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 ROME - Jude Kirton-Darling MEP has written to the EU Commissioner for Justice, Věra Jourová asking for infringement proceedings against Italy concerning 30 years of 'pass the parcel' discrimination against British and other non-Italians teaching in Italian universities.

18 Nov 2019
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 ROME – As the floodwaters start to fall in Venice and Piazza San Marco reopens, the city is beginning to count the costs of the historic floods, said Venetian authorities.  Much of the rest of Italy faces an ongoing battle with severe weather.

 On Saturday Venice was hit by severe floods for the third time in a week.  Piazza San Marco was closed for the second time.  The damage is expected to run into hundreds of millions of euros, and the city council is appealing for donations.

18 Nov 2019
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 ROME -- A multi-million dollar contract for the redesign of all Food and Agriculture Organization IT systems and the lacklustre FAO website has been granted to the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture in violation of procurement rules at the UN agency, FAO sources say.
 As many as  12 Chinese officials have started working in the CIO division, even before the contract took effect, the sources said. 
16 Nov 2019
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 VATICAN – Pope Francis has appointed Father Juan Antonio Guerrero as the Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy of the Holy See, replacing Australian Cardinal Pell, says the Holy See.

 Guerrero, a Jesuit of 60, is currently the Father General’s Delegate for Interprovincial Roman Houses and Works and therefore the Major Superior for 360 Jesuits, Vatican News said.

15 Nov 2019
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 CASERTA – The editor of Campania Notizie has survived an assassination attempt in which suspected Camorra gunmen blasted at least six shots at the journalist while he was at the wheel of his car in the second attack on him in three days, police said.

 Six to seven pistol shots were fired at journalist Mario De Michele and his car on Thursday afternoon, in the second attack on him in three days.  He survived uninjured, although only by chance – two shots missed him by centimetres and the rear window of his car was shattered, reported Campania Notizie.

15 Nov 2019
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 BOLOGNA – Scenes of protest unfolded in the Emilia Romagna capital Thursday night, as over 10,000 people came out onto the streets against the League party and the police dealt with one march using fire hoses, police said.

 The leader of the League party, Matteo Salvini, was in Bologna to campaign for the upcoming Emilia Romagna regional elections, which will be held January.  The League was launching their campaign for Lucia Borgonzoni as Emilia Romagna president.

15 Nov 2019
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 ROME – Two carabinieri officers were sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison for the killing of Stefano Cucchi, who they beat so severely after his arrest that he died in hospital, said judicial sources.

 Alessio di Bernardo and Raffaele D’Alessandro were sentenced on charges of unpremeditated homicide and abuse of authority.

15 Nov 2019
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 ROME --  Diplomats from Switzerland, Romania and China are among envoys who have failed to upgrade their subscriptions to Italian Insider’s modest diplomatic subscription rate despite repeated requests to pay the correct fee, the newspaper's subscription department says.

15 Nov 2019
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 VENICE – The floods swamping the “Queen of the Adriatic” looked set to inflict further damage as the city was hit with another high tide on Friday, local authorities reported.

 In Rome, the Council of Ministers declared a state of emergency for the affected areas of the Veneto on Thursday night.  20 million euros were granted for urgent interventions to support Venice and its people, reported Il Sole 24 Ore.

 The tide centre recorded the high point of the acqua alta at 154 cm at 11.26 a.m. Friday.  70 per cent of the city is underwater.  

15 Nov 2019

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