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 MATERA – Police have made four more arrests in connection with the alleged gang rape of two British teens last month in southern Italy, police sources said on Wednesday.

 The teens were allegedly beaten and forced into sex at a villa on the outskirts of Marconia di Pisticci (Matera) on Sept. 7.

 Four men arrested days after the attack are currently in jail – Michele Masiello, Alessandro Zuccaro, Giuseppe Gargano and Alberto Lopatriello.

21 Oct 2020
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 MILAN – Lombardy is set to impose a nighttime curfew to combat the surge in COVID-19 infections, political sources said on Tuesday.

 Expected to begin Thursday, the curfew will run from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., and last until Nov. 13.

 The region, which was hard hit during the first wave of the pandemic, reported 1,687 of the more than 9,300 new cases registered in Italy on Monday. 

20 Oct 2020
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 VATICAN CITY – A prelate who tested positive for COVID-19 has been moved out of the Vatican residence where Pope Francis also lives, the Holy See press office said.

 The person has temporarily left the Domus Sanctae Marthae - the pope’s residence - director of the Vatican press office, Matteo Bruni, said in a statement last weekend.

 “The patient, currently asymptomatic, was placed in isolation, as were those who came into direct contact with him,” Mr Bruni said.

20 Oct 2020
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 ROME -- The axeing of former EU investment guru Roberto Ridolfi from his position as an FAO Assistant Director General has left five other ADGs being held in limbo shaking in their shoes in case one of them is next to be terminated from their highly-paid positions, FAO sources say.

20 Oct 2020
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 ROME – The Coronavirus pandemic has transformed the 11th edition of the Diplomacy Festival, which kicked off Monday in Rome, into a hybrid of face-to-face and online interaction.

 With a focus on the challenges of climate change and environmental degradation facing Europe and the world, the festival is hosting a range of events on the ‘Green Deal’ and ‘green’ diplomacy.

19 Oct 2020
Philip Willan

 ROME – The British security company said to have received half a million euros from the Vatican at the behest of an Italian woman arrested for fraud once gave employment to a notorious conman who bilked a charitable fund set up to finance the hunt for a missing British child.

19 Oct 2020
JAN FILIPOWICZ

 ROME -- The FAO former ADG Roberto Ridolfi evidently has had his contract terminated and left the UN agency amid concern over alleged conflicts of interests the former EU senior official was embroiled in while working on secondment from Brussels, FAO sources said Monday.

19 Oct 2020
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 ROME – Italy has introduced a raft of new measures to curb the surge in COVID-19 cases, government officials said on Monday.

 Among the new rules announced on Sunday, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has given power to local mayors to close streets and squares from 9 p.m.

 The measures, which come into effect Monday, were announced as Italy’s daily infections continue to climb, hitting a new record of 11,705 on Sunday.

19 Oct 2020
Gianfranco Nitti

 ROME – The 15th Rome Film Fest runs from Oct 15 to Oct 25 under the artistic direction of Antonio Monda and produced by the Fondazione Cinema per Roma, President Laura Delli Colli and General Manager Francesca Via. The Auditorium Parco della Musica remains the heart of the event, with its screening theatres and Red Carpet. Like every year, the festival will involve many other theatres and locations around the Capital city, from the centre to the suburbs.

16 Oct 2020

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