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Rome - Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have defended the former’s comment that IVF children are like “synthetic babies.” The move has come following Elton John’s campaign to boycott the brand.

In an exclusive interview with CNN on Wednesday, Mr Gabbana commented that his partner “may have chosen the wrong words” before adding “we love gay couples. We love gay adoption. We love everything.”

19 Mar 2015
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Tunis - A terrorist attack on Tunis’ Bardo Museum has left 21 dead, including four Italian nationals, and at least 30 injured, said the Tunisian Prime Minister on Wednesday. The two attackers were killed when Tunisian armed forces stormed the building.

 

19 Mar 2015
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 ROME -- The Kuwaiti Ambassador to Italy, H.E. Sheikh Ali Al-Khalid Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and the WFP Director General, Ms Ertharin Cousin, opened a Photo Exhibit this week showing Kuwait-funded work by the UN agency to provide relief to Syrian refugees.
 
The exhibit is entitled Kuwait and the World Food Programme:A Humanitarian Partnership in Support of the Syrian People in Crisis.
 
18 Mar 2015
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NEW YORK - Ban Ki-moon has obtained the approval of the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) to pay more to senior staff, financed by cuts to junior and mid-level staff, union officials said Wednesday.

 Under the revised salary scale, top bosses at the Under-Secretary-General grade get 10 percent more pay (so up to dlrs 25,000 a year more) while new graduate entry staff at P-1 grade will be 6 percent poorer, according to information posted on the UN staff union in New York face book.

18 Mar 2015
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PARIS - It is now expected that Italy’s GDP will see a 0.6 percent growth this year, 0.4 per cent higher than was initially forecast, the OECD said Wednesday.

The OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) now predicts 1.3 percent GDP growth in the country in 2016.  

18 Mar 2015
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 ROME - Plans for a permanent memorial to Irish Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty’s World War II efforts saving Allied soldiers on the run have reportedly been sent to the Vatican. Fr. O’Flaherty saved the lives of over 6,500 Jews, Allied soldiers and political activists in Nazi-occupied Rome.

18 Mar 2015
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Rome – Following Pope Francis’ surprise announcement that the Roman Catholic Church will mark an extraordinary Holy Year, it has been revealed that Vatican representatives will meet with municipal and regional officials to discuss the funding and management of the special event.

 

Traditionally, Holy Years are announced every quarter of a century and with the previous one taking place in 2000 to honour the second millennium since the birth of Christ, it had been anticipated that the next would fall around 2025.

 

18 Mar 2015
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Rome - Following consistent lobbying, UK Prime Minister, David Cameron has promised to grant British expatriates a lifetime vote if the Conservatives win the General Election in May.

Under current laws, there is a cap which prevents Britons from voting in UK elections if they have lived in another country for over 15 years. Harry Shindler, a veteran of the Second World War and the Italy based representative of the Italy Star Association, is one such expatriate and has been campaigning strongly in recent years for the abolition of the ’15 year rule.’

16 Mar 2015
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ROME - FAO management ratcheted up pressure on staff unions last week-end, issuing written reprimands to union officials for organising a protest against job cuts, union sources said Monday.

Union leaders from the UGSS who organised a protest stoppage against threatened job cuts would have the reprimand placed on their personal files, management told them. The decision followed management at the UN agency in an unprcedented move docking the pay of staff who took part in the protest.

16 Mar 2015

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