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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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 VATICAN CITY -- The presence of a 'gay lobby' in the Vatican has been acknowledged by Honduran cardinal Oscar Maradiaga, when confronted with questions about an "infiltration" of the gay community in the Church in an interview with Honduras newspaper El Heraldo.

15 Jan 2016
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  VENICE - A new way of visiting Venice will be provided by upcoming motor yacht tours which  reveal the lagoon’s complexity, variety and beauty. Recently I went on a trial run of this approach developed by  a local cultural association in reaction against the superficial tourism tsunami.

15 Jan 2016
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 Florence, A man has been arrested in connection with 35-year old Ashley Ann Olsen's death in Florence, according to police sources. Cheikh Diaw, a 27-year old from Senegal, was arrested on Thursday morning and has confirmed being the man that Olsen went home with after a night out the previous week.

 Diaw admitted under questioning to having had consensual sex with Olsen whilst both under the influence of drugs, but claims that he never meant to kill her.

15 Jan 2016

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