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 ROME - One year after Kabul fell to the Taliban, a new work by street artist Laika called 'Zapatos Rojos, Save Afghan Women' has appeared in various locations across the city.

 On the night between Aug. 14-15, the posters were put up on the corner of Via Nomentana and Via Carlo Fea, next to the Afghan embassy and depict an Afghan woman wearing a burqa and red shoes, symbolising the fight against violence against women.

16 Aug 2022
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 BOSCO CHIESANUOVA – From 19 to 28 August 2022 on the high plains of the meadows that crown Verona, and online on the MyMovies platform, the international film festival dedicated to mountain life, history, and traditions in every corner of the globe returns.

 The programme includes 68 films from 44 countries, with 29 Italian premieres. Among this year’s guests: the director and screenwriter Michelangelo Frammartino, the astronaut Luca Parmitano, and the director Pupi Avati.

13 Aug 2022
Ana Lanzon

 ROME – Azione party leader, Carlo Calenda and former Prime Minister and leader of Italia Viva reached a deal on Thursday to form an alliance between their two centrist parties. The pact comes days after Calenda backed out of agreement with the Democratic Party (PD) leader Enrico Letta. 

 Just over a month before the early September elections, a ‘third’ pole has been created between the opposing centre-right and centre-left blocs.

12 Aug 2022
Aleksandra Kubacka

 ROME – Studies carried out by Confcommercio have reported a significant increase in foreign tourism in Italy, especially from America. A survey conducted by CNA Toursim and Commerce predicts over 10 million tourists to visit Italy over Ferragosto next Monday, spending around 3.5 billion euros. 

 American tourism has returned 2019 levels, with 4.4 million visitors to accommodation facilities between July and September. However, Asian tourism has since reduced, and Russian tourism has almost been wiped out completely.

12 Aug 2022
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 GENOA – An Italian 19-year-old is under investigation for setting off to fight in Ukraine with the resistance, judicial authorities said. 

 Kevin Chiappalone, a Genoese sympathiser of the far-right movement, CasaPound is the first Italian to be under investigation for going to fight in Ukraine. Marco Zocco, Deputy Prosecutor the Genoese Anti-Mafia, and Counterterrorism Directorate accused the 19-year-old of being a mercenary enlisted in the Ukrainian International Brigade and said he faced a sentence from two to seven years.

11 Aug 2022
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 VENICE – The population of the floating metropolis has dropped to under 50,000 for the first time, as the number of tourists continues to increase, chasing out the local population.

 Venice’s population peaked at 164,000 in 1931 and has since lost over 120,000 residents, in large part due to the surplus of tourists, overtaking the squares and alleys of the enchanting UNESCO protected city. 

 According to Venessia.com, an activist group that seek to protect the city’s heritage, the number of residents stood at 49,997 on Thursday. 

11 Aug 2022
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 BRESCIA - Enigmatic architect, Lanfranco Cirillo, socialised within the Russian elite, had 141 million euros worth of assets confiscated on Aug 3. The decision was sanctioned by the judge for preliminary investigations (G.I.P.), warranted by the astonishing discoveries uncovered by the Guardia di Finanza in a search conducted in his property in February 2021, reported the newspaper Il Giornale di Brescia. 

10 Aug 2022
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 PORT OF VINARÒS - Berlin-based search and rescue organisation SOS Humanity has a new ship. On Aug 19, the repainted Sea-Watch 4 will be baptised “Humanity 1” in the Spanish port of Vinaròs. Shortly after, the rescue ship and its 28 crew members will set sail for the search and rescue region in international waters off Libya.   

 The founder is journalist and presenter Hadnet Tesfai. Numerous celebrities, including actresses Katja Riemann and Heike Makatsch, are committed to the donation-funded work of SOS Humanity and raise their voices at the occasion of the christening.   

10 Aug 2022
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 ATHENS – Shipwrecks ravage the Mediterranean route, where migrant departures are frequent. A boat sunk off the island of Karpathos with dozens of people missing, a spokesperson for the Greek coastguard said. 

 “So far 29 people have been rescued, Afghans, Iraqis and Iranians, and the searches continue because, according to their statements, there were between 20 and 50 people on the boat,” the spokesperson for the Greek coastguard confirmed. 

 Nikos Kokalas, a spokesperson for the Athens coastguard, said the strong winds complicated the search. 

10 Aug 2022

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