LEAF ARBUTHNOT

ROME –- The deportation of the wife and child of a well known Kazakh dissident has caused a storm amid accusations it was carried out by Italian authorities as a favour to the Kazakh president.

On May 29, a group of around 50 police officers dressed in black stormed a villa in the residential area of Casal Palocco in Rome. They ransacked the house in search of Mukhtar Ablyazov, wanted by the ex Soviet state for alleged embezzlement of over six billion dollars from the bank BTA, of which he was former chairman.

10 Jul 2013
SILVIA DEMBNER

ROME -- Italian rights activists protested against the use of fur as more than 360 eager fashionistas lined up at the museum of Santo Spirito in Sassia for an AltaRoma fashion show.

Just before eight o’clock, crowds began to stream into the museum for an Haute Couture extravaganza. Their plans were put on hold when they were greeted by around fifty “Animalisti Italiani” and representatives of Femen, the notorious Ukrainian feminist group.

8 Jul 2013
John Phillips

  VATICAN CITY– Pope Francis signed a decree Friday approving the canonisation of his predecessors John Paul II and John XXIII by the end of the year. The signature followed a meeting of the Congregation for Causes of Saints approving a second miracle attributed to John Paul, launching the Polish pontiff's sainthood.

2 Jul 2013
LAUREN MOUAT

ROME-The English Theatre of Rome closed its spring season with Doug Motel's Shiva Arms, a smart, comedic play that had the audience both laughing and spell-bound by turns. The intimate space of the Arciliuto Theatre served the one-man play well as Motel addressed the audience as if we were the new hotel manager. The performer and writer of the play jumps back and forth between eleven unique characters to tell the story of one 1989 Hollywood apartment building: the Shiva Arms.

2 Jul 2013
Philip Willan

Rome—Vatican schoolgirl Emanuela Orlandi's family marked the anniversary of her disappearance with a procession to St Peter’s Square, tracing the figure 30 in candles and releasing Chinese lanterns into the dusk.

2 Jul 2013
Gianfranco Nitti

ROME--Remittances sent home by migrants, “can empower rural people to blaze a trail out of poverty and exclusion,” Kanayo Nwanze, IFAD'S controversial president, says.

 The Nigerian head of the Rome food agency, who survived a major scandal in 2011 over the scale of his personal expenses,  was speaking during a forum that is the first in a series of discussions following the 4th Global Forum on Remittances 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand last month to discuss consensus reached and to explore ideas to scale-up remittances' impact for development.

1 Jul 2013
Bill Scott

 LONDON-Seven time champion Roger Federer is digesting an epic second-round Wimbledon defeat 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-5), 7-5, 7-6 (7-5) by Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky ending a glorious personal history span on grass. Third seed Federer who had been bidding for a record eighth title at the All England club was stunned in three hours of drama with the rank outsider on Centre Court, his "home" since his first grand slam title a decade ago.

29 Jun 2013
INSIDER NEWSDESK

VATICAN CITY– Police arrested a prelate working with the Vatican bank, a spy and a broker on money laundering charges Friday as Italy tightened pressure on the Holy See’s dubious financiers.

28 Jun 2013
JAN FILIPOWICZ

ROME– Michael T Clark, a U.S. political scientist embroiled in a UN nepotism scandal, has joined the growing army of advisers to FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva, FAO sources say.

26 Jun 2013

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