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 ROME – American billionaire Dan Friedkin is interested in buying A.S. Roma football club, business sources report.

 Friedkin, 54, is the 504th richest man in the world, according to Forbes.  He has sent emissaries to Rome to evaluate the possible purchase of the club, Il Messaggero said.

 AS Roma is currently owned by a team of four American investors with another American billionaire, James Pallotta, the president of the club.

20 Nov 2019
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 OUAGADOUGOU – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned Tuesday of an escalating humanitarian crisis in the Central Sahel region of West Africa, cause by widespread violence and the long-term impact of climate change.

 WFP said the humanitarian response needed to be rapidly escalated to protect and save lives in Burkina Faso and its neighbouring countries.

19 Nov 2019
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 ROME – The finance police raided ArcelorMittal’s offices in Taranto and its headquarters in Milan Tuesday looking to discover how the company has registered higher losses than expected by commissioners, said judicial sources.

19 Nov 2019
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 FLORENCE – The Arno canal system and Pisa flood defences came into full effect on Sunday, saving Pisa and Florence from severe flooding, Tuscan civil protection authorities say.

 In Florence the system of overflow areas was used to protect the city from the floods, with the first use of the Mensola overflow area. 

 The Roffia overflow area and the Arno floodway were also essential in protecting the cities.

19 Nov 2019
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 ROME – A Rome military court has opened an inquiry into why the former Defence Minister still lives in the flat she occupied while in office. 

 Defence Minister in the first Conte government, Elisabetta Trenta has come under fire for still occupying the flat.  It was assigned to her husband, a soldier, at the termination of her own post.

 The ex-minister, of the Five Star Movement, said in an interview, “Now the house has been assigned to my husband, and in a regular way.  Why do I have to leave it?  It is not a privilege.”  She has since said that she will leave it.

19 Nov 2019
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 MODENA - Over 6,000 people crowded into Modena’s Piazza Grande on Monday to demonstrate against Matteo Salvini and the League, in a second triumph for the “sardines” protests, said the protest organisers.

 Undeterred by the pouring rain, the crowd chanted “Modena non si lega” and sang “Bella ciao,” the partisans’ resistance anthem from World War Two.

 Matteo Salvini, leader of the right-wing League party, was in Modena to campaign for the party candidate for the upcoming Emilia Romagna regional elections on Jan 26.

19 Nov 2019
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 ROME – A new film published by PETA Germany reveals that donkeys and mules are still being beaten and exploited as “taxis” on the Greek island of Santorini, carrying tourists in defiance of the law.

 In 2018, following a global appeal by PETA Germany and its international affiliated associations, the Greek Ministry for Rural Development and Food banned people weighing over 100 kg from riding the animals.  However, the film of Sept. 2019 shows how the animals are still being mistreated and used to carry tourists over the weight limit.   

18 Nov 2019
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 ROME – An authentic, natural and welcoming lifestyle is one of the keys to Puglia's tourism success. This has been well understood by the regional institutions that have embarked on a strategic path in this direction for several years. Now, the possible challenge is to put the "Puglia model" into a system, making it capable of generating even greater economic value and employment, starting from its history, culture and beauty, but also from the creativity and passion of its talents.

18 Nov 2019
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 VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis had lunch with 1,500 poor people on Sunday to mark World Day of the Poor, Holy See sources said.

 This lunch has become a traditional feature of the World Day of the Poor, an annual occasion established by Francis in Nov. 2016 at the end of the Jubilee of Mercy, a period of prayer.

 Mass for the poor was celebrated in St Peter’s Basilica in the presence of poor people from Rome and volunteers from charities that help the homeless and the poorest, such as the Sant’Egidio association.  Bishops, archbishops and cardinals were also present.

18 Nov 2019

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