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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
Cesira Colleluori

 ROME – After camping outside Palazzo Chigi for almost four weeks, the families of the Sicilian fishermen kidnapped by Libya’s Haftar regime for ‘illegal fishing’ are no closer to being reunited with their loved ones and feel abandoned by Italy, diplomatic sources said on Friday.

 It’s been 45 days since the ‘red prawn’ sailors accused of fishing in Libya’s territorial waters were detained in Benghazi. Their families are growing increasingly frustrated by the Italian government’s inaction. Some of them have been sleeping in tents outside Italian parliament for 25 days.

16 Oct 2020
Cesira Colleluori

 ROME – As Italy hits a new daily record of more than 8,000 Covid infections, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has ruled out a lockdown on Milan, the capital of Lombardy and worst affected region.

 Speaking last night at a conference in Brussels, Mr Conte answered questions on speculation the Lombard capital may be shut down following the latest data showing a surge in daily infections.

16 Oct 2020
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 ROME - For thousands of World Food Programme employees working in conflict and disaster zones around the world, the award of a Nobel peace prize to the UN agency was a well-deserved boost to morale.
15 Oct 2020
INSIDER NEWSDESK

 MILAN – Extradition proceedings are set to begin for the woman embroiled in the latest money scandal to rock the Vatican, judicial sources said on Thursday.

 Italian Finance police arrested Cecilia Marogna, dubbed the “Cardinal’s Lady,” in Milan late Tuesday after the Vatican City issued an international arrest warrant through Interpol.

15 Oct 2020

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