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 ROME -- Two restaurants have been shut down in Campo de' Fiori for extreme lack of hygiene, after a blitz by the city's sanitation inspectors. "The Romanesca" restaurant was found to be excessively dirty whilst the wine bar "Roma Beer Company" was home to roaches and larvae.

 The two spaces have been closed and will be subject to heavy sanctions. They will only be allowed to reopen following rigorous inspection by the ASL, Rome's sanitation services. The period taken for insect and larvae disinfection is normally between 10 and 15 days.

20 Jan 2016
Frances Timberlake

 ROME -- Italy has declared itself "ready" for military intervention in Libya, following the formation of a new government of national unity in the country on Tuesday. Italy is expected to lead an international mission, backed by Germany, diplomatic sources say.

 Paolo Gentiloni, Italian minister of foreign affairs, called the advancement "a crucial step forwards in a still fragile situation," declaring that there is now "a real opportunity for stability in the country, which must be seized by all" and that "Italy is ready to play its part."

20 Jan 2016
Isabel Sawkins

  ROME - Film director Ettore Scola, a leading figure in Italian cinema for more than three decades, has died in Rome aged 84.

20 Jan 2016
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 VATICAN CITY -- The Pope is soon to visit the Mosque of Rome, in an event that has been in the planning for around ten months.

 On Wednesday in the Vatican, in front of a general audience, the Pope will receive a delegation from the Mosque of Rome to formalise the planned visit. The event will take place as part of the Jubilee of Mercy, a celebration that Pope Francis reminded is common to both religions.

20 Jan 2016
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 ROME -- Plans to build paying chemical toilets inside a palace on the central Piazza Rondadini have provoked confusion and controversy, according to Il Messaggero. The toilets, along with a new bag drop, are part of a private project organised in light of the Jubilee this year.

19 Jan 2016
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 ROME -- A nine-year-old Italian boy was among the 29 people killed in the Al Qaeda attack in Burkina Faso last Friday, the Italian Foreign Ministry said Monday.

 The attack took place on Friday night in the Splendid hotel and neighbouring Cappuccino café in the west African capital, Ouagadougou, as Islamist militants took control of the hotel popular amongst foreigners and UN staff, burning cars outside to scare away nearby crowds.

18 Jan 2016
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 ROME -- The Taliban have claimed responsibility for an attack near the Italian embassy in Kabul on Sunday afternoon which wounded two Afghan guards.

 In a WhatsApp message received by ANSA from Islamabad, Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid described "heavy human and material losses," whilst official reports mention only that two Afghan guards were taken to hospital for injuries but that their condition was not life-threatening.

18 Jan 2016
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 ROME -- In an open letter written to Matteo Renzi, the jailed editor of Turkish opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet makes a stark appeal to the Prime Minister not to ignore Turkey's ongoing human rights violations in exchange for an agreement on the migrant crisis.

 Editor-in-chief Can Dundar was imprisoned in November last year along with the newspaper's Ankara editor Erdem Gul for publishing an investigative report into the passage of weapons from Turkey into Syria.

15 Jan 2016

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