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 FLORENCE -- The German government has acknowledged that a painting looted by Nazi soldiers during the Second World War does indeed belong to the Uffizi Galleries in Florence.

 "It is certainly clear that the painting belongs to the Uffizi collection," German Foreign Minister Michael Roth, speaking on behalf of Angela Merkel's government, said, adding his support for the galleries' numerous attempts to have the artwork returned. 

28 Jan 2019
Patrick Middleton

ROME – The Italian energy company Eni has agreed a deal to purchase a 20 percent share of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) for around dlrs 3.3 bln, confirming its competitiveness in the Middle East. 

 Austrian oil and gas provider OMV also joined the deal, contributing 2.5 bln in return for a 15 percent stake in the refinery unit.

28 Jan 2019
INSIDER NEWSDESK

SIRACUSA – Port Authorities have banned any unauthorised vessel from “navigating, anchoring, or stopping” in the Bay of Santa Panagia, a half-mile from where Sea Watch 3, a ship owned by the NGO Sea Watch, is anchored with 47 rescued asylum seekers aboard.

 The ordinance specified that navigation by other vessels around Sea Watch 3 could “create problems regarding public order and public health.”

28 Jan 2019
Patrick Middleton

ROME – An 88th minute winner from Cristiano Ronaldo completed an impressive Juventus comeback at the Stadio Olimpico, increasing their advantage at the top of the Serie A to 11 points.

 Despite being outplayed by Lazio for much of Sunday’s game, Juve showed their title-winning quality by recovering from 1-0 down to extend their unbeaten run with two goals in the last fifteen minutes.

28 Jan 2019
Gianfranco Nitti

HELSINKI - The 33rd edition of the International Tourism Fair, MATKA, the leading one in Scandinavia, took place recently in Helsinki, Finland. The total number of visitors amounted to approx. 61,000 (14,000 of them professionals) and 1,000 exhibitors. Among the 80 countries represented, this year the Italian pavilion had a visible presence and performed well.

28 Jan 2019
Isabella Ferrari

ROME – The complex relations between Russia and Iran within the framework of the turbulent and rapidly changing environment of the Middle East were presented by Gumer Isaev, from the St. Petersburg Centre for the Contemporary Middle East Studies at the headquarters of the Euro-Gulf Information Centre (EGIC) as part of the organisation’s newest lecture series.

26 Jan 2019
Patrick Middleton

ROME - An Italian judge on Friday adjourned to May 7 the libel case brought against Italian Insider's chief editor John Phillips by FAO executives, after Phillips himself faced questions from his defense lawyer and those representing the plaintiffs. 

 A witness for the defense will be heard at the resumption of the case in May.

 An initial hearing in the second case brought by the FAO over more recent instances of alleged defamation is due to take place on Feb. 7. 

25 Jan 2019
Isabella Ferrari

ROME - The American Academy in Rome (AAR) announced that scholar and curator Elizabeth Rodini has been selected as the next Andrew Heiskell Arts Director, a position based in the Eternal City.

 Dr. Rodini will being a three-year term on July 1, 2019, succeeding Peter Benson Miller, who is completing a six-year term as Arts Director.

25 Jan 2019
Isabella Ferrari

ROME - Torchlight processions will be held in over 100 squares across Italy to demonstrate the country’s determination to uncover the truth about Giulio Regeni’s disappearance which happened this time three years ago in Cairo, Il Fatto Quotidiano reported.

 At 7.41pm on Friday, the time of the last contact with the 28-year-old Friulian researcher on Jan. 25, 2016, Italy will return to make its voice heard and prove Regeni has not been forgotten in a series of torchlight processions organised by Amnesty International.

25 Jan 2019

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