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 VENICE – The population of the floating metropolis has dropped to under 50,000 for the first time, as the number of tourists continues to increase, chasing out the local population.

 Venice’s population peaked at 164,000 in 1931 and has since lost over 120,000 residents, in large part due to the surplus of tourists, overtaking the squares and alleys of the enchanting UNESCO protected city. 

 According to Venessia.com, an activist group that seek to protect the city’s heritage, the number of residents stood at 49,997 on Thursday. 

11 Aug 2022
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 BRESCIA - Enigmatic architect, Lanfranco Cirillo, socialised within the Russian elite, had 141 million euros worth of assets confiscated on Aug 3. The decision was sanctioned by the judge for preliminary investigations (G.I.P.), warranted by the astonishing discoveries uncovered by the Guardia di Finanza in a search conducted in his property in February 2021, reported the newspaper Il Giornale di Brescia. 

10 Aug 2022
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 PORT OF VINARÒS - Berlin-based search and rescue organisation SOS Humanity has a new ship. On Aug 19, the repainted Sea-Watch 4 will be baptised “Humanity 1” in the Spanish port of Vinaròs. Shortly after, the rescue ship and its 28 crew members will set sail for the search and rescue region in international waters off Libya.   

 The founder is journalist and presenter Hadnet Tesfai. Numerous celebrities, including actresses Katja Riemann and Heike Makatsch, are committed to the donation-funded work of SOS Humanity and raise their voices at the occasion of the christening.   

10 Aug 2022
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 ROME – The Secretary General of the Farnesina, Ettore Sequi met the Ambassador of Poland to Italy, Anna Maria Anders on Thursday at the ministry to talk about the communication between countries required in the coming months.

 The discussion concerned the need for close coordination between EU countries and NATO allies after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

 Ettore Sequi and Anna Maria Anders also stressed the priority of supporting Kiev in humanitarian aid and food security "by acting together in a timely, efficient and effective manner."

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9 Aug 2022
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 PROCIDA – The island is hosting a photo exhibition entitled "Watersurface" devoted to the unnatural relationship between marine organisms and waste.

 The pollution of the sea and of the oceans is the theme of three internationally renowned artists’ work - Nicholas Samaras, Pasquale Vassallo and Guido Villani, who are specialised in underwater photography. The intention of the artists is to condemn the dangerous coexistence of rubbish and marine animals.

9 Aug 2022
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 PESARO – ETC Italy 2022, one of the largest board game competitions is set to take place from Aug. 3 to 7 at the PalaD di Campanara arena in Marche.

 The competition will specifically involve strategy games which simulate warfare.

 Initially the tournament was established as a European Team Championship but in 2008 it opened to all nations involving hundreds of players and it is now the largest tournament of its kind in the world.

5 Aug 2022
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 VALSUSA - A violent skirmish between No TAV protestors and law enforcement took place, said the General Investigations and Special Operations Division (DIGOS) who were looking into the case on Thursday. 

 During the three-day festival, on the Sunday, Alta Felicità in Valsusa, organised by the No TAV movement, referring to the high-speed trainline connecting Lyon and Turin, a procession commenced, through the narrow mountain paths, up to a fortified construction site enclosed by metal gratings.

3 Aug 2022
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 ROME – There is a critical risk of more deaths in the central Mediterranean this summer in the absence of European state led search and rescue operations the NGOs SOS Méditerranée, Médecins Sans Frontières and Sea-Watch have reported.

 They have urgently called for the provision of European state-led search and rescue maritime assets in the central Mediterranean to prevent more deaths. 

3 Aug 2022
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 VIESTE – A 44-year-old from Milan has been granted compensation after photos advertising a hotel online were deemed to be substantially different from reality il Fatto Quotidiano has reported.

 The case originally surfaced back in 2018 when they were denied a refund from the hotel in the Puglia region but now four years on a judge has finally granted compensation.

 According to reports the swimming pool was significantly smaller than advertised and the gym only had once piece of equipment.

3 Aug 2022

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