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MARINA DI BIBBONA - The Italian culinary world is in mourning after new broke Tuesday that beloved Michelin-star winning chef Luciano Zazzeri had committed suicide.

 Zazzeri, owner of the La Pineta restaurant on the Tuscan coast, was famed for his affability and his love for the sea. He is noted to have often referred to himself primarily as a fisherman rather than a chef.

19 Mar 2019
Edwin Audland

ROME - Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to visit Italy this month in what is likely to culminate in the signature of a Belt and Road MoU between the two nations.

 It has now been seven years since a Chinese president visited Italy, and Jinping’s first visit will see him visit Rome and Palermo, before flying to Monaco and France to continue his trip.

 Xi Jinping is expected to visit the Quirinal Palace, the Altar of the Fatherland, the Madama Palace and the Business Forum amongst other important stops on his whistle-stop tour.

19 Mar 2019
Edwin Audland

ROME - Delegates from the White House and the Kremlin were meeting Tuesday in the Eternal City to discuss the current crisis in Venezuela and mediate the situation.

 US special envoy Elliot Abrams and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov were scheduled to convene with Pietro Benassi, Conte’s diplomatic advisor.

19 Mar 2019
Isabella Ferrari

ROME - Eight Carabinieri paramilitary police including two senior officers, may face being sent to trial over the suspected cover-up of the police brutality death of 32-year-old Roman surveyor Stefano Cucchi in 2009.

 Prosecutors have concluded an enquiry into the case in which the eight are under investigation, including former head of the Rome Group General Alessandro Casarsa, and former head of the Rome’s investigative centre Colonel Lorenzo Sabatino.

19 Mar 2019
Edwin Audland

ROME - Cristiano Ronaldo has been charged with improper conduct by UEFA over an inappropriate goal celebration during Juventus’ Champions League victory over Atletico Madrid.

 Ronaldo, who scored all three of his side’s goals as they overturned a 2-0 first leg defeat to progress to the quarter finals, appeared to grab his crotch while celebrating his decisive penalty.

18 Mar 2019
Edwin Audland

ROME - Italy missed a glorious opportunity to claim their first victory in the Six Nations since 2015 as France doggedly held out for victory at the Stadio Olimpico.

 The Azzurri came into the game off the back of another underwhelming campaign that has yet again raised questions about their place in the competition. After a thumping at the hands of England in the penultimate round of matches, Italy knew that only a win would do if they were to salvage any credibility from the tournament.

18 Mar 2019
Isabella Ferrari

ROME – Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte confirmed the Italian government’s intention to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Chinese government for its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the infrastructure project that will include with rail, road and port development.

 “Yes, the memorandum will be signed,” said Conte Friday. “The memorandum is a non-binding framework agreement. It is not an international accord,” he added.

18 Mar 2019
Edwin Audland

ROME - Italian Serie A leaders Juventus have been drawn against Dutch outfit Ajax in the Champions League quarter-finals.

 Juventus, who are on course to win an 8th successive domestic title, produced a stellar performance led by star-man Cristiano Ronaldo on Tuesday night to overturn a 2-0 first leg defeat and blow away a stunned Atletico Madrid.

15 Mar 2019
Isabella Ferrari

ROME - In over 1,000 cities across the world, 208 of which in are Italy, millions of young people have taken to the streets as part of an international “climate strike,”calling on leaders to face their responsibilities and protesting against the lack of government action against climate change.

 Thousands of students filled squares all over Italy Friday morning for the Global Strike for the Future, the general strike for the planet launched by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, which has become a symbol of the fight against climate change.

15 Mar 2019

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