masks and physical activity, Italian media reported on Monday.

  In a circular signed Sunday evening, Cabinet Minister Bruno Frattasi clarified that facemasks are obligatory for physical outdoor activities but not for those who run or jog.

 For those engaging in basic ‘motor’ activity, such as going for a walk, the mask obligation remains.

 Penalties for those flouting the rules range from 400 to 1000 euros.

12 Oct 2020
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 ROME – Anti-child abuse aid charity Hear Their Cries has slammed the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the United Nations’ World Food Program (WFP) as a ‘slap in the face’ to abuse victims.

11 Oct 2020
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 MALI – Two Italian hostages kidnapped by Islamic extremists in Niger have been freed, Malian government officials said on Friday.

 Lombard priest Father Pier Luigi Maccalli was abducted in Niger in 2018 and Nicola Chiacchio went missing last year during a solo bicycle trip.

 The pair, who had been moved to Mali after their capture, were released Thursday along with two other hostages – French aid worker Sophie Petronin and former Malian Finance Minister Soumalia Cissè.

 News of their release came after Mali’s interim government freed 100 prisoners over the weekend.

9 Oct 2020
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ROME --A flight carrying the leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (North), Abdulaziz Al-Hilu, was expressly authorized by the WFP Executive Director, David Beasley, to facilitate negotiations for humanitarian access to two areas of Sudan  - in Blue Nile State and South Kordofan - that have been cut off from aid since 2011, WFP said Thursday.

8 Oct 2020
John Phillips

 ROME – Algeria’s upcoming referendum gives the north African nation a chance to reform its constitution meaningfully for the first time since independence, including preventing a repeat of the recent reviled efforts to perpetuate one man remaining in office indefinitely, the Algerian Ambassador to Italy, H.E. Ahmed Boutache says.

8 Oct 2020
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 ROME -- The ’47 Cisitalia 202 SC is the winning vehicle of the Reb Concours – the car competition with a difference; it is judged by a team of experts from outside the motoring world.

 The concept behind the first edition of the Rome Eternal Beauties (Reb), held in Rome across Tuesday and Wednesday, is that one does not need to be a motoring expert to judge the beauty of a car.  The event, held on the greens of Rome’s Acquasanta Golf Club, which boasts unique views of the Eternal City, is not focused on traditional elegance but on the emotions the historic cars arouse.

8 Oct 2020
JAN FILIPOWICZ

 ROME – Staff at the WFP office in Sudan are concerned they may be at risk from retaliation after Gavin Gramstad, a Special Assistant to the WFP Executive Director David Beasley with a background to the allegedly Islamophobic charity Samaritan’s Purse, brokered an agreement to secularise Sudan in what critics say is a blatant departure from the UN agency’s hunger-fighting mandate, WFP sources say.

7 Oct 2020

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