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 ROME – A British-born Italian computer whiz, who died of leukemia at age 15, is one step away from becoming the first millennial saint, Italian media reports.

 Already touted as the “Patron Saint of the Internet,” Carlo Acutis was beatified by the Catholic Church on Saturday in a Mass at the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

13 Oct 2020
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 ROME – Private parties, school excursions and amateur soccer – those are some of the activities banned under new restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus in the Bel Paese, sources at Palazzo Chigi said on Tuesday.

 The new decree, signed by Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and Health Minister Robert Speranza overnight, will be in effect for the next 30 days, ANSA reported. 

13 Oct 2020
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Statement by WFP Executive Director David Beasley

 ROME – The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the World Food Programme (WFP) is a humbling, moving recognition of the work of WFP staff who lay their lives on the line every day to bring food and assistance for close to 100 million hungry children, women and men across the world. People whose lives are often brutally torn apart by instability, insecurity and conflict.

12 Oct 2020
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 ROME – Jogging or ‘slow running’ does not require a mask – that’s the official word from the Interior Ministry, clearing up the doubts surrounding masks and physical activity, Italian media reported on Monday.

  In a circular signed Sunday evening, Cabinet Minister Bruno Frattasi clarified that facemasks are obligatory for physical outdoor activities but not for those who run or jog.

 For those engaging in basic ‘motor’ activity, such as going for a walk, the mask obligation remains.

 Penalties for those flouting the rules range from 400 to 1000 euros.

12 Oct 2020
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 ROME – Anti-child abuse aid charity Hear Their Cries has slammed the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the United Nations’ World Food Program (WFP) as a ‘slap in the face’ to abuse victims.

11 Oct 2020
Gianfranco Nitti

ROME – Over 70 shots by photographers and journalists of the Foreign Press Association in Italy tell the fundamental phases of the pandemic: from the end of March to the first signs of a restart.

9 Oct 2020
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 ROME – Further spikes in coronavirus infections have sparked fears over an anti-facemask demonstration, in which police are taking part this weekend.

 Some 200 traffic police will gather in Piazza San Giovanni on Oct. 10 to protest a government decree that makes facemasks obligatory in open spaces.

 Italy imposed the outdoor mask mandate in an effort to curb infections after cases hit a five-month high.

 There were 4,458 new coronavirus infections recorded Thursday, exceeding 4,000 cases in a single day for the first time since mid-April.

9 Oct 2020
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 MALI – Two Italian hostages kidnapped by Islamic extremists in Niger have been freed, Malian government officials said on Friday.

 Lombard priest Father Pier Luigi Maccalli was abducted in Niger in 2018 and Nicola Chiacchio went missing last year during a solo bicycle trip.

 The pair, who had been moved to Mali after their capture, were released Thursday along with two other hostages – French aid worker Sophie Petronin and former Malian Finance Minister Soumalia Cissè.

 News of their release came after Mali’s interim government freed 100 prisoners over the weekend.

9 Oct 2020
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ROME --A flight carrying the leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (North), Abdulaziz Al-Hilu, was expressly authorized by the WFP Executive Director, David Beasley, to facilitate negotiations for humanitarian access to two areas of Sudan  - in Blue Nile State and South Kordofan - that have been cut off from aid since 2011, WFP said Thursday.

8 Oct 2020

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