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  PALERMO - Emanuele Burgio, the 26-year-old son of a former mafioso, has been shot and killed in the historic marketplace of Vucciria in Palermo, it is believed by rival drug dealers over territorial conflicts, according to police sources.

  Burgio was shot on Sunday night, just a few metres from his house, on via dei Cassari, the centre of the city’s nightlife. Paramedics soon came and rushed him to hospital, but he died in  the emergency room. 

31 May 2021
Orlando Low

  ROME - The Centre for Global Development has published a report on the Quality of Official Development Assistance (QuODA) measuring and comparing the performance of 49 countries and global agencies providing “impactful long-term development assistance to countries in need.”  According to 17 indicators, the Rome-based IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development) was the top ranked organisation, with Sweden placing as the top ranked country.

31 May 2021
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  ROME - The Rome Savoyards, a non-profit theatrical organisation, have announced their upcoming show, 'Curtain Up!', by renowned writer Peter Quilter, to be performed as theatres reopen throughout Italy.

  'Curtain Up!' is the hilarious, and highly topical, story of five women hoping to bring a dilapidated theatre back to life after inheriting shares in it.

31 May 2021
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  FLORENCE - The 19-year-old Swiss Moto3 racer, Jason Dupasquier, has died in hospital after injuries sustained during a crash in a qualifying session for the Italian Grand Prix.

  During the race at Tuscany’s Mugello Circuit on Saturday, Dupasquier lost control of his bike on the ‘Arrabbiata 2’ turn and was thrown to the ground before being hit by the two riders behind him, who had no time to react.

31 May 2021
Orlando Low

  VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis received the athletics team of the Vatican City at a private audience on Saturday, discussing the "culture of fraternity" at the Athletic Championships of the Small States of Europe, a week before the athletes set out for San Marino for the postponed 2021 edition.

  The delegation, accompanied by Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, were received by the pope just after 11 a.m. in the Private Library of the Apostolic Palace.

30 May 2021
INSIDER NEWSDESK

  ROME - Economic empowerment of rural women as farmers, entrepreneurs and leaders contributes towards alleviating poverty, increasing food security and achieving gender equality. These findings, based on an evaluation of a six-year multi-agency global initiative implemented in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Nepal, Niger, and Rwanda, were shared at a high-level event in Rome earlier this week.

29 May 2021
Ruso Dvalishvili

  ROME - As many as 70 many more refugees have landed in Rome's Fiumicino from refugee camps in Ethiopia. Their living conditions had been worsening in recent months, and they had been forced into refugee camps as a result of a conflict in the Tigray region. Their safe entry into Italy was organised by 'Humanitarian Corridors', the protocol signed in 2019 with the Community of Sant'Egidio and the Italian state.

28 May 2021
Ruso Dvalishvili

  ROME – Two cars fell into a sinkhole in the road after a large chasm opened on via Zenodossio in the Torpignattura district of the Eternal City. The hole, about six metres deep and 12 metres long, was caused by a fracture in the ground at around 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

  Fortunately nobody was injured in incident, but the fracture in the asphalt caused serious damage to the basement garage of a building in the area. The collapse of the road surface was caused by a water spill from the road. The street was temporarily closed, with no transit allowed to vehicles or pedestrians.

28 May 2021
JAN FILIPOWICZ

 ROME -- Western diplomats accredited to the FAO have been mulling the relevance to the UN poverty-busting agency of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response report calling for major reforms at the WHO, diplomatic sources say.

 The report under the leadership of Helen Clark, the former New Zealand prime minister, and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former president of Liberia, calls for an overhaul of WHO. The World Health Assembly, meeting at the end of May, has to decide what to do.

28 May 2021

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