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 ROME — Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte was meeting with coalition party leaders Friday evening to discuss whether or not to allow more regione to close schools after latest figures showed 31,084 new cases of Covid-19 in 24 hours and 199 deaths, official sources said.

 

30 Oct 2020
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 MILAN – The woman dubbed the “Cardinal’s Lady,” arrested after becoming embroiled in a Vatican money scandal, has been released on parole, judicial sources said on Friday.

 Cecilia Marogna, an international diplomatic relations expert, was arrested Oct. 13 in Milan on an international warrant issued by the Vatican through Interpol after being accused of aggravated embezzlement of Vatican funds.

30 Oct 2020
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 ROME – The continuing surge in coronavirus infections has Italian medical experts fearing hospitals will soon be overwhelmed, with the Conte government expected to implement a 'soft' lockdown Nov. 9 if Italy fails to flatten the curve, political sources said on Friday.

30 Oct 2020
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 ROME – The Tunisian man who murdered three people – beheading one – in a knife attack at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Nice, had landed on the island of Lampedusa a few weeks ago and was transferred to a migrant centre in Bari before making his way undetected to France, Il Messaggero reported on Friday.

 Brahim Aoussaoui, 21, landed on the Sicilian island on Sept. 20, spending 14 days in quarantine before being transferred to the Italian port of Bari on Oct. 9. After disembarking in Bari, he was ordered to leave Italy within seven days.

30 Oct 2020
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 ROME – Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has adopted a “wait and see” approach to Covid before implementing further restrictions as the country hits a new record of daily coronavirus cases, political sources said on Thursday.

 In 24 hours, Italy reported a record high of 24,991 infections, up from 21,994 the day before, according to Health Ministry figures. Deaths were registered at 205, slightly lower than the previous day’s 221.

29 Oct 2020
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 NICE – The Vatican has condemned the knife attack that left three people dead and wounded several others in the French city of Nice, the Holy See said on Thursday.

 Two people were killed - one beheaded – inside the Notre Dame church and another woman was killed at a nearby shop in the Thursday morning attack, described by the city’s mayor as an act of “terrorism.”

 Vatican Spokesman Matteo Bruni said terrorism and violence were never acceptable.

29 Oct 2020
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 ROME – Founder of the Five Star Movement Beppe Grillo has been slammed for sharing a hotel Facebook post advertising a special dinner offer at a rooftop restaurant in the historic centre, which "bypasses" the government's early closure rule, La Repubblica reported on Thursday.

 Under the latest government decree, restaurants must close at 6 p.m. But the restrictions do not apply to hotels accommodating guests, who can dine without time limits.

29 Oct 2020
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 SAN MARINO – The restaurants and bars of the state of San Marino are remaining open beyond 6 p.m., creating friction, particularly with nearby Emilia Romagna, political sources said on Wednesday.

 But the government of the small republic of 64 square kilometres, bordering Emilia-Romagna and the Marche, has no intention of following Italy's lead in terms of early closures.

  "San Marino is different from Italy, it has a small population in a proportionately larger territory," San Marino Secretary of State Teodoro Lonfernini said.

28 Oct 2020
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 ROME – As protests against the latest anti-Covid measures continue to flare up across Italy, Interior Minister Luciana Larmorgese has warned that peaceful demonstrations were being infiltrated by violent groups.

 The warning follows violent clashes Tuesday night when police in riot gear reportedly fired water cannons, tear gas and flash bang grenades to disperse crowds in Rome’s historic Piazza del Popolo.

28 Oct 2020

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