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 TIRANA – Dozens of people have been confirmed dead following a 6.5 magnitude earthquake that struck Albania on Tuesday.

 The number of casualties from the earthquake has reached 49 people, government sources reported Friday.  The quake particularly affected the coastal city of Durres.

 750 people have been wounded and the aftershocks of the quake continue, with one on Thursday night reaching a magnitude of 4.8, La Repubblica said.

 In response to a shock of 5.6 on Wednesday, rescue operations were briefly suspended, Il Messaggero reported.

29 Nov 2019
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 ROME – A private sale of clothes and accessories designed by Dame Vivienne Westwood was held at the British Ambassador’s Residence in Rome Wednesday to Saturday, with some proceeds going to the charity Oxfam.

 The clothes on sale, taken from a variety of shops and collections, ranged from sweatshirts to evening dresses, and there was an impressive array of handbags, purses and accessories also available.

28 Nov 2019
Gianfranco Nitti

 ROME – The fourth edition of the Torino Short Film Market has concluded with success and to the satisfaction of organisers and participants. The TSFM was organised by the Italian Short Film Centre in collaboration with The National Museum of Cinema - Torino Film Festival, and took place in Turin between 21 and 23 November in the dignified setting of Palazzo Graneri della Roccia, headquarters of the Circolo dei Lettori Torino.

 Among the most anticipated moments was the presentation of the 2019 Awards.

28 Nov 2019
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 FLORENCE – The Boboli Gardens and the Wilanów Palace Museum of Warsaw are working in partnership to look after and promote their historic citrus plant collections, The Florentine reported.

 The “Citri et Aurea” project aims to share knowledge and develop best practice for creating and caring for citrus collections. It is financed by the Polish Ministry for Culture and Heritage, and supported by the Polish Institute in Italy and the Polish Academy of Science in Rome.

28 Nov 2019
JAN FILIPOWICZ
 ROME -- The FAO Assistant Director General Roberto Ridolfi could in theory face dismissal from the UN agency if reported and found guilty of 'misconduct' due to the evident conflict of interest in his lobbying for sponsorship for the ExCo cooperation fair to the intended benefit of his son's company, a former UN investigator said Thursday.
28 Nov 2019
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 LA VALLETTA – Recordings apparently taken by “middleman” Melvin Theuma allegedly show that businessman Yorgen Fenech paid 150,000 euros for the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, The Times of Malta said.

 There was no immediate confirmation from police or authorities.

 The Times of Malta reported that sources close to the investigations have said that Mr Theuma was given 150,000 euros to distribute between three men to carry out the murder.

28 Nov 2019
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 ROME – The prime minister’s apartment in Palazzo Chigi has benefited from 23,000 euros’ worth of improvements, paid for with public money and possibly motivated by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s alleged falling-out with his girlfriend, Italian media have reported.

 In addition to a new armoured door, an anti-theft and anti-intrusion system with CCTV, wooden shutters and new door locks, there is also a hydromassage shower, said Il Tempo, an Italian newspaper which got access to the records.

28 Nov 2019
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 ROME – The Italian company Bonaveri has bought the historic mannequin brand Rootstein in a 1,300,000 euro deal, business sources reported.

 Following a three-way deal Bonaveri acquired the English brand, which since the 1950s has been associated with realistic, high-end fashion mannequins.  Since 1992 Rootstein have been owned by the Japanese Yoshichu Mannequin Company, based in Kyoto, La Repubblica reported.

27 Nov 2019
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 ROME – An exhibition on Italian architect Gio Ponti opened Wednesday at MAXXI with a fascinating display of plans, drawings, magazines and architectural models.

 “Gio Ponti: amare l’architettura” (or “loving architecture”) introduces visitors to the architect who built such landmarks as Milan’s Pirelli Tower, the Taranto Co-Cathedral and parts of Padua University.  A Milanese architect, furniture designer, artist and writer, Ponti's career spanned much of the twentieth century.

27 Nov 2019

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