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ROME – A total of 29 people have been arrested on charges of drug dealing and four more have been put under house arrest, police officials report. This is the result of an anti-drug dealing operation that was mobilised by the Provincial Command of Rome, in the capital’s peripheral Tor Bella Monaca district.

14 Jun 2016
Corinna Harrison

 ROME -- Two goals against Belgium in their first match of the European championships 2016 scored by Emanuele Giaccherini and Graziano Pellè have left the Italian team, and the rest of the country along with them, celebrating hard.  The match, which took place on Monday evening and for which excitement across the country was palpable, was expected to be tough for the Italian team as the Belgians are second in the FIFA rankings.

14 Jun 2016
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ROME - The organisers of Gay Village, a Roman summer festival dedicated to the LGBT community, have raised their security measures, following the massacre of 50 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando. The addition of a metal detector will be installed at the event entrance and personnel will also be conducting searches despite this being prohibited by law, Vladimir Luxuria, ex-parliamentarian and event promoter, confirms.

13 Jun 2016
Insider reporters

ROME –  The presence of Cardinal Bernard Law, the Roman Catholic prelate disgraced in the Boston child abuse scandal, among the guests at the British Embassy to the Holy See’s garden party to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday this month, raised eyebrows among members of the media attending the august function.

13 Jun 2016
Corinna Harrison

 ROME -- In a visit to the World Food Programme on Monday, Pope Francis laments the world we live in, where “wars are fed, people are not” and talked about the importance of the work that the WFP are doing, reminding us that we have become desensitised to hunger and poverty around the world and must open our eyes to combat it.

13 Jun 2016
DIDO TETLEY

ROME – Giulio Regeni’s parents have appealed to Maha Abdelrahman, the Cambridge don of Egyptian origin responsible for Giulio Regeni’s thesis, to break silence and collaborate with Italian investigators to help determine the truth behind the murder of the Cambridge student.

Ms Abdelrahman earlier this month publicly declared “I won’t give a formal statement to the Italian authorities” following the trip to England of Italian investigators carrying an international letter rogatory, police officials have reported.

13 Jun 2016
Corinna Harrison

 ROME -- In honour of the second International Day of Yoga, which will be held on June 21, the Indian Embassy in Rome, along with various partners are putting on a series of events over the coming week to begin on Monday.  The Indian Ambassador to Italy, Anil Wadhwa, speaking at a press event emphasised the importance of this event in upholding this “invaluable gift of ancient Indian tradition, that embodies a holistic approach to life.”

13 Jun 2016
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ROME – “The Olympic Games would go ahead in Rome even with Virginia Raggi as mayor” Giovanni Malago, president of CONI  (the Italian National Olympic Committee), has said. With 77 percent of Romans in favour of the games being held in the capital, this is welcome news to many voters, political reports have said.

10 Jun 2016
DIDO TETLEY

Theatre review: If Lear had a Lawyer

ROME – English Theatre of Rome provided an entertaining and innovative twist on the Shakespeare classic, King Lear, in Thursday evening’s reading of the play by Don Carroll and directed by Harriet Power and Robert Hedley. As is often noted with Shakespearean theatre, the script aligned well to incorporate the more modern premise of the plot – the inheritance of Lear’s three daughters looked at from a legal standpoint.

10 Jun 2016

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