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ROME – The Italian foreign ministry uses hundreds of poorly paid local contractors around the world to carry out strange and delicate ‘missions,’ Il Fatto Quotidiano reports.

 Some 2,300 Farnesina employees on local contracts are said to be paid a pittance and have little union protection. Far from the headquarters in Rome, they are used for the most diverse, delicate and ridiculous tasks, having been sent on errands ranging from collecting the remains of a deceased and verifying victims of attacks in hospitals to getting a former diplomat off the hook. 

30 Jul 2019
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NUORO, Sardinia – In two separate attacks in the early hours of Tuesday morning, there was a huge gas explosion which badly damaged Democratic Party (PD) headquarters and the car of a mayor was burnt in front of his house, according to local sources. 

30 Jul 2019
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ROME – Some six years after the disappearance of Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, the Jesuit priest from Rome who was kidnapped in Syria in 2013, his family insist that he may still be alive and call for further investigation.

 “The latest news? We have had no confirmation, either that he’s alive or dead,” said Father Dall’Oglio’s sister Francesca at a press conference Monday, while her brother Giovanni reflected that without proof either way, “hope is legitimate. We still believe in him.”

30 Jul 2019
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GENOA – Some 368 kilos of cocaine, which has a market value of over 100 million euros, was seized by undercover police in an internationally co-ordinated operation when the ‘Ndrangheta sailing boat carrying it from Colombia to Genoa docked, according to police sources.

30 Jul 2019
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ROME – For the first time, Facebook has taken down League posts denouncing the antiracist movement “Cara Italia” because they are in violation of its community standards, according to Cara Italia’s founder.

 “We have been saying this for a long time,” explained founder and journalist Stephen Ogongo in an interview with Dire News Agency. “The pages of the League and of Matteo Salvini are means of propagating hatred and finally Facebook has admitted to having found on the page of the League content which violates their regulations.”

30 Jul 2019
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ROME – Passengers in the Eternal city will receive an ATAC ticket for every 30 recycled plastic bottles they bring to special machines installed on a year long trial, part of a new scheme introduced by mayor Virginia Raggi.

 Machines have been installed at Cypro metro stop on line A, Piramide on B and San Giovanni on line A and C. They collect plastic bottles and give five cents in credit through the My Cicero and TabNet apps.

30 Jul 2019
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ROME – Icon of the spaghetti western, George Hilton, died in Rome on Sunday at the age of 85.

 “Our beloved George has left us today,” read a Facebook statement from Hilton’s partner Gabriela, who announced he had died after an undisclosed illness. “He did his best to recover, he wanted to be close to his family, to the people he loved and that includes you, all the fans that he has all over the world. Unfortunately, all his efforts weren’t enough.”

29 Jul 2019
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ROME – Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has branded the blindfolding by police of one of the two American teenagers accused of killing a Carabiniere paramilitary policeman last week a “crime.” The photo is the subject of an internal investigation and the officer responsible has been moved to a non-operational department, according to police sources.

29 Jul 2019
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VATICAN CITY -  The search for the remains of Emanuela Orlandi, the Vatican schoolgirl who mysteriously went missing in 1983, was once again frustrated as experts revealed that the most recent bones to be tested date to no later than the 19th century, according to Vatican sources.

 The bones, from ossuaries in the Vatican’s Teutonic Cemetery, were tested after investigators opened two tombs in the graveyard earlier in July but found them empty, contrary to expectations. The tombs were supposed to be the resting places of two German princesses.

29 Jul 2019

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