Francesca Halliwell

ROME - An agreement to open a new sub-regional office in Istanbul, for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialised agency of the United Nations, was signed yesterday with the Government of Turkey. It shall serve as an operational hub in the Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia and Balkan region.

 The agreement was signed in Ankara by Donal Brown, IFAD’s Associate Vice-President, Programme Management Division, and Akif Özkaldi, the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry of the Republic of Turkey.

6 Nov 2018
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LUXEMBOURG CITY – The European Court of Justice has ordered Italy on Tuesday to recoup an estimated four to five billion euros of ICI property tax that has not been paid by the Catholic Church, judicial sources say.

 Tuesday’s ruling annulled a 2012 decision by the European Commission and a 2016 EU court sentence which had cited that “the impossibility of recovering the aid because of organisational difficulties” with respect to non-commercial bodies, such as schools and hotels, as grounds for the ruling.

6 Nov 2018
Francesca Halliwell

ROME - Gaby Ford has opened The English Theatre of Rome’s Winter Season with a triumph. Stripped to its bare bones, her staging of Flannery O’Connor’s masterpiece ‘Everything That Rises Must Converge’, is brilliant in its simplicity. The choral reading conveys with transfixing clarity the work’s exploration of racial tensions and generational conflicts, themes just as relevant today as they were in 1965.

6 Nov 2018
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ROME - The Regional Administrative Court of Palermo (TAR) had reportedly issued a demolishment order for the “Villa of Death”, the house near Palermo in which nine people were killed by floods on Saturday night. Members of the nearby community allegedly ordered the villa’s demolition back in 2008, and the measure was passed by the TAR in 2011, despite owners’ attempts to block it. 

5 Nov 2018
Patrick Middleton

ROME – The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has expressed its concern over the Italian government's security decree on migrants currently being discussed in the Italian Senate, according to a statement released by the UN organisation.

 The proposal, dubbed the ‘Salvini decree’, given the Deputy Prime Minister’s extensive involvement in the piece of legislation, was issued by the government in early October and, if supported by the Italian parliament, must be voted into law by the end of November.

5 Nov 2018
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COSENZA – The Mayor of Fuscaldo, a small town near Cosenza in Calabria, was arrested on Monday on charges of corruption and attempted embezzlement, according to sources.

 The Italian financial police arrested Gianfranco Ramundo alongside a number of the members of his administration, including Deputy Mayor Paolo Cavaliere and a councillor whose identity is currently unknown. The charges levelled against the arrestees include corruption, bribery and attempted embezzlement.

5 Nov 2018
Patrick Middleton

ROME – Inter Milan and Napoli recorded comfortable victories in their respective Serie A fixtures at the weekend, keeping the pressure on league leaders Juventus.

5 Nov 2018
Gianfranco Nitti

ROME - Further strengthening its summer holiday deals for leisure customers, Finnish airline Finnair will open three new routes to Bologna, Bordeaux and Porto for the peak summer season in 2019. In addition, capacity will also be added to popular summer destinations. 

5 Nov 2018
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TARSIA – The Mayor of Tarsia, a small town in the region of Calabria, has expressed his desire to sell property to young couples for as little as just one euro, in order to bring life back to his town, Il Messagero reports.  

5 Nov 2018

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