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ROME - The latest in a series of cold-weather battles in the north of Italy, an avalanche hit an apartment building in the town of Sestriere, near Turin, late Monday.

 Fortunately, according to rescue services, no one was hurt and 29 residents, including several children, are being hosted in hotels.

 The local council of the Alpine town is reportedly paying the cost of the hotel bill, as the apartment has been declared unfit for access.

9 Jan 2018
Anonymous

ROME - Casapound, a Rome-based fascist organisation, reached out to Rome’s children with gift bags displaying their logo. The members contorted their mouths, more often used for shouting crude slogans, into family-friendly smiles as they distributed the bags to the naïve youngsters.

 The fascist tradition of gifts to poor children on the day of Epiphany started in 1928, later becoming a tradition associated with Mussolini as part of a PR campaign.

8 Jan 2018
HELENA LESLIE

ROME - The Miss Wheelchair World competition has concluded, but its impact, in showing that women’s bodies are not ‘wonderful’ merely through physical ability, lives on.

8 Jan 2018
KONRAD VAN HALEWYN

ROME - Pope Francis’ speech to the Diplomatic Corps on Monday demonstrated the increasingly political role of the Vatican in the wider world. The Pope focussed on the human rights of migrants, the right to employment, and the family unit.

8 Jan 2018
HELENA LESLIE

ROME - Hidden behind the twinkling Christmas decorations, the piles of rubbish littered around Rome may have been missed by tourists snapping photos of the beautiful ancient city. In the bleak January daylight, those who remain are not so lucky. Garbage pile-ups have plagued Rome’s residents for years, and yet, it appears the government has deliberately ignored help in cleanup efforts for the city.

8 Jan 2018
KONRAD VAN HALEWYN

ROME - The CALG (Coalition against Land Grabbing) and the CFDT (French Democratic Confederation of Labour) are to host a conference centered around the question: “is sustainable palm oil possible?”

 The conference taking place 16 Jan. 2018, 2 boulevard de la Villette 75019 Paris, will have a focus on the indigenous peoples effected by the commercial farming of palm oil and the associated destruction of land in the wake of industrialised farming.

8 Jan 2018
Gianfranco Nitti

ROME - Finns travel eagerly around Europe. According to data by Statistics Finland, in 2017, Finns' travel to Central and Southern Europe increased from the previous year. The 32th Matka Nordic Travel Fair 2018 is almost ready to feature more than 200 exhibitors from Europe. Every year, the fair features 1,000 tour operators, destinations, and tourism service companies from more than 80 countries. Every year, more than 50,000 consumers and 20,000 travel industry professionals visit the event.

8 Jan 2018
KONRAD VAN HALEWYN

ROME - The President of Lombardy, Roberto Maroni of the Northern League, plans to leave his position in order to return to Rome as a centre-right minister, making room for the consolidation of the centre-right behind Berlusconi for the 2018 general election, it was revealed in the centre-right Arcore summit.

8 Jan 2018
HELENA LESLIE

ROME - The famed Italian writer, director, and TV personality Marina Ripa di Meana passed away Friday after a long battle with cancer. Ripa di Meana left peacefully after taking a deep palliative sedation aged 76.

 Ripa di Meana has caught the public eye since the 1980s, producing a plethora of books, and directing a feature film, Cattive Ragazze (Bad Girls,) in 1992. She is best known as the author of bestselling autobiographical books and as a staunch opponent of wearing of animal fur for fashion.

8 Jan 2018

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